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Norwich's links to masters of comedy

PUBLISHED: 16:53 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:50 23 February 2018

John Kearns performed Don’t Worry, They’'re Here at The Garage, in Norwich. Photo: Submitted

John Kearns performed Don't Worry, They''re Here at The Garage, in Norwich. Photo: Submitted

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As well as being known as a city of stories, Norwich could also been seen as a city of laughter thanks to the wealth of well known comedians with links to the area.

Comedian Arthur Smith returns to visit the University of East Anglia in 2005.
PHOTO: Matthew UsherComedian Arthur Smith returns to visit the University of East Anglia in 2005. PHOTO: Matthew Usher

John Kearns is the latest star to reflect on his love of Norwich - telling his Wednesday night audience at his Don’t Worry, They’re Here show at The Garage this week that it was good to be back in the city that was once his student home.

The two-time Edinburgh Comedy Awards winner is a University of East Anglia alumus and one of many comedians to have studied there, including a few who who were at the UEA at the same time as Kearns.

In 2006, while at the university, Kearns performed at Tom Moran’s Laugh Out Loud comedy nights with fellow young student comedians Pat Cahill, Jon Brittain and Joz Norris - and all of them have gone on to achieve great things in the world of laughter.

They have also not forgotten their UEA roots, with Kearns, Norris and Cahill all returning to the University of East Anglia as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations in September 2013.

Charlie Higson. Photo: Nick ButcherCharlie Higson. Photo: Nick Butcher

And Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Arthur Smith and Nina Conti are also among the UEA’s impressive list of alumni.

Outside of the university, celebrated comedy duo the Nimmo Twins - featuring Karl Minns and Owen Evans - frequently have the audiences at their sold-out shows in hysterics with their hilariously unique take on Norfolk life.

And the legends will this year be taking to the Chapelfield Gardens stage at Laugh in the Park - the summer festival brought to the city by the Red Card Comedy Club founders Derek Robertson and Andrew Bunn who for the last decade-and-a-half have been putting Norwich on the comedy map with their regular monthly shows that over the years have attracted everyone from Michael McIntyre to Micky Flanagan to Lee Nelson as guests.

And finally, of course, there’s Alan Partridge - Norfolk’s most famous fictitious television and radio presenter - the star of countless TV series and even his own movie, Alpha Papa, his ‘love letter to Norwich’ which famously had its premiere at Anglia Square’s Hollywood Cinema in July 2013.

The Nimmo Twins, Karl Minns, left, and Owen Evans, run through their show at the newly refurbished auditorium at the Norwich Playhouse. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Nimmo Twins, Karl Minns, left, and Owen Evans, run through their show at the newly refurbished auditorium at the Norwich Playhouse. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

He may not see himself as a comedian but the rest of us sure do find him funny!

Film premier of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa at Hollywood Cinema, Anglia Square, Norwich. Photo: Steve AdamsFilm premier of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa at Hollywood Cinema, Anglia Square, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

John Kearns brought his show Don’t Worry, They'’re Here to The Garage, Norwich. Photo: Richard DavenportJohn Kearns brought his show Don’t Worry, They'’re Here to The Garage, Norwich. Photo: Richard Davenport

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