Panč to round up a decade of laughs

Ljubljana, 22 August - An "epic battle of stand-up comedians in insults" will inaugurate the Panč festival of stand-up comedy at Ljubljana Castle tonight. Featuring five topical evenings, the 10th festival will host 33 comedians from the region and wider.

Stand-up comedian Tin Vodopivec.
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"Tin Vodopivec and Andrej Težak Tešky, the fathers of the Panč festival who have been taking care of the fitness of limbs and diaphragms of the lovers of laughter with their fellow fighters for a decade, will also lard this summer with a huge serving of stand-up comedy above Ljubljana," the organisers said.

Tonight's Comedy Roast Battle will be followed by Wednesday's Yugo Mix with a selection of regional comedians, including Goran Vugrinc and Marina Orsag from Croatia, Macedonian Nenad Stefanovski, Nikola Silić from Serbia and Pedja Bajović from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

International appearances are scheduled for Thursday's British Comedy and a selection of ten comedians will mark the ten years of the festival on Friday.

The Friday night will feature "a show of pioneers who composed the first festival", including the "fathers of the festival", Boštjan Gorenc - Pižama, Lucija Ćirović and Perica Jerković, as well as Domagoj Pintarić from Croatia.

A night of Slovenian comedy will bring the festival to a close on Saturday, featuring names like Boris Kobal, Jan Kreuzer, Martina Ipša, Stefan Šumanac Šumi and Vid Valič.

The first summer festival of stand-up was held at Ljubljana Castle on 17 August 2008 and has quickly recorded a significant rise in popularity.

Only a year later, the Croatian capital of Zagreb introduced its own version of Panč, the Pančić, and in January 2010, Ljubljana and Maribor featured the winter edition of the festival.

Panč has been named for the punch-line, the final phrase that rounds up a joke or a story.

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