Bookshop to deliver chuckle in hard times with online comedy festival
St Andrew’s Bookshop in Great Missenden, Bucks, is stepping in to help Christian comedians and charities with an online Comedy Festival from 16-18 June.
Owner Steve Barnett explains the thinking behind it:
“As you will probably have heard, many performing artists have seen their income dry up. We thought that a Comedy Festival would be a fun way to raise some money for the comedians who normally perform in churches and at Christian Festivals.
“I got the idea listening to The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2 where they were talking about a Folk festival at Home which aimed to raise money for musicians with no gigs. It made me think it might be fun to do a comedy festival to help out some of Christian comedians who normally do the festivals like us!
“One of the things we are doing is asking people to record ‘My favourite joke’ and send it to us. We will be using these videos to promote the event and to give people a chuckle in these difficult times.”
Top acts appearing at the family-friendly festival include Andy Kind, Paul Kerensa, Adrian Plass, Anna Nicholson, Tony Vino, Nicola Houghton, Stephen Cookson, Yazz Fetto and more. Shows will be broadcast online at 7pm on 16th, 17th and 18th June.
Viewers can donate online - as well as supporting the performers, the festival will also help Christian charities Christians Against Poverty (CAP), Kintsugi Hope and Tearfund.
Find out more at www.standrewsbookshop.co.uk/comedyfestival