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And Not A Cracker Joke In Sight

If you’re in need of some big laughs in the run up to Christmas (and I suspect you might need some), then why not let The Stand do all the heavy lifting? Their December programme is a corker.

I do love December at The Stand. The cosy basement venue always oozes tinselly good vibes at this time of the year, and, of course, the comics are always in a full-on party mood. And they’ve got a lovely mix this month, from one-off gigs with some of the UK’s most feted stand-ups, to a plethora of Christmas/New Year specials.

Among the comics I’m particularly looking forward to seeing are Sindhu Vee (one of the most sought after stand-ups in the UK is bringing her Alphabet show our way – 2 December); Robin Ince (discussing everything he doesn’t understand about the universe – 4 December); John Robertson (with his Darkroom, the world’s only, live-action, text-based adventure – 8 December); Stewart Lee (you’ll know this fella - he’s doing two show on 14 December); and Gary Delaney (venturing through Punderland – 20 December).

Among the ‘specials’ this year is a Festive Family Variety Show – a family panto from Sammy Dobson, Lee Kyle and Hannah Walker featuring songs, stand-up, sketches and more – and all done with a twist to make sure that everyone is kept royally entertained (18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30, 31 December, 1pm). Hootfest, meanwhile, is strictly 18+ and features a cracking line-up this year including Lee Kyle, Sammy Dobson, Mike Milligan and headliner Gavin Webster (29, 30, 31 December).

Add in The Suggestibles riotous Improv Comedy Joyride (9 December), The Stand’s usual Red Raw nights, and their Friday and Saturday shows, and you’ll see that they’ve got December pretty much sorted. DP

The Stand, High Bridge, Newcastle.