Comics and comedy collide in May at Kendal’s Freerange Comedy Festival

The Drunken Bakers by Barney Farmer and Lee Healey

Comics will be mashing with some top comedy in Kendal in May, coming together for this year’s Freerange Comedy Festival.

Barney Farmer of VIZ fame, co-creator of the darkly hilarious “Drunken Bakers”, will be rubbing shoulders with top touring comics such as Arthur Smith, Nick Revell and Mark Steel, thanks to support from the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

VIZ - Fat Slags

Taking place 18th – 20th May 2018, the event also sports a free VIZ film night (offering “three films so rubbish we’ll pay you to come and watch them”), as well as appearances by some of the UK’s top touring comics and shows.

Also on the line up is John Robertson’s “The Dark Room” – an opportunity to play the world’s first live-action text-based adventure game. Described as a choose-your-own-adventure, “The Dark Room” blurs the lines between comedy and game show and the audience play as contestants.

Each year, comedy stand up takes over Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre for several days of performances and events. You’ll always see the UK’s top touring comics on the programme, along with acclaimed shows from Edinburgh Festival and much more.

Freerange Comedy Festival, Kendal May 2018A regular part of the the town’s year round events programme that includes Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October, this year’s Freerange Comedy Festival is taking a new direction focusing on bespoke, Fringe-style events.

• Freerange Comedy Festival 18th – 20th May 2018, Kendal, Cumbria | Details and booking information here on the Brewery Arts Festival web site

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will be back in Kendal 12th – 14th October 2018 | Web: | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Podcast

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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