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Comedy club Chuckling Monkey provide almost two weeks’ worth of rib-tickling splendour at their home of The Chillingham Arms in Newcastle this month at the Chilli Mini Fest.

The programme is as varied as it is impressive, with ‘colourblind dyslexic Geordie’ comic Sean Turner kicking things off on Friday 1st. The following night a triple threat of laughs comes courtesy of regional favourite Seymour Mace’s offering The Drugs Definitely Do Work But Not In A Good Way, promising a typically irreverent show; he’ll be joined by Mike Milligan and Joby Mageean performing a work in progress show. Sunday 3rd sees comedy-double-act-that-aren’t-actually-a-double-act Neil Harris and Julie Grady Thomas perform their separate but equally as funny shows, alongside a set from Cal Halbert who premieres his new work in progress show, The Great Pretender. On Thursday 7th, everyone’s favourite Geordie Gavin Webster performs; while on Friday 8th a superb double-hitter features wrestler-turned-comic Lee Kyle and storytelling supremo Hal Branson.

On Saturday 9th Viz co-creator Simon Donald performs in his Barry Twyford guise, plus there’s surreal comedy from Dean Moore and Matt Hoss, who performs his work in progress show Hossanova. Sunday 10th sees another trio of comedic talent featuring multi-award winning comic Tom Taylor, Welsh comedian Noel James and dastardly duo Lee Kyle and Sammy Dobson who ask Which Is The Best?

The final weekend sees Rahul Kohli and rising stars Louise Young and Anja Atkinson perform on Friday 15th; while on Saturday 16th the likeable joke peddler Billy Murdock joins Newcastle’s own lush funnyman Si Beckwith and recent Fringe highlight David Callaghan. Rounding the festival off on Sunday 17th will be Middlesbrough’s Fran Garrity and satirist Vladimir McTavish.

The Chilli Mini Fest takes place at The Chillingham Arms, Newcastle from Friday 1st-Sunday 17th November

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