British Summer Time just got better – 4 king-sized days of comedy in Hyde Park


There’s more than just one comedy festival happening this summer … And while half the comedy scene decamps to Edinburgh in August, Hyde Park is playing host to a spanking line-up of comedians in June.

As part of the British Summer Time festival between June 18 and 28, there are four days of comedy, featuring TV comic after TV comic – how about this for starters: Rich Hall (with his band), Jim Jefferies, Katherine Ryan, Ed Byrne, The Boy With Tape on his Face, Andrew Maxwell and Marcus Brigstocke. Tickets go on sale today – Friday 1 May – at 9am, from this link.

The full line-up is as follows:

Monday 22 June
Rich Hall and his Band, Marcus Brigstocke, Shappi Khorsandi, Romesh Ranganathan, Russell Kane MC.

Tuesday 23 June
Jim Jefferies, Katherine Ryan, Glenn Wool, Jamali Maddix, Andrew Maxwell MC.

Wednesday 24 June
Ed Byrne, Gina Yashere, Jimeoin, Daniel Sloss, Stephen K Amos MC.

Thursday 25 June
Ardal o’Hanlon, Nina Conti, Tape Face, Joe Lycett, Jarred Christmas

It would be remiss not to pull out a few choice cuts from that line-up. Jim Jefferies is a notable headliner, because this is, as it stands, his only UK appearance this year. He is based in Los Angeles now and rarely gigs on these shores, so if you like a bit of Jefferies’ bruising style, here’s your chance.

Rich Hall has gradually become a true modern comedy great, and these days his preference is musical comedy with his country band backing. His “Hoedown” shows in recent years have been top-quality, and he hasn’t ruled out an appearance from his alter-ego Otis Lee Crenshaw for this gig, either …

There is a nice slice of variety, too, with Kiwi silent comedian Tape Face and British ventriloquist Nina ContiTape Face has quickly become one of our best-loved comedians, and his mix of big-hearted audience participation and constant surprises earned him the highest-rated show of Edinburgh Fringe 2012. Conti meanwhile may have graced your radio recently with her Radio 4 documentary Clowning Around, on her two years spent as a hospital entertainer. She also bagged a Bafta nomination for previous docu, Her Master’s Voice – but now she’s back onstage doing what she does best.

And if you’re looking for a potentially big name in the future, check out Jamali Maddix

So get stuck in – the line-ups quite frankly speak for themselves.

Barclaycard presents … Hyde Park’s British Summer Time, devotes itself to comedy from June 24-28, tickets £27.50-£35

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