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Stage Editorial

benhart20.jpg I’ll show you funny…

Teesdale promoters Funny Way To Be are huge comedy fans themselves so it’s little wonder that they’re only bringing us the very best when it comes to their spring programme.

Already in 2020 Funny Way To Be have delighted us with sold out shows from the likes of Bill Bailey and Chris Ramsey but they’re not ones for looking back. For them it’s all about the next hit and over the next couple of months or so they’ve secured us some of the good stuff.

They kick off March, for instance, with Lou Sanders. This fearless performer is one of the most original comics in the UK and her last routine, Shame Pig, won glittering notices, so much so that she had to add extra shows to both her Edinburgh run and at London’s Soho Theatre. For her latest, ‘Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy’ she says: “I’ll examine relationships (all kinds, baby), mental health (other people’s, I’m fine), and perverts (that one is me, actually).”

Moving into April The Thinking Drinkers are returning with their brand new show, ‘Heroes of Hooch’. Here you can enjoy five free drinks (FIVE!) as the award-winning duo reveal how alcohol has inspired some of the world’s great thinkers, from Plato to Picasso, Nelson to Norm from Cheers.

Also arriving in April is Simon Brodkin. After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, and multiple sell-out tours (including his critically acclaimed, sell-out run in Edinburgh), he’s gearing up to unleash his funniest creation yet: himself.

In May I’m really looking forward to the magician Ben Hart (pictured). I’m not usually big on magic, but this Britain’s Got Talent finalist really is something else. With the simplest of props - and using the minds of the audience - this fella conjures up an altogether new kind of wow.

And have I got space here to mention the legendary Cannon & Ball? Yes, I rather think that I have…

Lou Sanders, Friday 6 March, 8pm, £13; The Thinking Drinkers, Friday 3 April, 8pm, £16; Simon Brodkin, Thursday 9 April, 8pm, £20; Ben Hart, Friday 15 May, 7.30pm, £17/£15; Cannon & Ball, Saturday 6 June, 7.30pm £18/£16. The Witham, Barnard Castle. funnywaytobe.weebly.com