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Comedy promoters stage SE1 Laughter Week

Four promoters who stage comedy nights in local pubs have teamed up to launch SE1 Laughter Week - seven days of comedy for locals, workers and tourists.

SE1 Laughter Week promoters
L-R: Elise Harris, Alxis Dubus, Gary Colman, Paul Ricketts. Photo: Ian Robertson

Last November four comedy promoters – Paul Ricketts amd Verity Welch (Up The Arts Comedy at The Miller of Mansfield & Horse Bar), Alexis Dubus (Falling Down With Laughter at Belushi's), Gary Colman (Electric Mouse at The Leather Exchange) and Elise Harris (Ship of Fools at The Ship) – got together to discuss staging a comedy festival.

Now SE1 Laughter Week is set to become a reality, kicking off on Friday 16 March with a free open-air event at The Scoop.

As local residents Paul Ricketts, Alexis Dubus and Elise Harris say that the area is ideally suited to a comedy festival designed to reach all sections of the population – residents, local workers and visitors alike.

The SE1 Laughter Week programme will include films, stand-up, sketches, cabaret, music, a comedy course for beginners and shows for the benefit of local charities and Comic Relief.

The organisers want to know is what local people would like to see – events, performers or whatever. Volunteers who can lend their skills to the project are also welcome. If you think you can help, email Paul Ricketts on as soon as possible.

The full SE1 Laughter Week programme will be available on our Comedy page once it is finalised.

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