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Christmas Comedy Fun With Jumpers And Hats To Boot
This was comedy with a capital C - and, happily, the C also stood for Christmas.

The Lichfield Garrick Theatre's season of Comedy 42 shows - named after a line in cult sci-fi classic The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - celebrated the festive period with this special Christmas Extravaganza.

Tamar Broadbent
Tamar Broadbent headlined the Comedy 42 Christmas special


And as well as a terrific line-up of comedians, we were also treated to loads of Christmas jumpers, presents for members of the audience, and a festive sing-a-long.

The monthly Comedy 42 nights were switched from the Garrick's more intimate studio to the main theatre for this December 17 special, with the stage still set up for the ongoing pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Lichfield Garrick
The main Garrick theatre stage played host to comedy night


The Lichfield theatre's regular comedy host, Chris Purchase - who managed to display six different Christmas jumpers during the course of the evening - was joined by George Rigden, who later led the crowd in a rendition of The Pogues' classic, Fairytale of New York.

Chris Purchase
Chris Purchase shared compering duties


The first of the main comedy acts was TV favourite Gary Delaney of Mock The Week fame, who got into the festive spirit by walking out on stage wearing a cow's head from among the panto props.

He reeled off a non-stop collection of sharp one-liners on subjects ranging from losing weight and relationships to historical sex abuse investigations.

Gary Delaney
First of the comedy line-up was Gary Delaney of Mock The Week fame


After the audience got in on the act by reading out corny jokes from the crackers thrown from the stage, it was the turn of Ben Van Der Velde, who amused the crowd with life as a Jewish Geordie, including a debate on circumcision.

Ben Van Der Velde
Ben Van Der Velde gave insight into Jewish upbringing


But after a further interlude, this time for a Christmas jumper competition, it was the impressive Tamar Broadbent who proved the ideal headline act.

Tamar, who accompanied herself on keyboards, clearly has an exceptional singing voice ideally suited for the musical stage.

But her self-penned comedy songs hilariously dealt with subjects ranging from a hen party's overseas holiday and Facebook friend requests to the Train Ride Of Shame after a heavy night.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick Theatre


The 2016 programme of Comedy 42 shows starts on January 22 with Joel Dommett, Gary Tro and Bec Hill, followed on February 19 by Adam Bloom, Luke Honnoraty, and Tony Jameson.

For further information, or to book tickets, visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com or call Lichfield Garrick's Box Office on 01543 412121.
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Why? A Splendid Night Of Christmas-Time Comedy
When: 17 December 2015
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR
Cost: £15 a ticket
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