Crook, July 27th 2017

Raymond Mearns, Katie Pritchard, and host Aaron Twitchen

Raymond Mearns

Raymond Mearns

Whether he is engaged in super quick audience interaction or telling a hilarious shaggy dog story, Raymond Mearns is one of the UK’s most popular circuit comedians. With a blinding talent for improvisation, Raymond is renowned as one of the nations top comperes and this is underlined by the fact he is a regular at the nations top comedy venues.

Playing to audiences at the country’s best venues every week has sharpened Raymond’s comedy skills to the point where he is flexible enough to perform in front of anyone, whether in a big city theatre or an intimate club room.
 Raymond has also performed sell-out shows world-wide, from New York to Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, and beyond.

TV and film appearances include Rab C Nesbitt's Christmas Special and BBC Scotland Sitcom: 'Legit' (2008). Films include 'Ae Fond Kiss' (2004) and 'It’s a Free World' (2007), both directed by the legendary Ken Loach.


“A personality so huge it fills the room” - The List

“Every line that issues from this man is funny” - Chortle

“A man that knows how to swear properly” - Billy Connolly

“A genuine improvisational genius” - Frankie Boyle

Katie Pritchard

Katie Pritchard

WINNER Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2016
FINALIST Musical Comedy Awards 2017

Like the most memorable of UK gales, Katie Pritchard is blowing over the patio furniture of comedy, partially damaging the garden fence of genre and dropping a large, sturdy branch onto the car bonnet of musicality. For Katie specialises in all things Comedy Carnage, a term of her own (and in no way self-important) devising.

To extend a metaphor already stretched to its limit, like all the best weather-based wind events, Comedy Carnage sweeps up a lot of stuff and hurls it together in one beautiful whirlwind of chaos. In this instance that chaos is jokes, music, poems, dancing, and facts, rather than an actual literal whirlwind of cows, patio umbrellas, bill-boards and roofing materials, which would be terrifying for her audience, but is co-incidentally the name of her next show.


“Sometimes surreal, often unusually perceptive, but always original and entertaining” - ★★★★ - Female Arts Magazine

“I find myself genuinely envious of Katie's manic energy and talent whenever I see her perform” - Bec Hill

“Rather brilliant... who knew portraying a tea cup could be so funny” - Everything Theatre

Aaron Twitchen

Aaron Twitchen

Aaron Twitchen is a stand up, actor, aerialist, and living stereotype.

As well as featuring on BBC Radio 4, he was listed in Metro's top 5 RomComs and has provided tour support for Luisa Omielan. He has also been releasing his sketch series, DiscoBlonde, in weekly instalments, and in its first six weeks it has enjoyed upwards of eighteen thousand views.

Away from comedy, Aaron has supported bands at music festivals, and is an accomplished stage actor and improviser. Unusually, he is also a trained circus act, concentrating particularly on aerial skills and trapeze work, which has allowed him to tour circus theatres throughout the country and teach young people.


“Twitchen's a terrific host, kind and self-deprecating with plenty of catty put-downs” - The Skinny

“Twitchen is an assured stand-up and navigates both his material and his venue with style... He is a flexible improviser, in tune with the spirit of live comedy” - Broadway Baby

“Hilarious, warm, energetic and capable of busting some serious moves. Twitchen is a quadruple threat” - The Skinny

Ticket Prices

Tickets £4 in advance or £5 on the door.

Venue Information

The Cornerhouse Bar & Kitchen
60-61 Hope Street
Crook
DL15 9HU

Tel: 01388 229 435

Show Times

Doors open 7pm
Show starts 8:30pm
Show ends 10:30pm (approximately)

Accessibility and seating

Seating is unreserved, usually cabaret style with tables.

The venue is partially wheelchair accessible.

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