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Comedy is big business around these parts, with many huge names visiting the region and promoters like Funny Way To Be, Ten Feet Tall, The Stand and Hilarity Bites leading the way.

Once again, there’s far too many to mention and lots of multiple appearances. Bill Bailey (Newcastle City Hall 2-3/2); Andy Zaltzman (The Stand, 26/2); Sophie Willan (ARC Stockton 10/2 & Northern Stage, 15/3); David Baddiel (Newcastle City Hall 11/3 & Gala Durham 15-16/3); Robin Ince (The Stand, 19/3); Jonathan Pie (Newcastle City Hall, 21/3); Dara O’Briain (Newcastle City Hall, 23-24/3); Ed Byrne (Tyne Theatre & Opera House 24/3 & Playhouse Whitley Bay, 26/4); Alun Cochrane (Darlington’s Forum, 29/3); Sarah Millican (Tyne Theatre & Opera House, 6-8/4 & 4-8/7 & Middlesbrough Town Hall, 13-15/6); Brian Blessed (Yarm Princess Alexandra Auditorium, 12/4); Joe Lycett (Gala Durham 1/4 & Tyne Theatre & Opera House, 25/5); Lucy Porter (The Witham, 6/4); Craig Campbell (The Stand, 4/3 & Darlington’s Old English Gent, 15/4); Phil Jupitus (The Witham, 21/4 & ARC Stockton, 3/5); Russell Brand (Sunderland Empire 3/5 & Middlesbrough Town Hall 31/5); Jason Cook & Glen Roughead (ARC Stockton 12/5); Jon Richardson (Tyne Theatre & Opera House, 25/4 & Middlesbrough Town Hall, 18/5); Richard Herring (The Witham, 19/5 & The Stand, 20/5); Mark Steel (The Witham, 12/5 & ARC Stockton 23/5); Bridget Christie (The Stand, 18-19/6).

Don’t forget to frequent your regular local club too, with loads of cracking local talent and up and coming touring acts ready to tickle your funny bone.

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