209After a successful first ever spoken word gig in Northallerton, “Ey Up Stand Up” is back later this month with a headline act once voted to have the best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe.

York-born, London-based stand up and poet Rob Auton packs out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe every year with funny, moving and quirky explorations of a single subject. They have included the “Sky Show” the “Face Show” and the “Water Show”.

“He is much more than a one-liner comic but when his line: ‘I heard a rumour Cadbury is bringing out an Oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa’ was voted funniest at the Edinburgh Fringe, he was interviewed by everybody from Sky News to Vanessa Feltz,” said Kate Staines, Development Officer (Arts & Recreation).

“He will be supported by Kirsty Taylor from Bradford, an up and coming poet who has recently done several gigs with the Yorkshire group ‘Firm of Poets’ and Rowan McCabe, a Newcastle based performance poet.

“We are delighted to host our second Ey Up Stand Up event with such an exciting line up of acts.  We know that people will love the performers at our March gig and there are opportunities for us to find the performance poets of the future with an open mike slot and workshop planned for April.”

Compere for the evening will once again be Kate Fox of Sowerby, Thirsk, co-producer of ‘Ey Up, Stand Up’ who has recently had a second series of her comedy show “The Price of Happiness” commissioned by Radio 4.

The show takes place at the Forum in Northallerton on Saturday 12 March. Tickets are £5 each and are available directly from the Forum www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk or 01609 776230

For further information is available from Kate Staines kate.staines@hambleton.gov.uk 01609 767203.