Andrew Dipper

Barnard Castle to welcome Law, Edelman and Beaumont in 2015

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Teesdale’s Funny Way To Be Comedy Club have announced details of their 2015 comedy programme in Barnard Castle.

Based at the recently-refurbished Witham arts centre, the new comedy programme runs from January until March and features some of the funniest men and women in the UK, including the big success story of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Best Newcomer winner Alex Edelman.

The new season, programmed by Barnard Castle resident Peter Dixon, officially gets underway on Saturday 10 January, with a headline appearance from award-winning comedian Lucy Beaumont. Rising stars Katie Mulgrew and Hayley Ellis complete the bill in a night dubbed Northern Ladies.

Next up in Teesdale is the 2014 Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer, USA comedian Alex Edelman. He joins Felicity Ward, one-liner comedian Peter Brush and Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Jamila Maddix in Barnard Castle on Saturday 7 February.

On Saturday 28 February, Funny Way To Be welcome Tony Law to Barnard Castle for the first time as he performs his 2014 show, Enter The Tonezone.

Funny Way To Be’s final spring show sees two festival favourites bring their latest shows to the region. Ray Peacock will perform an abridged version of his critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show, Here Comes Trouble, while Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show winner Ahir Shah completes the line-up. Ray and Ahir are at The Witham on Saturday 28 March.

Peter Dixon, of Funny Way To Be, said: “With the announcement of the new year season we now have ten stand up comedy shows programmed until the end of March 2015. We have continued our commitment to bring the very best comedians, with a programme providing shows to suit all sorts of tastes, to rural Barnard Castle. In this season we have comics from the USA, Australia and Canada providing a real international flavour.”

To complement the more high-profile shows in the calendar, the Teesdale comedy club have also announced details of three bargain mid-week shows set to feature circuit headliners and the stand-up stars of tomorrow.

With tickets only a fiver, Teesdale comedy fans can see Silky (19 November), BBC New Comedy Award winner Steve Bugeja (21 January) and Chris Ramsey tour support Carl Hutchinson (11 March) for less than the cost of a pint in London.

Peter added: “For audiences it’s a chance to come along and see a top quality professional show with 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.”

Tickets for all shows are on sale now from