Ann Widdecombe and Shappi Korsandi at Harpenden Public Halls

A YEAR ago she had attracted a cult following on Strictly Come Dancing – tonight (Thursday) Ann Widdecombe is appearing at Harpenden Public Halls.

A larger-than-life politician, novelist and TV celebrity, An Audience with Ann Widdecombe gets underway at 7.30pm.

Ann’s witty and controversial speeches, her three decades in politics together with her dance floor antics with Anton du Beke have catapulted her into the world of entertainment.

She will be sharing anecdotes from her life in the limelight and taking questions from the floor. Tickets are �17 with concessions �15, available from the box office on 01582 767525 or go to

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club returns to the Public Halls tomorrow night (Friday) with a line-up including Gareth Richards, Anthony J Brown and MC Damion Larkin plus new acts Dan Bland and Ad Ahmed.

Multi award-winning performer Gareth is probably best-known for his two years co-hosting the Sony Gold Award-winning Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show. At last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, he was placed in the top 10 of Dave’s Funniest Joke and was also nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award.

He combines observational comedy with one liners and has performed all over the world.

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Anthony J Brown, former star of Channel Four’s Phoenix Nights, eschews one-liners in favour of four, five, six and seven liners without a hint of profanity.

Tickets are �12.50 in advance/�15 on the door and the evening begins at 8pm

Comedy continues next Friday, October 29, when Shappi Korsandi brings her new show to the Public Halls.

The British Comedy Award nominee 2010 who has starred in Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Have I Got News For You will be treating her audience to Me and My Brother in Our Pants, Holding Hands, a show about sibling best friends who beat each other up.

Shappi is one of the hottest comedy prospects in the country and the show begins at 8pm with tickets at �13.