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.
Veteran Yorkshire arts journalist CHARLES HUTCHINSON doffs his cap to the makers and shakers who made and shook the arts world in York and beyond in 2019.
of the year: Alan
Ayckbourn’s Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present, at Stephen Joseph Theatre,
Scarborough, from September 4
Ayckbourn penned one play to mark his 80th birthday, then decided it
wasn’t the right one. Instead, writing more quickly than he had in years, he
constructed a piece around…birthdays. Still the master of comedy of awkward
Honourable mention: Kay Mellor’s Band Of Gold, Leeds Grand Theatre, November 28 to December 14.
Should Have Seen It production of the year: Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge, York
Theatre Royal, September 20 to October 12.
Once more, the
sage Arthur Miller bafflingly did not draw the crowds – a Bridge too far? – but
Theatre Royal associate director Juliet Forster found resonance anew for this
age of rising intolerance in Trumped-Up America and Brexit Britain.
home-grown show of the year: York Stage Musicals in Shrek The Musical, Grand Opera House, York, September
12 to 21
swapped directing for his stage return after five years in the wind-assisted
title role and stunk the place out in Shrek tradition in a good way. Jacqueline
Bell‘s Princess Fiona and Chris Knight’s Donkey were terrific too.
Honourable mention: Pick Me Up Theatre in Monster Makers, 41 Monkgate, October 23 to 27
launch of the year: Rigmarole
Theatre in When The Rain Stops Falling, 41 Monkgate, York, November 14 to 16
Smales, a previous Hutch Award winner for her all-female Henry V for York
Shakespeare Project, set up Rigmarole to mount Andrew Bovell’s apocalyptic
Anglo-Aussie family drama. More please.
play of the year: The
Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Grand Opera House, York, February 5 to 12
for Mischief Theatre with a riotous show, so diamond-cutter sharp, so rewarding,
in its comedy, that it is even better than the original botched masterplan, The
Play That Goes Wrong.
Honourable mention: Nigel Slater’s Toast, York Theatre Royal, November 19 to 23
play of the year:
Handbagged, York Theatre Royal, April 24 to May 11
In a play of wit, brio and intelligence, Moira Buffini presents
a double double act of 20th century titans, Margaret Thatcher and
The Queen, one from when both ruled, the other looking back at those days, as
they talk but don’t actually engage in a conversation.
of the year: Emma Rice
for Wise Children’s Wise Children, in March, and Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers, in
September, both at York Theatre Royal
once of Cornwall’s pioneering Kneehigh Theatre and somewhat briefly of
Shakespeare’s Globe, has found her mojo again with her new company Wise
Children, forming a fruitful relationship with York Theatre Royal to boot.
Watch out for Wuthering Heights in 2021.
director of the year:
John R Wilkinson, Hello And Goodbye, York Theatre Royal Studio, November
Theatre Royal associate artist John R Wilkinson had long called for the return of in-house productions in the Studio and what he called “the blue magic of that space”. He duly delivered a superb reading of Athol Fugard’s apartheid-era South African work starring Jo Mousley and Emilio Iannucci.
Comedy show of the year: Sir Ian McKellen in Ian McKellen On Stage With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others…And You, Grand Opera House, York, June 17
A delightful variation on the An Evening With…format, wherein Sir Ian McKellen celebrated his 80th birthday with a tour through his past. His guide to Shakespeare’s 37 plays was a particular joy.
Honourable mention: John Osborne in John Peel’s Shed/Circled In The Radio Times, Pocklington Arts Centre bar, March 27
of the year: Live
In Libraries York, York Explore, autumn
wood-panelled Marriott Room, veteran busker David Ward Maclean and Explore York
mounted a series of four intimate, low-key concerts, the pick of them being Bonnieville
And The Bailers’ magical set on October 25. Along with The Howl & The Hum’s
Sam Griffiths, Bonnie Milnes is the blossoming York songwriter to watch in
of the Year: The
Arts Barge’s Riverside Festival, by the Ouse, July and August
umbrella of Martin Witts’s Great Yorkshire Fringe, but celebrating its own identity
too, The Arts Barge found firm footing with two locations, an ever-busy tent
and, hurrah, the newly docked, freshly painted barge, the Selby Tony. The Young
Thugs showcase, Henry Raby, Rory Motion, Katie Greenbrown, jazz gigs, a naked Theo
Mason Wood; so many highs.
Honourable mentions: York Festival of Ideas, June; Aesthetica Short Film Festival, November.
York Barbican gig of the year: The Specials, May 9
Still The Specials, still special, on their 40th anniversary world tour, as the Coventry ska veterans promoted their first studio album in 39 years, Encore, still hitting the political nail on the head as assuredly as ever.
Honourable mentions: David Gray, March 30; Art Garfunkel, April 18; Kelly Jones, September 14.
Happiest nights of the year: Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in Twelfth Night, Castle car park, York, July 4 and September 1
JOYCE Branagh, Kenneth’s sister, set Shakespeare’s comedy in the Jazz Age, serving up “Comedy Glamour” with a Charleston dash and double acts at the double. “Why, this is very midsummer madness,” the play exhorts, and it was, gloriously so, especially on the last night, when no-one knew what lay just around the corner for the doomed Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre.
Most moving night of the year: Glory
Dazed, East Riding Theatre, Beverley, January 26
Cat Jones’s play, starring York actor Samuel Edward Cook, brings
to light issues surrounding the mental health of ex-servicemen as they seek to
re-integrate into civilian society while struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder. The post-show discussion with ex-soldiers from Hull spoke even
Solo show of the year: Serena
Manteghi in Build A Rocket, autumn tour
NO sooner had she finished playing Ophelia in Shakespeare’s
Rose Theatre’s Hamlet than Serena Manteghi revived her remarkable role as a seaside
resort teenage single mum in Christopher York’s award-winning coruscating play.
Honourable mention: James Swanton in Irving Undead, York Medical Society, October 10 to 12.
Favourite interview of the year: Brian Blessed, giving oxygen to his An Evening With Brian Blessed show at Grand Opera House, York, in August
The exuberance for life in Brian – Yorkshire man mountain, actor, mountaineer and space travel enthusiast – at the age of 83 would inspire anyone to climb Everest or reach for the stars.
the year: John
Newman, The Out Of The Blue Tour, The Crescent, York, June 30
Settle sound of soul, John Newman, and his soul mates parked their old camper van
outside the almost unbearably hot Crescent, threw caution to the wind and burnt
the house down on a night that must
have been like watching Joe Cocker or Otis Redding on the rise in the Sixties.
Honourable mentions: Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock’n’Roll Revue, Pocklington Arts Centre, June 25; The Howl & The Hum, The Crescent, York, December 14
of the year: Van
Gogh: The Immersive Experience, York St Mary’s, York, now extended to April 2020
This 360-degree digital art installation uses technology to create
a constantly moving projected gallery of 200 of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous
19th century works in the former church. Breathtaking, innovative, and,
yes, worth the admission charge.
Honourable mention: Ruskin, Turner and The Storm Cloud, Watercolours and Drawings, York Art Gallery, from March 28
production of the year: The Wizard Of Oz, Leeds Playhouse, until January 25
£15.8 million transformation from the West Yorkshire Playhouse to Leeds
Playhouse, artistic director James Brining gave West Yorkshire’s premier
theatre the grandest, dandiest of re-opening hits. Still time to travel down
the Yellow Brick Road with Agatha Meehan, 12, from York, as Dorothy.
stage left: Berwick
Kaler, retiring on February 2 after 40 years as York Theatre Royal’s pantomime
dame; Tim Hornsby, bowing out from booking acts for Fibbers on June 29, after 27
years and 7,500 shows in York; Damian Cruden, leaving the Theatre Royal on July
26 after 22 years as artistic director; James Cundall’s Shakespeare’s Rose
Theatre, in September, after hitting the financial icebergs .
not forgotten: York Musical Theatre Company leading man,
director, teacher, chairman, bon viveur and pub guvnor Richard Bainbridge, who
died on July 6.
NOTHING special happened in the arts scene in 2019…or did it? Find out tomorrow when the Hutch Award winners are announced for what made the art beat race faster across YORKshire at charleshutchpress.co.uk.
SHAPPI Khorsandi is extending her 2019
tour into 2020, bringing her self-reflective show Skittish Warrior…Confessions
Of A Club Comic to Pocklington Arts Centre on February 16.
Comedian, author and “idiot who agreed
to be tortured” on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here in 2017, Khorsandi takes
a warts-and-all journey back to the 1990s’ comedy scene, her breakthrough on TV
and then letting it all slip away in her 20 years as a stand-up.
“The show is a good opportunity to look
back on how it all began,” she says. “It talks about the bits that stand-ups
don’t usually talk about, those behind-the-scenes moments where doors get
slammed in your face. It’s about rediscovering that early passion. It’s a
celebration of the comedy circuit.”
Building the show around cultural
observations and confessional gags, Khorsandi says: “I hope people will take
away a great sense of warmth and a lot of heart. The show is saying it’s OK to
be exactly who you are. The only person you should ever compete with is
Skittish Warrior looks at the “funny
side of failure”. “It’s an ode to being an underdog. We celebrate the underdog.
I have to do that. I don’t have a choice,” says Khorsandi.
“But it’s not doom and gloom. I’m
perfectly happy. I’m not cut out for a tabloid level of fame. After 20 years, I
feel completely comfortable with the fact that I’m vulnerable. It’s OK to say,
‘I’ve messed up so many things’.
“It’s about realising that if you
didn’t get something, it wasn’t what you wanted anyway. If it was very important
for me to do well on panel shows, I wouldn’t have been daydreaming on panel
Born in Tehran, Iran, Shappi is the daughter of the Iranian
political satirist and poet Hadi Khorsandi and moved to Britain as a child after
the Islamic Revolution. In her twenties, she began performing in comedy clubs, going
on to appear on a multitude of TV shows, be a panellist on ITV1’s Loose Women
and BBC One’s Question Time and write two books, A Beginner’s Guide To Acting
English in 2009 and her debut novel, Nina Is Not OK, in 2016.
A play based on the novel is on its way,
and already she has a musical comedy to her name, Women In Power, inspired by Aristophanes’s
ancient Greek comic play The Assembly Women, co-written with fellow comedians
Jenny Éclair and Natalie Haynes for a run at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton,
in September 2018.
On the radio, Khorsandi has hosted the BBC
Radio 4 series Shappi Talk, Homework and Shappi Khorsandi Gets Organised, as
well as appearing on Loose Ends, Front Row, Midweek and Today.
Recalling how it all began, 46-year-old Khorsandi
says: “I feel very thankful that when I started out in comedy, it was punk. The
ultimate aim was to play the clubs, not telly. That’s why my new show is a love
letter to the comedy clubs.
“I was a nervous wreck at the start. It
was terrifying. I would phone the Comedy Store for an open spot, and if they
picked up, I would put the phone down. I was treading water for the first ten
years. It’s a sort of madness to carry on doing something that is so
precarious. But I always knew that there was nothing else along my Yellow Brick
Celebrity has its pitfalls, she
acknowledges. “It’s about really understanding what a full-time job it is to be
famous and to stay there. It has to be at the cost of everything else.
Instagram posts don’t post themselves!”
In 2017, that celebrity status led to Khorsandi
taking part in ITV’s reality TV show I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!. “It
changed my life. Because you’re hungry and have nothing to do in the jungle, it
forces you to look at your life,” she says. “While I was in there, my life was
going on without me. I realised there was no other life I wanted, and I
desperately wanted to be back in it.
“Some people may see I’m A Celebrity as
crass, but it bought me time to re-evaluate my life. I realised what I didn’t
want: to be on the front page of The Sun. That’s not worth anything. Doing
stand-up, writing plays and books; those things have value and they were the
things I wanted to come back to.”
Hence her tour of Skittish Warrior…Confessions
Of A Club Comic, now bolstered with more shows in 2020. “I get an absolute
adrenaline rush on stage. For me, it’s always been about the live stuff,” she
Time for reflection at the year’s end. “I
look back on my career and see all the times I’ve sabotaged it. But if I had
really wanted it, I would have got it,” says Khorsandi.” I’ve got two kids, and
I really wanted them. It may sound cheesy, but they’re my greatest successes.”
Shappi Khorsandi: Skittish Warrior…Confessions Of A Club Comic, Pocklington Arts Centre, Sunday, February 16 2020, 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 on 01759 301547 or at pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk.
ARTHUR Smith, comedian, writer, broadcaster and
notoriously Grumpy Old Man, has a new show to brighten up 2020.
Smith’s off-the-wall Laughs, Stories, A Song And A
Poem will visit Pocklington Arts Centre on Friday, January 31.
Arts centre director Janet Farmer says: “We can’t
wait to welcome Arthur back after several sell-out shoes here in recent
“He’s a cult hero at the Edinburgh Fringe for his
legendary performances and this new show promises to be a thoroughly
entertaining night of sublime playfulness, crammed with jokes, anecdotes, short
stories, poems, songs and excerpts from Arthur’s latest book, the memoir My
Name Is Daphne Fairfax. It’s the complete package!”
Janet adds: “Arthur is the latest in a series of
outstanding comedians we’ve lined up for our stage in the coming months,
including Shappi Khorsandi on February 16, Tom Rosenthal: Manhood on March 14
and Andy Parsons on April 28.
“Our live comedy programme always sells out, so I
would recommend getting your tickets quickly or risk missing out.”
Smith, 65, from Balham, London, has appeared on the
BBC’s Grumpy Old Men Q.I, Have I Got
News For You and The One Show, as well as Radio 4’s Loose Ends and Balham Bash
and hosting Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club, and Radio 2’s Smith Lectures. He
was nominated for an Olivier Award for his play An Evening With Gary Lineker,
which played York Theatre Royal in July 2006.
Tickets for his 8pm Pocklington gig are on sale at £16 on 01759 301547 or at pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk.
Ed Byrne, If I’m Honest, York Barbican, December 13
FRIDAY the 13th is unlucky for some”,
and certainly for those who missed out on Ed Byrne’s If I’m Honest show at a
half-full York Barbican. An honest mistake, no doubt, that should be rectified
Unlike our political parties in the General
Election, 47-year-old Dubliner Byrne has decided honesty is the best policy,
and while comedians are no less likely to exaggerate than politicians seeking
the X factor at the ballot box, they do so with a silver, rather than forked,
Byrne headed to York, the lone red rash in deepest
blue North Yorkshire, on the night after the nation had voted. Yet more politics
was not for him, however. “I could talk about Brexit for 20 minutes, but I
choose not to,” he said. Exit Brexit, stage hard right. Good call, Ed, judging
that the party mood needed to be joyful, not political.
He was not one to massage figures, either, instead
drawing attention immediately to the empty seats, making everyone there feel
better for their impeccable judgement. Honesty, straightaway, was the best
Byrne book-ended the show, providing the short
opening and longer closing chapters, with Henley comedy pup Kieran Boyd let off
his lead in between. While this can break the rhythm of the night, Byrne knows
the importance of giving fledgling acts their wings. Nish Kumar, for example, played
support slots in York several times before graduation to headline status at the
Grand Opera House.
Rather too many comedians do material about their children;
the equivalent of being passed endless pictures of little Johnny or Joanna at an
inescapable party, but when Byrne, fast thinking and even faster talking, is
making the observations, then fair children’s play to him.
In If I’m Honest, he “takes a long hard long hard look at
himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are
worth passing on to his children”. On
Friday, he did so self-deprecatingly, as he takes on parenthood in his forties
with children named Cosmo and Magnus. And no, they were not named for comic
Far from it. When he
played Reykjavic, Byrne was greeted with an outpouring of Icelandic
congratulations for choosing one of their own!
Byrne could laugh
at how his young sons already were mirroring him and his mutually sarcastic exchanges
with his wife, theatre publicist Claire Walker.
Byrne’s comedy is
both mentally and physically energetic, even hyper, as well as laced with Irish
storytelling lyricism and much mischief making, and not only children’s received
behaviour was up for his honesty test.
So too were
superdads and superheroes and the way superhero film titles have become so
convoluted, as he yearned for the simplicity of old.
Byrne wore a shiny red
jacket and tapered jeans that would not have looked out of place competing on
Strictly Come Dancing, a show he revealed he had turned down, foregoing the chance
for “Byrne the floor” headlines, much to his family’s disappointment. He could not
trust himself with the dancers, said the Oti fan, honest to the end.
THE comedy year on York Barbican’s main stage will end with another dollop of Wallop! and a welcome dose of honesty.
After walloping the Barbican on October 24, comedian Rob Beckett returns on December 12 with his Wallop! show. The “Mouth of the South” cheeky chappie, 33, hosts BBC One’s All Together Now; does team captain duties on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats; co-presents The Magic Sponge podcast and has joined Romesh Ranganathan for Sky’s Rob And Romesh Vs.
In his confessional If I’m Honest show on December 13, , ever observational 47-year-old Dubliner Ed Byrne takes a “long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children”.
Byrne last played York on his Spoiler Alert! tour at the Grand Opera House in March 2018. Fact.
Tickets for both 8pm gigs are on sale on 0203 356 5441 , at yorkbarbican.co.uk or in person from the Barbican box office.
comedian and Sitting Room Comedy promoter Tom Taylor hops over to York to
headline the Laugh Out Loud ComedyClub line-up at York Barbican on
is an award-winning humorist and writer who featured on BBC Radio 4 in the BBC
New Comedy Award with his offbeat musical comedy and droll one-liners.
Both a stand-up and character actor, Taylor has penned and performed two
murder mystery solo shows, A
Charlie Montague Mystery: The Game’s A Foot and Try The Fish/ The Man
With The Twisted Hip, as seen at York’s Great Yorkshire Fringe.
Joining him in the Fishergate Bar will be casual, smooth-talking,
story-telling Manchester comedian Mike
Newall, whose Nineties’ Britpop haircut has gained him the nickname “The Real
Debra-Jane Appleby, former winner of the
Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and Funny Women Comedy Award in 2005, completes
the 8pm line-up with her no-nonsense northern take on the world.
Doors open at 7pm, and the host, as
ever, will be Laugh Out Loud promoter Damion Larkin.
Tickets are on sale on 0203 356 5441, at yorkbarbican.co.uk or in person from the Barbican box office.