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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Treble treat in 2013 for stand-up comedy fans

COMEDY fans have a trio of local stand-up gigs to look forward in the first few months of 2013.

Simon Day (February 7), Patrick Monahan (February 8) and Chris Ramsey (May 24) all bring their new shows to local venues and tickets are on sale now.

Simon Day – best known for his hilarious characters in The Fast Show – will bring his stand-up show to Whitehaven Civic Hall.

Day – an intelligent comedian and a master of quick repartee – will begin the evening with stand-up before sharing stories from his vivid and witty autobiography Comedy And Error, and ending with a question and answer session followed by an after-show book signing.

The book tells the tale of Day’s troubled youth, including homelessness and a spell in Borstal, followed by a route into comedy with the help of Reeves & Mortimer, and ultimately to success with The Fast Show.

The following evening, Patrick Monahan calls in at The Beggar’s Theatre, Millom, with his new show, Shooting From The Lip!.

Teesider Monahan – who won ITV’s stand-up competition Show Me The Funny in 2011, is renowned for his superb anecdotes. Brought up in Middlesbrough by his Iranian mother and Irish father, he will share hilarious and engaging stories about his heritage.

And one of the best new comedians on the circuit, Chris Ramsey, will take to the stage at Whitehaven’s Rosehill Theatre in May.

How did we get here? An elaborately laid plan, or just pure fluke? Who knows? Well Ramsey will attempt to answer this eternal question in his new show, Feeling Lucky.

A star of BBC Two sitcom Hebburn, Ramsey’s show is the follow-up to the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Offermation and follows sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, London’s Soho Theatre and venues up and down the country.

As seen on Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Russell Howard’s Good News, Ramsey last year hosted his own show, Chris Ramsey’s Comedy Fringe, as well as four special highlight shows for BBC Three, presented BBC Three’s eight-hour-long Comedy Marathon live at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and co-hosted a show on BBC Radio 2 with Al Murray for Children in Need.

He made his Edinburgh debut in 2009, appearing as part of the Comedy Zone at The Pleasance – the Fringe’s longest-running and most prestigious stand-up showcase, and regularly comperes at some of the biggest clubs in the UK, and has supported Lee Mack, Russell Kane, Jenny Eclair and Stephen K Amos.

Tickets details: Simon Day (£14) from 01946 514960 or www.civichall.org; Patrick Monahan (£14 in advance or £16 on the door) from 01229 775677 or www.beggarstheatre.co.uk; Chris Ramsey (£15) from 01946 692422 or www.rosehilltheatre.co.uk.

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