'Your Place Comedy' is back for a third edition!Mon 1st June 2020
Virtual comedy project ‘Your Place Comedy’, put together by ten small, independent venues from across Yorkshire and the Humber, returns for a third edition as East Riding Theatre once again collaborates with some of the region’s best loved small theatres and arts centres to provide another evening of entertainment from highly acclaimed national touring acts, broadcast live to viewers’ homes, for free.
On Sunday 7th June at 8pm, two of Radio 4’s most popular comedy broadcasters,Jo Caulfield and Simon Evans, will each deliver a live set direct from their own home. Both Jo and Simon have been seen on BBC2’s Mock the Week and Live At The Apollo, as well as, between them, starring on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You and Question Time, BBC2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week. They are regulars on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Just A Minute, while Jo has starred in three series of her own show, It’s That Jo Caulfield Again, and Simon has written and presented five series of Simon Evans Goes To Market.
The event, which is once again compered by writer and star of Radio 4’s The Gambler, presenter of CBBC’s Super Human Challenge and Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee, Tim FitzHigham, will be free to watch on YouTube and Twitch, with an option for viewers to donate if they have enjoyed the broadcast. All money raised will be distributed equally among the 10 supporting venues, including [venue], each of whom are navigating their way through some challenging financial times.
Your Place Comedy is a venue driven and venue focused initiative which tries to re-establish the traditional relationship between venue, performer and audience that has been temporarily lost during the Covid-19 crisis. The venues participating in the project have all pledged funds to both support the performers involved and to provide their audiences with entertainment from the kind of artists who, in normal times, would have been appearing in their local arts centre or theatre.
Sue Kirkman, manager of East Riding Theatre said, ‘Since closing, ERT has developed an immensely popular, daily programme of events ranging from original plays, poetry, music and more. These can all be accessed via our Facebook page.
Sue continues, ‘The huge addition of live comedy to our programme, and to that of other Yorkshire and Humber venues, has been driven by Chris Jones, manager of Selby Town Hall’.
Theatre and arts centres involved in ‘Your Place Comedy’ are deeply rooted in their communities and are determined to maintain those vital links which allow them to bring some of the most sought after national and international touring acts to the towns and cities of Yorkshire and beyond.
Chris Jones said, ‘We are all determined to help keep the live performance industry afloat at a time when it has never been needed more.”