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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Popular comics to star at hospice fundraiser in Barrow

WHAT do you call somebody with no body and just a nose? Nobody nose, of course. OK, granted it’s a rubbish joke – but if quality comedy is your thing, there is a night of top laughs planned for one of Barrow’s most prestigious venues this weekend.

The Evening Mail has teamed up with the Abbey House Hotel to bring some of the most popular comedians on the regional circuit to the town on Friday April 4 – and it is all in aid of an excellent cause.

Money raised from the night will go towards our Reaching Out campaign which was launched last year to raise enough money to replace the vehicle fleet at St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston.

Abbey House Hotel general manager, Paul Graham, said: “We chose to get involved with hospice fundraising when approached to be a Club 25 member.

“We reached our target hosting our annual golf day and then decided we would commit to helping them raise additional funds throughout the remainder of the year and are delighted to help with the fundraising for the Reaching Out campaign that will ensure the provision of vital transportation to ensure the hospice can function.”

The two confirmed headline acts for the night of comedy are Sam Harland and Dominic Woodward.

Mr Woodward is a star of the comedy stage, screen and airwaves having appeared on BBC2 and BBC3 and Radio 4.

But his bread and butter is the comedy circuit and he is a regular at top clubs, including Jongleurs and the Frog and Bucket. He weaves side-splitting stories about his life and tells belly-aching jokes that hit the mark with all audiences.

After surviving two rehabs, various detention centres and a childhood on the streets of Hull, Mr Harland – a regular on the Manchester and Liverpool circuits – draws on his wealth of experience to bring audiences a humorously cynical (yet optimistic) slant on life.

The night will be held together by experienced MC, Ste Porter, a resident MC at Liverpool’s famous Laughterhouse Comedy Club.

Evening Mail deputy editor James Higgins said: “Our Reaching Out campaign fund needs a boost and this is a great way of doing that.

“With a top venue, great names from the comedy circuit and some mouth-watering food on offer, this is set to be a great night for a hugely worthwhile cause and I’d encourage people to get involved.”

Tickets cost just £20 and include entry, a bottle of beer or glass of wine on arrival and a hog roast with potato wedges or vegetarian alternative.

Tickets are on sale now and can be bought from the Abbey House Hotel on 01229 838282.

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