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The Reading Comedy Festival gets underway weekend, with performances from Jimmy Carr & Rhod Gilbert

2nd October 2009

From the opening act tonight to the closing event on Saturday 17th October, the Reading Comedy Festival has attracted a mixture of top comics and up-and-coming acts to make this line up the best ever.

The sixth annual comedy festival, will take place at venues in and around Reading over the next couple of weeks.
Jimmy Carr is performing on Thursday 15 October 2009 and Rhod Gilbert is performing on Thursday 8th October. Both Rhod and Jimmy's shows are already sold out.

Other big names for Reading's carnival of comedy include Tim Minchin, Simon Amstell, Andy Parsons, Alistair McGowan and the Grumpy Old Women.

Budding stand-ups can take part in comedy writing workshops at Central Library in Abbey Square and a comic art master class. With over 60 events taking place there will be something for everyone regardless of age.

The always popular open mic competition kicks off the festival on Thursdays 10, 17 and 24 September 2009 from 8pm at Bar Risa in Friar Street, Reading. The free event will host more than ten budding acts per night.

John Pinette is making a very rare UK appearance at the Reading Concert Hall on Tuesday 13 October, with a big reputation, big waistline and a big appetite to take the UK comedy scene by storm. 

His stand-up show promises big laughs as he explores the little things that cause him to lose his cherub-like demeanour, such as getting stuck at the back of the dinner queue, being confronted by stupidity or made to exercise.

David O'Doherty returns to the Reading Comedy Festival with a new show at South Street arts centre on Sunday 11 October.

The Ryanair James Bond and 1990 East Leinster under 14 triple jump bronze medallist will include a song in his set where he tries to seduce the entire audience...

The Dinnerladies are serving up a treat at the Hexagon on Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Saturday 10 October 2009.

Fans of Victoria Wood, Acorn Antiques and the hit television series can enjoy this stage adaptation, starring Andrew Dunn and Sue Devaney from the original cast.

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