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‘Tis the season to be jolly, and there’s a lot to tickle your funny bones this festive season, with plenty to keep you laughing into the New Year too. The North East comedy scene is going from strength to strength, with so much variety our region really is a growing hotbed of hilarity.

December sees regular comedy shows from the more alternative side of comedy with the ever popular Silly Billies bringing a Christmas Extravaganza to Live Theatre on Sunday 20th December; plus sketch group Heavy Petting continue with their ever popular FIASCO night at Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social Club on Saturday 5th December.

There are regular intimate offerings from Freshly Ground Comedy at The Tower Cafe and Chew at Ernest in the Ouseburn on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th December respectively; new kid on the block, Mr Shindig’s Laughter Store takes place on Thursday 17th December at True Coffee House on Chillingham Road; and Heaton’s Chillingham Arms also offers monthly comedy from The Chuckling Monk, who have some excellent line-ups on the horizon – mark the first Thursday of the month in your diary. For more silly fun, January sees the return of ever-popular anarchic panel show Quest To Stardom, taking over Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle on Sunday 31st January.

Predictably, The Stand have some incredible Christmas line-ups, with a highlight on Tuesday 8th December being the brilliant Seymour Mace’s new show, Niche As Fuck, which was nominated at the 2015 Foster’s Comedy Awards. Good Grief has been developing a following at the same venue with their regular nights, and there’s a mix of something for all with Kids Comedy Club on Sunday 13th December and Sunday 10th January. For music-lovers, Alfie Joey’s tribute to Frank Sinatra is sure to be fun on Saturday 12th December.

For those funsters in Darlington and surrounding areas, Hilarity Bites offer some of the best evenings of comedy going, a particular highlight includes Patrick Monahan headlining The Eagle in Eaglescliffe on Tuesday 19th January. There’s also the chance to see in 2016 in fine style in South Shields, as The Customs House plays host to Jason Cook’s New Year’s Eve special.

With so much on offer, it’s definitely more “ha ha ha” than “ho ho ho”, with lots to seek out, and plenty of chuckles to be had.



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