Comedy for a good cause
You don't need to stay in, glued to the gogglebox, to make a difference on Comic Relief this year.
Hull's New Clarence pub is hosting its own Red Nose Day festivities on Friday, with its inaugural comedy competition.
The event, which has been organised by Steve Rimmer – the country's only genuine bomb disposal expert stand-up – will feature five local comedians vying for the title of New Clarence comic of the year.
Among the hopefuls hoping to triumph on the night will be local funnymen Simon Gutherless, Rich Austin and Jack Gledow.
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Landlord Allen Slinger said: "This is the first one we've organised and we're hoping we can turn it into an annual event.
"It will be a mixture of stand-up and sketch comedy with music, so there will be enough to keep people entertained all night.
"There's a thriving comedy scene in Hull and a lot of young stand-up comics bubbling under with a lot of talent. We hope to give these guys a platform to show what they can do.
"Basically, it will be a full night of entertainment for a fiver – so there's no need to stay in and watch the TV on Comic Relief night to feel like you're contributing something.
"You can come out, see some live comedy and do your bit as well."
As well as the competing comics, the night will also feature an appearance by Hull comedy troupe Live Naked Idiots, who will be performing some of their best-known sketches.
The night will kick off with a performance by the Hull Ukulele Group, playing a variety of well-known and fun tunes on their miniature instruments.
The night will be compered by Viking FM DJ Liam Smedley.
When & where: Friday, March 15, 8pm, New Clarence, Charles Street, Hull. Entry £5otd. Call 01482 320327 or visit www.thenewclarence.co.uk