Paul Sinah and Seann Walsh set to return to the Black Country

TV comics Seann Walsh and Paul Sinha will take centre stage at a weekend comedy festival being held in Stourbridge for the first time this Summer.

The duo are among thirteen professional acts who will perform as part of 'Fitz Fest', which will be held in the marquee at Katie Fitzgerald’s in Wollaston from June 7 to June 10.

Award-winning comic Sinha, who is best known outside of stand-up as The Sinnerman on ITV teatime quiz show The Chase, will headline the opening night of the festival on Thursday June 7. Observational comic Walsh, who has appeared on shows including 'Live At The Apollo', 'Mock The Week' and '8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown', will top the bill on the closing night on Sunday June 10.

In between the two weekend headline slots will be filled by Barbara Nice, the housewife character creation of Phoenix Nights star, Janice Connolly, and popular Black Country comic Jonny Cole. They will headline nights on Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9 respectively.

The four-day extravaganza is being put on by organisers of the pub’s regular monthly award-winning 'Fitz of Laughter Comedy Club' and tickets are now on sale. Dudley comic Wayne Beese, who is resident compere at the club, said:

“We’re really excited about this weekend. I’ve gigged recently with both Paul and Seann and both were world class, they really are comics at the top of their game. They normally play on the big stages so this is a rare chance to see them in a really intimate 100-seater venue on your doorstep.

“Barbara and Jonny are two of the most popular acts we’ve had here since we started. When we put them on they always sell out and quickly, and that’s because they are superb comics as well who know how to put on a show.

“They will be four amazing nights, and if we can fill the marquee and get it rocking for the whole weekend then who knows, it could become an annual thing.”

The comedy club has been running for nearly four years and put on a host of star stand-up names including Joe Lycett, Tom Stade, Hal Cruttenden and Gary Delaney. Tickets for Fitz Fest cost £15 per show plus booking fees – but there are two special offers for die-hard comedy fans looking to make a weekend of it.

Those booking for two of the four shows will get them for £25 plus booking fees, while fans booking for all four can snap them up for a “Super Saver” £40 – just a tenner a ticket – plus the fees. Wayne added:

“We only have a limited amount of Super Saver tickets available, obviously once the first show sells out we won’t be able to offer that deal any more

"If people want to see all four they should snap those up while they can.”

For further information, or to book your seats, check the online box office.


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