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Catch 22 Comedy CLub

Starring: Rob Deering, MC Ian Smith plus more acts TBA


Fri 27 OCT
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

Tickets: £10.00 / £12.00
Box office: 01642 525 199
Doors: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm / 18+





Comedian, musician and writer Rob Deering turns things up to 11 with his trusty guitar and loop pedal which he uses to create impressive soundscapes, as well as telling incredibly funny jokes.

A razor-sharp wit, clownish physicality - served with instrumental and vocal trimmings are what make seeing Rob's stand-up live, a unique experience.

Ingenious and hilarious - The Guardian

Stand-up comedian, compere, actor, presenter - the list is endless. Ian Smith is wonderfully inventive, with an ability to make peculiar and semi-surreal situations seem totally credible.

He's appeared on BBC3 panel show Sweat the Small Stuff and has had a number of hits at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You might have heard Ian as one third of top-charting Dave podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Rob Beckett.

You'd do well to catch him now before his inevitable jump to the big time - The Telegraph

*Line-ups can be subject to change. Not for the easily offended.


Hot Potato Comedy Club

Starring: MC Matt Reed, PLUS Rob Deering, Ian Smith & Tony Wright.


Sat 28 OCT
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Tickets: £7.00 early bird specials up to a week in advance, or £10.00 if you leave it late.
Box office: Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool. 01429 890 000
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm / 18+





A mix of familiar telly faces and the best comics up and down the land. Chuck in pretty much one of the coolest retro bars we've seen in ages and, quite frankly, one of the best audiences you'll find anywhere - it all adds up to a fantastic Saturday night.

Hot Potato legend Matt Reed needs no introduction to Hartlepool's comedy fans, and he welcomes the wonderful Rob Deering, Ian Smith & Tony Wright for a top night here.

A winning mix of bubbling enthusiasm, easy charm and razor-sharp wit never fails to leave comedy crowds in stitches, and it's helped Rob Deering become one of the most in-demand headliners in the country.

Truly wonderful stand-up. - The Sunday Times

Fresh from bagging a stash of glowing reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe, it's glaringly obvious to comedy bigwigs all over the country that Ian Smith is going to be huge! Catch him here while you can - we know you're going to love him to bits.

Fantastically funny. - The Times

Proper star quality. - The Guardian

You'll do well to catch him now before his inevitable jump to the big time. - The Telegraph

Top support comes from hotly-tipped newcomer Tony Wright - best buy early for this one.

*Line-ups can be subject to change. Not for the easily offended.


Hot Potato Comedy Club

Starring: Damian Clark, George Lewis, Carl Jones & Special Guest MC tbc


Sat 25 NOV
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Tickets: £7.00 early bird specials up to a week in advance, or £10.00 if you leave it late.
Box office: Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool. 01429 890 000
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm / 18+





A mix of familiar telly faces and the best comics up and down the land. Chuck in pretty much one of the coolest retro bars we've seen in ages and, quite frankly, one of the best audiences you'll find anywhere - it all adds up to a fantastic Saturday night.

Three great comics and a special guest MC take centre stage tonight.

Aussie Damian Clark's hi-octane uplifting comedy has bagged worldwide critical acclaim, and left comedy crowds up and down the land in hysterics after bursting onto the UK comedy circuit.

Infectious, hilarious and highly recommended. - Kevin Bridges

Scorchingly funny and charmingly engaging. - Chortle

Hotly-tipped George Lewis followed in the footsteps of Jack Whitehall and Sarah Millican to win the Amused National New Comic Award at the Edinburgh Fringe.

He's since supported Romesh Ranganathan on tour, and presents BBC's Top Gear spin-off Extra Gear.

An expert craftsman. - Chortle

Top support comes from Carl Jones - and a special guest MC will keep the laughs flowing all night long.

*Line-ups can be subject to change. Not for the easily offended.


Hot Potato Comedy Club CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Starring: MC Barry Dodds, PLUS Rich Wilson, Dan Nightingale & Simon Lomas.


Sat 09 DEC
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Tickets: £12.00
Box office: Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool. 01429 890 000
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm / 18+





As Noddy Holder keeps telling us at this time of year ... It's Chrisssssssssssmmmaaaaaaaaasssssss!

So, strap yourselves in for a fantastic Festive special hosted by the always entertaining Barry Dodds.

One of the most popular headliners up and down the land, Rich Wilson has loved comedy ever since his next-door neighbour gave him a cassette of Eddie Murphy in full flow.

Then, working as a barman at a London comedy club, he hit the stage himself and hasn't looked back since.

Highly entertaining. - Time Out

He's a very, very funny man. - Frank Skinner

Dan Nightingale is a popular TV warm-up for the likes of Jonathan Ross, John Bishop and Celebrity Juice - and a hi-octane mix of razor sharp observations and killer punch lines have also made him one of the biggest crowd-pleasing headliners all over the country.

Nightingale can make just about anything funny. - Time Out

Top support comes from hotly-tipped multi award-winning newcomer Simon Lomas, so best buy early for this one.

*Line-ups can be subject to change. Not for the easily offended.


Sarah Millican:

Control Enthusiast


Thu 01 Feb 2018
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

Tickets: £27.50

Box office: 01642 525 199
Doors: 8:00pm / 16+


SOLD OUT!


Great news here from one of our all-time favourite comics.

We're absolutely delighted to say that Sarah Millican is coming back to Stockton with a brand-new show!

Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she's a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see?

Do you arrange the night out? Are you in charge of the passports on holiday? Then so are you!

Whether you're sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you're told to, welcome.

You'll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit.

Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy.

Sarah Millican is never less than belly-laugh hilarious. - The Mirror

An iron fist in a marigold glove. - The Guardian

To watch Sarah Millican is to watch a box of comedy fireworks going off. - The Independent

www.sarahmillican.co.uk

twitter: @sarahmillican75


Mark Steel:

Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright


Fri 23 Mar 2018
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

Tickets: £15.00 + bf

Box office: 01642 525 199
Show: 8:00pm / 16+





Not so long ago, it seemed highly unlikely the UK would vote to leave the EU; we had a reasonable opposition to the Tory Government; Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn't going to beat Hilary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal. Then… it all went to absolute s***! But don't worry - Mark assures us that Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright.

Mark's sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now, the star of Radio 4's Mark Steel's in Town and newspaper columnist of the year, is back on the road with a new show, guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is.

Mark has written and presented many series of Mark Steel's In Town on BBC Radio 4 (new series out soon) and toured it live around the UK. He has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One's Have I Got News for You and Radio 4's Newsquiz. Mark has also appeared on BBC2's QI and Room 101. He has written several acclaimed books, including: Reasons to Be Cheerful and What's Going On and writes a weekly column for The Independent for which he won Columnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2015.

Mark recently started filming his columns for The Independent and not surprisingly they're proving very popular indeed, you can find them HERE

★★★★ - The Guardian

★★★★ Essential viewing - The Independent

★★★★ Profound yet funny - Sunday Times

★★★★ Frank, dryly funny - The Scotsman

You'll find Mark online here: marksteelinfo.co.uk

And on Twitter, its: @mrmarksteel


Joe Lycett

I'm About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett


Thu 12 Apr 2018
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

Tickets: £20.00

Box office: 01642 525 199
Doors: 8:00pm / 16+


SOLD OUT!


Pop in and see Joe Lycett on his brand new stand-up tour, where he'll be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic trolling he's been up to recently.

As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI and the Royal Variety Performance.

A man who makes funny seem easy. - The Guardian

If you want to bet on the next mainstream stand-up star, put your shirt on Joe Lycett. - Evening Standard

Effortlessly funny. - Time Out

Did you sing a number? - Prince Charles, after the Royal Variety Performance


Milton Jones

Milton Jones is Out There


Sun 29 Apr 2018
Yarm Princess Alexandra Auditorium

Tickets: £26.00 + BF

Doors: 8:00pm / 18+





Great news here, with a brand-new show from Mock the Week's one-liner kingpin, star of Live at the Apollo and TEN series on Radio 4 - Milton Jones is coming to Yarm!

Milton Jones is Out There.

No, really out there, and this time he hasn't just forgotten his keys.

Milton will be talking about his life so far - the ups, the downs, and why buying a see-saw was the best decision he ever made.

But perhaps he should give all this up and seek the highest office in the land - but how do you get a desk and a swivel chair up a mountain?

Oh and now he wants to be Prime Minister too. Can we do worse than the politicians we already have? Yes we can!

Absurdist one-liner masterpieces - The Times

The best one-liner merchant in British comedy - Chortle

Pun-derful Jones leaves the audience gagging for more - Metro

Jones one-liners reach a new height - Time Out

Beautiful one-liners so skilfully sculpted, you don't know whether to laugh or put them on your mantelpiece - The Guardian


Russell Brand Re:Birth

[Rescheduled Date]


Thu 31 May 2018
Middlesbrough Town Hall

Tickets: £27.50 + BF (Max 6 tickets per transaction)

Box office: 01642 729 729 or 01642 81 51 81
Doors: 8:00pm / 16+





Russell Brand Rescheduled

Middlesbrough date now 2 months earlier!

Due to unavoidable commitments of both a professional and personal nature, Russell Brand has been forced to move a handful of dates planned for the summer of 2018.

This means that his show at Middlesbrough Town Hall, originally scheduled for Wednesday 25 July next year, has now been brought forward to Thursday 31 May.

Russell has offered his sincere apologies, and the good news is that he has pledged 'to make the show 20% funnier at no extra cost!'

All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled show, and existing ticketholders who wish to attend the new date need take no further action.

All existing ticket holders are being contacted directly, and refunds will be available to those unable to attend the rescheduled show, with a cut-off date for refunds of Friday 29 September.

What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from?

In Re:Birth, Russell Brand wrestles with these questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death. Join one of comedy's fiercest talents as he tries to make sense of life having just made a new one.

Describing the show, Russell said: How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents? What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What happens if she grows up to be like me or, worse, date someone like me?

Since rising to fame in 2003, Russell Brand has established himself as one of the world's most celebrated stand-up comedians.

Aside from stand-up, Russell is also a phenomenally successful broadcaster, actor, author, podcaster, columnist, political commentator as well as mental health and drug rehabilitation activist.

Arena-level stand-up that asks us to think as well as laugh. - The Guardian

One of the most impressive sights of the comedy year. - The Telegraph


Sarah Millican:

Control Enthusiast


Wed 13 Jun 2018
Middlesbrough Town Hall

Tickets: £27.50

Box office: 01642 729 729
Doors: 8:00pm / 16+




[max 8 tickets per sale]

She smashed our box office records last time around - and she's only gone and done it again!

Sarah Millican's Town Hall gig on 15 June next year has already sold out, and her other date on 14 June is selling so fast that we've now added an EXTRA DATE on Weds 13 June to keep up with the demand.

Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she's a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see?

Do you arrange the night out? Are you in charge of the passports on holiday? Then so are you!

Whether you're sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you're told to, welcome.

You'll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit.

Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy.

Sarah Millican is never less than belly-laugh hilarious. - The Mirror

An iron fist in a marigold glove. - The Guardian

To watch Sarah Millican is to watch a box of comedy fireworks going off. - The Independent

www.sarahmillican.co.uk

twitter: @sarahmillican75


Sarah Millican:

Control Enthusiast


Thu 14 Jun 2018
Middlesbrough Town Hall

Tickets: £27.50

Box office: 01642 729 729
Doors: 8:00pm / 16+




[max 8 tickets per sale]

Great news here!

She smashed our box office records last time around - so strap yourselves in for a brand-new show, and a hugely welcome return to Middlesbrough Town Hall for two nights with Sarah Millican.

Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she's a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see?

Do you arrange the night out? Are you in charge of the passports on holiday? Then so are you!

Whether you're sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you're told to, welcome.

You'll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit.

Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy.

Sarah Millican is never less than belly-laugh hilarious. - The Mirror

An iron fist in a marigold glove. - The Guardian

To watch Sarah Millican is to watch a box of comedy fireworks going off. - The Independent

www.sarahmillican.co.uk

twitter: @sarahmillican75


Sarah Millican:

Control Enthusiast


Fri 15 Jun 2018
Middlesbrough Town Hall

Tickets: £27.50

Box office: 01642 729 729
Doors: 8:00pm / 16+


SOLD OUT!


Great news here!

She smashed our box office records last time around - so strap yourselves in for a brand-new show, and a hugely welcome return to Middlesbrough Town Hall for two nights with Sarah Millican.

Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she's a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see?

Do you arrange the night out? Are you in charge of the passports on holiday? Then so are you!

Whether you're sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you're told to, welcome.

You'll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit.

Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy.

Sarah Millican is never less than belly-laugh hilarious. - The Mirror

An iron fist in a marigold glove. - The Guardian

To watch Sarah Millican is to watch a box of comedy fireworks going off. - The Independent

www.sarahmillican.co.uk

twitter: @sarahmillican75


Jason Manford:

Muddle Class


Fri 06 Jul 2018
Middlesbrough Town Hall

Tickets: £27.50

Box office: 01642 729 729
Doors: 8:00pm / 16+


Buy Online: Middlesbrough Town Hall / Ticketmaster


He's back!

And, although it's been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show, fans of his popular Absolute Radio show will know that he hasn't changed a bit.

'Muddle Class' promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up 'working class' then finding, over the years, that part of him has become 'middle class' – causing much confusion along the way.

Jason said: Somebody said to me on my Facebook page, 'it's been ages since you toured.' I thought 'no way, it was last year wasn't it?

Anyway, long story short, they were right, it was years ago. I just got fooled cos I've been on tour doing musicals and the last tour is repeated on Dave ja Vu 13 times a day!

So I've been putting some stuff together, looking at my life and how it's changed over the years, how the world has changed, and how my parents haven't changed a bit! It's going to be a great tour, and I can't wait to see everyone there.

A string of top TV credits including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Sunday Night at the Palladium, Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, QI and the Royal Variety Performance have all helped establish Jason as one of the country's best loved comics.

Effortlessly entertaining. - Evening Standard

He's blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can't manufacture. - Daily Telegraph


Joe Lycett

I'm About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett


Sat 29 Sept 2018
Middlesbrough Town Hall

Tickets: £20.00

Box office: 01642 729 729
Doors: 8:00pm / 16+





Pop in and see Joe Lycett on his brand new stand-up tour, where he'll be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic trolling he's been up to recently.

As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI and the Royal Variety Performance.

A man who makes funny seem easy. - The Guardian

If you want to bet on the next mainstream stand-up star, put your shirt on Joe Lycett. - Evening Standard

Effortlessly funny. - Time Out

Did you sing a number? - Prince Charles, after the Royal Variety Performance