Cracker jokes for kids and sing-a-long Muppet Christmas Carol at six seasonal comedy nights
- Credit: Leo Kearse
Where to unwrap some Christmas laughter with a series of special festive comedy nights in Norfolk and Suffolk this week.
• Stand-Up Xmas Special
St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, December 9, 8.30pm, £12, 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com
The annual Christmas laugh-a-thon from Weird Coastal Buoys Comedy. Last year comedy superhero Pun Man – aka the award-winning Leo Kearse, stole the festive show so this year he's back topping the bill. He is UK pun champion, so you known what to expect. Continuing the best of theme Laura Lexx, one of the most popular and funniest MCs the monthly club has welcomed this year, is also back. There will also be a group of comics from far and wide competing to be crowned the East Coast New Act of the Year. Laura will keep them all in line but their fate is, ultimately, in your hands!
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• Comedy Club 4 Kids Cracker
Norwich Arts Centre, December 10, 11am/1pm, £7, £23 family, 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
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Like the name says, this is a comedy club but for kids. Since 2005, Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families…but without the rude bits! This special Christmas-themed effort will include comedians Tiernan Douieb, Bec Hill and Howard Read, of 'Little Howard' and CBBC fame. Expect the finest Christmas Cracker jokes, tinsel tomfoolery, festive funnies and even Santa doing stand-up!
• Xmas Cracker Comedy Improv
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, December 10, 8.30pm, £6, 01603 620917, www.maddermarket.co.uk
The Intellectual Hooligans, a group of top notch local improv comedy performers led by Daniel Taylor (founder of UEA Headlights Comedy Society), put a festive spin on this special show. The show will consist of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' style games based entirely on audience suggestions. Anything goes (and they mean anything!). Prior to the show, there will also be a one hour workshop open to anyone wishing to try their hand at improv.
• Fat Cat Comedy Club
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, December 11, 8pm, £12, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk
Fat Cat offers up an early Christmas present for comedy fans. Comedy circuit favourite Paul Tonkinson, a star of comedy in all its forms, will be on stage to lead us on a guided tour through the differences in male and female logic and taking the mickey out of almost everyone. Angela Barnes can be regularly seen on Channel 4's Stand Up for the Week and heard Radio 4's The News Quiz as well as notching up appearances on Mock the Week and Russell Howard's' Good News. No stranger to local audiences having previously appeared in panto, André Vincent is one of those rare entertainers who does it all; comedian, actor, writer, director, presenter, singer, circus boy, basically a born show-off.
• Andrew O'Neill Is Trapped Down A Well
Norwich Arts Centre, December 13, 8pm, £10 (£8 cons), 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
Comedian, occultist and self-confessed 'outsider artist', Andrew O'Neill who previously turned the laughs up to 11 by drawing on his metalhead knowledge for A History of Heavy Metal, his show that did exactly what it said on the tin. Here he is back with his new show Trapped Down A Well. Expect meditations on politics, philosophy, culture and once a day a bucket comes down. It is the funniest show yet by the country's most genuinely alternative comedian who has hosted radio shows including his own show Pharmacist Baffler on Radio 4, as well as appearing on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and with Steve Coogan in Saxondale.
• Sing-a-long-a Muppet Christmas Carol
Norwich Arts Centre, December 14, 8pm, £10-£2, 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
Back by popular demand for a mini tour this sing-a-long-a performance of the family favourite film Muppet Christmas Carol — the best Christmas film ever, they argue — but this is a very adult take with free goody bags and free whiskey! Acclaimed award-winners Sh!t Theatre are joined by special guests and fellow big Muppet fans for the evening. Join them, the Muppets and Michael Caine as he does some 'acting'!