COMIC Jason Cook is promising to bring international acts to South Tyneside as he launches his very own comedy club.
The funnyman, creator of the BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, is set to host the shows at the Customs House in South Shields.
Jason, from Hebburn, said: “It all started after I did the fundraising gig for the Customs House.
“I was talking to Ray Spencer afterwards about how I was planning to start my own comedy club, and the Customs House is perfect for it.
“It’s a great room, and I’m going to make the nights as affordable as possible.
“All the acts will be ones I’ve seen before and that I like, so they’ll all have my stamp of approval.
“I’ve already got some international names lined up.
“We’re going to have the best line-up of any comedy club in the North East, I guarantee it.”
The first gig to be announced is a New Year’s Eve Special which will see Jason perform alongside fellow Hebburn star Steffen Peddie, Jarrow comic Carl Hutchinson and Newcastle’s Mickey Hutton.
Jason, 41, said: “This is the first gig to be announced, but others will be announced soon, and they’ll happen before this.
It’s going to be an international comedy club for local people.Jason Cook
“I’m going to run them every two months, but if they do well, we’ll look at doing it more regularly. It’s going to be down to the people of South Tyneside. If they want us to do more, then we will.
“The New Year’s gig is £15 a ticket, but the regular gigs are only going to be £8, but with a line-up that you’d pay £25 to see.
“I’ve got some really big surprises in store for all the gigs as well.
“It’s not just going to be a few acts with a compere. I like to put on a show, and we’ve got a lot of surprises planned.”
He added: “I’ve wanted to start up my own comedy club ever since I moved back to the North East, and the Customs House is just perfect for it.
“It’s a big room, so it’s going to be a challenge to sell it out every time, but it’s a great room to play as well, so this is a bit of an excuse for me to get up on the stage all the time.
“We’re going to have the best acts from all over the country and the world, but we’re going to collect for a local charity every time as well.
“I think this is something different for the South Tyneside audience, and they’re brilliant, so I wanted to do it for them. I think this is something that South Shields was missing.
“It’s going to be an international comedy club for local people.”
Tickets for the New Year’s Eve special, which kicks off at 8pm, cost £15.
To book, click HERE or call the box office on 454 1234.