Comedy spectrum from subtle irony to belly laughs
If laughter is the best medicine, they must be a very healthy lot in Dartmouth, currently gearing itself up for its seventh annual comedy festival which opens on Tuesday with Josh Widdicombe, see interview, right.
Whether it's great guffaws and belly laughs or subtle irony that tickles your fancy, the entertainment – centred on The Flavel – will provide something for everyone.
There's even a mystery guest on Wednesday night when the festival's patron (and South Devon resident) Peter Richardson delves into his little black book. Previous guests have included Keith Allen, Eddie Izzard, Harry Enfield and Robbie Coltrane.
On Thursday there's a choice of shows. At the Windjammer you can find stand-up poet Jonny Fluffypunk – a wandering bard and a voice for anarchy, peace and bicycles! Acute social observation, intricate humour, surreal fantasy sharp irony and wit .. and England's most pretentious moustache.
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By contrast, Virginia Ironside is at The Flavel with her show, Growing Old Disgracefully. Former rock journalist and then agony aunt, she now takes to the stage to put the world to rights. At 68 she is taking a flame-thrower to all the cosy platitudes of the elderly.
Twin delights on Friday, March 8, will be Irish humourist Jarlath Regan at The Royal Castle Hotel and Dr Phil Hammond at The Flavel. Dr Phil is Private Eye's medical correspondent and has appeared on Have IGot News for You.
The festival closes on Saturday with Seann Walsh, see interview left, at The Flavel at 9pm, preceded by eccentric musician The Amazing Mr Smith – described as "Monty Python's answer to John Williams – at 7pm.