Paddy Lennox offers the perfect pick-me-up for comedians and audiences
Catching up with old buddies and standing on stage watching a sea of faces is what Paddy Lennox is looking forward to when he hosts his outdoor comedy festival next weekend.
Comedy baron Bishop’s Stortford has arguably lined up the finest collection of comedians ever assembled in the city – including TV and BBC Radio 4 talent, award winners, Edinburgh Fringe Festival regulars and a comedian who appeared in a movie with Robin Williams.
The two-day festival, billed as “A Field of Laughter”, will be held on the grounds of the Bishop’s Stortford High School (TBSHS) pavilion on its London Road campus on Friday and Saturday (June 25-26).
“The business, the event… it’s going to be a beautiful night,” said Paddy, who ran the Laughing Bishops Comedy Club from the Water Lane United Reformed Church Hall in Stortford before the coronavirus pandemic hit and hope to resume it in the near future. He also runs the Dunmow Comedy Club and hosts comedy nights at Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall.
The festival will have a full bar and there will be Vietnamese street food as well as grills from Bishop’s Stortford’s The Secret Sausage Shop delivered directly to the members of the public’s camp chairs and picnic mats set up at their designated locations. on the grounds of the pavilion. Drinks and food can be ordered through the Round app.
Relieved Paddy, who will be present on both nights, said the Covid secure event was unaffected by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday June 14 that the easing of lockdown restrictions was being delayed. “We are doing it outside to eliminate the Covid risk,” he said.
It echoed the view that people were desperate to attend live performances and the audience response so far had been positive.
“I’ve done a few gigs back and the reception has been just amazing,” he said. “It’s tapping into the familiar – people think ‘Oh, that’s how we do this’!”
So who’s on the bill?
Friday’s lineup includes Irish headliner Andrew Maxwell, TV and BBC Radio 4 News Quiz regular that appeared in the 2019 version of I’m a celebrity … Get me out of here! and tells the MTV Ex on the beach.
He will be supported by master craftsman Ben Norris (Make fun of the week and Don’t mind the buzzcocks) and the musicals Christian Reilly and Glastonbury Pillars Mitch Benn (BBC Radio 4’s The show now).
Saturday sees another Irishman, Neil Delamere, headlining, supported by Ria Lina, Steve Bugeja and American comedian Scott Capurro.
Comedian, actress and writer Lina was born in High Wycombe to a Filipino mother and German father, educated in California and the Netherlands, and worked for the Serious Fraud Office as a computer investigator before to become an actress. She appeared on Yesterday today and the day before yesterday, Make fun of the week and The show now.
She holds a BSc in Experimental Pathology from the University of St Andrews, a PhD in Viral Bioinformatics from University College London and, after a short break, during which she had the first of her three children, an MSc in Forensic Science and Technology at London South Bank. University.
Former TBSHS student Bugeja won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2013, following in the footsteps of Marcus Brigstocke, Paul Foot, Alan Carr, Nina Conti, Rhod Gilbert, Tom Allen and Angela Barnes.
San Francisco-based Capurro – who won the 1994 Perrier Award for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival – will shock some audiences with his material on gay life and culture, politics, race and racism. He was the voice of Beed Annodue in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and appeared with Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire.
The doors open both evenings at 6 p.m. The shows start at 7:45 p.m. and end at 10:45 p.m. There will be free parking.
Tickets, with a 25% discount for the NHS and nursing staff, cost £ 25 per person, but can be as low as £ 16 per person if you go with up to seven friends or family. There are discounts for group bookings: 4 tickets for £ 80 (£ 20 per person), 6 for £ 108 (£ 18 per person) and 8 for £ 128 (£ 16 per person). They can be purchased online at www.paddylennox.com.
The event is reserved for over 16s.