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In practice, there are very few things you need for a successful comedy show. Firstly, and most importantly, a comedian who can make people laugh is a pre-requisite. A receptive and respectful audience is also key, and a comfortable environment is paramount. We’re not talking fancy seats and table service (although that’ll do just dandy), but a venue which breeds intimacy and is a welcoming safe space for oddball opinions.

Darlington’s Hullabaloo theatre may not be the first place you’d imagine these boxes to be ticked, but the small theatre (which seats just 170 people) is fast becoming one of the best places to see live comedy in the Teesside town. Ordinarily used as a space for theatre performances for children and young people, the informal and central space (located in the same building as Darlington Hippodrome) will welcome several top comics over the coming months. BBC New Comedy Award-winner Steve Bugeja performs at the venue on Tuesday 9th October (he’s also at Stockton’s ARC on Wednesday 31st). His show, Almost, is a compelling and polished delve into one of life’s big questions: “Is finding ‘the one’ possible?” Told via Japanese toilets and worries about the trustworthy nature of the pharmaceutical industry, Bugeja’s been rightly praised by all and sundry. On Saturday 24th November, the laughs take a different turn with Matt Richardson’s show, Slash, which charts the Heat Magazine’s Weird Crush winner (not quite as impressive as a BBC comedy award, but still noteworthy) as he interviews millionaire dogs in LA, goes ghost hunting with Craig Revel Horwood and gets his phone stolen by Kate Moss.

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