Hebburn funnyman Jason Cook is giving the gift of laughter this Christmas – but is asking for something in return.
The comedian and creator of BBC sitcom Hebburn, is putting on a charity gig where the price of entry is a Christmas gift for an underprivileged child.
When I heard that kids in our own region wouldn’t have a single present on Christmas day, I was shocked and a little bit ashamed that in this day and age we have children living in genuine poverty right here on our doorstep.Jason Cook
Jason Cook’s Comedy Club: Laffs4Kids is set to feature stand-up from fellow comedians and Hebburn stars Chris Ramsey, from South Shields, and Steffen Peddie, as well as Lindisfarne’s Billy Mitchell and comics Alfie Joey and Mickey Hutton.
The gig, in partnership with Metro Radio’s charity Cash4Kids, is at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House on Saturday, December 19.
Jason said: “When I heard that kids in our own region wouldn’t have a single present on Christmas day, I was shocked and a little bit ashamed that in this day and age we have children living in genuine poverty right here on our doorstep.
“So I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to put on a gig to get presents for these kids, then, wouldn’t it be amazing to have the present as the price of entry?
“This way people are directly helping, the presents they give will go to put a smile on a kid’s face on Christmas morning.
“In a way, every single audience member is going to be Santa Claus. It’s an amazing bill and everyone I asked said yes straight away. I can confidently predict it will be the happiest show of the year.”
Tickets for the 8.30pm gig cost £1, but ticket holders must buy a present for a child to hand in on the evening. Presents must not be wrapped.
To book, go to www.jasonscomedyclub.co.uk