Monday, 27 June 2011

Lancaster Comedy Club lines up Fringe Star Night

Justin Moorhouse
As the Edinburgh Fringe approaches, comedians from around the world are putting the finishing touches to their new shows in the hope of  being nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly known as the Perrier) or turning the heads of TV producers. The upside of this for comedy fans is July sees big names coming to smaller venues to road test their Fringe offerings at a fraction of their normal ticket price.

Never ones to miss out on a bargain, the Lancaster Comedy Club at The Borough in Dalton Square have snapped up two Edinburgh favourites for Sunday 17th July and you can see both shows for as little as £6!

Justin Moorhouse was already an accomplished stand up comic before having his face permanently painted as a tiger on Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights  endeared him to the nation. Since then sell out tours across the country and a multi award-winning prime time radio show on the UK's largest provincial station have made him a household name in the North. Appearances on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow and a lead part alongside Eric Cantona in Ken Loach's Looking For Eric have  established him as one of comedy's big hitters.

We booked Justin for this month's show in January and since then he has decided he wont be appearing at Edinburgh this year but, being one not to disappoint his fans, he agreed to honour the date anyway and will be performing an extended set of his greatest hits along with some snippets from his forthcoming UK tour.

Jason Cook
A firm favourite with Fringe audiences and critics is Jason Cook who hails from Newcastle, where he learnt his craft at the infamous Hyena Comedy lounge in front of baying Geordie stag and hen parties. The former merchant seaman featured twice in UK comedy website Chortle's '50 Most Memorable Gigs Of the Decade' and also won the coveted 'Best International Show' at the New Zealand Comedy Festival which has previously been won by none other than Eddie Izzard.

Jason's last three shows have been extemely well received by hardened Fringe critics, earning an embarrassment of four and five star reviews. Don't be surprised if he gets nominated for the main award.

• Admission is £8 on the night or £6 in advance from the venue or www.wegottickets.com. For fun loving foodies meal deals available to comedy goers at this Michelin recommended venue. Main course from the School Dinners menu and admission to the show only £10.75! Limited places ring now on 01524 64170

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