Having been involved with the launch of Chipping Norton's Literary Festival back in 2012 we have watched the continued success of this major event in the town's annual calendar. Cotswold Comedy Club started at around the same time and we always felt that there was scope for a Comedy Festival: the insightfully named Chipping Norton Comedy Festival (or ChipNorComFest to its friends.)
We're starting small (we know what a logistical nightmare that the very first ChipLitFest proved to be) with just thirteen events over two days (Friday 2 and Saturday 3 March 2018)
We've got some great events lined up with appearances by Mark Watson, Ellie Taylor and Simon Evans all adding the festival to their busy tour schedules. We've also got some top rated Edinburgh Fringe shows including George Egg - DIY Chef, Lucy Pearman's Maid of Cabbage and Keith Farnan's show for children: Kidocracy.
For the littlies we have a Punch & Judy Show, for oldies an End of the Pier Show and those wanting to have a go we have an Improv workshop (followed by a show) and an open mic night hosted by Flock Comedy! There's even a FREE TED-type talk (a TIDDLY talk - if you will by the very brainy Professor Adrian Furnham on the Psychology of Humour.
The whole shindig wouldn't be possible without our fantastic sponsors so, a huge thanks to Heck's Sausages, Cotswolds Distillery, Fyffes Bananas, Hobgoblin Ale, The Phone Co-op, The Royal Oak at Whatcote, Heritage & Decoration, Chipping Norton Physiotherapy and Tickkitty Shake. We are also grateful to Chipping Norton Town Council who awarded us a grant to help get the first festival off the ground.
For tickets and details of all the acts see www.chipnorcomfest.com