What's On - Comedy
Character comedy can go one of two ways: it can be uproariously hilarious, or it can be a bit awkward. Handily, Tom Binns’ character of Ian D Montfort, a psychic who isn’t all that prescient, is a brilliant turn and has to be seen to be believed.
Ruby Wax only graduated from Oxford University three years ago, which may come as a surprise given her place in the comedy firmament for several decades. This new show brings in what she’s learned, and is A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.
Bridget’s a comedy tour de force who has been given her own Netflix special – a rarity and an honour. In her latest show, she tackles the big changes that have befallen society, and asks a simple question: What Now?
Ed’s latest tour is called Spoiler Alert, but don’t worry: we won’t be ruining any jokes here. You can expect plenty of laughs though, as the Irish comedian, who has spent more than two decades in comedy, runs through his neverending list of jokes.
Crook Cornerhouse feature a live comedy showcase on the last Thursday of every month as part of the Hilarity Bites Comedy Club. Seasoned comic Pete Otway is the guest of honour for April, serving his sharp wit and affable charm straight to Crook locals.
Local comic Gavin Webster has a stand up style that’s loud, sharp and controversial – and his fans love him for it. He hosts Eston Labour Club’s Big Club Comedy night alongside fellow comics Joe Bromehead, George Rigden and Carl Hutchinson.
Ruminating on the difficulties (and madness) of parenthood, Russell Brand brings his distinct brand of comedy to the North East on his latest tour. Enjoy his zany, pinball-esque insights on everything about life today.
Having previously opened for Frankie Boyle, Lee Evans, Johnny Vegas and even once for Tina Turner, we’ve got every faith that this long-time circus performer, ‘comedian’s comedian’ and member of the world’s highest altitude comedy show will deliver.
In this instalment of Hilarity Bites, Darlington plays host to three of the fastest-rising names in British comedy. Rob Mulholland brings a touch of the absurd, Carl gets to grips with personal gripes, and Daisy displays an attitude that’s in equal parts deprecating and defiant.
In his latest show, the Blackburn born comedian of Pakistani descent confronts the assumptions people wrongly make about him – and how he manages his religious beliefs with life in the stand-up world – with hilarious consequences.
Mark promises that Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright in his latest stand up offering – despite a rather substantial amount of evidence to the contrary. His mission on this tour? To ‘make the world seem even weirder than it is’.
Danny O’Brien has been performing stand-up for the best part of a decade and, as owner of The Comedy Crunch in Dublin, has developed a friendly, anecdotal style that really draws in an audience. Not to be missed.
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.
Gilligan has been on the British scene for around six years but has only recently reached the dizzying heights of his current popularity after he started sharing his sketches on social media. His humour has earned him huge viewer engagement, including an insta-shoutout from Drake.
Tim Vine isn’t your average comedian: he’s a multi-award-winning one. Best known for his rapid-fire one-liners, Tim’s a one-man encyclopaedia of gags on any subject. His verbal dexterity is award-winning, having scooped the prize for best joke at the 2010 and 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals (and being runner-up in the intervening years).
Fresh from his stint on Celebrity Great British Bake Off, the Birmingham-born comedian will be bringing his sharp, mischievous humour to the Tyne Theatre as part of the punderfully named tour: I’m About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett.