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Lee Nelson to return to Barnard Castle

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Lee Nelson

Stand-up Lee Nelson is to appear at The Witham on Wednesday 9th November to try out new material for his 2017 stand-up tour.

London tearaway Nelson made his Barnard Castle debut with a sell-out show in 2014.

Brought into the comedy world in 2006 by creator Simon Brodkin, Nelson helped bag Brodkin The Writers’ Guild Award for Best Newcomer in the same year for his Edinburgh Fringe show Everyone But Himself.

Nelson went on to front two of his own television programmes – Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show and Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People – on BBC Three. In addition, the lovable scamp has appeared on the likes of Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder, Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford, and Live at the Apollo.

The show marks a return to a more intimate on-stage setting for Nelson, who has been known to drop uninvited onto some of the biggest stages in the world; in 2014 he invaded a live taping of The X-Factor, and last year crashing Kayne West’s headline performance at Glastonbury Festival, and having an awkward public run-in with FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a press conference.

Nelson’s show is the latest in a long line of successful work-in-progress shows hosted by Funny Way To Be, who have also welcomed Mark Watson, Russell Howard and Chris Ramsey to road-test jokes on their stage.

Nelson said: “A unique opportunity to come and see me perform some brand new material in an intimate venue for not much money, before it’s any good.”
Peter Dixon, of promoters Funny Way To Be, said: “The Lee Nelson character has certainly grown up over the last year. I’ve manage to see Lee perform a couple of times already this year and he’s been on fire on both occasions. When I heard he was planning a new tour for 2017 I was straight onto the phone to see if we could book him for a return preview show. It promises to be another banging night of comedy.”

Tickets are £15 and are available from