Festival feast and more for comedy fans

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Berkhamsted’s first-ever comedy festival is entering the final straight – but there’s lots more laughter in store in the week ahead.

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

The Greene Room function room in the Kings Arms on Berkhamsted High Street has been the base, and tonight’s bill features Irishman Jarlath Regan alongside Grainne Maguire. Tomorrow night Mary Bourke and Kevin Shepherd do the honours, and then WitTank and Ahir Shah are on the bill on Sunday.

Next week’s double helpings feature Paul McCaffrey and Diane Spencer on Monday, Carl Donnelly and Lucy Beaumont on Tuesday and Iain Sterling and Mark Smith rounding off the programme on Wednesday.

You can get full details and book tickets at www.get-stuffed.biz.

Monday night also sees the regular Screaming Blue Murder session at Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town Hall.

The veteran comedy night, a fixture since 1988, this month features Windsor on compere duties and Rob Heeney and Otiz Cannelloni as the guest comics.

Sharp-tongued Manxman Rob’s been building a name on the live circuit for a decade, while Otiz bills himself as a man of mystery, madness and magic with a set that blends Tommy Cooper-style bumbling and stripped-down stand-up.

Before that, the Old Town Hall hosts a second session from Brighton-based topical comedy troupe The Treason Show on Saurday night.

It’s a show for adults, say OTH insiders, so you have been warned.

Call 01442 228091 for box office details about either show.