Local arts venues bring comedy into our homes

A number of the region’s best-loved small theatres and arts centres have joined forces to provide an evening of FREE entertainment from highly-acclaimed national touring acts, which will be broadcast live to viewers’ homes this Sunday 7 June at 8pm.

Part of the virtual comedy project Your Place Comedy, the broadcast will see two of Radio 4’s most popular comedy broadcasters, Jo Caulfield and Simon Evans, each deliver a live set direct from their own homes. Both Jo and Simon have been seen on BBC2’s Mock the Week and Live At The Apollo, as well as, between them, starring on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You and Question Time, BBC2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week. They are regulars on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News QuizThe Unbelievable Truth and Just A Minute. Jo has starred in three series of her own show, Its That Jo Caulfield Again, and Simon has written and presented five series of Simon Evans Goes To Market.

The event, which will be compered by writer and star of Radio 4’s The Gambler, presenter of CBBC’s Super Human Challenge and Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee, Tim FitzHigham, will be free to watch on YouTube and Twitch, with an option for viewers to donate if they have enjoyed the broadcast. All money raised will be distributed equally between the ten supporting venues, which include Junction, Goole; Howden Shire Hall; Pocklington Arts Centre; East Riding Theatre at Beverley and Selby Town Hall, each of which is navigating its way through challenging financial times. The venues participating in the project have all pledged funds to support the performers involved and provide their audiences with entertainment from the kind of artists who, in normal times, would have been appearing in their local arts centre or theatre.

Chris Jones, manager of Selby Town Hall, said: “While, sadly, our doors remain closed for the immediate future, this hasnt stopped venues from across the region working hard to find new ways of delivering high quality entertainment in innovative formats to the audiences they miss so much. All the theatres and arts centres involved in Your Place Comedy are deeply rooted in their communities, and want to maintain those vital links which allow them to bring some of the most sought after national and international touring acts to the towns and cities of Yorkshire and beyond. We are all determined to help keep the live performance industry afloat at a time when it has never been needed more.”

For more information, visit Your Place Comedy.

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