Laughs in the Park 2011 returns to St Albans with Eddie Izzard

PUBLISHED: 12:58 05 May 2011 | UPDATED: 10:35 06 May 2011

Eddie Izzard on stage at the first Laughs in the Park in St Albans with fireworks overhead

Eddie Izzard on stage at the first Laughs in the Park in St Albans with fireworks overhead

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AWARD-WINNING comedian and actor Eddie Izzard will return to Hertfordshire in July for Laughs in the Park 2011.

Laughs in the Park 2011 in numbers

2 stages

17,000 man hours (to stage)

21,000 punters

94 trucks

1,900 back-stage meals

9.5 tons of screen

24 tons of equipment

2.4 kilometres of fencing

800 metres of water pipe

5,500 Amps of power

550,000 pixels of screen

3,000 square metres of temporary roads

180 toilets

3,450 cups of tea

The groundbreaking open-air comedy festival is back bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, which featured Izzard, Dylan Moran and Reginald D Hunter over three successive nights at Verulamium Park in St Albans.

This summer’s line-up for the same venue includes Izzard once again, along with Ross Noble and Irish stand-up superstar Tommy Tiernan.

The comedy spectacular is being held earlier this year, with the event taking place from Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24.

All three comedians will perform each night on the UK’s first purpose built outdoor comedy stage. As well as the stand-up comedy, there will be a full festival style area of food and drink outlets, and each evening will culminate in a spectacular firework display.

Coverage of the whole event will be on BBC TV, radio and online.

Doors open at 4pm, with new talent showcased on the BBC Comedy Presents Stage from 4.30pm.

The main stage show will start at 7pm with the fireworks around 10.30pm.

Tickets for Laughs in the Park start from £20 (plus booking fee) and go on general sale at 10am tomorrow (Friday).

Call the HMV ticket hotline on 0843 221 0977.

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