Cheers! Tringe gets the beers in as festival gets under way

Stewart Lee
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And away we go – the annual Tringe comedy festival hit the ground running on Sunday night with the traditional Roving Comedians Night at pubs around the town, and is now bedding in at the Court Theatre for three weeks of non-stop fun.

Monday night’s sellout opening gig featured shambolic surrealist Tony Law and a lacerating workout from Stewart Lee, preparing hard-hitting political material for a TV series due to be screened later in the year.

Seann Walsh and Paul McCaffrey share the stage tonight, Matt Forde and Jigsaw are in the spotlight on Thursday, Friday is given over to musical mirth with The Horne Section and Ivo Graham and on Saturday the focus shifts to Aylesbury’s Limelight Theatre for Andrew Lawrence and Bridget Christie.

Many of the Tringe shows have been sold out for weeks but it’s always worth checking for late availability – visit www.get-stuffed.biz for more.

While you’re there, see what the team have in store for later in the year – another mini festival is planned for October, with music to the fore.

The programme will include a showing of Otway – The Movie, the feature film based on the life of deranged but dedicated everyman star John Otway, as well as a performance by the Aylesbury legend.

Comedy fans who need to whet their whistles can once again turn to Ribtickler, a celebration ale prepared by Tring Brewery to help lubricate the laughter.

The limited edition brew, on sale at The Court’s bar and local pubs, has a special pump clip featuring caricatures of some of the star names on the festival bill.