Comedy festival heading to Blackpool

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BLACKPOOL’S Comedy Carpet is set to come to life.

Comedy Carpet Live is a festival of events that will take place appropriately on April Fool’s weekend – March 31 and April 1.

It is set to become an annual celebration the week before Easter, linking in to Blackpool’s latest piece of public artwork, The Comedy Carpet on Blackpool Promenade.

The announcement came as TV funnyman Griff Rhys Jones visited the resort’s newest attraction to check out his own witty one-liners which feature.

He was in town as guest at the town’s Civic Trust Awards at the Winter Gardens.

Natalie Wyatt, managing director of Marketing Blackpool said: “This new event complements the success of the Comedy Carpet on the Prom and has been planned to help to kick start the season by bringing in visitors early for Easter.

“We intend to make this an annual event as Blackpool is steeped in comedy heritage making the town perfect for supporting for new and established talent.”

There will be entertainment over lunchtime on Saturday afternoon on the Comedy Carpet itself but the live shows proper start on Saturday evening at 9.30pm, with North Pier’s Merrie England hosting an adult comedy show starring Manchester based group Slaughterhouse Live.

Led by popular Grand Theatre panto regular Steve Royle they have a cult following on the comedy circuit and have had their own show on Granada, but this will be their debut performance in Blackpool.

CBBC and Royal Variety Show stars Big Howard and Little Howard, Show Me The Funny finalist Stuart Goldsmith and Comedy 4 Kids star Tiernan Douieb.

The weekend culminates with the Comedy Carpet Live Gala Show at The Grand Theatre starring comedy illusionists Barry and Stuart from BBC television’s prime time show The Magicians.

Also on the bill will be musical comedy double act Frisky and Mannish (as heard on BBC Radio 1).

‘Children’s entertainer’ Jeremy Lion (the alter ego of Justin Edwards from Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week), veteran comic Bernie Clifton, who is featured on Carpet, and Chris Ramsay, soon to be seen in his own BBC series complete the line up.