Your guide to the top 10 Norfolk comedy nights to beat the January blues
07:00 09 January 2015
Feeling the January blues? Here’s your guide to the top 10 comedy nights in Norfolk that we’re sure will get rid of them.
• Jongleurs Comedy Club
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, January 9, 7.30pm, £10-£8, 01603 620917, www.maddermarket.co.uk The famous comedy club return for a one-off night at the Maddermarket. Canadian born comedian Peter White has received a number of award nominations in his home country and he’s now building a solid reputation over here. Star of Impractical Jokers and seen on Russell Howard’s Good News, Paul McCaffreyis a top drawer, anecdotal stand-up comedy. Geoff Norcott had a very successful 2014. From a nomination for Best New Show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy festival as well as appearances on QI and Buzzcocks.
• Off The Kerb
Norwich Arts Centre, January 10/23, 8pm, £12.50 (£10 cons), 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk 2015 brings us a brand new comedy club at Norwich Arts Centre, with two nights to lighten up your January. Appearing on January 10 is Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee and Star of Radio 4 Tom Wrigglesworth. Expect elegant flourishes of language, twisted logic and whimsical storytelling from one of the finest and most original comics in the UK. Joining him will be Angela Barnes, whose witty world view has catapulted her to numerous radio and television shows, and Joel Dommett, who gained rave reviews for his Edinburgh show. Then on January 23, award-winner Marlon Davis is joined by Michael Fabbri, who manages to effortlessly slip between some harsh, controversial topics to light-hearted silliness, and Irishman Andrew Ryan.
• Fat Cat Comedy Club
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, January 11, 8pm, £12, 01284 758000, theapex.co.uk Renowned writer and stand-up Michael Legge revels in embarrassing moments but sometimes reveals his angry side. Fear not though as he stops off at this first Fat Cat night of 2015 you will probably find his flair for social satire irresistible. The wonderfully black comic, Carey Marx makes a Fat Cat return. Reminiscent of a Jack Dee, he is the new master of sarcasm. The infamous Dave Johns headlines. You may recognise him from Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and BBC late-night sitcom Dogtown. Having toured with Johnny Vegas, this naught Newcastle comic has no fear and won’t hold back.
• Milton Jones
Norwich Playhouse, January 12, 8pm, £12.50, 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk If you can get a ticket, this is an expected January treat. The guy with the loud shirts and messed up hair from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and multiple series on Radio 4, arrives with a don’t-miss-it chance to see this Work In Progress version of his new show before he brings it to Norwich Theatre Royal later in the year. He will also be bringing along a upcoming support act too.
• The Nimmo Twins: Fritton’s Got Talent
Norwich Playhouse, January 20-31 (not Jan 24-25), 8pm, £18.50, 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk After selling out the Playhouse and Theatre Royal last summer, The Nimmos return with a final chance to see Normal for Norfolk 12: Fritton’s Got Talent. Owen Evans, Karl Minns and the lovely Nigel on sound and lights will lead you through two hours of local laughs in a selection of nylon wigs. Last time out they managed to cover topics including Anglia Square, Puppet Man, the “doolun” of the A11 and the fortunes of Norwich City. We’re promised there will be some new bits thrown in too.
• Andrew Lawrence
Norwich Arts Centre, January 26, 8pm, £13 (£10 cons), 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk Following his critically acclaimed, sell-out Edinburgh show, Andrew Lawrence is back out onto the road in 2015 with Reasons To Kill Yourself. He’s been on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, had three series of his own show on Radio 4 and is a double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. He is not yet be a household name, but this spikily inventive performer may finally make that breakthrough this year, so catch him now.
• Josh Widdicombe & Rob Beckett
UEA NRLCR, January 26, 7.30pm, £12, 01603 508050, ueaticketbookings.co.uk A double headliner as comedy returns to the UEA’s LCR. Since his first gig in 2008, posh funnyman Josh Widdicombe has had a remarkable impact on the comedy circuit becoming near ubiquitous on radio and TV. Rob Beckett also quickly established himself on the circuit with his cheeky chappy persona seeing him winning fans and awards and starring on Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Mock The Week as well as his role as resident comedian in the jungle each year on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now! They’ll be joined by MC Suzi Ruffell.
• KL Comedy Club
King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, January 29, 8.45pm, £9.50, 01553 764864, www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk The first King’s Lynn Comedy Club night of the New Year kicks off with Keith Farnan, whose comedy is a powerful mix of the personal and the political. He will be joined by Tom Allen who last year saw the second series of his celebrated The Correspondent on Radio 4. Also cheeky Geordie Tony Jameson and Pete Dobbing, whose boundless enthusiasm comes from his former life as a Covent Garden street performer.
• Red Card Comedy Club
Carrow Road, Norwich, January 29, 8.45pm, £12, 0844 8261902, redcardcomedyclub.com Red Card nights are always guaranteed to deliver laughs and the first of 2015 will be no different. Christian Reilly will be bringing his comic songs, improvisations and sharp wit. If you’re a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall - with whom he has toured regularly, you’re in for a treat. Kent geezer Rich Wilson is a gifted if understated comic with a goldmine of funny tales. Enormously entertaining and charismatic his set is underpinned with some classy material and lots of gags. Scottish-born David Whitney is gruff, topical and reliably entertaining. MC for the night Simon Bligh juxtaposes his affable, conversational style with a fearless and animated, high-octane comedy performances.