Greens bar in Sunderland is holding a free comedy alternative for people fed up with election fever

To counter the election marathon playing out across national TV on Thursday (Thursday, May 7) Greens has come up with an array of comedy talent guaranteed to lighten the mood.

Headlining the event is veteran TV funny-man and Comedy Store regular Vladimir McTavish and Carl Hutchinson, who has just finished touring with stand-up comedian and actor Chris Ramsey who starred in BBC’s hit Hebburn.

The supporting cast includes compère Christian Steel, funnyman Mike Holford and light-hearted musician John Thorley in what promises to be a break from the relentless electioneering.

The fun starts at 7.30pm at Greens on Low Row (opposite the Minster) and admission is absolutely free.

Carl Hutchinson

Carl Hutchinson

Manager Paul Davison said: “I think we’ll all had enough of the election now so we thought we come up with a comedy antidote distraction to give people a reason to leave the house.

“Maybe people could come directly from the polling booth – they’ll need a drink and a laugh after placing their X.

“We are really pleased with the line-up we have managed to secure for the comedy night. We decided to make it free entry but many comedy clubs would charge at least ten pounds to get in to see to see an array of comedic talent like this.

“To recreate a comedy club atmosphere we are putting free nibbles on the tables and our pizza menu will be available all night. And if that’s not all we are selling pints of Amstel, Carling, John Smiths and Strongbow for just £1.95.

“If the event is well supported and there is an appetite for more we will look at putting on a regular comedy night. So if you fancy a laugh get yourself down.”