Plenty of laughs this summer at Warwick Arts Centre

By Matthew Bates 13/04 Updated: 13/04 11:21

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AUDIENCES at Warwick Arts Centre will be chuckling their way through the summer.

The line-up of funnies with a mix of established and up-and-coming acts gracing the stage has been announced with veteran Terry Alderton - a star of the recent Sport Relief Let's Dance competition - kicking off proceedings on April 22 before telly favourite Jon Richardson on stage on April 29.

Another spotted on the box is Seann Walsh, who made an appearance on Channel 4's topical show Stand Up for the Week. Walsh will draw on tales from his life to deliver a fresh and witty observational comedy show on Thursday, May 3.

The audience will be in safe hands when they split their sides listening to former medic Adam Kay, who became an internet sensation after discovering his talent for musical comedy.

He made a name for himself on the comedy circuit as part of the Amateur Transplants, composing and performing amusing ditties, most notably, the YouTube sensation London Underground.

Now touring as a solo performer, his shows are not for those with sensitive ears, and he will unleash his smutty songs on Arts Centre audiences on Monday, May 7.

At the other end of the comedy spectrum, Radio 4 regular Tim Clare's new show - appearing in May - is a rambling history of leadership.

How to be a Leader (May 26) will provide a wealth of material which even includes a rap about Margaret Thatcher.

Two performers will preview their Edinburgh Fringe shows at the venue. Magician Pete Firman (June 3) will amuse - and astound - with his arsenal of skills and self-deprecating comedy, while Marcel Lucont's Gallic Symbol (also June 3) will feature bawdy, tongue-in-cheek tunes.

For subtle comedy, try The Boy With Tape on His Face (July 21), which features the silent Sam Wills, an array of props and several willing volunteers from the audience.

The Kiwi comic leaves the one-liners at home and constructs visual comedy where laughter's the loudest sound in the room.

The unique performance has even been witnessed at the BBC Comedy Proms and the Royal Variety Performance, which is where the talented Isy Suttie (May 13) could end up. Better known as Dobby on hit TV programme Peep Show, Suttie's natural habitat is the stage, where tales of internet romance and adventure is mixed with bursts of situation comedy and music.

Other acts set to grace the stage this summer include Alex Horne (June 10), Paul Merton (May 18)and Stewart Lee (May 24).

Visit www.warwickartscentre.co.uk for the full programme.

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