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Stage Editorial

johnchristmas.jpg Stand up for Xmas (and new year)
 

The Stand Comedy Club, Bar & Kitchen are holding their Christmas specials, handily enough, in December, and then in the run up to the new year they’re hosting several Hootfest nights. Our verdict: see both.

The biggest laugh I usually get each Christmas is when my mother gets the word ‘Cock’ when we’re playing Pictionary. It’s sort of become a tradition, and it IS still funny, but not perhaps quite as funny as The Stand Christmas specials. There are five of them this year running from 10-15 December and they’ve got a super line-up. Names? I’m talking Tom Stade (the Canadian offering comic riffs of monumental proportions), Mike Milligan (one of Tyneside’s finest), Deage Paxton (local lad on the up and up) and host Matt Reed (the Sunderland-born comic has been a revelation since bursting onto the scene in 2002).

The Hootfest! nights will be running from 27-31 December and will feature Gary Little (the master storyteller from Glasgow), John Scott (pictured - a Stand regular who is not adverse to a bit of politics), Joby Maggean (winner of the Leicester Square Comedian of the Year 2016), Julie Grady Thomas (the US comic is now an assimilated Geordie – and very funny) and host Lee Kyle (one of the very best local talents around). Funnier than my mother drawing a cock? I’m calling it.

The Stand Christmas Specials, Monday 10-Saturday 15 December, doors 7.30pm (show 8.30pm), £12/£17.50; Hootfest! Thursday 27-Monday 31 December, doors 7.30pm (show 8.30pm), The Stand Comedy Club, Bar & Kitchen £15-£27.50. thestand.co.uk