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Stage Editorial

masie19.jpg In Jan, you’ll be needing a laugh…
 

The Stand Comedy Club, Bar & Kitchen in Newcastle are dishing out the funnies in January with a series of shows designed to grab those January blues and feed them through a wood chipper.

According to TS Eliot, April is the cruellest month. Talking out of his arse. January is by far the worst. All thirty-one bastard days of it. But help is it at hand in the shape of The Stand’s rather excellent programme, which is guaranteed to help you make it all the way through to February. They have comedy on most days – including their legendary Red Raw nights each Wednesday, at which you can see up and comers for only three quid – but I’d like to highlight three of my personal faves. I’m talking about people like Maisie Adam (pictured - Monday 20 January, £10/£12.50). This Amused Moose winner was something of a wow at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe with her ‘Hang Fire’ show, which she is bringing our way. The show’s hook – which is a genuine revelation when she reveals its exact nature – is built around something she did when she was 13-years-old. She googled herself on the school computer and the top result was a news story, accompanied by two mug-shots. It would seem, unbeknownst to her, she was part of something very dramatic years before, and is only just discovering it now…

I’m also excited to see the laugh riot that is Geoff Norcott (Saturday 25 January, £10/£13.50). This fella has appeared on everything from ‘The Mash Report’ to ‘Live at the Apollo’, and he’s not adverse to sticking his oar in on ‘Question Time’. His latest show is ‘Taking Liberties’ and he’ll be putting the cat among the pigeons by tackling a series of contentious issues – without being a dick about it.

A change of pace and style entirely will be offered up by the multi-award winning comic Tom Binns who will be giving us a turn from his ‘psychic’ character Ian D Montfort (Sunday 26 January, £12/£14). While performing on his own BBC Radio 2 series and BBC 1’s ‘Hospital People’ he claims to have discovered a genuine psychic ability. In his performances he makes jaw-dropping revelations about his audience but is he gifted, deluded or just full of shit? Only one way to find out…

The Stand Comedy Club, Bar & Kitchen, High Bridge, Newcastle. For full listings and ticket info visit: thestand.co.uk