Comedy Gigs Of The Week: Standing Suggestibly
By Andrew Dipper on February 8, 2012 in Stage
Did you hear the one about the late comedy column? Yes, I know you’ve heard it before…
You might think it intellectually stimulating to spend your Tuesday night with a Dickens novel in your hand (he was 200 years old yesterday, you know…) and a sexy cigar in your mouth – and you’d probably be right. Dickens is one of the great British writers, responsible for some of the most iconic characters in literature. He’s a genius; an amazingly sharp social commentator; a witty linguist; a… stick him in the drawer and come to the Newcastle Stand with me?
Having held a residency at the Cumberland Arms – and more recently at the Jesmond Legion Club – The Suggestibles begin their new run there tonight, where they’ll appear monthly on a Monday. Improv groups generally attract their fair share of criticism – and often it’s justified – but I’ve watched The Suggestibles a few times now and they seem to avoid the usual trappings of unoriginality and inconsistency with some smart sketches and audience participation.
Omid Djalili’s been featured in this column before, but if you didn’t see him on Tyneside a few weeks ago catch him in Middlesborugh on Friday. At £19 a ticket you can understand why the show hasn’t sold out yet, but when Giggle Beats reviewed his show in York we were rather impressed. (Read here.)
There’s not a whole lot going on in North East comedy at the moment, but if you want to do something this weekend that doesn’t include Jeff Stelling and his Soccer Saturday morons get yourself along to Gavin Webster’s Northumbrian Assembly at The Stand. Gavin’s got a couple of decent guest spots (from Stephen Carlin and Simon Donald) this week and if you’re a member on The Stand’s website you get in for £1. You’ll not find a cheaper night out than that.
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