Silky to top Laugh Out Loud comedy bill at York Barbican on January 31

Silky: headlining Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at York Barbican

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.

Nick Doody: ;political satirist

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.

If the crown fits: surrealist comic Joey Page

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, on 0203 356 5441 or in person from the Barbican box office or £22.95 on the door.

Tom Taylor to headline Laugh Out Loud line-up at York Barbican

Taylor made: Harrogate comedian Tom Taylor spins his stories at York Barbican

HARROGATE 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 December 20.

Taylor 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.

MIke Newall: smooth-talking Manchester comic

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 Magic Mike”.

Debra-Jane Appleby: no-nonsense northerner

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 or in person from the Barbican box office.