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It’s not Christmas already surely? Well, it’s coming up on that time for some and many are Christmas nights planning nights out that simply won’t be up to much. Instead, why not pay just a tenner to come and watch some of the best comedy in the country in the beautiful Durham village of Shadforth at the Christmas End of Year Special taking place on Friday 24th November.

Promoter Nick Cranston has already ran two successful nights at the venue this year and we picked his brains to find out what makes the night so good.

1. It’s full to the brim of stonkingly good acts at a really good price. For only £10 per ticket, I try my absolute best to put on a fantastic bill. We have award winners, rising stars and downright brilliant performers. Gavin Webster and David Hadingham are closing and opening; you couldn’t ask for better bookends of comedy. They will be supported by the hilarious Andy Fury who is hosting the evening and by the wonderful Sammy Dobson.

2. BYOB! And there’s a lovely pub next door if you forget to bring some booze! There’s no bar in the venue itself which at first may seem a problem but we had the GREAT idea of having the evening be BYOB. You bring the booze and we’ll bring the jokes!

3. Beautiful setting. Shadforth village is a classic, picturesque English village tucked away yet still accessible from Durham and the A19. It feels a million miles away from raucous city centres. The venue itself is a lovely, well-ran community centre with proper stage and lighting system too, it’s an absolute pleasure to visit.

4. The Shadforth Plough. Right next door (like literally yards) is the wonderful Shadforth Plough pub. It’s a proper English pub with cracking beers and a crackling fire. They often put on special deals for the comedy night; definitely check it out for pre-show food. We always try and finish early enough so we can have a few drinks and a chat.

5. The audience are brilliant. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a bunch of people who are so supportive and enthusiastic about shows coming to their little venue. Disruptive hecklers are rare and everyone makes sure the night goes well. Comedians have raved to me about the crowd to it’s a delight to keep bringing comedy back there.

The Shadforth Comedy Night is at Shadforth Village Hall, Durham on Friday 24th November.

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