Get ready for guffaws galore, it’s time for the Tringe

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Take a deep breath, laughter-lovers, and hold on to your sides to guard against unexpected splitting – the Tringe kicks off on Sunday night and July is sure to be packed with jollity.

Many of the gigs in the three-week festival of fun have been sold out for months, but there are still tickets available for some of the shows at Pendley’s Court Theatre and other venues involved in the packed programme.

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One event which saw tickets snapped up at speed was the traditional first night of the festival on Sunday.

That’s when four top comedy names go on a pub tour with punchlines around the town, with a clutch of nervous newbies in tow.

A class of 14 hopeful humourists have been learning about stand-up in coaching sessions over the last eight weeks.

Tutor Logan Murray’s class of 2013, which includes Deric Newman, Nick Woodward and Wayne Maclaughlin from Tring and Sandra Boothroyd-Todd from Ivinghoe, have each developed a five minute set which they’ll perform four times over the course of the evening as the comedy caravan makes its way between the Kings Arms, the Robin Hood, the Anchor and the Black Horse.

Holding their hands will be hardened comics Dominic Holland, Tony Law, Silky – all veterans of last year’s show – and Duncan Oakley.

Then the festival kicks off in earnest at the Court on Monday night, with Tony back in action alongside the legendary Stewart Lee in the festival’s first double bill of big comedy names.

Organisers say that this year’s event boasts the best line-up yet, with a mix of marquee names and up and coming comedy talent.

Other venues included in the Tringe programme include Aylesbury’s Waterside and Limelight theatres.

There’s also a range of fun family shows to be enjoyed.

You can find out the latest state of play on ticket availability online at www.get-stuffed.biz.