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Happy Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Club Festival

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

The Boy With Tape On His Face

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A STELLAR line-up of comedy stars take to the stage next week for this year's Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival.

Several of the big names including Julian Clary, Rhod Gilbert and Frankie Boyle are already sold out, with others selling like hot cakes.

Running from Monday to next Saturday, the second annual festival looks certain to be as successful as the inaugural event last year.

Other stars due to appear include Alexei Sayle, Henning Wehn, Josie Long, Robin Ince and the Fosters Comedy Award panel winner The Boy With Tape On His Face.

There are also more club nights, a specially programmed day just for kids and a grand festival finale next Saturday for all the family.

Desmond O'Connor brings back The Comedy Cabaret and Late Night Fringe Fun, hosting evening shows with the likes of Ali Cook, Mat Ricardo and Abigail Collins on Thursday at the Parabola Arts Centre and The Strand.

Cheltenham Town Hall hosts many of the big names, kicking off with Welsh stand-up star Rhod Gilbert (pictured above) and rounding off with the finale, headlined by Stephen K Amos and featuring Terry Alderton, Men In Coats, Andrew O'Neill, Debra Jane Appleby and host Boothby Graffoe.

Rhod, Alexei, Julian and Frankie are all featuring in Curry and a Pint evenings, which includes a tasty curry meal and a pint of something before the show.

The Waterstones Family Fun Day also on Saturday includes performances from Squashbox Theatre, acclaimed children's author John Dougherty and the Comedy Club 4 Kids, plus free workshops, events, face painting, craft activities and walkabout performances at the Parabola Arts Centre.

Late & Local, which is almost sold out, will feature the best local comedians as well as up and coming new acts on Friday at The Strand.

And local comedy club Howlers will have the best in national touring comedic talent on Wednesday at the Town Hall.

Tickets for all events are on sale via the Town Hall box office, online at www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk or by calling 0844 576 2210.

Helen Blow

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