TV comic Russell Kane will close Whitchurch Comedy Festival.

Multi award-winning livewire Kane, who has appeared on multiple TV shows including Live At The Apollo, will top the bill on Friday 24 September at the town's Civic Centre.

Kane will be supported by Oldbury comedian Darren Harriott and Black Country musical comic Jonny Cole. Wayne Beese will resume hosting duties in the MC role.

The festival, which is being brought to the town by Funny Beeseness, will take place throughout July, August and September, with the majority of shows taking place at Dodington Lodge Hotel.

Henning Wehn will open the festivalat Whitchurch Civic Centre on Saturday 24 July.

Confirmed to appear at Whitchurch Comedy Festival are Tom Binns and Ivan Brackenbury (Saturday 31 July), Ed Byrne (Friday 6 August), Seann Walsh (Friday 20 August), Tom Stade (Friday 27 August), Paul Sinha (Friday 3 September) and Rich Hall (Friday 11 September).

Scott Bennett (Thursday 29 July) and Troy Hawke (Thursday 26 August) will also be performing their latest tour shows at the Dodington Lodge.

Wayne Beese, director of Funny Beeseness, from Dudley, said: “Russell is genuinely one of the best live acts out there, and we’re delighted to have him make his Funny Beeseness debut. To have Darren, whose star is rising by the minute and who appears to be on the telly in everything at the moment, and Jonny, who is one of our most popular and requested acts, makes two big cherries on top of an already delicious cake.

“It’s a fantastic show in prospect and tickets are already flying out, so we would urge people to get booked up quickly and come and join us.

“We’ve been blown away by the level of support for the festival, with nearly 1,000 tickets gone already. After what we've all been through the past year we could all do with a laugh, and we can't thank people enough for their support.”

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