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Des Clarke To Kick Off Hamilton Comedy Festival
Des Clarke says this year’s Ha Ha Hamilton comedy festival offers some of the best entertainment the town will ever see.
The festival, now in its third year, starts on Friday 25th with a comedy gala at the Town House that Des is hosting and includes acts such as Janey Godley, Burnistoun, Gary Tank Commander, Sanjeev Kohli, Father Ted’s Michael Redmond and is headlined by Canadian comic Tom Stade.
Des said: “The people of Hamilton bring me back to Ha Ha Hamilton. I loved it last year; the gig at Hamilton Palace was one of my favourite all year. The audience was right up for it, and it’s great because it’s not Glasgow or Edinburgh, and offers something different. It helps that the people of Hamilton are right up for a laugh.
“The punters get it and you build on your audience, so it helps if they’re right up for it. I’ve been involved in all three Ha Ha Hamilton festivals, so I’m a veteran – this is my Vietnam! It’s great just to relive the memories!
“Seriously, though, it gets bigger and better every year and I’m genuinely delighted to be hosting the gala. I’m honoured and it’s for a good cause, so that makes it even better.
“It has brought out some big, big stars. The STV Appeal Gala is something you will never see in Hamilton ever again – I mean that.
“The talent we have on this show would kill it at the Edinburgh or Glasgow festivals, and to get that type of talent right on your doorstep in Hamilton is unreal. It’s a one-off. These are performers who would never have considered a show like that if it wasn’t for such a good cause.
“We have Burnistoun, who have just done sell-out shows, Gary Tank Commander has just played the Hydro, and we have Tom Stade, who has headlined Live at the Apollo. International acts, TV names and the best from the live circuit are right here on your doorstep.
“I know these guys and I can’t believe the bill. The banter backstage will be incredible and any punter who is thinking of going along... it will be the best night of comedy Hamilton has ever seen. I can’t wait, and I’m just hosting it.
“It will be the easiest gig I’ve ever had, but even better, it’s for the STV Appeal, which is a great cause.”
Des says it’s not just the gala that should draw the crowds, there is a lot to offer at this year’s festival, including Gus Lymburn and Liam Withnail’s Comedy Buffet at Jilts on Saturday, September 26.
He said: “Go to see a show, take a punt on something and you will undoubtedly enjoy it, or go to the gala show – it’s a buffet of comedy and for a brilliant cause.
“I think people have welcomed Ha Ha Hamilton and are glad that we’ve made the effort, and I’ve always had a great time when I’ve done shows there. The crowds are as funny as the comedians sometimes, and it really helps that the Hamilton crowds love a laugh. They have a great sense of humour.”
Tickets are still available for the Comedy Gala priced at £20.