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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Laughter all the way with Jack Dee

CUMBRIA’S biggest comedy festival has announced its line-up for the summer. The Freerange festival returns to Kendal for a second year between May 23 and 27, with Jack Dee leading a stellar list of names set to appear at the Brewery Arts Centre.

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Francesca Martinez kicks things off with a thought-provoking routine on what it actually means to be ‘different’. The comedienne was born with cerebral palsy and describes herself as a ‘wobbly comedian’.

On Thursday 24, experienced comic Robin Ince brings his Bad Book Club – an hilarious literary journey through what he believes to be the worst books ever written including The Secrets of Picking up Sexy Girls and Syd Little’s autobiography.

Cambridge Footlights graduates Sheeps also perform an eclectic, postmodernist mix of skits, sketches and hilarious comedy characters – including rappers with low self-esteem – which won acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Friday’s line-up includes BBC Radio 4 and QI regular Jeremy Hardy and Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Chris Ramsey, who has appeared recently on 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Laughter lovers who want to enjoy a breath of fresh air in the glorious Lakeland fells can take a chaotic trip up Gummers Howe overlooking Windermere with the anarchic wild man of comedy Bob Slayer.

Scottish stand up Phil Kay will be doing a kids show in the afternoon, before heading out on a special bike ride through Grizedale Forest, stopping for a live performance at the visitors centre, then on to Staveley for a show at cycle store Wheelbase.

Lucy Porter brings her sell-out tour to the Brewery, while there will also be a showcase of some of the most up-and-coming comics in the region including Phil Ellis, Dan Nightingale, Barry Dodds and Sam Gore.

The final day, Sunday 27, sees the return of kids’ comic Little Howard, sketch maestros Lady Garden, and headliner Jack Dee, who will deliver his characteristic curmudgeonly mix of bile and misery which has made him one of the nation’s best-loved funnymen.

The full list of times and events is available at www.breweryarts.co.uk and tickets are available now from the venue’s box office.

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