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The Stand kicks of New Year with lots of laughs

Gavin Webster and Patrick Monahan star in programme to beat the blues

Patrick Monahan
Patrick Monahan

January blues? What January blues! There will be nothing but a sunny mood in evidence this month if The Stand in Newcastle gets its way.

And it will - as the comedy club has been busy drawing up a packed programme to get the New Year started in the way it intends to continue, with coming guests including local favourites Gavin Webster and Patrick Monahan.

Sunday marks the debut of a monthly show, the Giggle Beats Comedy Quiz, which sees question master Seymour Mace put the audience through their comedy knowledge paces. The first one will also have Jo Caulfield providing a slice of stand up too.

Next up, The Gavin Webster Comedy Show the next night marks the start of a new monthly Monday show where the Tyneside talent will be delivering his trademark brand of dark observations, sardonic songs and quick-fire one-liners. And he’ll leave room amongst all that for up-and-coming local comedians to showcase their talents too and the first night will feature Carl Hutchinson and Lee Kyle.

That’s to be followed on Tuesday by South African comedian Trevor Noah then on January 14 by Harry, My Cat Died which admittedly does not sound the stuff of fun and laughter but is apparently a unique show more inspired by the cult of celebrity that follows the One Direction pop star Harry Styles.

We’re invited to join Professor Stephen Frizzle from the Harry, My Cat Died Research Centre as he presents the findings of a year-long psychological study into the so-called Directioners who devote their time to communicating to the singer such information as the death of a pet.

Then on January 19 it’ll be the turn of Alex Horne to continue the stand-up humour, then Rob Newman on January 21 and Andrew Lawrence on January 28.

And in between there’ll be plenty more so keep an eye out on the website for the mix of new shows and touring slots which include Patrick Monahan’s Cake Charmer show on March 18 which sees the popular Teessider and Fringe hit explain his liking for hugging and eating cake - but not at the same time.

Full details. at www.thestand.co.uk

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