Are you ready to have your tonsils tickled? Because the now annual Newcastle Alternative Comedy Festival returns this month – and the line-up looks absolutely phenomenal.
The jam-packed schedule will feature some of the best names on the comedy circuit at the moment – there is literally something for everybody, regardless of how bizarre your taste in comedy is.
Jason Byrne, Zoe Lyons, Paul Sinha (chaser from TV’s The Chase), Simon Evans, and Gary Delaney are just some of the brightest names in comedy coming to Newcastle this month in what is certain to be a showcase of the UK comedy scene.
There will also be a couple of smash-hit Edinburgh Fringe shows from Jessie Cave (Harry Potter actress and Instagram sensation) as well as home-grown Lauren Pattison and her acclaimed show, Peachy.
Whose Line Is It Anyway? star, Tony Slattery, brings his new Improv show to the region and those who enjoy a beer or two will love The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl which is guaranteed to entertain and enlighten.
Of course, the event isn’t just about comedians coming from out of town to perform. As the North East is filled with laugh-out-loud stand-up artists, there will be a number of ‘Best of Northern’ events that have been set up to showcase the abundance of talent right here on our doorstep.
What about the kids? Well, there will be a number of shows best suited to 8-12-year-olds including Zoe’s Kids Show, Kids Comedy Club, Mr Fibbers – Out Of Tune and Lee Kyle’s White Elephant Stall.
Robin Ince, the co-star of the Rose D’Or award-winning The Infinite Monkey Cage and author of How to Build a Universe (part 1) with Professor Brian Cox, is back on the road too with an artist’s manifesto that’s certain to delight and let your curious mind run wild.
Cal Halbert will also return with his show, No Business Like Showbiz. You may know Cal as one half of The Mimic Men from Britain’s Got Talent 2016 and he’s back with a show packed with amazing impressions.
Ray Bradshaw will also head to Newcastle with his acclaimed show, Deaf Comedy Fam – a show about growing up with deaf parents that is performed in spoken English as well as BSL.
Newcastle Alternative Comedy Festival runs throughout the whole of October. For further information and to purchase tickets, head to thestand.co.uk.
Please note: Many shows are close to selling out and early booking is advised!