Barnard Castle comedy club Funny Way To Be has announced details of its spring 2017 season.
The club's mountain of fantastic shows, which take place at The Witham, Barnard Castle, begins on Saturday 28 January with Lucy Porter, who will be performing her brand new show Consequences. Consequences sees the chirpy, feel-good comic wondering how has she become one of those people she used to make fun of. In this heart-felt and hilarious hour of personal revelation, political observation, she ponders whether all this line-crossing has consequences.
Friday 10 February will see Chris Ramsey kick off a packed month of comedy with his work in progress show, rescheduled from its original January date. Ramsey has also added an additional show on Saturday 4 February. The work in progress show will see the Hebburn star trying out new material ahead of his upcoming, forty-three stop tour Is That Chris Ramsey? tour; his biggest to date.
On Saturday 18 February Gary Delaney visits Barnard Castle with his new show There's Something About Gary. Delaney thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian: short and punchy. This brand new show from the Mock the Week regular and double Sony Award winner is not only great for people who like lots of jokes, but fun for people who enjoy getting offended by jokes too.
Best-selling and award-winning author, radio and TV personality Gervase Phinn stops by on Saturday 4 March for An Evening with Gervase Phinn. Phinn has been touring theatres across the country for over 10 years, sharing his funny and sometimes poignant tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales.
On Saturday 18 March the club will welcome cult comic Richard Herring and his 'greatest hits' show The Best. Described by GQ as "the best comedian of his generation", Herring will perform popular routines from his last twelve one-man shows; providing a unique opportunity for fans to revisit their favourite bits, as well as offering the uninitiated an uproarious, abridged version of Herring's lengthy and enviable career.
Rob Rouse makes an appearance on Saturday 15 April. In Are You Sitting Comfortably? Rob takes his trademark comedic storytelling to a career high, as he leads us on an irresistibly hilarious journey of enforced introspection, that has taught him to relinquish any attempts to control his life and to face down literally one of the most awkward situations you’re ever likely to hear about.
The club will also be putting on a show at 2017's Barnard Castle Meet. The Barnard Castle Meet Comedy Gala will take place on Saturday 27 May at The Demesnes, and will feature sets but some of the country's top comics.
Uniquely stubborn, outright impractical and undeniably hilarious, Geordie comic Carl Hutchinson has been crowned the Magners Pub Comedian of the Year and the winner of the Beat the Frog World Series competition. He also reached the final of So You Think You’re Funny? and been nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award.
Audience favourite Patrick Monahan blends a high energy comedy style with hilarious and engaging topical and observational material. Known for working a room, Patrick is adored by his audiences with whom he makes an effortless connection.
2017 will also see Funny Way To Be expanding its stable, with new shows set to take place in Staindrop's Scarth Hall. Barbara Nice, Phil Nichol, Pat Cahill, Jason Cook and Steffen Peddie are just a few of the comics who will make their Staindrop debut next year.
Funny Way To Be will also welcome back Gyles Brandreth later in the year, with the popular raconteur set to perform his new show Looking for Happiness on Saturday 10 June.
Funny Way To Be promoter Peter Dixon said: "Mid-December will see our last show of the year, so it seemed like a fitting time to announce details of our huge Spring programme. We've got huge number of outstanding shows lined up for the new year, with a great mixture of returning favourites and brand new comics to enjoy. And there's still time to get some last minute Christmas shopping in for the comedy fan in your life!"
Tickets available online from funnywaytobe.com now.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Founded by Peter Dixon in 2010, Funny Way To Be is the home of comedy in Barnard Castle. Previous acts include Russell Howard, Russell Kane, Mark Watson, Jason Cook and Chris Ramsey. The comedy club was recently featured in The Guardian national newspaper, with comedian Lucy Beaumont writing: "The [comedy club] I love most is Funny Way To Be in Barnard Castle. [They have] priceless audiences – people who are comfortable with each other and love to laugh out loud.”
Saturday 28 January: Lucy Porter: Consequences - £14.00
Saturday 4 February: Chris Ramsey - Work in Progress
Friday 10 February: Chris Ramsey - Work in Progress
Saturday 18 February: Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary - £14.00
Saturday 24 February: Barbara Nice: Raffle (Staindrop) - £10.00
Saturday 4 March: Gervase Phinn: An Evening with Gervase Phinn - £15.00
Saturday 18 March: Richard Herring: The Best - £15.00
Saturday 1 April: Phil Nichol, Pat Cahill and support (Staindrop) - £10.00
Saturday 15 April: Rob Rouse: Are You Sitting Comfortably? - £14.00
Friday 12 May: Jason Cook and Steffen Peddie (Staindrop) - £10.00
Saturday 27 May: Barnard Castle Meet Comedy Gala - £10.00
Saturday 10 June: Gyles Brandreth: Looking for Happiness - £20.00
Saturday 24 June: John Kearns and Lauren Pattison - £10.00