COMEDIANS will be able to fine tune their acts in inaugural 'pre-Edinburgh Fringe Festival' Somerset Comedy Festival.

The event at various venues across the county throughout July will feature stand up, improv, sketches, storytelling, offering "a smorgasbord of laughter" for all tastes, according to founder Trish Caller.

She said: "We are thrilled to bring the Somerset Comedy Festival to life and provide a platform for both emerging and established comedians to showcase their talents.

"Somerset offers a fantastic backdrop for laughter, and we believe that the festival will become a must-attend event for comedy enthusiasts from all walks of life."

Ms Caller added that the festival is expected to draw attention from both the comedy industry and fans, with a carefully curated lineup spanning across genres and showcasing the richness of comedic expression.

Aspiring comedians will have the chance to perform alongside seasoned professionals, producing an atmosphere of camaraderie and growth within the comedy community.

In addition to the main performances, Somerset Comedy Festival will feature workshops, panel discussions and networking events aimed at fostering collaboration and offering valuable insights into the world of comedy.

Somerset Comedy Festival is seeking partnerships with local venues large and small to help create a dynamic and diverse experience.

Ms Caller said: "We invite venue owners and operators across Somerset to join us in hosting this laughter-filled extravaganza.

"Whether you have an intimate comedy club, a charming theatre or a spacious event venue, we want to collaborate with you to bring the magic of comedy to your space.

"Partnering with the Somerset Comedy Festival not only provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase your venue, but also contributes to the cultural vibrancy of our community."

If you are interested in becoming a venue partner, email or call07912 057943.

"Let's come together to make Somerset the ultimate destination for comedy lovers and performers alike," added Ms Caller.

"Your support will play a crucial role in making the Somerset Comedy Festival an outstanding success."

Further details, including the full lineup and schedule, will be announced in the coming months.

For more information, visit www. or follow @SomersetComFest

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses - for details email