The North East is a great place for comedy and is filled with great comedians. There are enough comedy nights around the North East that an open mic comic could perform almost every night of the week. Add The Stand into the mix, now being open for a few months, and the opportunities for new comedians has never been greater.
The shear number of nights an act can perform at means they can progress at an impressive rate. I went down to Preston this week to perform my 'winners spot' at the Frog and Bucket's Beat the Frog competition, driving Katie Yossarian and Paul Brett to take part in the gong show. Both acts got through unscathed; Katie would have done a 10 minute set if they had let her and Paul bagged second place. The winner was North East based Rob Gilroy, topping off what was already an excellent night.
Last weekend saw the quarter finals for the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year competition held in Newcastle. Howard Lee, Jonathan Pelham, Nick Cranston and Biscuitz all got through to the semi finals, I will be surprised if one of them doesn't go through to win it!
Both these nights showed off a lot of talent from new acts in the North East, some who have been going for a couple of years and many who are in their first year of comedy, all of which will keep on getting better as they continue to gain experience from the growing comedy scene that surrounds them.