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Southport Comedy Festival celebrates its fifth birthday on 15 - 25 October.

Brought to you by Formby based Big Comedy UK, it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Ticket prices start at just £3 and, if you buy direct from the venues, there are no additional charges

This year’s star-studded festival offers more TV names than ever before.

Sean Hughes, Paul Sinha and Jason Byrne all return in 2015 following sell-out shows last year.

They are joined this year by Rob Beckett, Fred MacAulay, Sara Pascoe, Joe Lycett, Jo Caulfield and Gary Delaney.

Adding an international flavour are artists from Australia, Sweden, Canada, and Malawi.

Southport Comedy Festival offers something for everyone young and old.

As well as classic stand-up, there are comedy pub crawls, squeaky clean variety shows, comedy sketch shows and the annual Southport New Comedian Of The Year.

This year there will also be a full-scale Children’s Comedy Festival with loads of free events and shows on offer for all ages.

Southport Comedy Festival will also be raising money for five North West charities.

A festival spokesman said: “The Southport Comedy Festival is about bringing comedy to the people, using local venues and working with local businesses.

“Ticket prices start at just £3 and, if you buy direct from the venues, there are no additional charges. Many of the events in the Children’s Comedy Festival are absolutely free!”

Visit www.southportcomedyfestival.com for full line-up, information and direct links to book tickets.