Five days of fun in South Devon – Dartmouth Comedy Festival 2014

February 12th, 2014 | By Clare Levy

The famous Dartmouth Comedy Festival returns for another year to bring big laughs to South Devon! This year the festival runs from 4th to the 8th of March in 2014 and features another outstanding line up with something for everyone. Read on for our highlights from the festival.

Our local poet with a comedic twist Matt Harvey will be kicking off the festival performing at Café Alf Fresco on the Tuesday night. The evening will feature a rustic dinner and this regular BBC Radio Four voice reciting his work which is often described as “poems for people who don’t like poetry”. Expect to hear poems about lonely hearts, tea-bags, religious conversations, gradients, gigabytes and curtains to name a few! Dinner from 7pm, performance at 8pm.

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Meanwhile Lucy Porter a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe and a familiar face on shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week and The Unbelievable Truth will be opening events at the Flavel. Lucy is one of many of our country’s fantastic female comedians and Northern Soul promises the feel-good comedy she is well known for and a satirical account of the North/South divide of England.

On Wednesday 5th March viewers will be spoilt to three comedians for the price of two! Fresh faces from the Fringe Carl Donnelly and Romesh Ranganathan are the main acts of the shows. Carl is thought to be a natural comedian, reciting amusing stories of his travels whereas Romesh is a self-confessed grumpy loner presenting a dismissive loosely constructed show. This set also features support from Tommy Rowson, finalist in the BBC 2 New Comedy Award so you can expect a night full of laughs from up and coming comedians

Thursday night sees Luke Kempner perform his one-man impression show The Only Way Is Downton. An intriguing mash up of these two popular TV programmes see s Luke playing 32 clashing characters from different eras and cultures to create a brilliant new parody! Starts at 8pm at the Flavel.

If you fancy wacky wit go and enjoy Slightly Fat Features described as “Part Monty Python, part Cirque du Soleil” prepare to be on the edge of your seat watching tiger taming, bullet catching, knife throwing and motorbike madness! Limited spaces available so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Saturday afternoon features silly comedy for all ages. Tiernan Douieb presents Everything You’ve Ever Needed to Know Ever which answers some of the most important questions children need to know from how hard you have to jump before you can’t come back down, and how the bubbles in fizzy drinks are put there! A great way to get children engaged and laughing on the weekend! Starts at 2pm.

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The week concludes with Sean Hughes performing his successful stand up tour Penguins which takes a look at his upbringing in Dublin Ireland and the utter awkwardness of teenage life whilst also taking a moment to reflect on family, school days, friendships and bring it all up to date with the present. But what has it got to do with Penguins? We can’t wait to find out!

Do you require accommodation for the Dartmouth Comedy Festival? Coast & Country Cottages has a range of properties in and around Dartmouth, visit our website. For more details about the festival visit The Flavel website.