Comedy stars curate Summer Comedy Festival on Radio 4

Saturday 18th July 2020, 10:01am

The News Quiz. Miles Jupp. Copyright: BBC.

Radio 4 is to broadcast a series of comedy programmes under the title Summer Comedy Festival.

Comedy stars Miles Jupp, Jo Brand, Daliso Chaponda, Jayde Adams, Sara Pascoe and Darren Harriott will each curate a programme as part of the line-up.

The station explains: "Expect a summer festival with a difference as some of the nation's favourite comics turn curators and host a virtual festival featuring their favourite performers from the worlds of comedy, literature and spoken word."

The series will start this coming Friday (24th July) in the station's 6:30pm comedy slot, with a show from former News Quiz host Miles Jupp (pictured).

The station says: "Jupp pitches his festival in an eclectic field dubbed Juppstock, where alternative stand-up comic Simon Munnery, crime writer Val McDermid, and quiz supremo Paul Sinha are amongst guests stepping up to the virtual stage.

"Jo Brand settles on a poetic theme for her gathering on Friday 31 July, with the talents of poet, musician and performer John Hegley, spoken word artist Hollie McNish, poet and playwright Nafeesa Hamid and comedian Lewis Macleod.

"Stand-up and writer Daliso Chaponda takes the reigns for Friday 7 August with a line-up soon to be announced around the theme of protest; Funny Women Award-winner Jayde Adams, presents a glittering line-up on 14 August topped by cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat. Comedian, actor and author Sara Pascoe's Tear-Jerker festival is scheduled for 21 August, and Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee Darren Harriott's Carnival Of The Unexpected [is] on 28 August."

Commissioner Sioned Wiliam says: "Our six hosts each have their own brilliant styles but they share comedic excellence which I know listeners will hear in their curations too. Radio 4's Summer Comedy Festival hopes to give listeners a little bit of the magic they may be missing whilst most live events aren't taking place."

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