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The Comedy Store returns to Durham


Sep 1, 2016

There will be plenty of laughs at Gala Theatre this month when the city’s funniest comedy night returns.

The Comedy Store took a break over the summer but is back this Sunday (11 September) with a knockout night of entertainment.

MC Rich Wilson hosts with Andy Askins, Paddy Lennox and Adam Bloom all taking to the stage.

Rich has loved comedy since his next door neighbour gave him a cassette of Eddie Murphy’s Delirious, but his aspirations to take to the stage himself lay dormant until he got a job as a barman at a London comedy club.

It was only when a few of the comics suggested that he give comedy a go that Rich took his first steps on the circuit, and he hasn’t looked back since, becoming a regular at comedy clubs up and down the country.

Guitar-wielding Andy Askins, meanwhile, has become known for an expertly crafted routine including an eclectic mix of offbeat comic songs and parodies.

He has featured in two series of Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up and is also a firm favourite with the armed forces, entertaining the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Irish comedian and actor Paddy Lennox combines topical material with observational routines.

As well as working as a stand-up, supporting big names including Rhod Gilbert, Lucy Porter and Micky Flanagan, he has performed Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre. Adam Bloom is one of Britain’s most inventive comedians. He has written three series of

The Problem for Adam Bloom for BBC Radio 4 and has performed sell-out shows at a number of Edinburgh Festivals.


As well as making three visits to Just For Laughs in Montreal, he performed as part of the Just For Laughs Comedy Tour, playing to 42,000 people in 17 cities across Canada.

With further Comedy Store nights lined up for October and November, theatre-goers are reminded that they can now purchase a Comedy Store season ticket, which is valid for all three performances and means a saving of £2 per show. Season tickets are priced at £27 for standard tickets, £21 for concessions and £18 for students and Gala Theatre members.

Full price tickets for the show on Sunday, 11 September, are priced at £11, £9 for concessions and £8 for students and Gala Theatre Friends.

Or for just £15, audiences can snap up a ticket to The Comedy Store and a main course at Chiquito’s Mexican restaurant.

To book, visit Gala Theatre Box Office, call 03000 266 600 or go online at www.galadurham.co.uk

By Emily