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CHRIS RAMSEY @ Darlington Hippodrome

07 October 2020


Critically acclaimed comedian Chris Ramsey is hitting the road for his biggest ever stand-up tour in 2020.

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Carl Hutchinson @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

10 October 2020

The Tyne Theatre and Opera House have announced their first show with an audience  since before lockdown. Comedian Carl Hutchinson will be taking to the Tyne Theatre stage on Saturday 10th October 2020 for an hour of stand-up to a socially distanced audience.

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Paul Smith: Changed @ Sunderland Empire

16 October 2020

A lot has changed for Paul in recent years. Join him for his 3rd and largest ever tour of the UK and Ireland as he once again mixes sharp, hilarious stories from his life with his trademark off the cuff wit.

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Robert Temple the Hypnotist @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

17 October 2020

Robert Temple is bringing his brand new show The Hypnotist: Red Raw to the Tyne Theatre & Opera House on Saturday 17th October 2020.

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Jon Richardson: The Knitwit @ O2 City Hall Newcastle

22 October 2020

Will the recycling be put out on the right day? Who is going to smooth over the top of the margarine? How many lights are on upstairs when everybody is downstairs?

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ALAN CARR @ Sunderland Empire

23 October 2020 - 24 October 2020

Join Alan on tour as he muses upon the things that make his life weird and wonderful.

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Jimeoin – Turn it Up @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

23 October 2020

Live Nation & MZA present  JIMEOIN – TURN IT UP!

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FUNNY WORDS COMEDY GALA @ Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

31 October 2020

A line-up of top comedians showcasing the best of UK comedy,  all of whom are headliners in their own right.

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BRIDGET CHRISTIE @ Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

13 November 2020

The Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose d’Or and South Bank Sky Arts Award winner presents her highly anticipated brand new show.

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Joel Dommett – Unapologetic (If that’s ok?)

14 November 2020

Join Joel as he brings you bang up to date on his life since his last live show!

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MARK WATSON @ Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

20 November 2020

In 2017, Mark Watson - a man prone to considerable anxiety, with multiple phobias and a history of piss-poor self-esteem - was asked to go on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.

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CARL HUTCHINSON @ The Hullabaloo

26 November 2020

After two consecutive sell-out tours, Carl returns to Darlington with a brand new show!

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Funny Way To Be Comedy – Simon Evans: The Work Of The Devil @ The Witham

28 November 2020

Simon Evans’ last show, Genius 2.0 (“A Masterclass” The Scotsman) provided an hilarious analysis of the departure of any visible sign of intelligence from modern life. But his new show raises the stakes, with his usual excoriating views of a world on fire given a perspective shift from personal revelations that turned his world upside down this year.

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Laffs 4 Kids @ O2 City Hall Newcastle

13 December 2020

After a standout few years, Laffs4Kids returns for another feast of well-known comedy faces, musicians and plenty of other surprises, all to make sure no child in Newcastle goes without a Christmas present this year.

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Roy 'Chubby' Brown @ O2 City Hall Newcastle

27 December 2020

Having recently celebrated 50 years of being one of the naughtiest comics in show business, Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown is back with brand-new material to keep people laughing across the country.

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Ross Noble - Humournoid @ O2 City Hall Newcastle

14 January 2021 - 16 January 2021

What happens when pure comedy takes human form? What happens when a creature is created and bred to do stand up? Nobody knows because that isn’t a thing. What is a thing is Ross Noble doing a show. You can come and see. This is it.

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Joel Dommett @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

28 January 2021

Join Joel as he brings you bang up to date on his life since his last live show!

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Funny Way To Be Comedy – Scott Bennett: Relax @ The Witham

29 January 2021

In the follow up to his 2018 award nominated, sell out show “Leap Year” Chortle “One To Watch” Scott Bennett, is back with a brand new hour of comedy.

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Milton Jones @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

04 February 2021

One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really.

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POSTPONED - Little Wander Proudly Presents: Kiri Pritchard-McLean @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

05 February 2021

Multi award winning comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Have I Got News for You, Live at the Apollo, 8 out of 10 Cats, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order) is back with her fourth full length show.

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Jason Manford: Like Me

19 February 2021

It’s been a busy few years for Jason Manford since his last smash hit stand-up tour, Muddle Class, but now he’s back for more fun with his brand-new show, Like Me. So, come along and enjoy a night of laughter with one of the nation’s favourite comics.

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Andy Parsons @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

20 February 2021

Tour extended due to popular demand!

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POSTPONED - Funny Way To Be Comedy – Ben Hart: Wonder (12+) @ The Witham

20 February 2021

Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart is embarking on his debut solo tour.

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Larry Dean: Fudnut @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

27 February 2021

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee and star of Live At The Apollo returns with a brand new hour of “confessional storytelling at its funniest” (Herald ★★★★★). As seen on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, Mock The Week and Roast Battle.

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POSTPONED - Pete Firman & The Amazing TBC @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

05 March 2021

Come and witness the first and possibly final performance of The World’s Greatest Magical Double Act!

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POSTPONED - Jessica Fostekew @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

05 March 2021

Absolute powershed and regular host of The Guilty Feminist, Jessica Fostekew explores her big strong strength. Have you ever watched a feminist try and take ‘hench’ as a compliment? It’s like watching a snake eat but funny.

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Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest... @ The Maltings, Berwick

05 March 2021

Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.

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Funny Way To Be Comedy – The Thinking Drinkers: Heroes of Hooch (18+) @ The Witham

05 March 2021

The Thinking Drinkers return with a BRAND-NEW SHOW, a hilarious and intoxicating look at history’s greatest drinkers.

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Funny Way To Be Comedy – Cannon & Ball: An Audience with Cannon & Ball @ The Witham

30 March 2021

Cannon & Ball present an evening of their own magical and uniquebrand of humour – unforgettable legendary sketches, songs, storytelling and anaudience Q & A session. This magical and intimate “close and upfront!”evening is a treat for all comedy and variety fans of all ages!

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POSTPONED - Mark Thomas @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

31 March 2021


In his new show 50 Things About Us Mark Thomas combines his trademark mix of storytelling, standup, mischief and really, really well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.

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Iain Stirling: Failing Upwards @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

09 April 2021

Iain Stirling (Love Island and Taskmaster) is taking his ‘extremely funny’ (Telegraph) comedy back on the road for his biggest ever nationwide tour, following his 2018 sell-out smash U OK HUN? x.  

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Brendan Schaub: 50 Shades of Brown @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

20 April 2021

Brendan Schaub is an American stand-up comic, TV personality and host of iTunes chart topping podcasts The Fighter and The Kid and King & The Sting.

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Ed Byrne – If I’m Honest…. @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

21 April 2021

Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.

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09 May 2021

The year is 2021. The world stands on the brink. Turmoil is the norm...

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POSTPONED - Gyles Brandreth @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

16 May 2021

They say all political careers end in tears..

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29 May 2021

After a sell-out in Spring 2019 and due to popular demand, Sandi Toksvig is returning to Darlington Hippodrome with her hilarious smash-hit one-woman National Trevor show.

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Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor) @ O2 City Hall Newcastle

30 June 2021

The award-winning comedian and author shares entries from This Is Going To Hurt, in an evening of stand-up and music based on his time as a junior doctor.

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JASON MANFORD: LIKE ME @ Darlington Hippodrome

31 July 2021

It's been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn't changed a bit...

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Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny @ O2 City Hall Newcastle

16 September 2021

Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes - they are not the terrible things.

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Mo Gilligan: There's Mo to Life @ O2 City Hall Newcastle

23 September 2021

Fresh from his smash hit Netflix release, BAFTA nomination and number one trending entertainment show, Mo Gilligan is back with a brand-new tour!

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POSTPONED - John Bishop @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

14 October 2021

The award-winning comedian, celebrated for his observational humour, is back on tour preparing for a brand new upcoming show which will be his eighth stand up show.

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Robert Temple – The Hypnotist: Red Raw @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

23 October 2021

“The Hypnotist: Red Raw” is a brand new show where volunteers from the audience unlock their imaginations and create a once-in-a-lifetime show of improvised comedy under the influence of hypnosis – live on stage.

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POSTPONED - Jason Byrne @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

05 November 2021


He’s back for more comedy chaos! Jason has learnt over the past few years that we all need to ‘play’ a bit more in our lives.

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POSTPONED - Bridget Christie @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

10 November 2021

Join Bridget as she tries to work out who she is and see her tell one of the most expensive and dangerous jokes in the history of stand-up.

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Funny Way To Be Comedy – Simon Brodkin: 100% Simon Brodkin

11 November 2021

After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and various court appearances following world-famous stunts on Theresa May, Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump, Kanye West and Britain’s Got Talent, the award-winning comedian unleashes his funniest creation yet… himself!

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POSTPONED - Alice Fraser @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

12 November 2021


Everything’s a matter of time, one way or another. Come see Australian comedian Alice Fraser (The Bugle) turn time inside out and back to front. It’ll be fun! It’s a comedy show! No-one’s going to die, except you know… we’re all going to die.


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