The BBC has a long tradition of supporting and platforming emerging comedy talent. From Monty Python to Little Britain, from Radio 4 to BBC 2, from sitcom to feature films.
This has given Britain a rather envious position in being a place where world class and cutting edge comedy can not only survive, but flourish.
Meet Pete Thornton, top dog in Comedy at the Beeb. At the festival he will discuss the future for British comedy writing at the BBC, and how you can become part of that seemingly never ending wave of talent that keeps us chuckling on the sofa.