Nic Wright

Woodsduck Comedy & Art Festival to hit York

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York’s foremost alternative comedy club The Burning Duck are to curate a two-day comedy festival next month.

On 4 and 5 July, Woodsduck Comedy and Art festival will host 15 shows at the city’s Black Swan Inn, including the likes of Patrick Monahan, Seymour Mace, and BBC New Comedy Award finalists Peter Brush and Jonny Pelham.

Comedy fans can buy tickets online for £5 to reserve a seat, but on the day the festival will operate a ‘pay what you want’ system.

Co-organiser Al Greaves said: “We have chosen a broad range of experience for our festival.

“One of the reasons we decided to set up our regular Burning Duck Comedy Club was to showcase some of the different varieties of comedy beyond straight stand-up, which aren’t always currently so well catered for, such as sketch, cabaret, character, poetry and spoken word.”

“Ever since establishing the Burning Duck comedy night, we’ve wanted to have a go at running our own festival, which will incorporate the best elements of all the best comedy festivals we have experienced such as The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

“The weekend festival concept is also inspired by a weekend Al spent at Bob Slayer and Adam Larter’s ‘Weirdos Weekend’ during the Leicester Comedy Festival. We decided that for our first festival in York, two days in the same venue seemed realistic, so we really hope our following will appreciate what we have to offer while hopefully attracting more fans of offbeat comedy.”

Full lineup:

Saturday 4 July

12.30 – David Callaghan: No Momentum (45 mins)
13.40 – Gina Jenkinson: Desperately Seeking Attention (60 mins)
15.00 – Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived (60 mins)
16.20 – Dan Nicholas: Reverb (The Love Story of Terrance the Crocodile
and Julia the Mannequin)
17.40 – Patrick Monahan – The Disco Years
19.00 – Rob Auton: The Water Show
20.20 – LEGION OF DOOM (sketch comedy)
21.40 – The Brethren of Levity

Sunday 5 July

12.30 – Local Heroes Showcase
13.40 – The Discount Comedy Checkout – Improv Show
15.00 – Seymour Mace – Niche as F*ck!
16.20 – Joby Mageean – Billy No Immune System
17.40 – Karl Schultz: Matthew Kelly – Hypnagogia
19.00 – Jonny Pelham: Before and After
20. 20 – Will Franken: Who Keeps Making All These People?

The Burning Duck Comedy Club presents the Woodsduck Comedy Festival, The Black Swan Inn, York, 4-5 July 2015, seats can be reserved online.