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About The Grinning Idiot Comedy Club

john smith John Smith
Grinning Idiot
MC and Host
The North East has a long tradition of producing fantastic comedy talent, from the early days of BOBBY THOMPSON, BOBBY PATTINSON, Cult Comic 'VIZ' and ROSS NOBLE to current national favourite SARAH MILLICAN.

'The Grinning Idiot' is building on this by showcasing the hottest local talent along with the best National / International Headliners. It is quickly establishing itself an enviable reputation as providing the best nights of comedy in the region and regularly features as the 'Critics Choice' in National Newspapers.

The gigs play host to the top acts currently performing in the UK including many you will have seen on TV shows such as:

MOCK THE WEEK, NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS, QI, HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, LIVE AT THE APOLLO, MICHAEL McINTYRE'S COMEDY ROADSHOW etc etc.

You can catch a show at a number of venues throughout the region, they offer fantastic value for money with 3 Comedians plus an MC for only £10 (Advance Purchase). Venues include: Newcastle, Sunderland, Morpeth, South Shields, Stanley, Washington and Whitley Bay - Take a look at our 'What's On' page for upcoming events.


For newcomers to Live Stand-Up Comedy ‘The Grinning Idiot’ is a fantastic way to spend your evenings, nights you’ll be talking about for days afterwards, one's where you can drink, chat and laugh yourself silly. You might even be lucky enough to see some TV stars and you’ll definitely see the hottest new talent performing in the UK – and you can say you saw them here first.

Not only will we be giving the best value for money live entertainment in the region but the bars also serve quality drinks at affordable prices.

Currently the North-East only has a small comedy scene but has spawned some of the hottest comedy talent currently performing in the UK;

Sarah Millican – Edinburgh Comedy festival 2008 Best Newcomer.

Jason Cook - Best International Comedy Show, New Zealand 2008.

Seymour Mace - North West Comedian of the year and Star of Johnny Vegas’s Ideal.

Gavin Webster, Barry Dodds, John Fothergill, Mark Maier, Dave Johns, Alfie Joey, Anvil Springstien, John Scott, Chris Ramsey, Carl Hutchinson, John Whale, Lee Fenwick, Mickey Hutton, Dan Willis, John Smith, Steffen Peddie, Mike Milligan, Luke Benson, Christian Steel, Callum Cramb, Kai Humphries, Andy Fury and many more.

Unfortunately as many of these acts have developed there has quite often been a need to move away from the region to areas with a larger existing comedy scene (typically London or Manchester) in order to make a living from comedy more economically viable.

To bring these acts back to the area in conjunction with other top headliners ‘The Grinning Idiot Comedy Clubs’ will be running regular nights throughout the region.

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