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Catch 22 Comedy CLub

Starring: MC Dave Twentyman plus Rich Wilson & Tez Ilyas.


Fri 26 MAY
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

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





Dave Twentyman who is known for his ability to win over even the toughest of crowds is enlisted as MC for May's instalment of comedy.

Rich Wilson has a pretty impressive fan club (not to mention any names, but it includes Frank Skinner and Sarah Millican).

Tez Ilyas was quickly snapped up for his own BBC Radio 4 series after a storming Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Sharp, timely satire, delivered with a cheekily winning smile. - The Independent

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


Hot Potato Comedy Club

Starring: MC Debra Jane Appleby PLUS Alex Boardman, Tez Illyas & Will Naameh


Sat 27 MAY
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Tickets: £7.00 early bird specials up to a week in advance, or £9.00 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.

And we have a proper Saturday night sensation here, with special guest MC Debra Jane Appleby hosting a typically ace line-up of Alex Boardman, Tez Illyas & Will Naameh - there's more links to telly and radio than you can shake a stick at here.

Debra Jane Appleby's no-nonsense take on the world is currently going down a storm on the London comedy circuit and beyond.

She's also a sparky contributor to Sarah Millican's Standard Issue online magazine, and a regular guest on 5Live and Radio 4's Women's Hour.

Has that magical spontaneous quality to her comedy. - Channel 4

Her strength is in performance, confident & punchy. - Chortle

Alex Boardman is quite simply one of the most in-demand headliners up and down the land. Razor sharp and loved by comics and audiences alike, a string of writing credits include Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

He's also recently spent five nights as main support for An Evening with Eric Cantona, playing to almost 10,000 people at sold-out gigs at Salford's Lowry Theatre and the London Palladium - and he's set to return to The Lowry and the Palladium later this year alongside boxer Anthony Joshua.

A rare mix of wit & charm. - The Guardian

A great comic and a skilled writer. - Sarah Millican

You are very funny my friend. - Eric Cantona

Co-headliner Tez Illyas was quickly snapped up for his own BBC Radio 4 series after a storming Edinburgh Festival.

Sharp, timely satire, delivered with a cheekily winning smile. - The Independent

***** - The Mirror

***** - The Daily Record

Top support comes from improv ace Will Naameh - the 2016 Edinburgh Revue Stand-Up Champion, and the 2017 UK Improv Smackdown Champion.

Let's face it, that very likely makes him the world's leading freestyle rapper to ever emerge from the ghetto of middle-class white West London. And that's probably saying something!

Best get cracking with your tickets for this one.

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


Catch 22 Comedy CLub Beat The Gong

Starring: MC Jason Cook PLUS up to 12 new acts & a special guest tbc


Fri 16 JUN
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

Tickets: £8.50
Box office: 01642 525 199
Doors: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm / 18+





Always a popular date in the diary, come and spot a bit of tomorrow's comedy gold today, as up to 12 new acts try and beat the dreaded gong.

A storming night when literally anything can happen up on that stage - and it usually does!

Catch 22 legend Jason Cook keeps the laughs coming thick and fast, and watch out for a special guest tbc on a night when you, the audience, decides who wins!

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


Hot Potato Comedy Club

Starring: Gary Delaney, Ste Porter & special guest tbc.


Sat 24 JUN
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Tickets: £7.00 early bird specials up to a week in advance, or £9.00 if you leave it late.
Box office: Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool. 01429 890 000
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm / 18+





TOP TELLY TREAT!

A real summer sizzler here, with Mock the Week's Gary Delaney sharing headline duties with Ste Porter, plus special guests tbc.

Mock the Week's Gary Delaney needs no introduction to TV comedy fans, with the razor-sharp one-liner kingpin always raising the roof with a constant barrage of killer gags.

I laughed and I laughed and I laughed! A master craftsman. - The Times

Expect a cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns. - The Guardian

And you'll be able to see for yourself exactly how crowd-pleasing scouser Ste Porter has quickly established himself as one of the most popular comics up and down the land.

Watch out for a special guest MC tbc, and we're all set for a top night here.

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


Catch 22 Comedy CLub

Starring: MC Danny McLoughlin, PLUS Nick Doody & Vince Atta


Fri 30 JUN
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

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





A barnstorming summer sizzler here, with Catch 22 favourite Danny McLoughlin hosting a great double-headline sensation of Nick Doody and Vince Atta.

Nick Doody's comedy career got off to a pretty good start. While still a student, he supported the legendary Bill Hicks on his final UK tour.

Sharp, topical and not afraid to say what he thinks, Nick's brand of satirical genius keeps winning fans all over the country.

Comic genius. - The Scotsman

And, loved by comics and audiences all over Europe and the UK, Vince Atta has to be seen to be believed.

An unstoppable force! Like an intravenous shot of adrenaline. - Chortle

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


Edinburgh Preview:

Kevin Dewsbury & Mandy Knight


Sat 08 Jul
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

Tickets: £10.00

Box office: 01642 525 199
Doors: 8:00pm / 18+





Join us as Mandy Knight and Kevin Dewsbury give us a sneak preview of the shows they are taking to this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The team who cooked up Kev's Komedy Kitchen in 2016 return with a work in progress show which will feature more culinary demonstrations and and food based challenges, there may even be an appearance from Italian chef Michelli Newalli.

The underground hit of the Edinburgh Fringe. - Huffington Post

The Dark Knight is a stand-up show performed by awarding-winning comedian Mandy Knight. Knight's jokes are punchy and her wit is often directed towards the darker elements of society and often, towards the audience!


Edinburgh Preview:

Matt Forde & Bobbie Mair


Sat 15 Jul
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

Tickets: £10.00

Box office: 01642 525 199
Doors: 8:00pm / 18+





Join us as Bobbie Mair and Matt Forde give us a sneak preview of the shows they are taking to this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Matt is one of the country's most in-demand satirists, having appeared on a number of top television shows. He will be previewing new material and some excellent impressions and expect some politically charged observational humour!

Bobbie Mair makes a welcome return after gaining new fans at Catch 22 events.


Catch 22 Comedy CLub

Starring: MC Matt Reed, plus Brennan Reece & Daliso Chaponda.


Fri 28 JUL
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

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





Matt Reed hosts a side-splitting summer scorcher with some of the hottest comics around.

He might be young but Brennan Reece means business, crowned English Comedian of the Year 2015, Reece is also a BBC New Comedy award finalist.

Reece has a keen eye for detail and an impressive ear for a cutting phrase - The Standard

Comedian and writer Daliso Chaponda began his comedy career in Canada, but has had no problem winning over crowds this side of the Atlantic.

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


Jason Cook: An Idiot Speaks

with special guest Glen Roughead


Fri 08 Sept
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

Tickets: £13.00

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





Join Catch 22 superstar, award-winning TV writer, stand and Cracker salesman Jason Cook for an evening of what he does best.

Expect some inevitable audience banter, some outrageously funny one liners and a whole load of laughs and anecdotes as Jason performs in this solo show, which is supported by Geordie Rat Pack singer and comedian, Glen Roughead.


Paul Foot:

Tis A Pity She's A Piglet


Sat 14 Oct
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

Tickets: £15.00

Box office: 01642 525 199
Doors: 8:00pm / 14+





In Paul's first new show in two years, Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces as he tackles the big issues such as terrorism.

Plus Ant 'n Dec, Immigration X-Factor and breakfast. The multi-award winning Mr Foot has appeared on numerous TV and Radio programmes including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World, Russell Howard's Good News and The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio4.

Sublime, original and brilliant. - Independent

Unobtrusively masterful stuff. - The Scotsman


Milton Jones

Milton Jones is Out There


Sun 29 Apr 2018
Yarm Princess Alexandra Auditorium

Tickets: £26.00 + BF

Doors: 8:00pm / 18+


ON SALE 10AM THIS FRIDAY, 26 MAY



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


Wed 25 Jul 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+





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