The North East has a strong and burgeoning comedy scene, with a steady stream of talent finding its way into the national consciousness (and beyond). Jason Cook’s regular comedy club at South Shields’ Customs House is one of the strongest tributaries to this Tyne River of mirth. All three acts performing at the next event, taking place on Sunday 4th September are from the North East (OK, one of them is from the North East of the North American continent, but who’s counting?) and each one makes a mockery of the £9 entrance fee.
Andy Askins is a mild-mannered chap with an ability to lull audiences into a sense of tranquillity with his melodic guitar-based songs, until the shockingly bleak lyrics travel from the cochlea to the aural receptors at which point laughter is the only possible physiological response. Second up is Julian Lee, who is a fellow NARC. writer, so I’d best be nice, although nepotism isn’t necessary as Julian is a master of wordplay and punnery: think ‘Geordie Tim Vine’ but not as squeaky clean.
The final fine fella is Montrealian Sean Collins, whose storytelling has been compared to that of Billy Connolly. You may have seen him on Micheal McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, if you did you’ll know his appearance is something of a coup. As Jason says himself: “It’s going to be insane.”