CURTAIN RISES ON SOUTH TYNESIDE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2018

Comedian and South Tyneside Comedy Festival Director Jason Cook is looking forward to making this year’s event the “best ever”.

More than 2,000 tickets have been snapped up for the dozen acts featured on the bill, from big names like Johnny Vegas and Britain’s Got Talent winner ‘Lost Voice Guy’ Lee Ridley, to the cream of up-and-coming talent, like Brennan Reece, Angela Barnes and Scott Bennet.

The South Tyneside Comedy Festival 2018 runs at The Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, from Friday, July 27, to Saturday, August 5.

Tickets for Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn on Saturday, July 28, and Cook and Vegas Blathering On, on Saturday, August 4, have already sold out.

Jason said: “I’m absolutely buzzing that the festival is about to start and this year is going to be our best ever. Thousands of tickets have already gone and we’ve got some of the best acts in the country. I can’t wait!”

The festival kicks off on Friday, July 27, with Gary Delaney: Work in Progress. The regular Mock the Week panellist, who has also appeared on Live at the Apollo, is known for his one-liners and is now testing jokes for his next tour.

English Comedian of the Year Brennan Reece: Evermore and The Chase’s Paul Sinha: The Two Ages of Man, are on Saturday, July 28.

Carl Hutchinson, from Jarrow, performs his show, I Know I Shouldn’t Behave Like This, sharing his unique adolescent approach to grown-up issues, on Sunday, July 29, followed by award-winning comedian Jo Caulfield with Killing Time and BBC Radio 4’s Angela Barnes with Rose Tinted (A Work in Progress).

Scott Bennett, tipped by Chortle as One to Watch in 2018, takes to the stage with Leap Year on Monday, July 30, followed by Justin Moorhouse: Northern Joker.

Steffen Peddie follows up the success of 99 Problems and the Chips Ain’t One with his new show, Dear Aunty Steffen, on Saturday, August 4.

Family entertainment will be provided by Arbuthnot’s Super Silly Happy Fun Game Show on Saturday, August 4, with the usual madcap fun and slapstick from the panto favourite and the chance to win some amazing prizes.

Cal Halbert, who also starred in last year’s Customs House panto, The Lambton Worm, as Lord Lambton, and appeared on Britain’s Got Talent as one half of The Mimic Men, returns to the stage to round up the festival on Sunday, August 5, with his show, Shrewcastle.

For more information and to book tickets, with prices starting at just £5, contact the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or visit ww.customshouse.co.uk