GET READY FOR TOP COMICS

There’s a feast of comedy at Derby’s Assembly Rooms this spring, featuring some of the UK scene’s biggest names.

First up, on April 29 and 30 will be Bill Bailey with his new show Qualmpeddler.

Bill has qualms about the modern world. He will be channelling these feelings of unease and apprehension with the help of religious dubstep, his folk bouzouki, a re-appraisal of some of the greatest works of art and perhaps a dub version of Downton Abbey.

On Tuesday, May 7, the Assembly Rooms hosts Lee Nelson. He’s hosted Live at the Apollo, sold out his three-times extended Lee Nelson Live tour, had over two million people watching Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show, and has got a brand new series Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People, on BBC3.

24 hours later, Jack Dee treads the boards in the Great Hall at the Assembly Rooms.

Where’s he been since last touring? Well, appearing on shows like QI and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, hosting Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, co-writing and starring in BBC 2’s hit sitcom Lead Balloon and writing his memoirs. Why is he touring again? “I want to spend less time with my family,” says Jack.

American stand-up ace Rich Hall is the guest performer in the Great Hall on May 14. Rich Hall is the star of the critically acclaimed BBC 4 documentaries Rich Hall’s Continental

Drifters, Rich Hall’s The Dirty South, How The West Was Lost plus Channel 4’s topical late night show Stand Up For The Week. He is renowned for his grouchy, deadpan style that has established him as a master of absurdist irony and king of rapid-fire wit.

And then, on May 23, there’s Julian Clary with his show Position Vacant - Apply Within. The master of camp comedy is looking for love and he’s not leaving town empty handed.

Ticket details and availability for all of these shows are available on 01332 255800.