Two stars of the Edinburgh Festival will help open Funny Way To Be Comedy Club's summer season in Teesdale next month.
Geordie stand-up Kai Humphries and former Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee Imran Yusuf will both be performing at The Jersey Farm Hotel in Barnard Castle on Wednesday 11 June.
The pair will travel to Teesdale as part of the comedy club’s ‘Road the Edinburgh’ season which sees stars of the world’s largest arts festival perform their brand new shows for the first time in Barnard Castle.
Humphries will be performing his new show, Stuff Protocal, while Yusuf will debut his latest hour of stand-up, Roar Of The Underdog.
Described by Fest Magazine as ‘side-splittingly funny’, Humphries is a high-octane, happy-go-lucky Geordie comedian who has been rapidly shooting up the UK comedy ranks.
He’s worked in Australia, the Middle East, India, performed three solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and toured all over the UK with hit Scottish stand-up Daniel Sloss.
Yusuf is was an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee in 2010, and is renowned for his stinging, lyrical street-slang verbiage and super-high energy performance.
Born in Mombasa, Kenya and raised in the UK with a brief stint at school in the USA, he has also travelled much of the world including Israel/Palestine, Jordan and Saudi Arabia during the Lebanon Crisis in 2006.
Yusuf’s comedy is inspired by this rich multicultural background, giving him a youthful, energetic and highly original voice that embodies the multi-cultural society that exists in modern Britain.
Peter Dixon, of Funny Way To Be, said: “I was delighted when I heard both Imran and Kai were available to bring their shows to Barnard Castle.
“Despite being one of the UK's leading comics Imran has only made a few appearances in the North East. Kai is originally from our region and we've been trying to fit in a date in his busy schedule for some time - he has a massive future ahead of him.”
Tickets for the show, priced only £5, are on sale now via funnywaytobe.com.
Humphries and Yusuf travel to Teesdale as part of a star-studded summer programme of comedy featuring the likes of Hebburn creator Jason Cook and its star Chris Ramesy, Phoenix Nights star Justin Moorhouse, Pete Firman, Jo Caulfield and 2012 BBC New Comedy Award winner Lucy Beaumont.
Dixon said: “We are thrilled to be presenting such a top line up of acts. It’s quite a change from our small beginnings in 2010.
“We have deliberately kept the ticket price to a nominal sum and very much hope the people of the area will come out and support these two top comics as they hone their new shows to perfection.”