Comic Jason Cook is promising to prove he’s club class after launching a new venture in his native South Tyneside.
The funnyman, creator of the BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, is hosting a new comedy club at the Customs House in South Shields and has already announced a New Year’s Eve special at the Mill Dam venue.
But now, thanks to demand for tickets for that show, Jason Cook’s Comedy Club will be launched two months earlier than planned, on Saturday, October 24.
That new inaugural event for Jason Cook’s Comedy Club will be headlined by Canadian comic Tom Stade, seen on TV shows including Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats.
Jason, of Hebburn, said: “We’ve sold half the tickets for New Year’s Eve already, which is amazing so far in advance.
“I thought there was demand for a good-quality comedy night in South Shields, so I’m putting my money where my mouth is – literally, because I’m funding this all myself.
“This night is going to launch the comedy club, and it’s going to be the best comedy club in the North East.
“It’s not going to be a typical comedy night. We’ve got a few surprises for the night, and it’s only £9, which is half the price of some of the clubs out there.
“Getting Tom Stade for the first night is great. I’ve known him for 15 years, and we get on really well.
“Comedians don’t usually see each other very much since we’re always travelling around, so these nights are also a good excuse to get together with mates. I’m only booking comedians that I’ve seen or worked with and that I like, and I’ve been talking to some big names.”
This night is going to launch the comedy club, and it’s going to be the best comedy club in the North East.Jason Cook
The event, to be hosted by Jason, will also see stand-up sets from Dave Hadingham and Adam Rowe. Jason added: “This is an incredible line-up for the first gig.”
Tickets for October’s gig, starting at 7.45pm, cost £9. Tickets for December’s cost £15. To book, go to www. jasonscomedyclub.co.uk