What's On - Comedy
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.
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.