Funny man Phil is Wang to watch

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Berkhamsted is the place for bellylaughs this week as the town’s first comedy festival gets into its stride.

Berkomedy, organised by the Get Stuffed team who also serve up the annual Tringe comedy bonanza later in the year, features 26 up-and-coming gagmeisters over 13 nights.

It all started on Monday with home town boy Robin Ince among the comics featuring at the launch night.

Most of the acts booked to appear in The Greene Room function room in the Kings Arms on Berkhamsted High Street are less experienced than cerebral comic Robin – but that doesn’t mean they will be any less adept at finding your funny bone.

Get Stuffed boss Ben Moorhouse said: “There are going to be quite a few lesser-known acts who are going to shake things up a bit in the industry.”

One of his hot tips for the top is Phil Wang, who Ben says could be “bigger than Michael McIntyre”.

Phil, who burst on the scene by winning a 10-gig deal in a Comedy Central contest to find the funniest student stand-up back in 2011, is sharing the stage with Matt Forde tonight, Thursday

At the time Phil was a Cambridge University engineering student, but he’d already been developing his comedy talents at gigs across the city.

Next up on the Berkofest bill will be Gareth Richards and Matt Richardson on Sunday night, and then the comedy comes thick and fast next week.

Howard Read and Tommy Rowson share the billing on Monday night, Jarlath Regan and Adam Drake are the two to watch on Tuesday and then Irishman Jarlath is back for a second helping on Wednesday night, alongside Grainne Maguire. Mary Bourke and Kevin Shepherd do the honours on Thursday, and then WitTank and Ahir Shah are on the bill on Sunday.

Full details online at www.get-stuffed.biz/berkomedy.