BARROW Comedy Fest is coming up fast.

Put together by Barrow BID and Laughing Penguin Events, the laughter will be ringing out from Thursday until Sunday, October 3-6, across various comedy related events over the weekend with the aim of bringing local people and those from out of the area into the town centre.

The main night will be at The Forum on the Friday (October 4), featuring five of the best comedians on the circuit. All proceeds from the comedy cracker go to The Well Communities, Barrow and District Disability Association and YouthAbility.

The fab five will be Justin Moorhouse, well known for his appearances on Live At The Apollo, Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Coronation Street. Plus Robert White, who was a runner-up in Britain’s Got Talent 2018, and is going from strength to strength, securing a dedicated following of fans and working his way well up the ladder of comedy.

Describing Robert, Simon Cowell's words were "You're very unique, you're very quirky, very funny, very naughty, Robert, which we like!”

Fellow BGT judge David Walliams summed up Robert as simply one of the funniest performers he'd ever seen.

Also on The Forum bill is Dave Johns, a multi award-winning film actor, accomplished stage actor and respected stand up comic. He's probably best known for playing the lead role in Ken Loach's feature film I, Daniel Blake for which he won best actor in the 2016 British Independent Film Awards.

Dave has also appeared on television shows like Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Stand up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.

One of Liverpool's best loved comedians is also in The Forum line up: Dave Williams.

Dave has been a full-time comedian since 1998 and is widely regarded as one of the finest comperes on the circuit where he regularly performs at The Comedy Store and Frog and Bucket in Manchester.

Tickets for The Forum show are available on 01229-820000.

Laughing Penguin Events director, Sam Hughes, said that following the success of the Super Soapbox Challenge in June and the Festival of Transport in July, "we at Barrow BID wanted to build on them and put on another event that the town can be proud of.”

Sam added: "Our aim for Barrow Comedy Fest is put on lots of comedy related events and activities that will appeal to a wide audience, bring plenty of laughter to Barrow and also raise money for local charities and community groups.

"I’ve always been passionate about comedy and had spoken at length about putting on a weekend of comedy events in Barrow with the BID manager, Colin Garnett. Thankfully Colin and the board of directors for BID all agreed that it was a great idea."

"As there are numerous amazing charities and community groups within Barrow, we decided that raising money for these groups would be a brilliant thing to do. All local volunteers helping to organise this event are giving their time for free to help ensure the maximum amount of money can be raised for the local charities and community groups”

"In 2018 I met the BID manager, Colin Garnett, at one of my comedy nights and learnt a bit about Barrow BID. I was eager to give a bit back to the town that I have now lived and worked in for eight years so I applied to join the board. I was accepted onto the board for Barrow BID and have since then helped with numerous events that BID have put on. Due to my background in project management, I was eager to put on and lead Barrow Comedy Fest."

Meanwhile, as part of Barrow Comedy Fest, Barrow BID and Laughing Penguin Events stage a comedy pub crawl on festival Thursday (October 3). All proceeds from the comic crawl will go to SAFA (Self-Harm Awareness). MC'd and led by Ben Briggs, the mirth and merriment starts at the town's Duke of Edinburgh and goes to BUMS (Barrow Underground Music Society), Townhouse, finishing at Barrow Labour Club. There will be different comedians at each venue.