What's On - Comedy
There’ll be all smiles in South Shields this summer, as the South Tyneside Comedy Festival returns for another year. English Comedian Of The Year (and one to watch) Brennan Reece is set to be a particular highlight, award-winning comedienne (and razor-sharp wit) Jo Caulfield will be showcasing material ahead of her stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Geordie comic Carl Hutchinson is set to debut his new show I Know I Shouldn’t Behave Like This, after a sold-out tour last year. Just remember to book in for an x-ray straight after, because this festival is set to be rib-breakingly funny.
He’s supported the likes of Joe Lycett, Jason Manford and Nick Offerman, but now it’s time for Brennan Reece to take centre stage. The English Comedian Of The Year is a natural born storyteller, whose tales are laced with innately-raucous humour and a powerful vulnerability. One to watch.
Teesdale’s small but vibrant arts centre inspired Giles to publicly call for someone to ‘give The Witham a gong. It deserves it.’ The actor, author, One Show reporter and former MP returns to the venue with his one-man show Break a Leg! – a celebration of all things theatrical.
One in six people in Scotland suffer from hearing loss. Two of those happen to be Ray Bradshaw’s parents. Full of hilarious tales about growing up in a deaf household, Ray will be joined at the Turbinia by 2007’s Hull Comedian Of The Year Sam and comic veteran Steve Harris in this cracking triple-header.
The Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year competition comes to an end on 6th August – after a month of up-and-coming comics showing their mettle at Darlington’s Hole In The Wall, overseen by seasoned MC (and previous winner of the competition) Andy Fury. Who will be crowned this year’s champion?
Scotland’s biggest comedy export has been touring the stand up circuit for well over a decade now, and shows no signs of slowing down. In his Brand New Tour, he’s intent on saving the world ‘with amusing anecdotes and witty observations’. We’re excited to see if he pulls it off.
Mo Gilligan has been on the British scene for around six years but has only recently been catapulted into the spotlight after he started sharing his sketches on social media. His humour has earned him a huge response, including an insta-shoutout from Drake.
The BAFTA-winning comedian (and voice of Love Island) brings his cynical, wisecracking style to his U OK Hun X show – which is filled with observational and surreal comedy lamenting our world of instant gratification, rising house prices and the fact that all of his friends have settled down.