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Preview: Stand Up in Barnard Castle

Stand Up Stars Bring Laughs
To Barnard Castle
Susan Calman
Award-winning comedians, TV stars and rising stand-up talent will perform at a top North East comedy club this autumn.

Teesdale comedy promoters Funny Way To Be, based at The Witham in Barnard Castle, has unveiled its line-up for the remainder of 2014 today.

Lee Nelson
Kicking off the comedy club’s brand new season is star of BBC Three’s Well Funny People, Lee Nelson, who brings his wonderful character-driven stand-up to The Witham on Wednesday 29 October.


Susan Calman
Prepare yourself for a night of jokes, legendary audience interaction, games and banter as Lee shows you a side of himself you’ve never seen him before.
Award-winning comedian Susan Calman is next up at Funny Way To Be, as she embarks on her first ever stand-up tour of the UKfollowing rave reviews at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Calman, a regular on TV panel shows including QI and Have I Got News For You?, brings her Lady Like tour to Teesdale on Saturday 29 November.

Romesh Ranganathan

While the season finale, on Saturday 13 December, sees two of comedy’s rising stars make their Barnard Castle debuts.   
Romesh Ranganathan, winner of the Leicester Mercury New Act Award in 2013 and star of Channel 4’s hit comedy show Stand Up For The Week, brings his latest show, Rom Wasn’t Built In A Day, to The Witham.

While Suzi Ruffell, tour support for Alan Carr, Kevin Bridges and Josh Widdicombe, rounds off Funny Way To Be’s autumn season on the same night with her brand new show, Social Chameleon. 

Romesh Ranganathan & Suzi Ruffell
The full programme is:
·         Wednesday 29 October: Lee Nelson: Work-In-Progress, £17.50, 7.30pm
·         Saturday 29 November: Susan Calman: Lady Like, £14/£12 concessions, 8pm
·         Saturday 13 December: Romesh Ranganathan and Suzi Ruffell, £12/£10 concessions, 8pm

Peter Dixon, of Funny Way To Be Comedy Club, said: “All four comedians in our autumn season are playing Barnard Castle for the very first time so we’re very excited in that respect.
“Their styles are varied but all have one thing in common in that they are tremendous talents and greatly respected in their fields. 
“Lee [Nelson] is arguably the top character comedian on the comedy circuit, Susan Calman has vast standup, TV and radio experience behind and is embarking on her debut tour and the double-header show of Romesh [Ranganathan] and Suzi [Ruffell] brings two of comedy's rising young stand up stars as they also embark on their first UK tours. These are shows not to be missed."
Today’s announcement coincides with a sold-out appearance from Chris Ramsey, who visits The Witham on Thursday ahead of his limited run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now from

The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, Durham, DL12 8LY

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