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This autumn Lincoln will be holding its eighth comedy festival, hosting over 20 comedy performances in Lincoln’s Drill Hall, LPAC and Engine Shed. The event will run for approximately one month from mid-September.

There will be a wide range of acts including: Milton Jones (Mock the Week) Sean Kelly (Storage Hunters) and Josh Widdicombe (The Last Leg) as well as many up-and-coming performers.

Performing at Lincoln’s Drill Hall on September 17, the first comedy act will be Hal Cruttenden, who is excited his show will be live.

“Most TV is recorded so the nice thing is that, if you mess up, you can do it again.”

Having previously performed in Lincoln, he talks of “memories of a beautiful cathedral, a lovely town centre and a warm feeling in my heart as I drove away.”

He also explains what people can expect from the show: “It’s mainly me moaning about getting older, getting angrier and getting bad!

“One thing I can guarantee is laughter – a lot of it.”

Shaun Almey, who works to organise the festival as well as the monthly Red Herring Comedy Club at Lincoln’s Drill Hall, explains how much work goes in to making the event happen: “The planning starts as soon as the previous event finishes.”

He also talks about how important the festival is for Lincoln, suggesting that the city “punches above its weight” when it comes to comedy.

“For a city of Lincoln’s size having local acts right through to the likes of Sarah Millican appearing in the city can only be a good thing.”

Audiences can expect more than just stand-up comedians. Comedy performances such as Adam Long’s Dickens Abridged and improv group Racing Minds are in the line-up. For more information about the event or to buy tickets for any of the shows, visit