Doncaster set for funny February with month of comedy

Jason Manford
Jason Manford

From award winners and TV favourites to rising stars and home-grown talent – Doncaster is playing host to a month of comedy in February.

The shows will be held at Doncaster Dome and the recently opened new performance venue Cast.

Funny February will start when comedian Lee Nelson arrives at The Dome on the first day of the month with his ‘Well New Tour’, following in the wake of his BBC Three programmes Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show and Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People.

A week later Roy Chubby Brown will take to The Dome stage. Often dubbed Britain’s ‘most outrageous comedian’, the well-known comic will appear on February 7.

Well-known stand-up Jason Manford follows him at the same venue just a day later. After his opera singing saw him win ITV’s Born To Shine, Jason enjoyed a well-received run in the West End, but is returning to his comedy roots with his ‘First World Problems’ tour which will hit The Dome on February 8.

Local lad and Sony Award Winner Tom Wrigglesworth will appear at The Dome on February 9. The Sheffield-born star of Radio 4 has won Sony, Time Out and Chortle awards and will be fresh from his sell-out Edinburgh Festival shows.

Across town and later in the month, Stephen K. Amos will take his new stand-up show ‘Spokesman’ to the Cast venue. A familiar face from the BBC programmes Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News For You, the comedian will bring his blend of feel-good humour and audience interaction to Cast on February 20.

Back at The Dome on February 23 will be newcomer Joe Lycett. Described by Time Out as ‘one of the strongest emerging comedy talents we’ve seen in a long time’, Joe is the resident newshound on fellow comic Josh Widdicombe’s XFM radio show and has also appeared on TV programmes including ITV’s Celebrity Juice, the BBC’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

February will finish with Seann Walsh’s ‘The Lie-in King’ show at The Dome on Thursday 27. Judged ‘comedy’s fastest rising star’ by The Independent, Seann is a frequent star of Channel 4’s ‘Stand Up For The Week’, with the Sunday Times urging fans to ‘see him now, before the stadium tour’.

Jongleurs’ Comedy Club will also hold two nights at The Dome on February 22 and 28.

Chris Hone, head of commercial development at Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, said: “This is a great line-up of stand-up featuring a real variety of styles – with well-established names including Roy Chubby Brown, newcomers such as Joe Lycett and home-grown South Yorkshire talent like Tom Wrigglesworth.

“We’re sure to have them laughing in the aisles of both The Dome and Cast.”

For more details on any of the comedy events visit www.the-dome.co.uk/events or www.castindoncaster.com/whats-on.