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Fringe benefits of Cardiff Comedy Festival

When Rhod Gilbert agreed to be part of Cardiff Comedy Festival’s first incarnation in 2009, the team who ran Phoenix Comedy Club took a chance and put on 13 Edinburgh previews in the function room of an Irish bar.

This year is the fifth annual festival and is on the brink of being an international event.

The names are back, of course – Lucy Porter, Patrick Monahan, Lloyd Langford, Alan Davies, Ian Cognito and many more – as international stand-up acts are at the root of its inception and the key to its growth and success.

But it’s much more than about famous faces as the festival’s success also lays in Welsh writing and classic old fashioned Welsh oration.

The Welsh Unsigned Stand-up Award (WUSA) searches for a talented and determined comic to push to the next level of their comedy career.

So much home grown talent starts on the WUSA stage and many of those who have graduated from the competition will also feature in the succession of storytelling nights at The Plan Cafe – simply billed as Natural Born Storytellers.

Across four nights some of the finest home grown talent will sit down in a packed coffee shop while regaling the audience with twisted nursery rhymes, rock ’n’ roll life stories, famous monologues with a twist and an all comers night where you can stand up and tell your own stories.

Events like these have a big following in the US, specifically the grungier areas of Manhattan. With such a simple yet compelling premise, is it any wonder? And moreover, it’s only a matter of time until these gigs become common place amid the independent nights of the UK.

This year will also see young Welsh playwright George Infini staging a one-day outing of his 30-minute play Service.

Theatre has always been an integral part of the festival and Service looks set to shine – featuring a fast-paced banter-based feud between two warring waiters. You can catch this at Porter’s Bar.

The venue will also host some Sunday afternoon comedy flicks. Audiences will get the chance to chose from a selection of films and organisers will also look for ideas and suggestions through Facebook and Twitter.

And if you fancy getting your hands on free festival tickets, check out the ‘share a pic’ competition which has been launched on Facebook.

Without the fireworks that the Edinburgh Fringe has unavoidably adopted, this festival is about content and variety.

It may not make as much noise but it can equal the larger event in terms of quality.

The Cardiff Comedy Festival runs from July 1 to 28. For tickets and full line-up details, visit www.cardiffcomedy.co.uk

 

 

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