What's On - Comedy
After a run of packed houses at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the host and creator of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast will be bringing his ‘stupider and less clever-clogs’ – and, arguably, his funniest – show to Newcastle’s The Stand.
As part of the Hilarity Bites Comedy Club, Canadian comedian Bobby Mair is joined at Hartlepool’s One77 by Bristol native Gary Tro. Both are established comics with black wit – while Bobby’s humour is more brash, Gary showcases a ‘joyously angry’ style of stand up.
Since Rich won the Perrier award as his country music alter-ego Otis Lee Crenshaw 18 years ago, he has embedded music into his stand up skit. Now in it’s fourth year, his Hoedown – a loosely-stitched hour of musical comedy – is just as popular as ever.
Scouse lad Sam’s style is friendly, enthusiastic and observational; co-host of the mighty Guilty Feminist podcast Jessica wears her heart on her sleeve; and the ‘instantly likeable’ Jack brings his inventive flourish of wit.
The Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year competition returns for its eleventh year. Up-and-coming comics will be showing their mettle at Darlington’s Hole In The Wall every Monday until 2nd July – overseen by seasoned MC (and previous winner of the competition) Andy Fury.
June’s Funny Bones instalment unites Phil Chapman, Matt Stellingwerf, Jamie Hutchinson and MC Steff Todd. Phil brings his carefully-crafted gags; Matt’s style is self-deprecating, and satirical; Jamie enthrals with engaging anecdotes; and Steff adds in generous helpings of her impeccable wit.
Veteran Anthony King has a uniquely dead-pan style that has, in recent years, been accompanied by hilarious songs. Also on the bill is ‘your new potty mouthed best friend’ Stephen Bailey and affable banter merchant Dave Twentyman.
Tom Allen has honed his unique style of acerbic wit and storytelling by performing to audiences all over the world. A regular on shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Live at the Apollo, his is a stand up show that’s sure to make you smile.
The Anarchist Cook returns – although this time he’s banned from the kitchen and, instead, has to cook up a storm from the garden shed. Using the most unconventional of methods, George creates an evening of inspiring and bizarre stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture.
Award-winning comedian and writer Jenny Eclair has welcomed the return of original cast member (and Olivier Award nominee) Dillie Keane. The pair have also recruited comedian Lizzie Roper for a reinvention of the ‘full fat’ comedy show.
Rob brings a touch of the absurd, Monty is fearless and fiery with the topics he covers, and Simon – nominee for Chortle’s Best Newcomer 2018 – showcases imaginative and offbeat wordplay in this stand up triple-header.