Comedy to blow away winter blues

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It’s wet, it’s stormy, it’s windy, it’s cold. February is certainly no laughing matter but a host of comedians is lined up to spread cheer across Calderdale.

Comedy is taking off at The Workshop in Back Victoria Street, Halifax, which is showcasing raw talent and offering new opportunities to music and stand-up performers.

Taking to the stage on Saturday, February 8 will be a trio of comedians - Chris Peacock, Chris Burger and Gareth Ewing - all keen to hone their acts and try out their gags on a live audience.

Organisers Shane Gough said: “To give credit where it is due, these guys are showing real courage, getting on stage and having a go. They have had not training and have devised their own material. The Workshop is an ideal setting for them to gain experience.”

The doors open at 7.30pm and admission is £4. Tel: 01422 323688. Anyone who would like to have a go at stand-up at The Workshop should email shane@actorsworkshop.org.uk

On Sunday, January 9, comedy returns to the Old Gate pub, Hebden Bridge, when MC Martin Mor will welcome London’s Paul McCaffrey, Tommy Rowson and Preston’s Dan Nightingale.

Hebden Bridge Comedy Club is delighted to welcome Paul, a familiar face from BBC3’s hidden camera series Impractical Jokers. His tasks have included trying to convince complete strangers to take ‘a ridiculous amount of photos of each other’, pose as bouncers at a nightclub and steal food from customers’ plates in a restaurant. He also made a brief appearance in the football hooligan film Green Street alongside Elijah Wood of Hobbit fame.

Now concentrating on his comedy career, he is certain to impress with his assured delivery and beautifully observed material which often leads to bizarre flights of fancy and darkly gleeful rants. The show starts at 8pm prompt and tickets are £8.50. Tel: 07874 152338.

l Just a reminder for comedy fans that tonight there is a special charity gig at Elland Working Men’s Club. Award-winning stand-up co median and writer Shazia Mirza is heading the line-up in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

Also taking part is Manchester comedian Hayley Ellis and Martin Semple, an up-and-coming name on the comedy circuit.

The MC for the evening is Dave Cowan and tickets at £10 are available from the club or from the ticket hotline on 0752 725 6959. The doors open at 7pm and the first act takes to the stage at 8pm.