Idiot’s guide to grinning

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WITH gigs planned across the North East the Grinning Idiot Comedy Club is set to warm up the February nights with a cracking line-up of renowned comics.

The Grinning Idiot’s busy month starts with a weekend of fun on Friday, February 4, when Alun Cochrane and Mick Ferry take to the stage at the Washington Arts Centre.

The same night will see Mick Ferry switch stages to tread the boards at Newcastle’s Corner House, alongside Nathan Caton.

Alun Cochrane was recently seen on Dave’s One Night Stand, when South Shields comic Sarah Millican hosted a televised performance at the Tyne Theatre. Alun has also enjoyed successful appearances on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Mock The Week.

So You Think You’re Funny finalist, Mick Ferry, has appeared as a guest alongside top name comedians including Peter Kay, Al Murray, Sean Lock, Johnny Vegas and Steve Coogan – reinforcing his comedy prowess that has seen his career go from strength to strength.

Award-winning comedian Nathan Caton was described by Chortle, the UK comedy guide, as “probably the most exciting young black comic on the scene”.

Having taken inspiration as a child from the likes of Lenny Henry and Eddie Murphy, Caton went on to carve out a career that has earned him appearances on World Stands Up, Richard Hammond’s 5 O’ Clock Show and at renowned stages including The Comedy Store and Jongelurs.

On February 5, the Grinning Idiot club launches its debut night at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle city centre. The evening will see the return of all three of Friday’s comedians in a hat-trick of hilarity, accompanied by MC Alfie Joey of Ideal and BBC Radio Newcastle fame.

Also on February 5, Mick Ferry and Nathan Caton will be making an appearance at The Barnes Park Toby Carvery, Sunderland.

The laughter continues on February 18 and 19 when renowned Canadian comic, Tom Stade, brings his own brand of humour to the region.

Stade, who is now mainly based in the UK, built a strong reputation in his native Canada with his own TV show – Stade and Confused.

On Friday, February 18, Stade will be treading the boards at The Playhouse in Whitley Bay alongside acclaimed North East comedian and Viz co-founder, Simon Donald, and familiar TV face, Norman Lovett (Red Dwarf).

Stade will continue his comedy campaign on February 19, when he heads to Stanley’s Lamplight Arts Centre, with cult Geordie comic, Gavin Webster.

The Grinning Idiot will round off another hectic month at the South Shields’ Customs House on Saturday February 26, with performances from Simon Donald, Gavin Webster and Chris Ramsey.

l To book tickets for any of the shows visit www.thegrinningidiot.com. Tickets cost just £10 advance, £12 on the door.