COMEDY nights return to Barrow tomorrow (Thursday) with plenty of laugh out loud moments courtesy of a great line up of amateur and semi-professional comedians.

The gig is one of organiser Sam Hughes' Laughing Penguin Stand-up For Local Charities comedy crackers, staged at the Duke of Edinburgh with all proceeds from the side splitter going into the coffers of The Birchall Trust.

Birchall Trust provides counselling to people who have experienced rape and sexual abuse and their friends and families throughout south Cumbria and North Lancashire. As a small charity, established in 1991, it relies on grant funding and donations from the public. Over the last 27 years the trust has provided counselling to more than 5,000 people.

Host for the evening is the hilarious Rahul Kohli, regarded as a slick gag machine, whose fast become one of the most captivating acts on the circuit.

Rahul grew up in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Sam says that the comedian has been blessed with a view of the world that upends ethnicity, culture and class. Combining ‘superb political comedy’ with surreal storytelling, in just a few short years, Rahul has gained an enviable CV.

A couple of weeks later, Sam will be back at the Duke Of Edinburgh staging another night of stand up comedy with some star turns from the comedy circuit.

MC will be Philip Simon one of the most sought after comperes and opening/closing acts around. The opening act will be Richard Todd, who began stand-up in 2011 after his doctor suggested he try a hobby before anti-depressants. He's described by The Independent as "a smart surrealist."

Following on will be Ant Campbell, who according to promoter Sam is truly blossoming into one of Liverpool’s most exciting new comedians with his cutting edge yet warm humour mixed with his self-deprecating nature.

Top of the bill for the Thursday, February 21, session is Dave Green.

Dave has been doing stand-up comedy since 2011.

Since then his otherworldly persona and paranoid riffs on everyday life have fast proved popular with audiences in the UK and beyond.

Tickets are available from the Duke of Edinburgh or online from TicketSource.