Funny Way To Be Comedy has joined forces with The Witham in Barnard Castle to produce a series of mid-week cut price shows, but still with the aim of presenting top quality shows.
The Witham are currently planning a series of Wednesday night events that enable audiences to sample a variety of different genres in an affordable way.
The comedy promoter at The Witham, Funny Way To Be Comedy, was delighted to partner with the rural arts venue to include comedy nights amongst the mix. Tickets for all these 'Witham on Wednesday' shows will be a fiver, with a comedy show every month to six week. This is all in addition to the comedy club's main programme of around a gig or two a month.
Peter Dixon from Funny Way To Be Comedy explained, "In the last year we have produced a variety of relatively big shows with acts such as Russell Kane, Chris Ramsey and Jenny Eclair, and have attracted a combined audience of over two thousand people. In this series of events we have the opportunity to give young rising stars and other acts that are well respected on the comedy circuit who we know are great performers, but perhaps less known to audiences that might follow well know TV comedy stars, an opportunity to perform a full show with a support act.
"For audiences it's a chance to come along and see a good quality show in an intimate friendly setting without spending a fortune. It is ideal for both regular comedy fans as well as people who is thinking about coming along to see a live comedy show for the first time.
"Initially we have programmed three shows with a well established and experienced comic, an award winning rising star and one of the North East's best young comics who has recently completed and extensive tour supporting a top TV comic."
The first in the series is on Wednesday 19 November with Silky, a Liverpudlian-in-exile who has been a full time comedian for half his life. He did his first gig in 1994, and his fourth gig was the final of the 1995 BBC New Comedy Awards. Silky, a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe, where he plays to full houses every year at The Stand Comedy Club, will be performing his full one hour Edinburgh Festival Show 'Silky: Tribute Act.' In Silky's own words, "I do jokes and sing songs. I am tall and have low maintenance hair."
The first comedy for a fiver show in 2015 will feature the current winner of the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards, Steve Bugeja (Wednesday 21 January). Peter Dixon saw Steve at this year's Edinburgh Festival and was very impressed with the young comic.
"Steve was part of the prestigious Comedy Zone show and he shone out as a 'one to watch' young comic, which is also evidenced by the clutch of awards he has been involved in during the last year. He will be back in Edinburgh in 2015 for the debut full show and we are delighted to giving him the opportunity to present a full show in Barnard Castle as he puts material together leading up to next summer."
Carl Hutchinson (11 March) is uniquely stubborn, outright impractical and undeniably hilarious. Geordie comic Carl Hutchinson toured the country last year supporting both Mick Foley and Chris Ramsey. He possesses the uncanny ability to both irritate and be irritated in a charming and endearing manner.
Tickets for all three shows at The Witham in Barnard Castle are on sale now via funnywaytobe.com, priced £5. Available from www.funnywaytobe.com and at The Witham Box Office.