Welcome to the fourth annual Colchester Comedy Festival! This year we have 16 days of mirth and laughter programmed at venues all over Colchester. Amongst the bigger names there are shows from Rich Hall and Miles Jupp at the Mercury Theatre as well as Lucy Porter and Jo Caulfield at the Arts Centre. We also have fabulous comedy theatre at the Headgate and a selection of hilarious films at Firstsite. Yet again we showcase the best of our local comic talent. There's a chance to get involved with comedy workshops at The Minories, the popular Colchester New Comedian of the Year competition plus our brand new “Laugh a Minute” competition. Colchester Comedy Festival is committed to providing a diverse range of shows to entertain all ages and suit all budgets. We aim to encourage the people of Colchester to get involved in celebrating our thriving local arts and entertainment scene. LAUGH A MINUTE COMPETITION Go on make us a laugh... create a 60 second video and send to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The winning shortlist will be uploaded to our website and shown at Comedy Festival launch. Voting will take place throughout festival and the winner announced at Colchester New Comedian of The Year final on 16 Oct. Closing date for submissions 23 September.