FUNNY WAY TO BE COMEDY has announced a new season of comedy shows in Barnard Castle for the first half of 2020. The Teesdale comedy promoter rounds off ten years of comedy promotion by revealing details of the programme at The Witham in Barnard Castle.

The schedule, running From January to June, comprises six evenings of comedy and features several household names.

When Gary Delaney last visited Barnard Castle in 2018 the show sold out. Gary, Britain’s leading one-liner comic, returns, on Saturday, February 15, with his critically acclaimed show Gagster’s Paradise. He is a Mock The Week regular and star of the last Live At The Apollo series.

Musical comedy sisters Flo & Joan have a new show of their dark and waggish songs to parade about the place. As part of a UK tour they are heading to Barnard Castle on Tuesday, February 18. The duo shot to fame when they wrote and starred in a series of adverts for Nation-wide Building Society, with their video Sisters being rated YouTube’s most popular advert in January 2018.

They recently released their first special concert performance Alive on Stage which is available on Amazon Prime Video worldwide. Flo & Joan are also set to headline the 2019 Live At The Apollo Christmas Special.

Lou Sanders is one of the most original comedians in Britain. A widely acclaimed stand-up, her last Edinburgh show received rave reviews and adding extra shows at both the Edinburgh Fringe and a series of London dates where it ended up selling out three separate runs. Lou has appeared on lots of TV shows most notably on the last series of Dave’s Taskmaster where she was crowned champion. Lou’s new show, Say Hello to Your New Step-Mummy, is on Friday, March 6.

The comedy duo, The Thinking Drinkers, return with a new show, which is a look at history’s greatest drinkers. Audience members will learn a lot and get five free drinks. Due to the fact that alcoholic drinks will be served during the show, this show is strictly for 18 and overs. The award-winning experts reveal how alcohol has inspired pioneering explorers, politicians and painters in equal measure, from Plato and Picasso, to Nelson, Napoleon and Norm from Cheers.

After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and various court appearances following world-famous stunts on Theresa May, Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump, Kanye West and Britain’s Got Talent, the award-winning, critically acclaimed comedian will be on stage as himself.

For the first time, Simon Brodkin leaves his characters in the dressing room and takes to the stage, in Barnard Castle on Thursday, April 9, in his new show, “100% Simon Brodkin”.

When Cannon & Ball appeared in Barnard Castle in 2019 they were universally loved by the Teesdale audience so, despite a busy schedule appearing on TV in various soaps and sitcoms, the UK’s longest performing comedy duo agreed to return the following year, on Saturday, June 6, with their legendary sketches, songs, storytelling and audience question and answer session.

Funny Way To Be promoter Peter Dixon said: “This season completes our tenth year bringing comedy shows to Teesdale. Right from the start our idea was to programme something for everyone, and this season we have managed to do that by booking a wide range of comedians that are each at the top of their field.

"Some are acts that have gone down exceptionally well in the past and are returning to us. Others are making their Barnard Castle debuts.

"We expect several of the shows to sell out, so we’d recommend that folks have a think about what they’d like to see and book early.”

  • Tickets for all shows are available now from or the Witham Box Office on 01833 631107.