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Stand-Up In The Vault, the new monthly comedy night from Box To Box featuring established and up-and-coming stand-up comedians from the region and rest of the UK, returns to The Vault, Hexham on Saturday 16th November. Headlined by the excellent Louise Young and with support from John Whale, Ken McGuinness, Elaine Robertson and host Mike Shephard, the night is shaping up to be a side-splittingly funny one. 

Louise Young is known for her laid back and warm style and razor-sharp jokes and presents Grin Up North, a weekly comedy radio show on BBC Newcastle and Tees. We caught up with her to find out more.

How did you get into comedy?
I just started to slowly realise I was useless at everything but sometimes I amused people so I just thought I’d run with that.

Who were your comedy icons growing up?
Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Julia Davis.

How would you describe your style of comedy?
I’m not sure how to answer this. Autobiographical is a word I hear to describe it, so let’s just go with that. I’m trying to show more of my personality in my stand up and not hide behind the material. Not that I necessarily think it will make my comedy better, I’m just scared of it and I have a compulsion to put myself through hell for the craic. 

You present a weekly comedy show on BBC Tees/Newcastle called Grim up North. How long have you been doing that and what is it about?
I’ve been hosting it for 6 months now and it’s a radio comedy sketch show, and the sketches are written and performed by the Grin Up North team, the idea being the team is comprised of comedy inclined, new, North East talent and the show is a platform for them to do their thing.

What can people expect from your headline set at Stand Up In The Vault, Hexham on 16th November?
I’ll probably say jokes and will have not washed my hair.

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