Saturday June 26 2021








Thousands of comedy fans temporarily jammed a ticket website as they tried to get their hands on tickets for the biggest event of 2021 – ‘Comedy In The Park’ featuring John Bishop, James Acaster, Rob Beckett, Al Murray, Judi Love and host Tom Davis.  

The website for Wicksteed Open Air Theatre crashed earlier this morning due to a surge in demand for presale tickets. Promoters M&B would like to reassure fans that the website is up and running and that tickets are still available for presale today and general sale on Friday 31st July at 9am via www.wicksteedopenair.com James Penny spokesman for the new Open Air Theatre said; ‘We are  truly overwhelmed by the huge demand for tickets.The sheer volume of people heading to our website has been so encouraging and we’re working to get all tickets processed as quickly as possible. We are pleased to see that people are excited as we are about this amazing comedy line up and venue! We would like to reassure those that do not have tickets that the web-site is now fully functional and tickets are still available for purchase.’

Prepare for a riotous summer evening of laughter as Wicksteed Open Air Theatre promoter M&B announces their first big event for 2021. Comedy In The Park, an exciting all-day comedy extravaganza, will take place at the stunning grounds on Wicksteed Park on Saturday 26th June 2021. 

Home of world-class comedy, Comedy in the Park will feature spectacular stand-up stars and cutting-edge talent.

Breaking through in the early 2000s, John Bishop is one of the most popular stand-up comedians in the UK, regularly selling out arenas across the country. The Liverpool born comic has won numerous awards throughout his career, and in 2014 was given an honorary fellowship from the city’s John Moore’s University for his contribution to the arts, and for his extensive charity work. A regular on television screens, John has achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including John Bishop’s Australia, John Bishop’s Britain, John Bishop’s Only Joking, The John Bishop Show, The John Bishop Christmas Show and John Bishop’s Gorilla Adventure. More recently he’s done John Bishop’s Ireland for ITV1 and four series of ‘John Bishop: In Conversation With…, which sees him chatting, one to one with some of the UK’s biggest names. John has also hosted The Royal Variety Performance.

Former Wicksteed Park employee and super fan James Acaster also joins the bill. Stand-up genius and podcaster extraordinaire James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like Mock the WeekLive at the Apollo, Hypothetical and his own Netflix special Repertoire. His podcast Off Menu with pal Ed Gamble recently hit a momentous 30 million downloads. Kettering-born James Acaster worked at the park as a teen and subsequently recreated the park in meringue on a celebrity episode of the Great British Bake Off.

James said: “It’s taken over a decade of gigging but this little Kettering boy is finally going to achieve his lifelong goal and perform at Wicksteed Park. Thank you for this gift.”

Mouth of the South Rob Beckett also joins the bill. Host of BBC One’s All Together Now and team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, Beckett is also a star of BBC One’s Live at the ApolloWould I Lie to You?, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, BBC Two’s Mock the Week, ITV’s Play to the Whistle, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and Sky’s A League of Their Own. And he is a host of Dave’s podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Jimmy Bullard and Ian Smith. It’s been a busy few years for Beckett and he’s got some sidesplitting stories to tell.

Laugh out loud with the original pub landlord as Al Murray prepares for pulling the pints again live in Wicksteed Park. As well as performing stand-up, Murray has obtained an eclectic list of TV credits over the years, including appearances on Live at the ApolloMichael McIntyre’s Comedy RoadshowHell’s KitchenTop Gear, Horrible Histories and numerous BBC panel shows. He has also written and featured in successful shows including Al Murray’s Happy Hour and The Pub Landlord. Murray’s unique blend of satire, surrealism and observational comedy inspired by the world today is just what we all need right now.

Loose Women star Judi Love also joins the bill. Love’s quick wit and infectious laugh quickly made her a fan favourite when she joined the Loose Women panel in 2020. Judi’s motto ‘Laughter is Healing’ provides a very accurate insight into how she deals with life’s many obstacles. Judi will take everyday situations, add her unique perspective and turn it into something hilarious. It’s the type of humour that resonates in people from all walks of life. Love has proved herself to be a hilarious comedian in both her stand-up and across TV and radio.

Hosting the event is Tom Davis, a writer, actor and stand-up comedian best known for his breakout BAFTA award winning show Murder in Successville. The cult BBC3 series, which he co-wrote with James De Frond, is a mix of cop show meets reality TV, and Successville is a surreal place with a high celebrity homicide count. He’s since starred in the spoof ITV spy series Action Team and is the writer and star of BBC One sitcom King Gary.

Davis said:

“I’m double excited to be hosting this event to mark the return of live comedy. It will be my first time performing in a park since quitting Sunday league, hopefully I can bring the same amount of laughter to this as me playing football brought to many.” 

Alongside this carnival of comedy, M&B will transform Wicksteed Open Air Theatre for this carnival of comedy. Alongside the comedy add award-winning street food; pop up cocktail bars, cafés, bars, shops and stalls. The ultimate night out for any comedy lover!!

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