Preview: Autumn night laughs to be had at this week’s comedy nights in East Anglia

Hal Cruttenden returns with his show, Straight Outta Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden returns with his show, Straight Outta Cruttenden - Credit: Archant

Jimmy Carr and Hal Cruttenden bring their latest shows and a host of faboutires and upcoming talent feature in comedy nights. SIMON PARKIN picks what not to miss this week.

• Hal Cruttenden

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, November 21, 8pm, £18, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk

Now a familiar face from performances on Live At The Apollo, Let's Dance For Comic Relief, The Royal Variety Performance and Mock The Week, Hal Cruttenden returns to the region. His show, Straight Outta Cruttenden, sees him ranting about the real evils of the modern world, including oversharing on social media, the 5:2 diet, taking his wife to Saudi Arabia and how he fell out with George Osborne - Gideon as he was then - at school; personally blaming him every time he puts up the price of petrol. 'I used to listen to Straight Outta Compton [the debut album by hip hop group N.W.A.],' says the comedian of the show's title.


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• Red Card Comedy Club

Carrow Road, Norwich, November 24, 7.30pm, £12, 01603 508050, redcardcomedyclub.com

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Two favourite Red Card comics, compere John Mann and bringing his own brand of comedy rock n roll Pierre Hollins, return for this month's night of mirth at Carrow Road, alongside Canadian comedian John Hastings, who moved to the UK in 2012 after being nominated for best newcomer in the Canadian Comedy Awards. His yarn-spinning is coupled with an hysterical ability to turn even quite dramatic events into a funny story about himself. And after being impressed with her at Edinburgh Fringe this summer, organisers will also be introducing Sarah Callaghan, award-winning comedian, actor and writer (including a nomination in 2015 for the Malcolm Hardee 'Act Most Likely To Win A Million Quid' Award). She's feisty and funny and it wont be long before she's too busy doing TV.

• Loddon Comedy Night

Loddon Mill, Bridge Street, Loddon, November 25, 7pm, £12.50 online, 01508 521800, www.loddonmillarts.co.uk

Loddon Mill Arts hosts this autumnal night of comedy welcoming back Iszi Lawrence, along with Dimitri Bakanov, Mathew Baylis as your MC and the show headlined by the wonderful Geoff Boyz, who appears regularly on the Jack Dee show and BBC1 Deadringers. Iszi Lawrence is a seasoned performer, having appeared on stage at the Fringe since she was 17, in critically acclaimed shows, and is also a regular contributor to Radio 4's Making History. Half Russian, half-Uranian comedian Dimitri Bakanov has made the finals of both the Leicester Square Theatre New Act competition and the Laughing Horse New Act competition. Limited number of tickets available also from Rosie Lee's Tearoom and Spooncake tearooms, Bridge Street, Loddon.

• Jimmy Carr

King's Lynn Corn Exchange, November 25, 10pm, £29.50, 01553 764864, www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

One the biggest names in comedy continues his seemingly never ending national tour. Though he needs no introduction to TV audiences becoming a regular on almost every panel game not to mention all those 'Greatest Ever…' list programmes, this can disguise the fact that he's a great technical comic and quite a connoisseur of the great gag. His latest show, The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour, is pretty self-explanatory, gathering a selection of his very best jokes. Having devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes, he will put his experience to good use and distil everything we love to laugh at. Two pwerformance; the 7pm show has already sold-out, but still few tickets for later performance

• Corn Hall Comedy

Diss Rugby Club, Bellrope Lane, Roydon, November 25, 8pm, £10, 01379 652241, www.disscornhall.co.uk

As renovation work continues at the Corn Hall, Diss Rugby Club continues to host this regular comedy night. This month's line-up boasts Tom Ward, former finalist in the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards, the NATYs 2014, and former Leicester Square New Comedian and winner at Brighton's Squawker Awards. He is joined by Tania Edwards, talented comic, ad writer for hit comedy shows such as Stand Up For the Week, Twit of the Year, Mock the Week and The Unbelievable Truth. She was also a finalist in the Hackney Empire, Amused Moose, Leicester Square and Latitude Festival and Funny Women competitions. One of Ireland's rapidly rising young comedians and a regular MC at Cork's City Limits comedy club, Chris Kent, compere for the night, has gigged with PJ Gallagher, Ardal O'Hanlon and Colin Murphy.

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