What's On - Comedy
Known for his eagle-eyed, passionate current-affairs comedy, the double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and winner of Time Out Live Award’s Best Stand Up offers up a memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos.
Greek-born comedian George first moved from his home country to study biochemistry in Newcastle (avoiding his national service in the process) and discovered his proficiency at stand up almost as soon as he was on English soil. He’s joined by the UK's foremost guitar-wielding stand up Rob, former Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Tom, and Newcastle’s own funnyman Tony.
The Sheffield-born stand up, radio and TV presenter and voice-over artist is well known for his live storytelling shows and BBC Radio comedy programmes which take a comical and emotional look at family relationships – not to mention his startlingly uncanny resemblance to record-breaking Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Sure to impress.
It’s all smiles in South Shields this summer, as South Tyneside Comedy Festival returns for yet another year of top class comedic entertainment – with some of the brightest stand up talent in the country.
Don’t miss this chance to join inimitable writer Caitlin Moran as she dives into a hilarious and thought-provoking evening of all things famous, and feminist, in this laugh-out-loud event. Get ready for an evening of slightly excessive drinking and a whole lot of truth about #metoo, why the Beatles were secretly girls, the ‘90s, sexual shame, how, exactly, to be famous, and a very long anecdote about the first time Caitlin took Ecstasy – which she seems to remember she took in a way so sensible that she can almost imagine Newsround reporting on it, approvingly.
One of Britain's leading one-liner comics returns to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly-crafted comedy. A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary's shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this, his latest stand up offering.
The #celestechallengeaccepted began in Jan 2015 as a fun experiment to see what it would look like for an average person to photograph herself doing ‘rich people’ things. In just 18 short months, Celeste Barber became a global success – attracting some particularly high profile fans, including Robbie Williams, Ashton Kutcher, George Takei, Cindy Crawford and Kris Jenner. See what all the fuss is about when she takes her show on the road this summer.
Off-the-cuff, off-the-wall and every show a one-off, The Suggestibles are something of a comedic stalwart in these parts, with a show every third Thursday of the month at Newcastle’s The Stand. If you like Whose Line is it Anyway? you’ll love their two-hour improv comedy joyride – a speeding rollercoaster of games, skits, sketches and songs, boldly theatrical, wildly irreverent and utterly hilarious.
Seasoned comic Pete Otway is one of Bishop Auckland’s two guests of honour in this special double-header, serving his sharp wit and affable charm straight to the town’s locals. He’ll be joined by former Jewish Comedian of the Year Philip who, as well as being known in the industry for being a regular contributor of material to other comedians, has a delightfully polished observational style all of his own.
In a world gone crazy, can philosophy help? In his sparklingly brilliant show, Total Eclipse of Descartes, Rob Newman (stand up legend, best-selling novelist and Radio 4 Sony Award Winner) attempts to piece together a philosophy for our troubled times by sifting through 3,000 years of thought – from Pythagoras to Artificial Intelligence, by way of Pavlov’s dogs, Jane Goodall’s chimpanzees and Frankie Howerd’s trousers.