Nic Wright

Teesdale comedy club announces spring programme

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Funny Way To Be Comedy Club have announced the first shows as part of their Spring 2016 season.

Kicking off 2016 at The Witham Arts Centre, Barnard Castle, is George Egg.

On Saturday 30 January chaotic comedy cook Egg will present his flaming cocktail of stand-up comedy, striking innovation and extreme multi-tasking.

After years of staying in hotel rooms and suffering unimpressive room service, George Egg decided to take matters into his own hands. During the course of his comedy-show-cum- lecture, George prepares a three-course meal on equipment commonly found in hotels – from irons and kettles to the humble trouser press – and if you fancy it, you can try it at the end of the show.

On Tuesday 1 March, comedian and Hollywood actor Omid Djalili drops into Teesdale.

Following a sold-out four week West End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival, Djalili is now taking his new show to venues across Australia, North America and the Middle East before returning to the UK.

With over twenty years under his belt as a stand-up comedian, Djalili is one of the most recognisable comics in the country, notching up countless television appearances including Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, and The Royal Variety Performance, as well as roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Gladiator, The Mummy, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Infidel.

Armed with cheery observations, uncanny mimicry and old-school showmanship, the award-winning comic has been delighting audiences and critics with his energetic shtick since 1995.

Picking up where his previous show 100 Acts of Minor Dissent left off, comedian, author and activist Mark Thomas brings his new show Trespass to The Witham on Saturday 16 April.

Trespass asks the question: If the ramblers of the 1930’s were here now what would they do to open up the cities? How do we turn the skyscrapers and corporate squares into our playgrounds? Setting out to try and claw back a small space in the urban world where mischief and random chance can lurk, Thomas rails against the carving up and selling off of Britain in this hilarious, inspiring and eye-opening new show.

Casting a brief glance ahead to the summer season, the club will also welcome Gyles Brandreth and his new show Word Power! on Saturday 2 July.

Peter Dixon, of promoters Funny Way To Be, said: “Over the last five years we have managed to bring some huge comedy names to Barnard Castle. Our philosophy in developing what is recognised as one of the best comedy clubs in the North East has always been to offer shows that showcase a great cross-section of comedy styles, and of course always of the highest quality.

“Our early 2016 season is no exception. The performers have one thing in common though in that they are each multifaceted. George Egg’s show was a sellout hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, and will be of great interest to cookery lovers as well as comedy fans.

“Omid Djalili, as well as being a major stage and film star, is one of our best comedians with a razor sharp wit, boundless energy and expertly-crafted observations. Mark Thomas’s shows are always a wonderfully odd mix of theatre, stand-up and activism, with a dash of journalism, and a big dollop of mayhem.”

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