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The Chuckling Monk is a promotions vehicle for impressionist Cal Halbert, a seasoned veteran of the comedy circuit whose considerable knowledge of the great and the good of the region’s comedic scene has been put to good practice at the debut Chilli Mini Fest, taking place from Saturday 1st-Sunday 9th December at Heaton’s Chillingham Arms.

Performers include festival opener Gavin Webster, who plans to explain why Newcastle United has ruined his life; later that same evening, Savvy B, aka Hannah Murphy, talks about drinking culture in her hilarious and thought-provoking show. Sunday 2nd sees conspiracy theorist Rod Shepherd brings his show to the Chilli Arms, plus there’s sets from musical comedian and loop pedal enthusiast Edy Hurst, and the ‘man of many voices’ Danny Posthill.

On Monday 3rd, Viz co-founder Simon Donald looks back at his twelve years as a stand-up comedian, and Teesside comic Fran Garrity brings gritty observations to proceedings. Comedy veteran David Hadingham performs on Tuesday 4th, as does Neil Harris, who brings his Nerd Is The Word show to Newcastle. On Wednesday 5th, Vladimir McTavish celebrates 25 years of stand-up with his early evening slot, and Nick Cranston tops the night off with his UnSuitable show (that’s what’s it’s called, we’re not dissing him).

Thursday 6th sees Stuart Edwards and Louise Young present their split show intriguingly entitled BEEF, plus Mike Milligan will attempt to convince you that Shearer shared his pram in his end of night slot. Friday 7th will see actor and comic Ben Crompton offer up quick-fire observations, plus there’s a special show from club host Cal Halbert and comedy cohort Alfie Joey, aka The Mimic Men.

Saturday 8th brings a bumper crop of fun, kicking off with Joby Mageean’s Wassail! show; the reliably hilarious Lee Kyle will be certain to bring the house down with his Kicking Potatoes Into The Sea show; John Scott gets out his Greatest Hits and Worst Bits and Si Buglass waxes lyrical about the time he tattooed Gazza, among other stories. The whole festival winds down on Sunday 9th with American-born, Newcastle-based Julie Grady-Thomas’ Bad Pancake show, and bizarre rantings and acclaimed silliness from Seymour Mace.

Many gigs are free entry, with the ticketed performances beginning at a fiver.

 

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