By: William Lopez, Staff Writer

The Bath Comedy Festival and Visit Bath, made it official in Bath, England, their new sponsorship collaboration with Lovehoney, the U.K.’s largest online sex toy retailer.

Paul Merton, Barry Cryer and Arthur Smith are all set to appear at the festival which kicks off on April Fools’ Day (April 1) and runs for 17 days in venues all across the historic city.

Smith has described the annual celebration as the “best comedy festival in England.”

Lovehoney has lots of surprises for festival goers, including a “Butt of All Jokes” Twitter competition that offers a year’s supply of lubricant and a unique dildo trophy to the winner. With the Bath-based company marking its 15th anniversary later this year, festival-goers can expect more sexy surprises too, according to Lovehoney.

The festival is the first ‘F’ (female) rated United Kingdom comedy festival—and it is continuing to fight against the traditional perception that comedy is male-dominated by championing female acts every day.

Among the new female comedians appearing are Eleanor Conway, Ashley Storrie and Abi Roberts.

Richard Longhurst, co-Founder of Lovehoney said…“Lovehoney is delighted to work with Bath Comedy Festival and VisitBath on this fantastic event. It’s probably the first time that comedy fans have been able to enjoy rib ticklers and feather ticklers on the same night out.“ said Longhurst.

Nick Steel, The Bath Comedy Festival director, said, “We, like many of their best-selling products, are buzzing to be working with Lovehoney. Bath Comedy Festival was declared by comedian, broadcaster and famously grumpy old man Arthur Smith to be the best comedy festival in England, with a growing reputation for quality, originality and, above all, fun. We are thrilled to be sponsored by Lovehoney who themselves have won many accolades for spreading their own special brand of happiness!” said Steel.

Meanwhile Leslie Redwood, head of business development and partnerships at VisitBath, agreed, saying “We are delighted to be working with Lovehoney on this gem of a festival in our beautiful city of Bath. We want Bath Comedy Festival to be a reason for people from all over the country to come and visit us.” said Redwood.

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