JASPER Carrott will headline Solihulls new comedy and literature festival, announced by the boroughs Business Improvement District.
LOLIHULL, an eight-day event with performances from a range of stand-up comics, will take place across the town centre from April 6-13.
Hall Greens Joe Lycett and Dorridge man Gary Delaney, partner of Sarah Millican, are among the other comics confirmed for the first-ever festival.
Carrott himself, who of course cut his teeth at The Boggery in the borough, will give three performances of his Made in Brum show at Solihull Arts Complex.
He has also agreed to be patron of the inaugural event, the first of four festivals to take place in 2013.
I really enjoy performing in my home town and so its great to be able to help get a comedy festival in Solihull off the ground, he said.
There are some great acts on the bill and plenty of opportunities for the next generation of comedians to showcase their talent.
I hope everyone has a great time during LOLIHULL and its the start of something that will become a firm annual fixture in the comedy calendar.
Stand-up workshops, a Barnstormers comedy night, a Poetry Slam and childrens story telling sessions will also be part of the programme.
Shirley Sturzaker, director of Solihull BID, said: We are especially thrilled that Jasper, as a long-standing Solihull resident and one of the countrys most popular comedians, has kindly agreed to be patron of the event.
The remaining three festivals will be the Jazz & Blues event (May 24-27), Dance Live! (July 13-14) and The Big Taste (October 4-6).
A festivals website will be launched at the end of the month. In the meantime, any organisation that would like to get involved can call Solihull BID on 0121 285 1370.