IF the January blues are in danger of taking early root, then you can at least book yourself a night out to look forward to.
Justin Moorhouse, who knows a fair bit about the art of raising a laugh, has announced a tour which brings him to Newcastle in March on the first of two North East dates.
Tickets are on sale now for gigs at The Stand on March 5 and at the ARC in Stockton on March 22. In his show Justin Time, the Manchester funnyman – a radio regular and star of series Everyone Quite Likes Justin on BBC Radio 4 – promises stories ranging from owls through family fun days to his dog, all delivered in his trademark honest, warm-hearted style.
Meanwhile, The Stand in High Bridge, which has been perfecting the art of comedy for over a year now, has already kicked off the new year in customary style.
It follows up tonight with Red Raw, its weekly showcase for beginners to try out material in front of a live audience, which is being hosted by Matt Reed and Seymour Mace.
Then tomorrow, the Thursday Show features two hours of the best comperes, established headliners and several up-and-coming acts plus another newcomer slot.
The line-up will feature Junior Simpson, Anthony J Brown, Joe Rowntree and Lost Voice Guy – otherwise known as Lee Ridley, who has cerebral palsy and is unable to speak so uses a computer-generated voice in his act.