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Ashbourne Festival - comedy night line-up

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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THIS year's Ashbourne Festival Comedy Night has a stellar line-up, with Jo Caulfield, Matt Richardson and Paul Tonkinson.

Jo has local roots as, despite being born in Wales to Irish parents, she was brought up in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

She grew up believing the East Midlands was her oyster before moving to London to sing and play drums in a rockabilly band.

This was an unusual decision as Jo can neither sing nor play drums.

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She was recently nominated as the best female stand-up in the country as well as having a successful radio show.

Best-known for her one-woman shows, Jo is "one of the finest female comics at work" according to the Observer.

Matt is forging himself a great career and, although only 22, is already a familiar figure on television and at comedy festivals.

In a rapid rise to fame, he has done a nationwide tour, co-hosted The Xtra Factor for 32 episodes and made appearances on other TV programmes, including Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

He has won Best New Act awards at Leicester, Bath and Newbury comedy festivals.

A self-confessed professional Northerner – and far worse, a celebrity Manchester United fan – Paul is a star of comedy in all its forms.

Whether on-stage, in character or as a TV host, he does not fail to make you giggle.

On stage, Paul leads his audience on a guided tour through the differences in male and female logic and can poke fun at almost every region in Britain and further afield.

He is a stalwart of the comedy circuit and regularly takes his shows to the Edinburgh Festival, as well as being a regular Northern voice on television and radio.

In the past, he has hosted The Big Breakfast and the ground-breaking The Sunday Show.

Tickets for the show on July 4 are now available on line at www.ashbourne festival.org or from the visitor information centre at the town hall.

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