A comedy night is set to put a smile on the face of North Walsham Hospital supporters.
An evening of stand up at the town’s Atrium on June 8 will raise funds for the hospital’s Friends group – as part of a year-long effort led by mayor Barry Hester who adopted the cause as his official civic charity.
The headliner at the Stand Up for North Walsham fundraiser is Hal Cruttenden – a well- known face from television comedy news series Mock The Week, and Have I Got News for You.
He has also appeared on Live at the Apollo and the Royal Variety Performance as well as comedy venues around the world. Hal is also a writer and TV and film actor, and is currently on a “Chubster” tour, named by his daughters… and on a diet.
Also in the line-up are:
- Phileo Huff – from Atlanta USA, his non-traditional, funny, but thought-provoking approach tackles topics ranging from sexuality and mental illness to society to politics.
- Nelson Gombakomba – stand-up comedian from Norwich, who has performed UK-wide including at the Comedy Store and Comedy Cafe in London.
- Josh Ryan – a North Walsham lad who performs and writes with the New Comedy Show on BBC Radios Norfolk and Suffolk.
It is being organised and compered by Alexander Oliver, a north Norfolk comedian and writer who works for the BBC and is involved in its New Comedy scheme.
Mr Hester added: “The comedy night was a great idea put to me at a civic dinner and although my year as mayor will be over by the show, it will be icing on the cake for my chosen charity appeal, which currently stands at £3,800.”
Friends chairman Keith Jarvis said: “They say laughter is the best medicine, and this night will provide some smiles for the audience – and pay for some ‘extras’ at the hospital which the Friends provide to benefit patients, families and staff.”
Stand Up for North Walsham – Saturday June 8, The Atrium, North Walsham, 8pm-10.30pm (doors open 7.30pm, with bar). Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) in advance at www.fatsoma.com/norwichcomedy or £12/10 on the door.