By Shaun Daniel, Owner of County Alpacas
Alpacas are definitely the cutest of all the Camelidae family, with their tufts of mop like hair, slender necks, big dopey eyes and goofy toothed grins. Beyond their charming, quirky good looks, these creatures are responsible for some of the silkiest, most versatile fibre found in nature. Alpaca wool is finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, softer than cotton, warmer than goose down, and more breathable and thermally efficient.
So what do alpacas have to with the Halifax Comedy Festival? And why have we chosen them as our mascot? Well, we think they are simply hilarious! They have impeccable comedy timing; just Google ‘Alpaca Photobomb’ and you’ll see what I mean.
‘We’re going on an adventure? Alpaca my bags!’
Want to know more about them? Here are 5 things you may not have known about Alpacas with a cheeky link to what’s on at the Halifax Comedy Festival this October:
- Alpacas are like, well ancient
Alpacas were domesticated by the Incas more than 6,000 years ago and raised for their exquisite fleece. Due to its quality and all of its superhero characteristics, alpaca fibre was reserved exclusively for the elite and nobility.
The characters of the ancient Greek comedy Thesmo most probably wore Alpaca. Thesmo is a brilliant parody of Athenian society and you can watch this hilarious glance back to ancient times at Square Chapel on Thursday 27th October: http://www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/thesmophoriazusae-natalie-diddams/
- They’re trendy
The luxury of Alpaca yarn is timeless and with so many backpackers bringing back holiday snaps that have been photobombed by these adorable creatures, the alpaca is the hipster fibre to be seen in (as long as it is sustainably and responsibly sourced of course).
Also on trend is one of the most followed and quoted comedians in the country; Gary Delaney, the only comic ever to have got two gags in the same top 10 for Dave’s TV Funniest Jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe. You can catch Gary in Hidden Gems at the Wellington Rooms on Tuesday 25th October: http://halifaxcomedyfestival.com/whats-on-tuesday-25th-october/
- They come in a rainbow of hues
Alpaca fibre comes in 23 tones that are recognized by the textile industry, from white to light rose grey to dark fawn and black. This minimises the need for pollution-intensive dying, making them eco-friendly too!
If you like your comedy in a range of diverse hues then check out Nutty Roast at Square Chapel on Sunday 23rd October. Talk about diversity, they have the smallest and the oldest comediennes from across the pond in their roster! http://www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/nutty-roast/
- They share a bathroom
Alpacas use a communal dung pile. Because this, some alpacas have been successfully house-trained!
One comedian that we’re not sure is house trained is the UK comedy scene’s most bigoted scumbag, Andrew Lawrence, who is presenting his new show of morally repugnant material at Square Chapel on Saturday 22nd October: http://www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/andrew-lawrence-uncensored/
- They’re very vocal
Humming is the most common sound that alpacas make, which has been described as a kind of musical purring. Alpacas hum when they are curious, content, worried, bored, or cautious.
Talking of musical purring, join Neil Hurst and Pete Golding for Tea, Scones & Comic Songs at the Westgate Wine and Cheese Company on Thursday 27th October! http://halifaxcomedyfestival.com/whats-on-thursday-27th-october/
That’s all you need to know about Alpacas and our Comedy Festival! Okay, so the links might be a bit tenuous, but they’re amusing none the less, and don’t tell me you didn’t learn a thing or two! For more tenuously related comedy visit www.halifaxcomedyfestival.com and check out the fab festival line-up.
A great offer from us! Get 20% off our fantastic alpaca products, using the code HCF2016 from the 1st Sept to the 25th Dec!