Why did the chicken cross the road? To go to a comedy festival.

Top comedians from around the UK will be descending on Liverpool for 2 weeks to turn the funniest city in the UK into the funniest city across the world. They will be complemented by the very best of home-grown Scouse talent for a fabulously funny fortnight hosted in a city well known for it’s comedy (and elegant accent). The festival is powered by The Comedy Trust, a charity based in the city centre who work tirelessly to achieve their mission of ‘Creating Happier, Healthier People’. Year round the Trust works to improve mental health and well-being, communities, the education sector and the corporate sector through the use of our comedy based programmes.

From performances from Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Daliso Chaponda to a surprise visit from TV’s Russell Kane with regular local comedians performing every night of the week – it’s been a busy couple of months for Liverpool’s first purpose built comedy club Hot Water Comedy. No rest for the funny – it’s about to get a lot more busy as the 17th Liverpool comedy festival is soon upon us and over half the performances will be at their space. In addition to their 160 seater main room they’ve built a second purpose made studio space. This smaller room will be complete with a bar, fireplace and the infamous Hot Water Comedy logo.

Paul Blair, co-founder of Hot Water Comedy Club, said, “The Liverpool Comedy Festival is always a highlight of our year and we’re proud to be such a big part of it this time around. With the new room, we have the space to be a comedy hub buzzing with creativity during the festival. We want our audiences to have an unforgettable night of live stand-up comedy – and there’s no audience quite like a scouse audience – so we’re sure they’ll give the acts an unforgettable night too!”

With straight stand-up, sketches, musical comedy and more – there’s something for everyone. Even the most stoney-faced comedy fan will struggle not to crack a smile. The Liverpool Comedy Festival runs from Friday 15th September to Sunday 1st October 2017 – with over 180 comedy shows sandwiched in between. Many comedians will be bringing their shows directly from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Hot off the most prestigious comedy festival in the world, these acts have fine-tuned their shows just in time for you to enjoy the finished product, right here in Liverpool. What better chance have you got to see some of the funniest men and women in the UK?

This year Hot Water will host the lion’s share of shows during the festival, boasting tonnes of big names and the best of local talent. Rob Brydon, Greg Davies, Micky Flanagan, Stan Boardman are just some of the names. Up and coming star, Adam Rowe, performs his show Live At Hot Water at the venue of the same name on Monday 21st September. Adam has been performing across the country for over 6 years, amassing a large local and online following and is well worth going to see live.

There’s over 150 venues across 18 different venues. More details here.