Comedy

 Ashleigh Davison

"Everyone Likes To See Their Mate Up On Stage Being Stupid – We Meet Comedian Michael Holford

"Everyone Likes To See Their Mate Up On Stage Being Stupid – We Meet Comedian Michael Holford

Whitley Bay comedian Michael Holford truly has the gift of comedy, and the gift of being able to get a gig anywhere – he is also known as the nicest man in comedy. Michael is fast, witty and a great energetic storyteller who will have you in the palm of his hand in 60 seconds flat. […]

 Neale McGeever

Review: Russell Brand @ Newcastle City Hall

Review: Russell Brand @ Newcastle City Hall

Whether you love or hate him, there’s no denying that Russell Brand can put a smile of your face. Tonight’s audience ranged from women dressed as if they’re meeting a date, to hipster types who see Brand as a kind of political figure in skinny jeans (even a few who dress like him), and the […]

 Josh Hollis

Russell Brand Flounces Into Newcastle City Hall

Russell Brand Flounces Into Newcastle City Hall

Lock up your political discourse, as Russell Brand returns to Newcastle

Say what you will about Russell Brand (seriously, he won’t care), but you certainly can’t deny the man’s tongue-in-cheek sense of self-worth. Especially not when you catch sight of the title and tagline to his latest stand-up tour, Messiah Complex, which returns in all its glory to Newcastle next Monday (December 16). “Messiah Complex is […]

 sam macgregor

Review: Gavin Webster's Northumbrian Assembly

Review: Gavin Webster's Northumbrian Assembly

On a chilly late autumn’s night, the Tyne Mill Volvo theatre was packed with frozen stand-up comedy fans yearning for some laughs as well as warmth. The opening act Lee Kyle provided fresh yet entertaining comedy – very cheesy and rather goofy – much like his looks. Being a fan of stand up, I thought […]

 Josh Hollis

Giggle Beats Comedy Quiz Showbiz Backing

Giggle Beats Comedy Quiz Showbiz Backing

The makers of TV's Hebburn are joining forces with local comedy website Giggle Beats

The production arm of award-winning sitcom Hebburn are hoping for another Geordie hit – when they sponsor a new comedy night on Tyneside. Baby Cow Productions and Channel X will sponsor the Giggle Beats Comedy Quiz when it launches at The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle, on Sunday 5 January. The industry giants, who co-produced Jason Cook’s […]

 Sarah Bailey

Review: Greg Davies @ Newcastle City Hall

Review: Greg Davies @ Newcastle City Hall

Now it’s a fact that nobody enjoys reading a review written by a fan. As soon as you begin to read, there’s a sickening realisation that even though the performance may have been utterly mind-numbing, this review will hail it as the best thing since sliced… comedy. This serves as a disclaimer for the fact […]

 Josh Hollis

The Stand Gets Quizzical

The Stand Gets Quizzical

Giggle Beats Comedy Quiz takes up residency at The Stand

Can you name every episode of Friends? Do you know how tall Ronnie Corbett is in feet and inches? Thought you were wasting your life watching daily repeats of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet? Well think again. The Stand, Newcastle’s home of live stand up comedy, is delighted to announce a partnership with leading comedy website Giggle Beats […]

 Josh Hollis

Welcome To Northern Lights

Welcome To Northern Lights

Hello and welcome weary internet traveller; you have made it to Northern Lights, the newly launched website dedicated to covering arts and culture in our beloved North East. From film to comedy, music to theatre, our dedicated and passionate team of contributors will seek to cover all things cultural around the region, bringing you the […]

 Ben Aynsley

Review: Tony Law @ The Stand

Review: Tony Law @ The Stand

Surrealist neckerchief enthusiast Tony Law brought The Stand to its knees (and then to its feet)

Surreal comedian Tony Law has been on the circuit for a few years but only now seems to be achieving deserved mainstream attention, thanks to appearances on panel shows such as Have I Got News For You and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. As soon as Law bounded onto the stage (to a laser show, […]

 Sarah Bailey

Review: Electric Comedy @ The Tyneside Cinema

Review: Electric Comedy @ The Tyneside Cinema

The Tyneside Cinema bring some of the regions best comics together for a new monthly stand-up night

The first night of a new venture is enough to fill even the most popular venues with the smallest sense of dread. But entering the Tyneside Cinema bar for the premier of Electric Comedy, there was a relaxed atmosphere, tinged with a little excitement. Even the compère, comedy underwhelmist Seymour Mace, couldn’t deny his excitement […]