TV QUIZZER and stand-up comedian Paul Sinha is the latest big name to appear at the eagerly-awaited Whitchurch Comedy Festival this summer.

The star of hit ITV quiz show The Chase and award-winning stand up will headline a show in the town on Friday September 3, as part of a festival throughout July, August and September, with most of the shows taking place in a marquee on the lawns of the Dodington Lodge Hotel.

It is being put on by Black Country comedy promoters Funny Beeseness, who also announced this week that Canadian cult comic Tom Stade would be topping the bill at a show at the hotel on Friday, August 27.

Henning Wehn will open the festival headlining a show at Whitchurch Civic Centre on Saturday, July 24.

Also confirmed to appear at the Doddy so far, as well as Sinha and Stade, are Tom Binns and Ivan Brackenbury (Saturday, July 31), Ed Byrne (Friday, August 6), and Seann Walsh (Friday, August 20).


Wayne Beese, director of Funny Beeseness, from Dudley, said: “Paul has consistently been one of our most popular acts since we started putting on shows, so if previous gigs are anything to go by the chase will most certainly be on for tickets.

“Most people will know him as a quizzer, but he is without question a brilliant and award-winning comic as well and definitely worth seeing live.

“We are also delighted to be bringing Tom to Whitchurch for the first time, who is loved and adored by everyone wherever he goes, a true world-class comedian.

“We’ve got a couple more big names up our sleeves and we’ll be announcing them to our mailing list first, so get signed up if you are not on it already to find out first who else will be appearing.”

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