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Preview: Romesh Ranganathan at Barnard Castle

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Barnard Castle Xmas Show
Romesh Ranganathan & Suzi Ruffell

One of the stars of hit panel show Mock The Weekis to perform at a special Christmas show in the North East.

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan will bring his 2014 Edinburgh Best Show Comedy Award-nominated show, Rom Wasn’t Built In A Day, to The Witham in Barnard Castle on Saturday 13 December.

You might recognise Romesh from his many TV appearances, which include Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night At the London Palladium, and a regular slot on Channel 4’s weekly topical show, Stand Up For The Week.

He’s comedy’s next big star, and you can see him live in Teesdale for one night only. Peter Dixon, of promoters Funny Way To Be, said: “I saw Romesh's Best Newcomer Nominated Edinburgh show in 2013 and along with many others recognised he was a comedian heading for the top. “We had hoped he would come to Barnard Castle last year but TV commitments prevented that, so we are thrilled that he agreed to perform this autumn as the only North East date on his debut UK tour.”

In 2014, over 2,200 tickets have been sold for Funny Way To Be comedy shows in Barnard Castle. Founded by Peter Dixon in 2010, Funny Way To Be is the home of comedy in Barnard Castle. Previous acts include Russell Howard, Russell Kane, Jason Cook and Chris Ramsey.

And to thank Teesdale comedy goers for their support over the record-breaking year, Romesh will be joined by a comedy headliner in her own right, rising stand-up and Alan Carr’s tour support, Suzi Ruffell. In her hotly anticipated second show, Social Chameleon, the 'stand-up gem' (The Guardian) questions why she spent 27 years trying to make anyone and everyone like her. Turns outs it takes a fat bully from Swansea, a too-honest mother and searching a Parisian graveyard for someone she has never heard of to give up trying and just be herself. 

Lee Nelson
The show marks the end of a star-studded autumn season of comedy the market town, which sees Lee Nelson and Susan Calman visit Funny Way To Be in the coming weeks. Peter added: “This show rounds off a fantastic year for us, back for a full twelve months in the redeveloped Witham. 
Susan Calman
 With our proven track record and the fabulous facilities at the Barnard Castle arts centre we are able to attract some of the UK's very best comics. It's a far cry from our humble beginnings over four years ago.  During all this time the audiences have been wonderful and that's a key reason why comedians love to come and play for us.”

Tickets for all shows are on sale now from

       Wednesday 29 October: Lee Nelson: Work-In-Progress, £17.50, 7.30pm
       Wednesday 19 November: Silky with support, £5, 8.00pm.
       Saturday 29 November: Susan Calman: Lady Like, £14/£12 concessions, 8pm
       Saturday 13 December: Romesh Ranganathan and Suzi Ruffell, £12/£10 concessions, 8pm

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

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