The full line-up for the first Sunderland Comedy Festival has been revealed after months of preparation.

From Saturday June 29th to July 7th 2013, Sunderland Comedy Festival will be taking over venues across Sunderland to deliver over forty top comedy names in the city.

From tea rooms to nightclubs, bars to hotels, there will be something for everyone to enjoy, during nine packed days of funnies. Comedy promoters from around the North East have united to fashion Sunderland’s first ever comedy festival and revered comics from around the world, up-and-coming talent and some familiar faces from the telly will be arriving on the shores of Sunderland, armed with brand-new shows, riotous sketches, witty barbs, and a few musical numbers, for an unparalleled assault on the funny bone.

The festival will feature both a massive variety of over thirty free shows and ticketed performances from some of the UK comedy scene’s top performers, where people can catch the likes of Paul Foot, Patrick Monahan, Steffen Peddie, Sara Pascoe, Jason Cook, Carl Donnelly, Simon Donald, Martin Mor and Luisa Omielan.

The festival begins on Saturday June 29th, with a spattering of fantastic free shows across city centre venues to whet the appetite, while two of its ticketed shows will bookend the festival with some of the biggest names ever to come out of the North East’s comedy scene. On Sunday June 30th, the festival’s first major show will take ‘place’, at Sunniside’s The Place Cafe. A double headliner featuring Viz creator Simon Donald and Dave’s One Night Stand’s Seymour Mace, and MCed by Show Me The Funny winner Patrick Monahan, the show promises to set the tone for this brilliant collection of events, while BBC Two’s Hebburn creator Jason Cook, and its star Steffen Peddie bring the festivities to a close on July 7th with a double headliner at The Point.

Formed in April 2013 as a spin-out from Sunderland City Council, Sunderland Live is the company behind some of the biggest and best-loved events in the North East. Delivering a city-wide programme of events that is helping to establish Sunderland regionally, nationally and internationally as a leading destination for events, Sunderland Live is responsible for such spectacles as the Sunderland International Airshow, and the Sunderland Festival.

Chris Alexander, Chief Operating Officer for Sunderland Live, said: “Sunderland Comedy Festival is a fantastic new event, and a brilliant opportunity to expand the city’s cultural horizons.

“With such a wide variety of shows and performers on offer, there truly will be something for everyone to get involved with. Everyone loves to have a laugh, and we’re proud to be able to bring such great comedy names to our city.

“We hope that this festival will not only bring a smile to the people of Sunderland, but also attract comedy fans from outside the city, and continue to shine a light on the outstanding culture and events we enjoy here.”

FULL PROGRAMME DETAILS

Saturday June 29th

Paul Savage: Cheerful Shambles

Arizona Bar, Holmeside

12:30 – 13:30

Paul Savage sometimes lies awake at night, convinced he’s a character in a sitcom. What’s worse, whoever’s writing it clearly hates him. Unbelievable stories of embarrassment.

FREE

Lee Kyle, Si Buglass and Johnny Pelham: Pretty on the Inside

Infinity Bar, 1-2 John St

14:00 – 15:00
You know that phrase, don’t judge a book by its cover? Well in some cases, it’s actually very applicable, especially in the case of these three very funny looking fellas… Straight outta Newcastle come three hilarious, and highly… unusual boys. Si Buglass, touted as “a very talented Geordie lad,” by Frankie Boyle, Lee Kyle, who the BBC dubbed a “top up and coming comedy performer,  and Chortle Student Comedy Award Finalist Jonny Pelham serve up an hour of piping hot, wildly varied stand-up, before whisking the show off to Edinburgh.

FREE

Tony Basnett’s Bucket List

Arizona Bar, Holmeside

14:30 – 15:30
Tony Basnett is going to die. He doesn’t know how or when but he’s determined to make the most of his remaining time here. Join the Comedy Central Student Finalist as he embraces life before it’s too late.
Examining the hardships of being stuck in a rut at the tender age of 23, Tony invites you to consider his philosophy; if you only truly regret the things you haven’t done, it’s probably time to at least try them before it really is too late. DISCLAIMER: This show  does not contain Morgan Freeman or Jack Nicholson. Although they were asked.)
FREE

Sir Reginald Tweedy-Duffer’s Youth Jamboree

Arizona Bar, Holmeside
16:30 – 17:30

Join Britain’s coolest politician, although we know that’s not saying much, for an evening of laughter, music, games, comedy and far-right politics. Sir Reginald is a regular at comedy clubs throughout Scotland and the North of England, and won acclaim for his one-man show at 2012’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

FREE

Sunday June 30th

Ryan McDonnell

Serendipity, Fredrick Street

 12:30 – 13:30

A brutally honest, uncontrived hour of comedy from the Northern Irish funnyman in his hour-long debut outing. An former Edinburgh Fringe total sell-out Ryan absolutely guarantees no mentions of Narnia, lunges or the word epic.
FREE

 

Heavy Petting

Infinity Bar, 1-2 John St

12:00 – 13:00

It’s a Fiasco! Middlesbrough’s second-tallest sketch group bring their spookiest show yet to Sunderland. Heavy Petting promise to scare the pants off you, and knock your socks off. Other items of underwear should remain unaffected. Shortlisted this year for Hat Trick comedy’s Short and Funnies award, Heavy Petting have had their funny stuff featured on the BBC, ITV, Dave and their mums’ fridges.

FREE

The Howling Monkeys

Infinity Bar,  1-2 John St
14:00 – 15:00

The Howling Monkeys, four hilarious comedians bring you possibly the best hour of your life. come along to infinity bar to see for yourself, if you like big red choppers, internet dating, and puns about cheese. then infinity is where you will want to be on the 29th of June.

FREE

 

Bruce Dingerdik’s Top End Tour

Serendipity, Frederick Street

14:30 – 15:30
Want to go to Australia? Well, not before Bruce checks you out. Songs and poetry about beer, the outback and poms. Join in and receive a prize along with a little observational banter.

FREE

 

 

 

 

Simon Donald/Seymour Mace Double Headliner, with MC Patrick Monahan

The Place Cafe, Athenium Street

19:00 – 23:45

Three incredible comedians come together as one for this top night of giggles. Viz creator Simon Donald

presents his show Butch Straight Poof, a revealing rummage inside a head housing a three-way punch-up between machismo, heterosexuality and effeminacy. What makes a proper man? Building shelves? Idly dismissing the concept of feminism? Not crying when you break a nail? It’s certainly not making an appointment to get your hair cut, or drinking Earl Grey tea. On the other hand, if you can wire a plug and you’re not frightened of spiders, do you have license to ride an effeminate motorcycle and wear pink shoes?
Simon is joined on the bill by Seymour Mace and his Marmaduke Spatula’s F****n’ Spectacular Cabaret of Sunshine Show; join tremendous idiot Marmaduke Spatula as he waxes lyrical about pit ponies, mummified cats, and a squirrel riding a tiny bicycle made from the unfulfilled wishes of a lonely tramp.

MCing the evening will be Patrick Monahan, host of Sky’s Jongleurs Live, and star of Fake Reaction, 12 Again, Let’s Dance and winner of 2011’s Show Me The Funny.

Tickets: £10/£8 Concessions.

Available from The Place Cafe and We Got Tickets.

 

Monday July 1st

We are The Brethren of Levity

The Place Cafe, Athenium Street

15:00 – 17:00
Immersive character comedy.

FREE

 

Sully O Sullivan/Ian Cognito Double Headliner

The Queen Victoria Hotel, Roker

19:00 – 23:45
Presented by Laughterholics, Ian Cognito is famous for his confrontational aggressive style, and for being banned from more venues than anyone else on the circuit, while Sully O’Sullivan is a multi award-winning exponent of interactive stand-up, all the way from New Zealand. Support comes from Tim Strange, Anth Young, Darren Connell, Matt Viney, and Asim Ali, with MC Luke Milford.

Tickets: £10/£8 Concessions.

Available from The Queen Victoria Hotel and We Got Tickets.

 

Tuesday July 2nd

Hull 5 Sunderland 0

The Place Cafe, Athenium Street

15:00 – 17:00

Five of Hull’s best comedians club together for this free show. Featuring Edd Jefferson, Jed Salisbury, Jack Gleadow, Gary Jennison, and Amy Gledhill.

FREE

The Burlesque Comedy Project

Serendipity, Frederick Street

19:00 – 23:00
A delightful mix of burlesque and comedy in a unique chic venue; giggles and tassels all under one roof. Featuring performances from burlesque artists Lollie Larouge, Lady Jasmine, Betty Bang, Miss Twilight Sparkles, Fifi Galore, and comedy from Nana Chic, Nick Banks, Catherine Scott, and host Andrea Whitaker.

Tickets: £5.

Available from Serendipity and We Got Tickets.

 

Stephen ‘Friz’ Frizzle: Plinky Plonker

Infinity Bar, 1-2 John Street

20:30 – 21:30
Stephen ‘Friz’ Frizzle is going to ruin your favourite songs. Armed with a piano, he will rewrite tunes that you know and love until you don’t want to know and love them anymore.
FREE

 

Wednesday July 3rd

Cranked Anvil Presents: A Sketch Show

The Place Cafe, Athenium Street

15:00 – 17:00

Sketches, absurdity and plenty of chuckles from Cranked Anvil.

FREE

Carl Donnelly/Patrick Monahan Double Headliner

The Quayside Exchange, High Street East
19:00 – 23:45

MC Al Mac presents two top flight comedians on the same bill for one brilliant night. Join Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Carl Donnelly as he reads and discusses choice excerpts from his unpublished, and hugely embellished, autobiography. He’s joined by Patrick Monahan, a comedian who likes hugging and eating cake (but not at the same time, as it creates spillage) , who brings his show Cake Charmer to The Quayside Exchange.
Tickets: £10/£8 Concessions.

Available from The Quayside Exchange and We Got Tickets.

 

Thursday 4th July

Cranked Anvil Presents: A Sketch Show

The Place Cafe, Athenium Street

15:00 – 17:00

Sketches, absurdity and plenty of chuckles from Cranked Anvil.

FREE

 

Martin Mor/Luisa Omielan Double Headliner
Infinity Bar, 1-2 John Street

19:00 – 23:45 
The inimitable Martin Mor graces Sunderland with his new show, How Do You Like Your Blue-Eyed Boy Mister Death? Inspired by a near-death experience in a high-speed motorway smash earlier this year, Martin asks; how would you react to being given a second chance?  Martin reacts in the only way he knows how; he makes jokes about it, in this life-affirming show about death.

Also appearing is Lusa Omielan, with her show Am I right Ladies?! Fresh from her smash-hit sell-out debut What Would Beyonce Do? Lusa is back with her work in progress show. Expect high fives, dancing, drama and chat. Comparing will be Hebburn’s own Big Keith, Steffen Peddie.

Tickets: £10/£8 Concessions.

Available from Infinity Bar and We Got Tickets.

 

Friday July 5th

Daphna ‘Miss D’ Baram: Killing Miss D

Plugged Inn, Holmeside

17:30-1:.30
Intrepid Israeli reporter Daphna tries to exorcise her rambunctious alter ego, Miss D. While Daphna strives to keep fit, liberate Palestine, and find love, Miss D downs her medications with whisky and feasts on men. But is Miss D a killer or a healer?

FREE

 

Paul Foot

Independent, Holmeside

19:00-23:00

The wonderful and unpredictable Paul Foot pays his first visit to bonny Sunderland as part of Sunderland Comedy Festival. One of the comedy world’s true eccentrics,  Mr. Paul Foot is a surreal and flamboyant one-off, whose inspired ravings turn the mundane into the magical, taking off into twisted flights of fantasy which leave his ‘connoisseurs’ in tears of laughter. With support from Richard Gadd, Stephen ‘Friz’ Frizzle, Liberty Hodes, Carl Gillespie and MC Luke Milford.

Tickets: £10/£8 Concessions.

Available from Independent and We Got Tickets.

 

Saturday July 6th

Andy D Chambers, Sammy ‘Tinkerbell’ Dobson, Danny Doyle

Serendipity, Frederick Street

12:30 – 13:30

Get yourself down to Serendipity for some free filth and giggles from three top up-and-coming comedians.

FREE SHOW

 
Daphna ‘Miss D’ Baram: Killing Miss D

Serendipity, Frederick Street

14:30 – 15:30
Intrepid Israeli reporter Daphna tries to exorcise her rambunctious alter ego, Miss D. While Daphna strives to keep fit, liberate Palestine, and find love, Miss D downs her medications with whisky and feasts on men. But is Miss D a killer or a healer?

FREE

 

Andy D Chambers, Sammy ‘Tinkerbell’ Dobson, Danny Doyle

Infinity Bar, John Street

16:30 – 17:30

Get yourself down to Serendipity for some free filth and giggles from three top up-and-coming comedians.

FREE SHOW
Sara Pascoe Vs The Truth

Marriot Hotel, Seaburn

19:00 – 23:45
Nothing in life is certain. Everything we believe is subjective. Evidence can be manipulated by predispositions and prejudices. You could just be a brain in a lab being stimulated by electrical impulses? Or, if each cell in your body is replaced over time, maybe you are not even you anymore, like the Sugababes? Sara has starred on BBC Live at the Apollo, C4 Stand Up for the Week and Live at the Comedy Store on Comedy Central. Despite all this, she cannot be absolutely sure that she exists. With support from Ashleigh Davison, Nick Banks, Graham Oakes, Nicola Redmond, Billy Lowther and MC Sean Turner.

Tickets: £10/£8 Concessions.

Available from We Got Tickets.
Sunday July 7th

Lolie Ware: Too Cool To Care

Infinity Bar, John Street

12:00 – 13:00
It’s amazing the giggles you can have in a hospital waiting room; Lolie Ware’s one woman show is an honest representation of her life as a carer. Shattering the image that to care you must be overweight, undateable with no ambition and have an unhealthy addiction to coffee mornings and cake, Lolie takes you on a personal journey, so be prepared for a stair lift ride of emotions, and to laugh at all the things you shouldn’t.
FREE

 

Stapleface

Serendipity, Fredrick Street

12:30 – 13:30

Join Stapleface for a fresh, well-behaved sketch show from three polite and wholesome young men. From out of their bath, Sam, Mike and Tom have pulled a bubbly treasure chest full of energy, quirkiness and warped nostalgia.
FREE

 Fernando, Friz and Oakes
Arizona Bar, Holmeside

12:30 – 13:30

Fernando, Stephen ‘Friz’ Frizzle and Graham Oakes have such good imaginations that they managed to come up with the name Fernando, Friz and Oakes for their Sunderland Comedy Festival show. Thankfully, they’re better at writing jokes than titles.
FREE

Paul Pirie: A Show About Life

Infinity, John Street

15:30 – 16:30
The way things were, are and really shouldn’t be from Scotland’s comedy dynamo as he rips through our modern lifestyle like Wiley Coyote on the scent of Roadrunner.
FREE

 

Jon Pearson

Infinity Bar, John Street

14:00 – 15:00
Hailing from the little market town of Melton Mowbray, of pork pie fame, Jon draws from his experiences growing up in this pokey area of Leicestershire, with a story-telling style that has audiences hanging from his every word.
FREE

 

Al Mac’s Hate Bingo

Arizona Bar, Holmeside

14:30 – 15:30

Al Mac’s dislike of things started as a small list of irritants and now is so long that he could easily fill a bingo tumbler with despair. Ranging from arguing with idiots, to the easiest way to cull the Jeremy Kyle generation, Al will cover any and every topic the bingo machine throws out. And you might even win a tin of Bacon Grill or something.

FREE

 

Adam Rushton

Serendipity, Fredrick Street

14:30 – 15:30

Based in Manchester, Adam has been performing for over three years, since leaving the Royal Navy. Expect lots of cheeky stories and anecdotes that the MOD would probably rather you didn’t hear…

FREE

Tim and Luke’s Wacky Antics American Tour

Arizona Bar, Holmeside

16:30 – 17:30
Do you like jokes? Witty observations? Hilarious anecdotes? Well, this show has none of the above. It has something much better than all that Live at The Apollo bulls**t. This show has… wacky antics. Two of the wildest comics on the circuit today, Tim and Luke are a dynamic double act that has already been described as being better than Tia and Tamara, and nearly as good as Kenan and Kel.

FREE

 

Jason Cook/Steffen Peddie: Hebburn Double Headliner

Union, The Point, Holmeside

18:30 – 23:45

Jason Cook, writer and creator of BBC Two’s Hebburn and the show’s own Big Keith Steffen Peddie round off the festival in style with this corking double headline show.
Behind Jason Cook’s cheerful Geordie exterior lurks a dark, sharp comedic mind capable of taking an unsuspecting audience to places they didn’t want to go. Returning to stand up after an eight-year stint as a Pro Wrestler has found Steffen Peddie a little older, wiser and er… wider, than before, but still ready to find the lighter side of any subject or audience member thrown at him.
Tickets: £10/£8 Concessions.

Available from We Got Tickets.