Ewan Gleadow

North East comedian Cal Halbert opens up about mental health issues in comedy

North East comedian Cal Halbert opens up about mental health issues in comedy

North East based comedian Cal Halbert has opened up about the mental health issues facing his profession.  Halbert himself has struggled with anxiety and mental health throughout his career, as many professionals within the industry do.   Halbert stated: “You feel strong emotions whether a gig goes well or not and that cliff fall once you come off […]

 Matthew Wroe

Frankie Boyle: Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved

Frankie Boyle: Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved

“YOU’RE FAT!” was Sunderland’s welcome to the Glaswegian comic before he even got a word in at the Empire Theatre. This set the tone for the show – Brutally objective yet harsh observations and cocky audience chip-ins. Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved is Frankie Boyle’s fourth and final live show tour, despite saying his […]

 Sophie Dishman

An interview with award-winning comedian Lee Ridley

An interview with award-winning comedian Lee Ridley

Comedy was a part of the Sunderland Literature Festival on Tuesday, October 20. Lee Ridley came to the City Library to discuss his career in journalism and gave the audience the chance to hear a snippet of his work.  Lee has cerebral palsy which has left him unable to speak but he uses a communication aid […]

 Megan Kerr

Roy Chubby Brown returns to Sunderland Empire

Roy Chubby Brown returns to Sunderland Empire

He’s big, he’s back and he’s stopping off at Sunderland Empire on his UK tour, Who Ate All The Pies at the end of the month. Roy Chubby Brown is known for his rude and controversial humour, on of the world’s most outrageous comedians has been selling out every venue he has performed at since […]

 Ellen McGann

Canadian Comedy Star Craig Campbell To Front Barnard Castle Meet

Canadian Comedy Star Craig Campbell To Front Barnard Castle Meet

  Top stand-up comedian, Craig Campbell, will front the Barnard Castle Meet celebrations when he brings his brand new show, Thrilling Mic Hunt, to Teesdale’s Funny Way To Be Comedy Club. The Canadian comedian is coming to The Witham in Barnard Castle on May 24, as part of the town’s Whit Weekend celebrations, with support […]

 Neale McGeever

Review: Patrick Monahan @ Washington Arts Centre

Review: Patrick Monahan @ Washington Arts Centre

  The Arts Centre isn’t a venue typical of a well known TV comedian like Teesside’s Patrick Monahan. Given the Irish-Iranian stand-up isn’t at the same level as the likes of Peter Kay or Michael McIntyre, Patrick still fills seats in his North East homeland. The Arts Centre does host regular comedy nights but have […]