Award-winners heading to Hull for Comedy Festival

Top of the bill at the festival is Russell Kane, who won the Edinburgh Comedy Award with his "Smokescreens and Castles" performance.

Also on the programme are Greg Davies and Sarah Millican, who were both shortlisted for the £10,000 prize in Edinburgh, and other well known entertainers including Ross Noble, Mark Watson, Phil Cool and Keith Chegwin.

The Hull Comedy Festival is now in its fourth year and is supported by Hull BID as part of its efforts to improve the city’s evening economy.

The event kicks off with Ross Noble at Hull City Hall on Thursday 21st October and will close on Monday 8 November with Greg Davies at Pave on Princes Avenue.

New to the list of 11 venues around the city – eight of which are in the Hull BID area - are iScream, which will be based in the Albemarle Music Centre on Ferensway, and Fruit, on Humber Street.

Festival Director John Gilbert said he expects this year’s Hull Comedy Festival to be the best yet: "We’ve got more exciting stuff going on than ever before. As a comedy fan, I really do think this year is something special."

Kathryn Shillito said Hull BID will be working to help businesses share in the success of the event and build on the estimated £400,000 that the previous festivals have contributed to the city economy.

"The organisers are expecting record ticket sales and that’s great news for Hull BID businesses," said Kathryn.

"We’ll be working to help them generate additional trade around the festival and make sure as many businesses benefit as possible."

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