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Barnes Stormer!

Angela Barnes is one of the UK’s top stand-ups and she’ll be showing just why she’s so feted when she hits Newcastle this February.

Angela Barnes took a leap in the dark when she swapped a career in health and social care for stand-up back in 2010, but it was a leap well worth taking because she’s nary looked back since. Maybe what has endeared her to audiences so much is that she’s an absolute natural up on stage – you really feel at ease when you’re watching her. Add in the fact that she’s unswervingly down-to-earth, and just so damn funny with it, and you’ve got the complete package. She’s a regular on our TV screens – lighting up the likes of Mock The Week, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats etc – and she’s also chaired BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, but it’s in the live arena that she really shines, mixing quick-fire one-liners in with a whole heap of always very funny personal stuff. Her latest show is ‘Hot Mess’ and it’s already scooped a load of glittering notices. Miss it and miss out. DP

Angela Barnes: Hot Mess, Tuesday 21 February, The Stand, Newcastle, 8pm, £16. thestand.co.uk