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Summer of Comedy on Radio 4

By David Porter

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Miles Jupp offers up his dream line-up as the first of six curators for BBC Radio 4’s first Summer Comedy Festival.

Miles Jupp
Miles Jupp

Expect a summer festival with a difference as some of the nation's favourite comics turn curators and host a virtual festival featuring their favourite performers from the worlds of comedy, literature and spoken word.

The other comedy curators are: Jo Brand, Darren Harriott, Sara Pascoe, Daliso Chaponda and Jayde Adams.

Jupp pitches his festival in an eclectic field dubbed Juppstock, where alternative stand-up comic Simon Munnery, crime writer Val McDermid, and quiz supremo Paul Sinha are amongst guests stepping up to the virtual stage.

Jo Brand settles on a poetic theme for her gathering on Friday, July 31, with the talents of poet, musician and performer John Hegley, spoken word artist Hollie McNish, poet and playwright Nafeesa Hamid and comedian Lewis MacLeod.

Stand-up and writer Daliso Chaponda takes the reigns for Friday, August 7 with a line-up soon to be announced around the theme of protest, Funny Women Award-winner Jayde Adams, presents a glittering line-up onAugust 14 topped by cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat.

Comedian, actor and author Sara Pascoe’s Tear-Jerker festival is scheduled for August 21, and Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee Darren Harriott’s Carnival Of The Unexpected on August 28.

Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Radio 4 comedy, says: “Our six hosts each have their own brilliant styles but they share comedic excellence which I know listeners will hear in their curations too. Radio 4’s Summer Comedy Festival hopes to give listeners a little bit of the magic they may be missing whilst most live events aren’t taking place.”

Line-ups confirmed so far: Friday, July 24 - 6.30pm, Radio 4 - Host: Miles Jupp; Guests: Simon Munnery, Alison Mitchell, Abandoman, Val McDermid, and Paul Sinha.

Friday, July 31, 6.30pm Radio 4 - Host: Jo Brand; Guests: John Hegley, Nafeesa Hamid, Hollie McNish and Lewis MacLeod.

Followed by hosts Daliso Chaponda (7), Jayde Adams (14), Sara Pascoe (21) and Darren Harriott (28 August).

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