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By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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BANISH the new year blues with Exeter's comedy festival Laugh Out Loud.

Helping you get through the dreary months of January and February, the city's the top venues will host unforgettable performances from well known and up-and-coming comedians.

Expect plenty of stand-up, sketch comedy and open mic sessions from the likes of Peep Show star Isy Suttie, Chortle Comedy Award nominees Peacock and Gamble, and Holly Burn, named best comedy newcomer by Harry Hill in 2012.

The festival launches on January 18 and runs until, February 10, but to give a taster of what's in store during those weeks a few warm-up gigs will take place.

The first is at Exeter Northcott Theatre on Saturday, January 12, and is energetic comedy Fhlip Fhlop – a mixture of witty dialogue, slapstick, laughter, breakdance, beatbox and DJing.

Two painter-decorators are doing a job in a friend's flat, but in traditional slapstick manner, things go wrong. In a dynamic display of one-upmanship, they compete to out-do each other with moves essentially unchanged from the time of the Marx Brothers.

The Northcott is also hosting the second warm-up gig, Alaska, featuring the characters of Bear Grylls, Ray Mears, Angels, Myrtle Hoover, his wife and children, a whole host of forest wildlife, film, firelights, shadows and an impressive soundtrack.

During the festival itself, the city will welcome a host of names from the world of comedy including Tony Law at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday, January 31.

Known for his highly surreal material and delivery, and 1950s Americana style of dress and Viking style of hair, Tony is bringing his five star, Edinburgh Festival sell-out show Maximum Nonsense to the city.

For a full list of events plus further details, visit www.lolfestival.co.uk

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