ST GEORGE’S DAY: Comedy Night details

Comedian Danny McLoughlin
Comedian Danny McLoughlin
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The comedy night returns to Lytham’s St George’s Day Festival this year in partnership with Manchester based company Gag-Reflex.

The night kicks off in the Grand Marquee on Lytham Green with doors opening from 7pm on April 24.

There’s four top comedians to entertain on the night.

Keith Carter is an award winning Liverpool-based comedian, writer, and actor, best known for his comic creation Nige, a caricature of a scallie from Merseyside cited by Sir Jeremy Isaacs as being instrumental in helping Liverpool’s successful 2007 Capital of Culture bid.

Carter has been described as “not just a stand-up with a dressing-up box, he makes his characters live by his bearing, his gestures and by his voice”.

Danny McLoughlin has the sharp wit and material, likeable persona and strong stage presence that have seen him become a much sought after act in his short time as a stand up.

A finalist in the Chortle Student Comedian of The Year in 2008, Danny went on to perform as part of the prestigious Big Value Comedy Show during Edinburgh Festival 2009. He also supported Al Pitcher on his UK Tour and is booked by some of the UK’s biggest gigs and promoters. It has been a rapid rise for Danny and it all looks set to continue.

Manchester has a rich comedy heritage, seemingly able to produce iconic comedians quite effortlessly, and Mike Newall is certainly the latest, and could even go on to become the greatest.

A gentle, amiable power-house of a comic, Mike’s timing is the envy of performers with 10 times the experience and is living proof that you can’t learn to be funny, some people just are.

Since making his debut in 2003, he has toured the country honing his skills and is now a force to be reckoned with.

And finally, a bucketload of charm and some surreal and silly material coupled with his brilliant comedy songs make Steve Shanyaski the ideal booking for any evening.

Steve walked out on a mind numbing office job and straight onto a comedy stage in the beginning of 2003, and has not looked back since.

Within half a year of his comedic birth he had made it through to the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedian of the Year, the North West Comedian of the Year Final, and later that year he had the honour of appearing on the BBC7 Radio Showcase “Spanking New”.

To book tickets to the comedy event, which is helping raise frunds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and Trinity Hospice, visit www.april23.co.uk.

The festival begins with a flag raising ceremony on Lytham Green on April 23. On April 24, the comedy evening takes place in the marquee on The Green.

Friday 25 sees a St George’s Lunch in the marquee before the grand gala dinner on April 26.

A family fun day takes place on Sunday April 27, as well as the inaugural Run Lytham 10k race. And there’s a golf competition taking place too.

Further details of all these events can be found at can be found on www.april23.co.uk.