Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Triple Dash of Laughter; Other Theatre Highlights: Comedy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Triple Dash of Laughter; Other Theatre Highlights: Comedy

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TEESSIDE comedy fans have three great nights to look forward to this weekend, including a special charity gala event featuring TV big-hitter Jason Manford.

The weekend gets off to a flying start tonight at Stockton''s Catch 22 Comedy Club at Stockton's ARC with hotly-tipped Dubliner James Goldsbury and Jason Cook leading the way.

Tickets are pounds 9, details on 01642 525S 199.

The fun continues over at Hartlepool's Hot Potato Comedy Club at the Town Hall Theatre in Raby Road on Saturday where Irish charmer Goldsbury is joined by Geordie force-of-nature Andy Fury.

Tickets pounds 9/pounds 8, details 01429 890000.

And the weekend is topped in great style with the first ever Big Mouth Comedy Gala at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Sunday, with all profits raised on the night going to Zoe's Place Baby Hospice in Normanby and The Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund.

Jason Manford heads an all-star cast for the Gala, which also features no less than ten of Big Mouth's favourite comics.

Jason Cook, Matt Reed and Danny McLoughlin are MCs for the night that also features Rob Rouse, Chris Ramsey, The Boy With Tape on His Face, Martin Bigpig, Dan Nightingale, Barry Dodds and Andy Fury.

A team effort between Middlesbrough Town Hall and promoters Ten Feet Tall, Big Mouth has enjoyed three years of bringing some of the best comics on the UK circuit to packed crowds at Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt each month - and tickets are selling so well for the Gala that the show has been moved upstairs into the Main Hall to meet demand.

Ten Feet Tall comedy promoter Peter Vincent said: "This is an amazing weekend to look forward to. Catch 22 and Hot Potato are both great nights, and we just can't wait for the Big Mouth Gala.

"We've cherry picked the best bits from the last three years, looked at what people loved and who went down best on stage, and now we've put them into one bumper line-up.

"And it goes without saying that we were punching the air when Jason Manford jumped at the chance to play."

Remaining tickets for the Gala are pounds 15.50, details 01642 729729.

Curtain raisers: OTHER theatre highlights in the week ahead include: * Head to Billingham's Forum Theatre tonight for High School Mania. The show features all the very best hits from High School Musical 1, 2 and 3, Glee and Camp Rock.

Tickets pounds 12, details 01642 552663. * Direct from London's West End is An Evening Of Burlesque which will be at Middlesbrough Town Hall tomorrow "The show brings variety back to the theatre, combining musical and theatrical parody with the art of striptease, magic, comedy and dance," says show producer Michael Taylor. The history of burlesque dates back to the very origins of British theatre. In the 17th century it was a popular form of musical and theatrical parody. …

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