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Some of the comedy world’s top stars will grace the third South Tyneside Comedy Festival from Friday 27th July until Sunday 5th August at The Customs House, and the annual event is proving popular with big name comedians as well as punters.

With a commendable philosophy of ‘big names, small prices’, the South Shields venue will play host to TV favourites and stand-up legends alike. Highlights include one-liner king Gary Delaney, who brings his new work in progress to open proceedings on Friday 27th; The Chase star Paul Sinha ponders his own mortality and wonders if he’s ‘past it’ in his show Two Ages of Man on Saturday 28th; also on the Saturday, edgy and entertaining young comic Brendan Reece will perform. TV favourite Jo Caulfield previews her new Edinburgh show Killing Time and topical comic Angela Barnes reflects on pessimism and news fatigue in her work in progress show, Rose Tinted (both on Sunday 29th). There’s also sets from Justin Moorhouse and Scott Bennet (both Monday 30th), and for improv at its finest, witness festival director Jason Cook riffing with the incomparable Johnny Vegas on Saturday 4th August.

The local contingent is well represented, with Jarrow comic Carl Hutchinson performing his new show, I Know I Shouldn’t Behave Like This, on Sunday 29th and Hebburn star Steffen Peddie promises to solve all your woes with his Dear Aunty Steffen show on Saturday 4th August. Possibly the biggest coup for the festival will be a set from Britain’s Got Talent winner Lost Voice Guy, whose show Inspiration Porn is sure to be a sell out on Saturday 28th July, not just thanks to his telly win but due to his unique brand of self-deprecating humour.

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