Five days of laughter as comedy festival arrives in Lincoln

This year’s Lincoln Comedy Festival is back from October 7 to 12, with some of the best comedians gracing the city.

The events will take place across Lincoln, at three different venues: the Drill Hall, the Engine Shed, and the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC).

Besides some of the funniest professional acts in the industry, you can also see which fellow Lincolnites have what it takes to make you laugh.

Head on to the City Square on October 9 from 10am to 12pm to listen to check out some amateur comedians, each allocated a five-minute slot.

A follow-up event will take place at the Drill Hall from 12pm to 5pm.

The Lincolnite has put together this handy guide for you, with all the performances at the festival into one place, for you to pick and choose.

Who: Tom Stade and Carl Donnelly
Where: Lincoln Drill Hall
When: October 7, 8pm

Tom Stade is familiar with Lincoln, having done gigs here in the past. Since his appearance on the Michael McIntyre Show, his popularity has emulated. Extremely funny Carl Donnelly you may recognise from Russell Howard’s Good News Show as well as being nominated for an award at the Edinburgh Festival.

Who: Sarah Millican
Where: Lincoln Drill Hall
When: October 8, 8pm

Best known for her outrageous jokes about love, life and sex, you’re bound to be in stitches after watching this award-winning comedienne.

Who: Andrew Lawrence
Where: Lincoln Drill Hall
When: October 8, 10.30pm

Young talent Andrew Lawrence shall be visiting the city as part of his tour, The Too Ugly for Television Tour. In it, he looks consolation because of how unfair life is.

Who: The Ginge, The Geordie and The Geek
Where: Lincoln Drill Hall
When: October 9, 2pm

The Ginge, The Geordie and The Geek, aka 3G, are a curious mashup of three men. “The geek” Kevin O’Loughlin had a role in David Schwimmer’s Run Fatboy Run, “Geordie” Paul Charlton was in Little Britain and Graeme Rooney “the Ginge” was a guest lead recently in Ashes to Ashes. There talents combined make a very funny group to watch.

Who: Goring & Stokes: Nerds of a Feather
Where:
Lincoln Drill Hall
When:
October 9, 3.30pm

This duo is great for all the geeks out there. From witty nerd banter, to intelligent topics and over the top, audio enhanced video game and sci-fi gags, this is an hour not to be missed.

Who: Dan Antopolski
Where:
Lincoln Drill Hall
When:
October 9, 5pm

Antopolski is known as a veteran in the solo tour circuit, and this is his seventh. His youthful jokes and occasional rapping will go down well with a younger audience.

Who: The Boy With Tape On His Face
Where:
Lincoln Drill Hall
When:
October 9, 6.30pm

This act is a refreshing change from the festival norm, as the act is entirely silent. Think funny silent and Patrick Swayze films, mime, puppetry and magic and you’ve got this quirky act.

Who: Ardal O’Hanlon
Where:
Lincoln Drill Hall
When:
October 9, 8pm

Better known as Father Doogle from Father Ted, Ardal O’Hanlon is one of the festival’s headlining comedian. A highly acclaimed, sell out act, book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Who: Isy Suttie
Where:
Lincoln Drill Hall
When:
October 10, 2pm

Isy Suttie, also known as Dobby from The Peep Show, kicks off Sunday with her scintillating musical act, set in a Northern supermarket. Suttie plays multiple characters that are centred around a love story.

Who: Lee Nelson
Where:
Lincoln Drill Hall
When:
October 10, 3.30pm

Lee Nelson, who currently stars in his own show on BBC3, is the chav you can’t help but laugh at. Nelson visits Lincoln as part of Lee Nelson’s Well Good Tour.

Who: Jarred Christmas
Where:
Lincoln Drill Hall
When:
October 10, 5pm

Who couldn’t remember a man who danced to Beyonce (in complete get up) just for a Pot Noodle. One of New Zealand’s biggest stand up comedians will be gracing the Drill hall with his amusing presence.

Who: Al Pitcher
Where:
Lincoln Drill Hall
When:
October 10, 6.30pm

When Al Pitcher says “A funny thing happened on the way to this gig,” he genuinely means it. Moreover, he has the pictures to prove it. On Al Pitcher’s Picture Tour of The World see interesting images with a hilarious tale behind them.

Who: Josie Long
Where:
Lincoln Drill Hall
When:
October 10, 8pm

Josie Long wants to change the world — and she’s taking the audience with her. Long discusses trying to be a saint, strangers, politics, complacency and breakfast.

Who: Stewart Francis
Where:
Lincoln Drill Hall
When:
October 12, 8.15pm

The final act for the final day of the festival, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and the Michael McIntyre Comedy Roadshow star Stewart Francis will be entertaining you with his big batch of one liners.