Forget Edinburgh, head to Chorley

Alistair Mcgowan
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe may be drawing to a close but you can enjoy some of the funniest shows from the event here in Lancashire.

Bringing the shows that were performed at the Fringe, a myriad of comics will journey south to the Chorley Little Theatre to tickle your funny bone and banish those Edinburgh Festival blues.

Steve Royle & Phil Walker top the bill on September 18 with a Chorley Little Theatre debut of Slaughterhouse Live, their award-winning character cabaret for £10 a ticket.

Britain’s favourite impressionist Alistair McGowan sets his return to stand-up with Not Just a Pretty Voice on September 21 for £15, asking the big questions we all want answers to: would the world be a happier place if Ed Milliband was Prime Minister? Or is Hilary Devey Jessie J’s mum?

Never Mind The Buzzcock’s Phill Jupitus heads to Chorley for the first time bringing You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here on September 27, a new show of improvisational stand-up comedy to the stage. Tickets are £15 per person for Phill’s only Lancashire tour date.

Musician, actress, songwriter and comedian, Vikki Stone mixes stand up and musical comedy in her latest show Definitely, and depending on whether or not her dog can learn to dance...dog dancing. Her show will be on September 28 with tickets going for £13/£11.

Comedy duo Peacock & Gamble bring a ‘wonderfully silly, surprisingly enthusiastic show’ Heart-Throbs to the Little Theatre on October 4 for £10.

Victorian time-travelling magicians Morgan & West turn back the clocks with a family-friendly comedy show packed full of deception, precognitive powers and a genuine ability to travel through time. Tickets are on sale for £12 per adult, £10 per child and £40 for a family ticket on October 6.

Chorley’s own ComedySportz return from Manchester’s Comedy Store with an improvisational game show where two teams battle it out for the biggest laughs. The show will feature on November 2 at £6 per ticket.

Canadian stand-up Craig Campbell brings his highly anticipated live show Thrilling Mic Hunt two years after his last show went down a treat. Tickets are £15 and the show is on November 9.

All things tartan, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre in Space puppet show take songs, sketches, socks and violence with a Sci-Fi theme to the stage. The show is on November 16 for £8 with a buy one, get one free policy until September 1.

Geordie comedian Chris Ramsey braves the stage after being ‘sent off’ Soccer AM’s morning show with his new tour The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television discussing mistakes, offence and on air censorship. The show is on November 17 for £16.50 a ticket.

BBC Three show host Russell Kane comes to Chorley with a new show, Smallness,about keeping things small when life gets big. The show is on January 20 & 21 for £17.50 a ticket.

Avid liar and platinum-selling R&B artist Alex Horne, is back with a stand-up show, Lies, full of observations, impressions and lies. Tickets are £12 and the show is on February 8 2014.

Covering politics, religion and love in his past tours, Richard Herring tackles mortality in his new show We’re All Going To Die. The show is on March 29 2014 for £15 a ticket.

Ian Robinson, chairman of the Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society Committee, said: “It’s very exciting to get these comedy acts here and I feel happy that we could bring them all to Chorley.

“We have several acts who are making first-time appearances at the Little Theatre like Phill Jupitus, as well as acts who always tour here, like Chris Ramsey who will make his fifth appearance on November 17.”

All details can be found at www.chorleylittletheatre.com and to book your tickets call the Chorley Little Theatre Box Office on 01257 264362.