It’s no joke; comedy festival cancelled

A comedy festival due to be held for the eighth year in Hull - which will be City of Culture in 2017 - has been cancelled.

Jon Richardson, who will be appearing at Hull City Hall on November 9, despite the cancellation of Hull Comedy Festival.
Jon Richardson, who will be appearing at Hull City Hall on November 9, despite the cancellation of Hull Comedy Festival.

Organisers of Hull Comedy Festival blamed “circumstances beyond their control” and vowed to be back “bigger and stronger” next year.

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Eight independent shows of the 50 planned will go ahead - including Jon Richardson who is appearing at Hull City Hall on November 9 - and full refunds will be available for tickets for cancelled shows.

Andy Train, the city’s ‘Gold Man’ living statue and stand up comedian, who has appeared at the festival previously, said “quirky, grassroots” events needed support and financial backing, adding: “This needs addressing soonest especially as 2017 is looming on the horizon.” Malcolm Scott, who sits on the City of Culture board and is a partner in Kardomah94, a new cafe-bar and events venue in the city centre, which will still be hosting one of the gigs, Passion Fruit: Live! Kick Ass Bowls, on November 9 - said: “I know how difficult it is and what a big commitment it is to put on anything anywhere and I sympathise with anything that hasn’t quite worked out. If we can help with anything we’d be delighted.”