Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Summer Full of Laughs; Comedy: Your Guide to a Season of Hilarity

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Summer Full of Laughs; Comedy: Your Guide to a Season of Hilarity

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Byline: Karen McLauchlan

TEESSIDE'S comedy scene is about to start a sizzling summer season. Here's our guide to what's on offer: * Big Mouth Comedy Club. Middlesbrough, Town Hall Crypt - Saturday Enjoy an evening with one of the stars of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

Mick Ferry wowed a TV audience of millions on BBC1's massive Saturday night hit, and film buffs will also know him from Looking For Eric, after starring alongside Eric Cantona himself.

Top support comes from scouse charmer Sam Avery - with Danny McLoughlin as MC.

Tickets pounds 12.50, details 01642 729729. * Josie Long, The Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe - Sunday, July 3 Josie Long spent her early life in Orpington, South-east London and began performing stand-up comedy at the ridiculously young age of 14.

At 17 she won the BBC New Comedy Awards, but when she was accepted to Oxford University she put her stand up career on hold. She read English language and literature at Lady Margaret Hall but the call of performing proved too strong and Josie ran experimental comedy clubs during her studies.

After graduating, she returned to live stand up, supporting Stewart Lee on his Spring 2005 tour, and round that time tour she contributed sketches and one-liners to BBC Radio One's comedy show The Milk Run.

Josie's 2010 show, Be Honourable, earned her an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination alongside Russell Kane (who won), Greg Davies, Bo Burnham and Sarah Millican.

Support comes from Peg Powler Gallery Live: The Bad Art School. Tickets pounds 16, details on 01642 780465. * Dom Joly, ARC, Stockton - Tuesday, July 5 The man behind multi-award winning international TV hit, Trigger Happy TV heads to Stockton. Tickets pounds 19.50, details on 01642 525199. * Hilarity Bites Comedy Club, Thornaby - Thursday, July 7 Hilarity Bites is setting up home at The Pat's Club in Cranworth Street where you can see John Warburton and Carl Hutchinson. Details at www.hilaritybites.co.uk * Redcar Rocks, Redcar Rugby Club - Saturday, July 9 Hilarity Bites will be providing the laughs at the Redcar Rocks Comedy and Music Festival. Comedy treats include Phil Nichol, Rob Rouse, Jason Cook, Rayguns Look Real Enough, Matt Kirshen, Vikki Stone & The Flashbacks, Carl Hutchinson, Andy Fury and Matt Reed.

Full details and tickets at www.redcarrocksfestival.co.uk * Hilarity Bites, Inside Out, Darlington - Sunday, July 10 Funny man Rob Rouse is in town along with Vikki Stone & The Flashbacks. Tickets pounds 10 on the door, or pounds 8 in advance.

Details at www.hilaritybites.co.uk * Catch 22 Comedy Club, ARC, Stockton - Friday, July 15 Belly laughs and giggles galore are guaranteed with another cracking line-up. Deadpan genius Greg Cook is a full-on barrage of relentless gags. Top support comes from Jonathan Elston, with Mike Wilkinson as MC. …

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