A barrel of laughs in Brighton

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It’s back! The funniest festival of them all… Brighton’s annual Comedy Festival ends the season with more than 30,000 guests rolling in the aisles of this multi venue event throughout October 2013.

Another stellar line up will be performing on the stages of the Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange, Studio Theatre, Komedia and The Old Market.

This three-week festival sees the crème de la crème of stand up comedy entertain the crowds of the cosmopolitan seaside town.

The line up so far includes some of the biggest names in comedy such as: Stewart Lee, Jimmy Carr, Alexei Sayle, Russell Kane, Tony Law and Lee Nelson.

The festival also includes emerging talent hot off the success of their Fringe runs.

The Squawker Awards return with applications now open for Brighton’s very own New Act competition.

With all of the great shows on offer it’s a chance to grab your seats and pit your comedy knowledge against your friends to predict who will be the Fosters winners and have the five-star shows by the end of August.

Alternatively, you can just play safe and go for your old favourites on the bill.

Booking now, the traditional opening night Gala at Brighton Dome in aid of Sussex Beacon is once again being hosted by Alan Carr with Jack Dee, Seann Walsh, Adam Hills, Suzi Ruffell, Jon Richardson, Angela Barnes and many more.

Tickets for the Gala on Friday, October 4, are £25 via www.brightoncomedyfestival.com.

This year BCF will see a very special event coming to town on Sunday, September 22, at 8pm in Brighton Dome Concert Hall.

Five of the greatest current UK comedians are coming together to raise money for the Labour Party. Laughs for Labour will be hosted by Stephen K Amos with guests: John Bishop, Eddie Izzard, Jo Brand and Lloyd Langford.

Other popular highlights include the weekend Best Of The Fest shows, where guests have the chance to see an undisclosed multi bill line up showcasing taster performances from the best shows of the weekend.

Other shows already confirmed for the festival this year include: Sean Lock, Milton Jones, Jason Manford, Jarred Christmas, Nina Conti, Ed Byrne, Andy Parsons, Doc Brown, Paul Merton, Lucy Porter, Josh Widdicombe, Abandoman, Seann Walsh and a great many more.

Ticket prices range from £8 to £25 and full details and bookings can be found at www.brightoncomedyfestival.com.