We could probably all do with a laugh right now so, thankfully, Greenwich Comedy Festival is returning.

Held at the National Maritime Museum from Tuesday, July 26-31 it features a packed line-up including comic legends such as Bermondsey-born Arthur Smith and up-and-comers like east Londoner Sara Pascoe.

Here are the 10 you need to see.

1) Adam Buxton

Greenwich Comedy Festival 2016: Adam Buxton

Tuesday, July 26, 7.30pm, £18.50

The bearded half of BBC Radio 6 Music double act Adam and Joe is known for exposing humanity in all its banality, pettiness and glory.

This gig will be no exception as he takes off the rose-tinted glasses to scrutinise the life of David Bowie, focussing on the ridiculous rather than the brilliant.

Given his first television appearance saw him dressed as a Klingon, complaining about Star Trek: The Next Generation being taken off the air, Adam can probably relate.

Hopefully the London-born comic has enough energy for the task following his recent 7.30am, pedal-powered comedy show at Truman Brewery.

FACT: He and Adam were caught stealing film posters from the London Underground but got let off by pretending to be posh and apologising.

2) Reginald D Hunter

Greenwich Comedy Festival 2016: Reginald D Hunter

Wednesday, July 27, 7.30pm, £18.50-£24

American-born Hunter doesn’t give a damn if he offends you by using the N-word or any other word for that matter.

But, although unpredictable, the Rada-trained stand-up doesn’t rely on shock-tactics. His material is always intelligent, and often explosive, calling on experiences of gender politics, racism, the political system and being transplanted from his native Georgia in the US to London.

JOKE: “Sometimes a British person can insult me and it takes me three weeks to figure it out.”

3) Jason Manford

Greenwich Comedy Festival 2016: Jason Manford

Thursday, July 28, 7.30pm, £18.50-£24

He’s about to join the cast of ITV hit sitcom Benidorm. But he’ll be arriving alongside a pair of donkeys named Ant and Dec, so maybe the joke is on him.

Born in Manchester, this 30-something rose to fame as team captain on 8 out of 10 Cats and has gone on to make a healthy career out of presenting shows such as Show Me The Funny, A Question of Sport: Super Saturday and The One Show.

Oh and apparently he is quite keen on football. Although he’s a Manchester City supporter, so maybe the joke is on him, again.

FACT: Had cameos in Ideal and Shameless, studied drama at university and would love to tread the boards.

4) Sara Pascoe

Greenwich Comedy Festival 2016: Sara Pascoe

Thursday, July 28, 7.30pm, £18.50-£24

Raised in east London, Sara discovered her love of performing after her mum forced her to go to a drama group as punishment for trashing the house with a teenage party.

Her star has risen thanks to a nomination for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2014 for Best Comedy Show and she is due to appear on new Dave comedy show Taskmaster.

These days she lives in London with fellow comedian John Robbins, who will perform on the same bill. So in between jokes about sexual politics and female bodies you might catch her canoodling backstage.

FACT: Her dad is Derek Pascoe, vocalist with 1970s pop group Flintlock and her great grandmother was music writer Rosa Newmarch.

5) Milton Jones

Greenwich Comedy Festival 2016: Milton Jones

Friday, July 29, 7.30pm, £18.50-£24

With his trademark big hair and loud shirt, Jones looks how his jokes feel – inventive, loony and lots of fun.

The Londoners is known as the king-of the one liners and excels at twisting meanings into unpredictable, well-thought-out jokes.

You’’ll have seen the married 50-something on Mock the Week or at The Comedy Store in Soho.

JOKE: “Don’t go camping in the countryside. Have you noticed whenever the police find a body it’s always in a tent.”

6) Shappi Khorsandi

Greenwich Comedy Festival 2016: Shappi Khorsandi

Friday, July 29, 7.30pm, £18.50-£24

The daughter of poet and satirist Hadi Khorsandi, she and her family were forced to flee Iran for London after the Islamic Revolution and her comedy is strongly influenced by her heritage.

Her style is down-to-earth, gossipy humour with confessional stories about her failed relationships, coping with single motherhood, supermarket dating and Iranian toilets.

You’ll have seen her on QI, Loose Women and Question Time.

JOKE: “I’m going to India on holiday and I wanted to know what the weather is like there. So I phoned my bank.”

7) David O’Doherty

Greenwich Comedy Festival 2016: David O'Doherty

Saturday, July 30, 2pm, £18.50-£24

If you don’t like the idea of watching a hairy, middle-aged man play a miniature electronic keyboard you should probably go along to this show anyway as there is a reason O’Doherty has won so many awards.

The Irish comedian has made a career out of being “a failed jazz musician, scrambling about for something else to do with his life”.

His stand-up (or should that be sit-down?) combines his love of music with jokes that veers between the quirky, novelty and off-beat to the traditional.

FACT: He worked in a bicycle shop and in telemarketing and temping before he became a comedian.

8) Richard Herring

Greenwich Comedy Festival 2016: Richard Herring

Saturday, July 30, 2pm, £18.50-£24

You may have spent a Tube ride quietly chuckling over Herring’s regular musings in the Metro where his column ponders mysteries such as saunas, skiing, coffee and wee dilemmas.

The Yorkshire-born comic had a double act with Stewart Lee in the 1990s and, after going solo, he has built up a bulging CV with credits such as writing for Little Britain and appearances on Have I Got News For You. He is also considered a pioneer of comedy podcasting.

This year he spent International Women’s Day correcting outraged men on Twitter. Respect.

FACT: On December 27, 2010, Herring finished second on Celebrity Mastermind with a final score of 35 points. His specialist subject was Rasputin.

9) Stewart Francis

Greenwich Comedy Festival 2016: Stewart Francis

Sunday, July 31, 2.30pm, £15

This dead-pan punster heads up the Stand Up To Cancer Comedy Gala.

The UK-based Canadian is known for shows that are carefully constructed to pack in as many one-liners as possible.

Expect him to flip from gags about kittens to darker comedy that may catch you off-guard.

In 2012 he won the annual award for the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.

JOKE: “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.”

10) Arthur Smith

Greenwich Comedy Festival 2016: Arthur Smith

Sunday, July 31, 7.30pm, £16.50

Born in Bermondsey, Smith was one of many stand-up performers on London’s alternative comedy scene in the 1980s.

His near-death from pancreatitis made him teetotal, but the diabetic still smokes and every year hosts the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year competition final.

The comedy legend is hosting the final gig in the festival at Up The Creek.

FACT: In Red Dwarf episode Backwards he gave a speech in reverse which when played forward insults the listener for being “sad”.

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