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14 May 2014, 09:00 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Eddie Izzard's going to headline a new comedy festival in Southsea this summer.
The Southsea Comedy Festival will be held on 31 July and 1 August.
Presented by the Portsmouth Cultural Partnership the Comedy Festival will run alongside popular family festival, the Southsea Show, on Southsea Common this summer. Eddie Izzard is one of several major comedians that will be participating in the Comedy Festival along with other exciting names to be announced soon.
Steve Pitt, chair of the Cultural Partnership, said:
"Portsmouth has a fantastic reputation for hosting the best comedians, both up-and-coming and established national names. What better way to celebrate that success than to launch a new Comedy Festival and announce one of the biggest names in Comedy, not just in the UK, but around the world, as our first headliner!"
"The Southsea Comedy Festival shows will be one of the few opportunities to see Eddie live in the UK during 2014."
The Southsea Show is a separate family event which will run from Friday 1 August to Sunday 3 August, also on the Common. Open from 10am to 6pm daily, the Southsea Show will feature family friendly activities, shows and attractions, including a petting farm, vintage fun fair, sports activities, storytelling, music, theatre, dance and a colourful carnival finale.
Organising both events is the Cultural Partnership consisting of local organisations; including The Cellars, Wedgewood Rooms, King's Theatre, the Portsmouth Cultural Trust (Guildhall management), Technical Services, MG Security, Love Southsea and Express FM.
Doors for the Comedy Festival will open at 7pm, and the line-up for each show will include a variety of acts alongside Eddie Izzard's full length show.
Tickets for both the Southsea Comedy Festival and Southsea Show go on sale Thursday 15 May at 9am.