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Other cities might host bigger comedy festivals but nobody else does it in quite as many languages.
Brighton comic Seann Walsh would be the bookies' favourite to make you cry with laughter - he performs on 20th November at Café Teatre Llantiol. One of the most exciting talents to emerge from the UK stand-up scene in the past 10 years, he promises to take LOL to a new level. Walsh has supported Steven K Amos on tour and has since made a number of appearances on top UK comedy panel show Mock the Week.
Also appearing will be festival favourite Andrew Maxwell, a cult comic after his infamous Maxwell Fullmooners shows in London and Edinburgh. Closing the party for the festival will be Marcel Lucont’s Cabaret Fantastique (27th November). Hailed as an ‘unmissable, unpredictable comedy gem’ this will be a group of comics hosted by the French favourite himself.
Sweden will be represented by Lasse Nilsen (26th November), performing in Fahrenheit, the same venue for Dutch comic Jeffrey Spalburg (19th November). Nilsen has extensively toured Scandinavia and also performed at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. A five year student of mime in Paris, expect wonderful physicality to compliment his biting political satire. Sanjay Shihora (26th November) will be performing in German at Las Cuevas del Sorte while Sasa Salvaggio, leading light of Italian comedy, performs at Teatre C.A.Tradicionarius.
For more information, head to www.barcelonacomedyfestival.com. Remember, if you can’t get a ticket to a show you can understand, jokes in German by an Indian comic will probably be just as entertaining.