JOKER Jimmy Carr is Terribly Funny.
Or at least that’s the title the dry-witted British-Irish comedian, presenter
and writer has behest on this year’s York-bound travels.
Isleworth-born Carr, 47, has just
added a York Barbican date on October 25, in doing so making a crosstown switch
for the first time from his regular York stamping ground, the Grand Opera
Not that the urbane stand-up putdown
specialist is not booked into the Opera House too on his 2020 tour. He is. Carr
will be Terribly Funny there first, on June 21.
Arch cynic Carr first played York in
2003 at the inaugural York Comedy Festival and The Other Side Comedy Club at The
Basement, City Screen, making his Grand Opera House debut with Public Displays Of
Affection in November 2004.
He returned in October 2006 and April
2007 with Gag Reflex; a one-off Repeat Offender in March 2008; two nights of Joke
Technician in September 2008, one in April 2009, and a brace of Rapier Wit dates
in September 2009, another in March 2010 and yet another two months later.
Laughter Therapy brought Carr back for
two shows in October 2010 and one the next April; next came four performances
of Gagging Order, one in June 2012, two that December, one more in September 2013,
and two Funny Business gigs in October 2014. The Best Of, Ultimate, Greatest
Hits Tour sent him north in September 2016, October 2016 and June 2017.
His last public appearance in York
was as a guest at the York Minster wedding ceremony of pop star Ellie Goulding
and North Yorkshire-born art dealer Casper Jopling last August.
Terribly Funny contains jokes about all
kinds of terrible things, says Carr: “Terrible things that might have affected
you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not
the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like
having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket.”
York Barbican tickets for Carr, the Channel 4 host of The Friday Night Project, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year, are on sale on 0203 356 5441, at yorkbarbican.co.uk or in person from the box office. Grand Opera House tickets, 0844 871 3024 or at atgtickets.com/york.
THE Guardian’s fourth best comedy show of 2019, Max & Ivan’s
Commitment, will play Selby Town Hall on February 7.
“I’m delighted that Selby is the only Yorkshire date on their UK tour
and am genuinely very excited to see the show in our little venue,” says Chris
Jones, Selby Town Council’s arts officer.
“It’s one of the most talked-about comedy shows of last year, receiving a
slew of four and five-star reviews for its Edinburgh Fringe debut, and an agent
for an entirely different comedian told me last week that it was one of the
best things she’d seen…and that doesn’t happen very often.”
Performed by comedy duo Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez, Commitment is the
true story of how Max, as Ivan’s Best Man, attempted to reunite Ivan’s teenage
band – Voodoo 7:2, the premier “art rock post-punk funk” group in mid-Noughties
Liverpool – for one final gig.
“It’s a show about dreaming big, growing up, and trying – but ultimately
very much failing – to make it in the band,” says Chris.
“Directed by multiple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Kieran Hodgson, it melds
fast-paced visuals – including a wealth of embarrassing adolescent photos – with
razor-sharp gag writing, classic double-act dynamics and a smattering of
virtuoso multi-character performances.
“At its heart, the show is a storytelling hour about Max & Ivan’s
real-life friendship and the lengths Max will go to in order to pull off the
best night of Ivan’s life.”
Olesker and Gonzalez have performed at the Melbourne International
Comedy Festival; the SXSW (South By Southwest) festival in Austin, Texas; UCB
Sunset in Los Angeles and Brooklyn’s Union Hall in New York, as well as touring
Among their past work is the super-show The Wrestling, where the world’s
best comedians step into the ring and wrestle alongside enormous professional
wrestlers in Edinburgh and Melbourne.
At last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, they debuted Max & Ivan’s Prom
Night, an anarchic, interactive, 1950s’ high-school prom show-cum-party, to a
sell-out, thousand-strong crowd in Assembly High, a purpose-designed location.
Max & Ivan created, wrote and starred in the BBC Radio 4 sitcom The
Casebook Of Max & Ivan, attracting such guest stars as Matt Lucas, June
Whitfield, Reece Shearsmith and Jessica Hynes, as well as appearing in BBC Two comedy
W1A as Ben and Jerry.
“Max & Ivan’s Commitment tour is one of The Times’s picks of 2020,”
says Chris. “I’m aware that Max & Ivan are not yet household names, but I would
love as many people as possible to catch this 8pm show.”
Tickets cost £14 on 01757 708449 or at selbytownhall.co.uk or £16 on the door from 7.30pm.
WHAT, again, Alan? Tickets have sold so quickly for Alan Carr’s first tour in four years, that Not Again, Alan!, is now, Yes, Again and Again and…Again, Alan, at York Barbican.
Carr, ever-chatty son of former York City footballer Graham Carr,
will play three successive Christmas nights in York, newly adding December 17
to December 18 and 19.
Tickets areon sale on
0203 356 5441, at yorkbarbican.co.uk or in person from the Barbican box office.
last comedy travels, chat-show host Carr has “managed to find himself in all
sorts of dramas”, apparently. Such as? “Between his star-studded wedding day
and becoming an accidental anarchist, from fearing for his life at border
control to becoming a reluctant farmer, three words spring to mind…Not again,
Alan!” says his tour publicity. “Join Alan on tour as he muses upon the things
that make his life weird and wonderful.”
Alan! will be Carr’s fourth UK solo show in four-year cycles in the wake of
Yap, Yap, Yap’s 200 dates in 2015 and 2016, Spexy Beast in 2011 and Tooth Fairy
in 2007. He last brought his chat, chat, chat to York on the Yap, Yap, Yap!
itinerary on July 11 2015 at the Barbican.
Later this year, Carr will host Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow on ITV, wherein five all-time favourite game shows will be supersized and reinvigorated for a new audience: Play Your Cards Right, Take Your Pick, Strike It Lucky, Bullseye and The Price Is Right. In 2020 too, Carr will return to the judges’ panel on the second BBC series of RuPaul’s DragRace UK.
joker Alan Carr feel news of his first tour in four years will be received?
calling it Not Again, Alan!, the son of former York City footballer Graham Carr
supplies his own answer as he announces York Barbican gigs on December 18 and
Since his last comedy travels, chat-show host Carr has “managed to find himself in all sorts of dramas”, apparently. Such as? “Between his star-studded wedding day and becoming an accidental anarchist, from fearing for his life at border control to becoming a reluctant farmer, three words spring to mind…Not again, Alan!” says his tour publicity. “Join Alan on tour as he muses upon the things that make his life weird and wonderful.”
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 10am on 0203 356 5441, at yorkbarbican.co.uk or in person from the Barbican box office.
Not Again, Alan! will be Carr’s fourth UK solo show in four-year
cycles in the wake of Yap, Yap, Yap’s 200 dates in 2015 and 2016, Spexy Beast
in 2011 and Tooth Fairy in 2007. He last brought his chat, chat, chat to York
on the Yap, Yap, Yap! itinerary on July 11 2015 at the Barbican.
this year Carr will host Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow on ITV, wherein five all-time favourite game shows will be supersized and reinvigorated for a
new audience: Play Your Cards Right, Take Your Pick, Strike It Lucky, Bullseye and The
Price Is Right. In 2020 too, Carr will return to the judges’
panel on the second BBC series of RuPaul’s DragRace UK.
THE comedy is over for the Great Yorkshire Fringe
after five summers in York, blaming “city-centre management” for the decision
to exit stage left.
In a formal statement, founder and director
Martin Witts said: “Our experience of sponsoring, curating and managing
an event in this small city of ours has led to the conclusion that until a
well-managed and efficient is implemented, a festival of our size cannot thrive
and does not have a place in York.”
Here Martin, who also runs the Leicester Square
Theatre and Museum of Comedy in London, answers Charles Hutchinson’s questions.
1.What made you take this decision, Martin?
“My patience with all the red tape ran out of time.
It was the same things every year, no matter what you try to do to address the
most critical things on the Parliament Street village green site. Access.
Drainage. The licence. Security. What we were required to do changed
“Right from the start, there were frustrations. We
wanted to start the festival in 2014, but it took a year to get the licence from
the city council for Parliament Street.”
2.What would constitute a “well-managed and
efficient city-centre management”?
of York Council, Make It York and York BID are all involved in how the city centre
is run. Everyone has great intentions, but there are too many chiefs, not
enough Indians, and it’s got too complicated. That’s the frustration.”
3.Sean Bullick, managing director of Make It York,
says he would “welcome the opportunity to discuss options with you to
bring the event back”. Will you have that discussion?
“I had a meeting with Sean and
Charlie Croft [assistant director of communities and culture at City of YorkCouncil] last year to say this needs to
be resolved, but we still had problems at last summer’s festival with the drainage
provision for the toilets.”
4. Last summer, some people said the ticket prices were high; some
reckoned the quality of the newer acts had lowered; others felt the same names
kept returning. Your thoughts?
“We had no complaints about the festival content or
the programming or the pricing. There were no negative comments from patrons on
our social media and in the box-office day book. Indeed, only positives. The
average ticket price remained the same.
“But there was a drop in audience numbers certainly,
when the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, running at the same time at the Castle car
park, had an impact.”
5. Do festivals have a natural cycle, especially
when the fickle world of comedy is prone to “the new rock’n’roll” going in and
out of fashion?
“No, I disagree with that. Comedy always has a new
audience and new acts. You only have to see the popularity of the New Comedian of
the Year award we ran each year.
“Comedy is always changing, but people like to keep
seeing their favourite comedian too.”
6.Emotionally, how do you feel about calling a halt
to the Great Yorkshire Fringe after five years?
“I’m incredibly disappointed to be having to do this. You should see the messages I’ve had from the volunteers who worked for the Fringe saying it was the highlight of their career. It was the highlight of my career too.
“In an ideal world, if it had been easier, if there
wasn’t the problem of the structure of the city-centre management, we would
like to have continued the festival, but your patience runs out in the end when
you want things to run smoothly.”
7. What did you achieve?
”We were committed to running the festival for five years and you hope
that after those five years, you’ve covered your costs, broken even, and
established yourself, which we had – and we proved Parliament Street could be a
village green with shows and all the food and drink stalls.”
8. Would you consider taking the Great Yorkshire
Fringe to another great Yorkshire city?
“No, absolutely not. I’m not planning to move it to
Leeds. This festival was always designed for the city of York, the city where
my family is from. York is the capital city of Yorkshire; the second city of
9. You say you will “continue to invest in the
cultural scene of York”. In what ways will you do this?
“We’ll continue to do events in York, but not hold
the festival, but do them in the spirit of the Great Yorkshire Fringe. We’ll
probably have a year off but we’ll support The Arts Barge by doing a couple of
things with them in York this summer.”
10. What else is happening in the world of Witts right now?
“We’re opening a scenery workshop in Pocklington, and I’ve bought the contents of the Goole Waterways Museum after it went into liquidation. We might look at doing something with antiquities and artefacts there.”
MISCHIEF-MAKING activist comedian, satirical writer, political agent provocateur, TV and radio presenter, journalist and podcaster Mark Thomas sets out on his 50 Things About Us: Work In Progress tour on January 23.
Among the 54 dates are The Crescent, York, on March
4 and Leeds City Varieties Music Hall on April 9 as the South Londoner combines
his trademark mix of “storytelling, stand-up, mischief and really,
really well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this
divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom”.
Thomas, 56, will be picking through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask how we have so much feeling for such a hollow land. “Who do we think we are?” he ponders.
50 Things About Us is billed as “a show about
money, history, songs, gongs, wigs, unicorns, guns, bungs, sods of soil and
rich people, in the vein of The Manifesto-meets-sweary history channel”.
has made his mark down the years by stopping arms deals; creating a
manifesto and bringing the winning policy to parliament; walking the entire
length of the Israeli wall in the West Bank and setting up a comedy club in the
Palestinian city of Jenin.
He has hosted six series on Channel 4, alongside
several television documentaries and radio series; written books; grabbed a
Guinness World Record; sold out numerous tours; won awards aplenty; nabbed
himself a Medal of Honour and succeeded in changing some laws along the
His Work In Progress tour also takes in further Yorkshire gigs at Hebden Bridge Trades Club, February 16; Sheffield Memorial Hall, March 1, and Wakefield Theatre Royal, March 5. Box office: York, 01904 622510 or at thecrescent.com; Leeds, 0845 644 1881 or cityvarieties.co.uk; Hebden Bridge, 01422 845265 or thetradesclub.com; Sheffield, 0114 278 9789 or sheffieldcityhall.co.uk; Wakefield, 01924 211311.
SELBY Town Hall’s spring season will be its biggest ever with 27 live
shows between February and the start of June, plus a trio of Edinburgh Fringe previews
“There’s the usual mix of folk, Americana, stand-up, pop, rock, theatre
and more with chart-toppers, cult indie royalty, a Grammy winner, the radio
voice who guided my teenage pop dreams, a primetime impersonator tinkling the
ivories and even a 13-piece orchestra,” says Selby Town Council arts officer
“We had a good end to 2019 with a surprise listing in the Guardian as
one of the UK’s best tiny venues and that seems to have spilled over into 2020
with strong early sales. It’s full steam ahead.”
The programme’s headline stars include punk princess, actor, television
presenter and Top Ten hit maker Toyah with her stripped-back Acoustic, Up Close
& Personal show on February 21; Mark Radcliffe: Loser?, a solo show of
words and songs from the BBC6 Music and Radio 2 presenter, on April 2, and impersonator
Alistair McGowan, in his new-found guise as a classical pianist, in The Piano
Show on May 22.
Guitarist Gordon Giltrap’s re-scheduled date is confirmed for February 29; cult Eighties’ indie icon, John Peel favourite, Scouse maverick and The Mighty Wah! frontman Pete Wylie presents a duo show of hits and stories on March 14, and Dire Straits founding member David Knopfler, now plying his trade as a singer-songwriter, performs with Harry Bogdanovs on May 27.
On the comedy front, The Fast Show star turned bestselling
author Arabella Weir plays the smallest date on her first ever stand-up tour, the
confessional Does My Mum Loom Big In This?, on February 28; Paul Sinha,
one-time Grand Opera House, York, pantomime villain, comic and quiz sensation from
The Chase, performs Hazy Little Thing Called Love on March 21; and Jo Caulfield discusses unreasonable
neighbours, call centres, snobby ghosts, prosecco drinkers, being married
forever and rude children in Voodoo Doll on May 1.
BBC New Comedy Award winner, To Hull And Back sitcom writer and Hull
native Lucy Beaumont spins surreal anecdotes about bubble wrap, boxing, boobs
and believing in UFOs or not in Space Mam, her return to live stand-up after a
four-year hiatus, on April 17.
“The season also includes one of the biggest successes from last year’s
Edinburgh Fringe, comedy duo Max & Ivan, on February 7,” says Chris. “Their
show Commitment was named the fourth best comedy performance of 2019 by the
Guardian and has just been listed as one of the comedy highlights of 2020 by
“There’ll be more laughs from BBC Radio 4 favourite Lucy Porter in Be
Prepared, her show on how ‘life turned out to be slightly more
complicated than Brown Owl let on’, on June 6; classically moulded British eccentric
Tim FitzHIgham in Pittancer Of Selby on April 8, and Nineties’ comedy pin-up
turned philosophical raconteur Rob Newman in Rob Newman’s Philosophy Show: Work
In Progress on May 16.
“Rob will be trying out material for the next series of his award-winning
BBC Radio 4 stand-up philosophy programme Total Eclipse Of Descartes.”
Jones always has a strong hand of American folk and roots music acts
each season. “This spring is no different with performances from Grammy-winning
Californian bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis and her band The Right Hands on May 21;
singer-songwriters Bronwynne Brent and Rachel Baiman on March 6 and May 28 respectively
and the sunshine melodies and harmonies of Illinois indie-Americana quintet The
Way Down Wanderers on April 10,” he says.
Selby Town Council commemorates the 75th anniversary of
VE Day with a concert in Selby Abbey by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band on May 9,
preceded by Tim FitzHigham and Duncan Walsh Atkins’s Flanders & Swann show, At The
Drop Of A Hippopotamus, on May 8 at Selby Town Hall.
The venue plays host to its first ever orchestral performance when a
13-piece ensemble from the Northern Chamber Orchestra plays on April 7, with cellist, baritone and
actor Matthew Sharp as the host.
“As well as being our biggest ever programme of events, this spring season is also one of our most eclectic,” says Chris. “I’m particularly excited to welcome one of the most inventive and cool acts on the folk scene right now, Yorkston Thorne Khan, on March 20, when they promote their new album Navarasa: Nine Emotions.
“They mix an incredible array of sounds, from Scottish traditional to
Indian classical, and are signed to the same label as Arctic Monkeys and Franz
“We’re also delighted to open up the season on February 1 with a rare
show for a great folk-rock supergroup, The Sandy Denny Project, brought
together by Fotheringay MkII’s PJ Wright and The Poozies’ Sally Barker to
celebrate one of Britain’s greatest ever singers.”
Further dates for the diary are Celtic band The Tannahill Weavers, with
their ballads and lullabies on St Valentine’s Day, February 14, guitar duo Ezio
on March 5; and Martin Turner: Ex Wishbone Ash, performing his former band’s
1971 album Pilgrimage in its entirety on March 28.
Reform Theatre present Midsommer, playwright David Greig and
singer-songwriter Gordon McIntyre’s collaborative piece about two mid-30s,
messed-up strangers – failing car salesman/poet Bob and divorce lawyer Helena –
embarking on a lost weekend of debauchery, bridge-burning, car chases, wedding
bust-ups, midnight trysts and hungover self-loathing, on April 25.
Edinburgh Fringe comedy previews with two comics each night will be held
on July 11, 18 and 25, with tickets going on sale in the spring.
This season’s National Theatre Live screenings will be Cyrano de
Bergerac, starring James McAvoy, on February 20, and Lucy Kirkwood’s bold new
thriller The Welkin, starring Maxine Peake and Ria Zmitrowicz, on June 4.
“From comedy to rock, bluegrass to theatre, orchestral to music hall and
much, much more, there’s a huge array to choose from at Selby Town Hall this
spring season,” concludes Chris.
Tickets are on sale on 01757 708449, at selbytownhall.co.uk or in person from the town hall.
EVERY gag has a punchline, but sometimes, as Morrissey once sang, that joke isn’t funny anymore, and so the Great Yorkshire Fringe has had its last laugh in York after five years.
Founder and director Martin Witts, a hugely experienced impresario who runs the Leicester Square Theatre and Museum of Comedy in London, but whose home and heart are in York, cuts a frustrated figure in his reasoning.
“Our experience of sponsoring, curating and managing an event in this small city of ours has led us to the conclusion that until a well-managed and efficient city-centre management is implemented, a festival of our size cannot thrive and does not have a place in York,” he said in his formal statement.
Loosely translated, that means red tape, whether applied by the City of York Council or its cultural ambassador, Make It York.
Were his grievances insurmountable? Did they leave him at his Witts’ end? Or is there more to it than that?
Last summer, there was no longer enough room at the St Sampson’s Square end of Parliament Street to accommodate The Turn Pot tent to complement the White Rose Rotunda spiegeltent and The Teapot tent on the festival village green, and so the festival spread out to more locations than ever before across the city. On the one hand, that increased the festival profile; on the other, crucially it dissipated its central meeting ground.
Some people said the ticket prices were high, some reckoned the quality of the acts had lowered, especially among the newer, burgeoning acts making their way to the Edinburgh Fringe; others felt the same names kept returning.
In other words, festivals have a natural cycle, and the fickle world of comedy is particularly prone to “the new rock’n’roll” going in and out of fashion.
Could Martin Witts take the Great Yorkshire Fringe to another Yorkshire city? Possibly, but more likely he will deliver on his promise to continue to invest in the cultural scene of York with high-quality individual events, although a spiegeltent festival would be most welcome too.
THE comedy is over for the Great Yorkshire Fringe after five years in York, blaming the “city-centre management” for the decision to exit stage left.
In a formal statement this morning, founder and director Martin
Witts said: “Our experience of sponsoring, curating and managing an event in this
small city of ours has led us to the conclusion that until a well-managed and
efficient city-centre management is implemented, a festival of our size cannot
thrive and does not have a place in York.”
This is the second summer festival to fold in York city
centre in quick succession in the wake of the loss of the ten-week Shakespeare’s
Rose Theatre, run by North Yorkshire entertainment impresario James Cundall, whose
Lunchbox Theatrical Productions company went into liquidation in October after
two summers of Shakespeare plays at a pop-up Elizabethan theatre on the Castle
Mr Witts, who lives in York, also runs the Leicester Square Theatre and the Museum of Comedy, in Holborn, London. In his full statement, he said: “The Great Yorkshire Fringe has had five fabulous years in York, 1,200 shows, 9,000 performers and 110,000 show patrons, plus a fantastic array of volunteers, festival crew and local venue staff.
“We have sadly come to the decision that we will not be
continuing into 2020. We would like to thank all of the acts who have performed,
our food and beverage providers, the staff, both from York and London, and our
loyal team of volunteer staff.
“The biggest thank-you of all to our wonderful patrons, York
residents and visitors alike who have visited us and the city of York for the
last five years. We hope that we have given you some amazing memories.”
Mr Witts added: “Thank you to all that have been involved in
the Fringe over the past five years; it has been a privilege to work with you.
We will continue to invest in the local cultural scene of York.
“Our experience of sponsoring, curating and managing an event in this small city of ours has led us to the conclusion that until a well-managed and efficient city-centre management is implemented, a festival of our size cannot thrive and does not have a place in York.”
Responding to Mr Witts’s statement, Sean Bullick, managing director of Make it York, the organisation in charge of the city centre, said he was sorry the Great Yorkshire Fringe would not be returning this year, but did not rule out a resurrection.
“The Great Yorkshire Fringe was a valued addition to the city’s diverse events calendar and we are sorry to hear it will not be returning next year,” he said.
“It is disappointing that the organisers feel this way as over the last five years Make it York have offered significant marketing and operational support for this festival.
“However, we understand there have been some infrastructure challenges connected to putting on an event of this scale in a city-centre space.
“We would welcome the opportunity to discuss options to bring the event back to the city in future years as part of the ambitious programme of events we are developing.”
Mr Witts, who took his first steps in the entertainment business
working alongside York actor Mark Addy in the York Theatre Royal carpentry
team, set up the Great Yorkshire Fringe on a village green laid down in
Parliament Street with street food and coffee, gin and craft beer stalls either
side of the pathway, and the ever-present
double-decker bus, Bob The Box Office.
At one end was the White Rose Rotunda spiegeltent, at the
other The Turn Pot tent, and in the middle, the star-lit Teapot, where the festival
presented comedy, music, variety acts, magic, theatre and children’s entertainment
For last summer’s festival run from July 18 to 28, Mr Witts spread out into more locations than ever: the Grand Opera House, York Barbican, The Arts Barge on the River Ouse, 41 Monkgate and The Basement at City Screen, all complementing the spiegeltent and tent.
Among the acts over the five years were German ambassador of
comedy Henning Wehn; Pocklington-born podcaster Richard Herring; Reginald D
Hunter; Michael Palin; Tony Slattery; Omid
Djalili; Jerry Sadowitz; Al Murray: The
Pub Landlord; Austentatious; S!it-Faced Shakespeare; American singer Curtis Stigers; jazz singer Clare
Teal; Ronnie Scott’s All Stars and Shed Seven drummer Alan Leach in a fusion of
stand-up and quiz show.
SILKY, Nick Doody and Joey Page make up the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club bill, hosted by Damion Larkin, at York Barbican on January 31.
Liverpudlian-in-exile Silky made the
final of the 1995 BBC New Comedy Awards in only his fourth gig, when competing
against Lee Mack and The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt.
Silky, who lives in Leeds, has performed
internationally in China, the Philippines, the Gulf, Singapore, the United
States, Australia (Melbourne Comedy Festival) and all over Europe.
In Britain, he has played the Glastonbury Festival, headlined the world’s smallest comedy festival at Frampton Mansell, appeared on Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Brookside and Heartbeat and done warm-up spots for BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Nick Doody, who specialises in political comedy and satire, supported the influential Bill Hicks at Hicks’s invitation while still a student. He has performed in Ireland, Germany, Spain, France and Croatia, as well as Britain, and has written for The Secret Policeman’s Ball, Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive, The Now Show, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Friday Night Project. His BBC Radio 4 show Bigipaedia has had a second series confirmed.
Indie comedian Joey Page’s brand of inventive, surrealist humour has found favour with Noel Fielding, who invited him to support him on tour.
Doors open at 7.30pm for the 8pm start in the Fishergate Bar. Tickets cost £17 at lolcomedyclubs.co.uk, on 0203 356 5441 or in person from the Barbican box office or £22.95 on the door.