Comedy of the week: Machynlleth Comedy Festival, various venues


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This little stunner of a festival in the Powys market town of Machynlleth boasts an almost indecently good line-up over three days.

Part of the remit, say the organisers, is a "spirit of experimentation" – and accordingly, alongside established shows, there are work-in-progress hours from the luminous likes of Sarah Millican, Stewart Lee, Tim Key and Tony Law.

Elsewhere, there's top-notch musical whimsy from David O'Doherty; raucous rock ballads from Nick Helm and David Trent; cracking character work from Colin Hoult and Cariad Lloyd – and an embarrassing amount of other good stuff besides., Friday to 5 May