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Laughter on the menu at revamped Barnard Castle venue

Line-up for 2014 comedy programme announced for revamped County Durham venue

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner and former Loose Women panellist Jenny Eclair
Edinburgh Comedy Award winner and former Loose Women panellist Jenny Eclair

A REVAMPED venue in Barnard Castle is set to make an impact on the comedy circuit with its 2014 line-up that includes some of the brightest stars in stand-up from Jenny Éclair to Pete Firman.

The Witham, in Horsemarket, has been recently-refurbished and has announced a new programme of entertainment that is set to fill it with laughter.

First there’s a show to come on December 14 - Jason Cook & Friends - which, coming from the writer of comedy series Hebburn, is bound to be hugely popular. Although currently enjoying being the man behind the hit BBC2 comedy, Jason has been keen to keep his stand up going as strong as ever and is always treat to watch.

Then local comic Alfie Joey, who appears as doctor to Joe (Jim Moir) in Hebburn, currently in the midst of its second series, will launch next year’s Funny Way To Be comedy club programme on February 8, hosting a night featuring Andrew O’Neill and Paul F Taylor who will both be on rare trips to the North East.

Popular feminist, former Loose Women panellist and Grumpy Old Women star (as well as the first female Edinburgh Comedy Award winner) Jenny Éclair, who lived in Teesdale for a while as a child, will make her debut on March 1, celebrating nearly three decades in comedy with her show Eclairious.

There then follows Matt Richardson, bringing his first tour Hometown Hero on March 22; Mike Wozniak - currently in C4 sitcom Man Down - with his Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Take the Hit on April 26; Canadian star Craig Campbell, who’s been on such TV programme as Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Russell Howard’s Good News, on May 24; Pete Firman, who’ll be fusing magic and comedy on June 21; and Jo Caulfield who, a sell-out there last year, returns on July 19. Take a breath.

Rounding off the newly-announced programme will be comedy actress, stand-up performer and writer Lucy Beaumont who was last year’s winner of the BBC New Comedy Award. She’ll be joined on July 16 by Show Me The Funny winner Patrick Monahan as both preview new Edinburgh Fringe shows for the audience. For ticket details visit www.thewitham.org.uk

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