Lincs Josh Widdicombe, Jason Byrne, Milton Jones and Sean Kelly among the big stars performing in first week of the Lincoln Comedy Festival

Josh Widdicombe
Josh Widdicombe

The Lincoln comedy Festival gets underway this week with Milton Jones, Josh Widdicombe, Jason Byrne and Sean Kelly among the big names performing in the first week.

Things get underway on Thursday, October 1 when science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd presents Just For Graphs at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC).

The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £15 on 01522 837600 or www.lpac.co.uk

On Friday, October 2 Josh Widdicombe presents What Do I Do Now? at the Engine Shed, while Irish star Jason Byrne performs 20 Years A Clown at Lincoln Drill Hall.

Star of the award-winning The Last Leg on Channel 4, Josh Widdicombe has found plenty of minor things to annoy him since he was last on tour and he is now sharing these irritations with the public in the form of jokes.

His show starts at 8pm and tickets are £16.50 on 0844 8888766 or www.engineshed.co.uk

Jason Byrne is the biggest selling comedian at the Edinburgh Festival.

He has also appeared on the likes of Live At The Apollo on BBC1 and The Royal Variety Performance on ITV.

His show starts at 8pm and tickets are £17.50 on 01522 873894 or www.lincolndrillhall.com

Also on Friday, Adam Long, the man behind The Reduced Shakespeare Company, brings his new creation, Dickens Abridged, to LPAC.

A singing, dancing love-letter to one of the world’s greatest author, a cast of four will bring hundreds of his famous characters to life.

The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £16 and £14 on 01522 837600 or www.lpac.co.uk

Friday also sees The Hilton in Lincoln hosting a special comedy night.

On Saturday, October 3, Chris Ramsey presents All Growed Up at the LPAC while James Acaster presents Represent the Drill Hall.

All Growed Up sees Chris Ramsey exploring getting older and the terrifying realisations that come with adulthood.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £17.50 on 01522 837600 or www.lpac.co.uk

James Acaster is a three-time nominee for the Fosters Best Comedy Show Award at the Edinburgh Festival.

Represent sees him running his mouth off about a bunch of stuff nobody even cares about.

The show starts at 7pm and tickets are £12 on 01522 873894 or www.lincolndrillhall.com

Also at the Drill Hall on Saturday is a special festival edition of the Red Herring Comedy Club, starting at 8.30pm.

Visit www.lincolndrillhall.com for ticket details.

The Drill Hall is the venue again for events on Sunday, October 4 with Storage Hunters star Sean Kelly – on his UK stand-up debut – and Rob Beckett on the bill.

Sean Kelly has had a highly varied life that has included serving in the army in Iraq.

But most in the UK know him as fast-talking presenter and auctioneer on Storage Hunters on Dave.

Meanwhile, Rob Beckett will be taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread in his new show, Mouth of the South.

Sean Kelly is on at 6.30pm and tickets are £15 and £13, while Rob Beckett is on at 8pm and tickets are £14 and £12.

Tickets for both shows are available on 01522 873894 or www.lincolndrillhall.com

After a short break, things resume on Tuesday, October 6 as Ray Peacock presents Here Comes Trouble at the Engine Shed, while the award-wining Racing Minds perform Unscripted at the LPAC.

Ray Peacock is a triple Chortle Award-nominated comedian and storyteller who has been a very bad man.

Join him as he takes you through a myriad of mischief and misdemeanours in an attempt to get to the bottom of what on earth drives a grown man to such infantile behaviour.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £12 on 0844 8888766 or www.engineshed.co.uk

Meanwhile, Edinburgh favourites Racing Minds will create hilarious characters and edge-of-your seat adventures right before your eyes, all from audience suggestions and all without a script in sight.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £8 on 01522 837600 or www.lpac.co.uk

Week one of the festival ends back at the Engine Shed with Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft.

Famous for his loud shirts, mad hair and zany appearances on the likes of Mock the Week on BBC2, Temple of Daft sees MiltonJones on a rip-oaring quest to find buried treasure with gags that are as attention-grabbing as his shirts.

His show starts at 8pm and tickets are £24 on 0844 8888766 or www.engineshed.co.uk