The fifth Machynlleth Comedy Festival takes place at the end of this month and, once again, it boasts the kind of line-up that’s good enough to make you weep tears of joy.
The festival takes place in a handful of charming and intimate venues around Machynlleth in Wales between Friday 29th April and Sunday 1st May. A staggering quantity of brilliant comedians are performing, including several TVO faces.
You can see the list in full here (and do look, because there are some AMAZNG acts), but please allow us to highlight a few: our very own Paul Foot will be there, as will Colin Hoult, who is performing a work-in-progress “sketch show for depressives”. Aisling Bea is hosting a fund-raising show for the festival and doing a gig with Lou Sanders who, in turn, is also performing improv with Vanessa Haddick – and a solo show! And the always epic Tony Law will be performing his latest live show Nonsense in Progress. Plus you can see ‘outer onion’ folk, Stuart Lee (with a work-in-progress set) and Jonny & The Baptists (with not one, but two shows). Wowzers.
The festival organisers have said of the event: “When we first talked about starting above of all we wanted to create somewhere where people came to have fun, and get away from it all, whether this be the attendees, the comedians or the festival team. It was all about taking a different approach with an aim of creating a spirit of experimentation and intimacy.”
“We’re passionate about the thrill of seeing live comedy in intimate places, and the glorious, picturesque and enchanting town of Machynlleth gave us a wealth of interesting and unique performance spaces in which to do this. We’ve absolutely loved bringing you to our favourite town over the last seven years, and …we’re now over ten times the size of the first year and it’s still one of the most pleasant, friendly and fun weekends we know of.”
So if that sound alike your cup of tea – and you appreciate good comedy, head over west to take it all in. You can download the festival programme here, or for more information, visit the festival website and follow the event on twitter. Tickets are available for each show separately, but hurry up, because some of the gigs are already sold out!