Some of the biggest names in comedy have been revealed for Southport Comedy Festival 2021.
Reginald D Hunter, Jo Caulfield, Ed Byrne, Mark Thomas and Tez Ilyas will star at the event, in a huge marquee at Victoria Park in Southport this October.
They join festival favourite Jason Byrne, who was announced last month, with more shows to be announced in the next few weeks.
Southport Comedy Festival 2021 is sponsored by Anthony James Estate Agents with a number of other local companies supporting the event.
Southport Comedy Festival Director Brendan Riley said: “We are really excited about this year’s event. We are building towards a proper festival.
“From the people, comedians and agents we have spoken to, there is a real appetite to get back out there and enjoy some top class live comedy again.
“Everyone is really pulling together to get tours back on the road. It’s been a stormy ocean to sail but with the millions of vaccinations taking place and the Covid figures in the UK falling, we are very optimistic about events taking place this year in a Covid safe way.
“Our attitude is very much ‘build it - and they will come’. The names we are announcing are all headliners, we are delighted to have them on the bill this year.
“We are staging the festival in a large marquee, provided by Elite Marquees, at Victoria Park in Southport. We would like to thank Elite Marquees, Southport Flower Show and Victoria Park Events, Sefton Council’s Tourism Team, Anthony James Estate Agents and all our other sponsors for all their continued support.”