Venue to host new comedy showcase
A BRAND new comedy night for Wells launches on Saturday, August 3.
The Venue, on South Street, will host the groundbreaking event, which promises to promote the best new and breakthrough stand-up comedy acts in the South West.
MC and creator of Silly Sausage Comedy, Heather Bryson-Bank said: “I love coming to Wells Comedy Festival each year, but was amazed to discover that the city of Wells does not have a regular monthly comedy night.”
The 42-year-old, from Shepton Mallet, is a fledgling stand-up comedian herself, and has had to travel to Bristol and Bath in order to get experience on the open mic circuit.
“I’m passionate about showcasing the amazing new acts I’ve gigged with, and especially female comedians, who are wrongly, often overlooked,” she said.
“Times are changing, and I was pleased to see some great female acts in Wells for the festival including Shappi Korsandhi, Lou Sanders and Kiri Pritchard-McLean. However, there are a ton of hilarious and hardworking funny women in the South West, who are yet to be seen by the people of Wells.”
She said that Silly Sausage Comedy night will be fun, and affordable for everyone.
“Eight comedians for a tenner, it’s a bargain,” she said.
Richard James is the headliner on launch night. He was a South West Comedian Of The Year finalist, and is currently completing an epic ‘comedy walk’ for charity. Richard is walking the South West Coast Path from Minehead to Bournemouth, a total of 620 miles, stopping off to perform gigs and to raise money for the RNLI.
Opening the night is real life ITV weather girl turned comic, Sam Fraser, who took a show to Edinburgh, and has performed alongside Dane Baptiste. Breakthrough acts on the night are Instafamous Katy Trevor, Dan Hershbein – whose parents live in West Pennard – Becca Walters, Hafren Holbrook and Alexa Gibbens, fresh from touring her show “Alexa Tell me a Dad Joke” about the death of her father. Comedy can be found in strange places, and soon it will be coming to Wells.
• Picture: Heather Bryson-Banks