Leicester Comedy Festival to publish All Puns Blazing joke book

Exclusive   Monday 16th August 2021, 9:00am by Jay Richardson

  • Leicester Comedy Festival is publishing a celebratory book of puns
  • All Puns Blazing: The Best British Knockout Jokes will feature gags from Pun Championships finalists
  • Festival director Geoff Rowe says: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to bring together so many brilliant, groan-inducing puns"
UK Pun Championships 2020. Image shows from L to R: Richard Pulsford, Chris Norton Walker, Kat Molinari, Iain MacDonald, Colin Leggo, Philip Simon, Jason Byrne, Adele Cliff, Richard Woolford, Stevie Vegas.

Leicester Comedy Festival is publishing a celebratory book of puns, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.

Edited by the festival's director Geoff Rowe, All Puns Blazing: The Best British Knockout Jokes, features gags from Adele Cliff, UK Pun Champion 2020, as well as lines from former title holders Colin Leggo, Lovdev Barpaga, Rob Thomas, Masai Graham and Leo Kearse.

Published by Ebury Spotlight, Penguin Random House's new entertainment imprint whose forthcoming titles includes Alex Horne's Bring Me The Head Of The Taskmaster and Mo Gilligan's memoir That Moment When..., All Puns Blazing will be available to buy from 4th November.

Featuring jokes from many acts to have performed at the UK Pun Championships, which are held during the Leicester Festival each February, other contributors include El Baldiniho, Zahra Barri, Tony Cowards, Henry Dawe, Pauline Eyre, Friz Frizzle, Sean Hegarty, Kevin Hudson, Nigel Lovell, Iain MacDonald, Kat Molinari, Laura Monmoth, Joseph Murphy, Graham Musk, Sean Patrick, Richard Pulsford, Paul Savage, Philip Simon, Andrew Tymms, Stevie Vegas, Chris Norton Walker, Darren Walsh, Richard Woolford and Jenan Younis.

Adele Cliff.

"I was thrilled to be asked to donate some jokes to help support Leicester Comedy Festival" said Cliff (pictured). "It's a wonderful festival that really supports the UK comedy scene each February. I love puns, they're a joyful and silly escape from reality. Having so many pun champions and rising stars all together make this collection a pun of a kind."

The book includes a foreword from Dr Oliver Double of the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive at the University of Kent, while the "knockout" jokes in the title refers to the Pun Championships being a rap battle-style contest that traditionally takes place in a boxing ring.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's Leicester Comedy Festival took place online and the ninth Pun Championship will now happen next year. Eyre, Frizzle, MacDonald, Norton Walker, Pulsford, Thomas, Woolford and Younis will battle for the title.

Geoff Rowe.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to bring together so many brilliant, groan-inducing puns in one place, kindly donated by some of our comedian friends" said Rowe. "This book will help support Leicester Comedy Festival so I'm really grateful to all the acts who have allowed us to use their jokes and help us continue to celebrate British comedy."

Claire Collins, editor for Penguin Random House, added: "Geoff and the team at Leicester Comedy Festival have really made a huge success of the annual UK Pun Championships and #UKPunDay with thousands of people taking part in the annual celebration of puns and jokes. We are delighted to be publishing this book in support of the festival."

The book is available to pre-order now. Penguin.co.uk page

Leicester Comedy Festival will return on 2nd February 2022. Details are available at: comedy-festival.co.uk

All Puns Blazing: The Best British Knockout Jokes

All Puns Blazing: The Best British Knockout Jokes

From Geoff Rowe and the Leicester Comedy Festival comes this brilliant tribute to that most British of jokes, the humble pun.

Including a foreword from Dr Oliver Double and a wealth of hilarious (and occasionally groan-inducing) material from some of Britain's finest stand-up comedic talent, All Puns Blazing is a fun and fitting celebration of grassroots UK comedy.

Featuring puns from:
El Baldiniho, Lovdev Barpaga, Zahra Barri, Adele Cliff, Tony Cowards, Henry Dawe, Pauline Eyre, Friz Frizzle, Masai Graham, Sean Hegarty, Kevin Hudson, Leo Kearse, Colin Leggo, Nigel Lovell, Iain MacDonald, Kate Molinari, Laura Monmoth, Joseph Murphy, Graham Musk, Sean Patrick, Richard Pulsford, Paul Savage, Philip Simon, Rob Thomas, Andrew Tymms, Stevie Vegas, Chris Norton Walker, Darren Walsh, Richard Woolford and Jenan Younis.

First published: Thursday 4th November 2021

  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Pages: 272
  • Catalogue: 9781529109313

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