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PUBLISHED: 21:17 08 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:19 16 August 2010

UP STANDING: Mark Watson.

UP STANDING: Mark Watson.

A WEEK of funny goings-on from a silent disco to improvised opera is set to take place at various locations throughout a maritime town.

A WEEK of funny goings-on from a silent disco to improvised opera is set to take place at various locations throughout a maritime town.

The Greenwich Comedy Festival kicks off this week showcasing more than 30 shows with the cream of comic talent including Jo Brand, Arthur Smith, Ardal O'Hanlan, Rich Hall, Russell Howard, Tommy Tiernan and Mark Watson.

As well as stand up entertainment, there will be children's comedy, a bad film club and a chance for young emerging talent to perform their own routines.

A whopping 1,200-seat tent will be erected in the magnificent grounds of the Old Royal Naval College to present the Big Night Out every night from Wednesday (9) headlining some of the biggest stars in comedy.

On Saturday (12) from 1pm, James Campbell, the world's only stand-up entertainer for children, will cover everything from parents to Playstations, suitable for children over six and anyone who likes a laugh without the rude bits.

Then the Comedy Store Players take over from 4pm with unscripted improvisation from audience suggestions with a host of witty comics including Josie Lawrence.

Festival-goers and passers by will be able to revel in the comedy spirit with some free live entertainment while enjoying sumptuous treats from the fully stocked barbecue and Greenwich's own Meantime Brewery offering a selection of beers.

And anyone aged between 15 to 19 who think they have what it takes can enter the Alternative Futures search for a new comedy star taking place in The Grounds throughout the week.

The series of workshops will give budding jokers a chance to develop their comedy styles and swap ideas with top comics and a chance to perform on stage.

To enter email alternativefuture@greenwichcomedyfestival.co.uk.

Those looking for a unique night of entertainment should stick around at the Old Royal Naval College on Saturday for the Silent Disco.

Partygoers will be given wireless headphones to listen in to tunes played by DJs Michael Minten (DJ OD) and Floor Nagengast (Deejay Flo) for an unforgettable night of silent mayhem.

Inside the Planetarium at the Royal Observatory Naval College on Saturday (12), Nicko and Joe will present an evening of delightfully bad Sci-Fi in the Bad Film Club where audience members can boo and jeer to their heart's content.

Throughout the week, Greenwich Theatre will present a string of comedy talent.

On Monday (7), after successful shows at the Soho Theatre and Edinburgh fringe, Impropera taking suggestions from the audience to perform on the spot opera for the audience.

From 9pm, Comedy Poet Laureate John Hegley will share his own outlandish tales in The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet.

On Tuesday (8), former Mary Whitehouse Experience comedian Robert Newman makes a rare live performance following his critically acclaimed BBC series The History of the World Backwards.

On Wednesday (9), Sean Hughes presents his brand new show What I Meant to Say Was...

The punk poet and bard of Salford John Cooper Clarke is at the venue on Thursday (10) before satirist Mark Thomas takes over from 9.15pm.

Adam & Joe's Adam Buxton presents BUG: The Evolution of Music Video, a project showcasing clips by aspiring film-makers, music videos and some online discoveries.

From 9.15pm, former Greenwich resident and grumpy old man Arthur Smith will present his show of witty observational comedy and take questions from the audience.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, comedy club Up The Creek will present a weekend of comedy on Friday and Saturday with Craig Campbell, Jarred Christmas, Barry Castagnolla and Jeff Innocent.

And the grand finale will be the venue's favourite event, the Sunday Special with acts to be confirmed rounding off London's biggest comedy festival with gusto.

* To book, see listings below.

Wednesday

The Grounds

Big Night Out: Russell Howard, Phil Kay, Craig Campbell and Lucy Porter

Sold Out

Greenwich Theatre

020 8858 7755

9.15pm: Sean Hughes: What I Meant to Say Was...

£15/13

Thursday

The Grounds

Ticket Web: 08444 771 000 or www.ticketweb.co.uk

7pm: Big Night Out: Tommy Tiernan, Kevin Eldon, Phil Nichol and Dan Atkinson

£18.50

Greenwich Theatre

020 8858 7755

7.30pm: John Cooper Clarke

£15/13

Mark Thomas

Sold Out

Friday

Greenwich Theatre

020 8858 7755

Bug: The Evolution of Music Video with Adam Buxton

Sold Out

9.15pm: An Audience with Arthur Smith

£15/13

The Grounds

Ticket Web: 08444 771 000 or www.ticketweb.co.uk

Big Night Out: Ardal O'Hanlon, Shappi Khorsandi, Pete Firman and Jon Richardson

£18.50

Up The Creek

88584581 or www.up-the-creek.com

7.30pm: Craig Campbell, Jarred Christmas, Barry Castagnolla and Jeff Innocent

Saturday

Royal Observatory

020 8312 6608 or bookings@nmm.ac.uk

The Bad Film Club

The Grounds

Ticket Web: 08444 771 000 or www.ticketweb.co.uk

1pm: Comedy 4 Kids

£7/5

4pm: Comedy Store Players

£15

7pm: Big Night Out: Rich Hall, David O'Doherty, Andrew Lawrence and Rufus Hound

£18.50

Up The Creek

88584581 or www.up-the-creek.com

7.30pm: Craig Campbell, Jarred Christmas, Barry Castagnolla and Jeff Innocent

Old Royal Naval College

www.silentdisco.com or www.ticketweb.co.uk

9pm-1am: Silent Disco

£10

Sunday

The Grounds

Ticket Web: 08444 771 000 or www.ticketweb.co.uk

7pm: Big Night Out: Mark Watson, Hans Teuween, Sarah Millican and Jo Brand

£18.50

Up The Creek

88584581 or www.up-the-creek.com

Sunday Special

Acts and time to be confirmed

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