Sunday, 18 September 2016

Preview: Jason Cook's Comedy Club at South Shields Customs House

Jason Cook’s Comedy Club celebrates a year of success!

Jason Cook's Comedy Club

South Shields Customs House

Saturday 8th October 2016

Jason Cook’s Comedy Club aims to sell out another gig this October, after a successful 12 month run and it’s first summertime comedy festival.

The comedy club, set up by it’s namesake, comedian and writer of BBC2’s Hebburn is hosting another bill of top flight international standups this October at the Customs House in South Shields.

Jason Cook & The Custom House's Ray Spencer MBE
And it’s a special show marking the 1st birthday of the biggest comedy club in the North East.

Cook said “I set it up after we had done a fundraiser for the Customs House. It’s such a great room for stand up. When it’s cooking, it’s one of the best stages in the country to find yourself on”.

Cook also says it’s one of the cheapest considering it’s high quality lineups. “I pay the acts well, they are the cream of the comedy scene, and because the theatre is huge, we are able to keep the prices down so it makes top end comedy affordable for everyone. Most clubs charge double for the kind of bills we put on but that’s not why I wanted to set the thing up. I love putting a show on, the money thing is secondary to me”.

The club has an immaculate record of sell out shows, featuring stars from Live at the Apollo, 8 out of Ten Cats and even local superstar Chris Ramsey has been known to pop in if he’s trying new material.

“It’s the reputation of the audience that’s bringing the comics here now. When we started, I was just asking my mates for favours, but now they are all ringing me asking me when they can play it. That’s the crowd that builds that, nowt to do with me. These aren’t normal comedy gigs, it’s like a party, and I’ve brought some funny mates along to meet everyone, the atmosphere is like nothing I’ve seen anywhere else”

Such is the power of said audience that Cook managed to organise the inaugural South Tyneside Comedy Festival this summer, with over 3,000 tickets being sold.

“For our first year, that’s about double what I thought we’d get. But we played it the same as the comedy club, kept the ticket prices low and watched the rooms fill up.”

The festival featured, amongst others, Sarah Millican, Chris Ramsey, Mock the Week’s Gary Delaney, The Chase’s Paul Sinha and 4 time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee James Acaster.

“It was incredible fun, we’ve already had meetings about next year’s featival.” Cook added. “But the size of it comes down to which companies we can get to sponsor us.”

Mick Ferry
But for the birthday gig, Cook has enlisted comedians Mick Ferry and Markus Birdman to entertain the people of Tyneside. The NETG reviewed Mick’s recent gig in Newcastle earlier in the month and we really enjoyed his set: (NETG REVIEW LINK)

“Mick is incredible, he was voted the “Comedian’s Comedian” by all the comics in the industry. I’ve known him for over a decade and he’s one of those comics who I’ve never seen have a bad gig. He’s the kind of guy our audience loves, a down to earth, working class bloke with a glint in his eye. Have been trying to get him since we started the club but his diary is so full it’s only now that we’ve been able get him.”

Markus Birdman
The other headliner (Cook’s shows feature two headline quality acts “because I literally have no business sense, apparently I should be thinking about something called ‘profit margin’ but I prefer a great show” he says) is Markus Birdman.

“Markus is signed to the same agency that represents John Cleese and Ben Elton, and with good reason, he can make audiences weep with laughter with apparently no effort whatsoever. He’s a true globetrotter and he’s often in Australia, Holland, pretty much anywhere that has a high profile festival is where you’ll find him. He has at least a dozen jokes I wish I’d thought of, and I’ve died on my arse at least half a dozen times trying to follow him.”

In the middle is Nick Dixon, recently signed to The Comedy Store’s management company, the biggest brand in comedy.

Tickets are available at the Customs House and are selling fast.

“We usually do a hundred on the day the gigs go on sale so people better get in fast to get tickets for this one, it’s going to be incredible”.

Tickets cost £9.50. Call the Box Office or 0191 454 1234 or book online at

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