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Comedy festival: Andrew Maxwell, Christian Reilly, Mitch Benn, Ben Norris, Neil Delamer, Steve Bugeja, Ria Lina and Scott Capurro to appear at open-air Bishop's Stortford event

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An open-air comedy festival being held in Bishop’s Stortford on the last weekend in June has a bill featuring some of the best acts on the circuit.

The two-day event, hosted by Laughing Bishops Comedy Club founder and compere and Stortford resident Paddy Lennox, is being held on Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, in the pavilion field at The Bishop’s Stortford High School (TBSHS) in London Road.

There will be a covered outdoor stage. Audience members can take their own picnic chairs and rugs and set up on their designated space – in the form of a 'dot' – on the field. Drinks and food can be ordered via the Round app and delivered to them.

Open-air Bishop's Stortford Comedy Weekend (48033668)
Open-air Bishop's Stortford Comedy Weekend (48033668)

The festival will have a full bar and there will be Vietnamese street food plus grills from Bishop's Stortford's own The Secret Sausage Shop.

Both nights will feature four comedians compered by Paddy. Friday’s line-up is headlined by Irishman and TV and BBC Radio 4 regular Andrew Maxwell, with Christian Reilly, Mitch Benn and Ben Norris also on the bill.

On Saturday, Neil Delamere headlines, supported by ex-TBSHS student Steve Bugeja, Ria Lina and American Scott Capurro. Bugeja won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2013, following in the footsteps of the likes of Marcus Brigstocke, Paul Foot, Alan Carr, Nina Conti, Rhod Gilbert, Tom Allen and Angela Barnes.

The gates open both nights at 6pm. The shows begin at 7.45pm and end at 10.45pm. There will be free parking.

Tickets, with a 25% discount for NHS and care staff, are £25 a head but could be as low as £16 a head if you go with friends or family. There are discounts for group bookings: 4 tickets for £80 (£20 a head), 6 for £108 (£18 a head) and 8 for £128 (£16 a head). They can be bought online at www.paddylennox.com.

The event is for over-16s only.

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