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Funny Words Comedy Gala

Hexham Book Festival




Showing at

Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey: Spiegeltent 
Friday 10 June: 7.30pm
Tickets: £18, £15

We have assembled a line-up of top comedians showcasing the best of UK comedy. Featuring Anth Young, Ada Campe, John Robertson, Aaron Simmonds, Jonny Awsum - and special guest Rhys James!

Ada Campe's performances are true variety at it's very best, rife with the absurd and the outlandish, mystery and intrigue and unabashed, pure comedy.

Anth Young is a regular on the comedy scene at clubs up and down the UK, He is also the tour support for Carl Hutchinson. He was runner up in the great Yorkshire fringe new act of the year 2017. 

Aaron Simmonds is an award-winning comedian with cerebral palsy. He has performed for such clubs as The Comedy Store, Top Secret Comedy Club and Just The Tonic .

Jonny Awsum isa dab hand at singing, acting, presenting, stand-up comedy and playing guitar, Jonny has a crowd-pleasing set that's seen him smash thousands of gigs all around the world.  Jonny's musings include everything from the white lies he tells his girlfriend to his new hometown of Croydon and the memory of his first love at eight years old 

John Robertson is known for his witty, quick slinging gags, he lights up the room with his energetic and original ideas! He is the creator of the hugely popular ‘The Dark Room’ shows at the Edinburgh Festival where he’ll be returning this year.  

Rhys James is an accomplished comedian, writer and actor who you will have seen on Roast Battle, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, A League of Their Own and Live At The Apollo and as a regular panellist on Mock The Week. He has performed six solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe to sell-out audiences and critical acclaim and hosts podcast Early Work in which he interviews celebrities about the creative writing they did before they were in their current vocation. He is also known for his prolific Twitter feed which has been recommended in The Telegraph, The Sun, Huffington Post, The Poke and The Gentleman’s Journal among others.

“A superb tour de force of observational comedy, delivered with punchy, rapid-fire certainty” Chortle ★★★★ 

"Master of the lightning-paced, gag-dense, precision-delivered set" The Guardian 

“Rhys James is a super-sharp writer with a ton of smart, intricately-written jokes and stories where you’re never more than a few seconds away from another punchline.” Time Out ★★★★     

Age guidance: 18+
Running time: 2hrs 30mins (with intervals)


Please note: A handling charge of 50p per ticket applies to bookings made in person or over the phone. No handling charges apply to online bookings.

Concession prices: available to Friends of the Festival, those on benefits and students.

Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited, please book directly at Box Office (booking fees will not apply).

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Book a table and receive 10% discount at The Beaumont Hotel on presentation of your ticket.


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