Early next year, Didcot in South Oxfordshire is set to host three comedians familiar to all of you who love the panel shows that fill up our TV schedules these days – just because you love Midsomer Murders doesn’t mean you can’t have a laugh or two!

Some great acts have appeared at Didcot’s Cornerstone Arts Centre in 2011 (Jack Dee and Phil Jupitus spring to mind) and if the reputation of the comedy turns scheduled to appear in January and February is anything to go by then 2011 looks set to be another bumper year for the centre.

Seann Walsh will appear in Didcot on 21st January and shouldn’t be lacking in confidence – his debut solo show at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, entitled ‘I Would Happily Punch Myself In The Face’, was a sell-out.

Based in Brighton, Seann’s observational humour has seen him appear regularly on high-rating panel shows Mock the Week and 8 out of 10 Cats. He is also a team captain on comedy channel Dave’s panel show Argumental.

On 3rd February it is the turn of Russell Kane to entertain the comedy fans of Didcot. The 31-year-old’s manic act pokes gentle fun at anything and everything – his parents’ very English eccentricities are one of his favourite targets.

Russell, one of the most popular performers on TV’s Live at the Apollo, is set to have a very busy 2012 – April sees the release of his debut novel; the aptly-named The Humorist.

Seann and Russell both have a long way to go until they can say they have clocked up as many miles on the comedy circuit as Richard Herring. Richard, who helped create some of Alan Partridge’s finest lines, has called his latest tour What is Love Anyway?

Comedy fans seeking humorous answers to this age-old question should come to Didcot on 17th February and see what’s on in South Oxfordshire that’s not related to Midsomer Murders.