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Jo Caulfield to Seann Walsh: top comedy nights in the Norfolk and beyond this week

PUBLISHED: 09:38 10 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:38 10 February 2017

Jo Caulfield who is heading to Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: Alexander David Photography

Jo Caulfield who is heading to Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: Alexander David Photography

Alexander David Photography

The Radio 4 regular tackles why nothing is every straightforward, Walsh looks at the absurdity in everything, and there is a Hate N’ Live comedy-face-off.

SeannWalsh comes to Norwich Playhouse with his latest show One For The Road. Picture: Andy HollingworthSeannWalsh comes to Norwich Playhouse with his latest show One For The Road. Picture: Andy Hollingworth

• Hate N’ Live

St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, February 10, 8.30pm, £12, 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com

Weird Coastal Buoy Comedy bring the smash-hit Edinburgh Fringe show Hate N’ Live to Great Yarmouth’s St George’s Theatre. The show features two of the most popular comics to appear at St George’s; Tony Marrese and Leo ‘Pun Man’ Kearse along with other top acts who will perform as ‘Gladi-Haters’ improvising rants on topics suggested by the audience. Think Room 101 meets Mock the Week. Self-confessed former talented person, comedian, filmmaker, gardener, idiot, DJ, carpenter and spiritual fascist, Marrese’s stated aim, with tongue-in-cheek is to overthrow the ‘New World Order’ whilst laughing a lot. Lanky Scot Leo Kearse arrives as his alter ego improvising Pun-Man (he was the 2015 UK Pun Champion) with which he got through to the live auditions on Britain’s Got Talent.

• Seann Walsh

Norwich Playhouse, February 11, 8pm, £14, 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Within two years of his first comedy performance, Seann Walsh became Chortle’s Best Breakthrough Act Nominee 2010 and Chortle Best Compere Nominee 2011. Charming and charismatic, he is an observational livewire and a casual yet potent force for laughs when he riffs on the generic habits and quirks that characterise our lives like in his last show, The Lie-In King. Here he is back again following sell out shows last year with his latest, One For The Road, which again gets the best from his keen observational mind. His material isn’t groundbreaking, but he has a winning charm. However dishevelled he may be, he is one best comics around with a keen observational mind and ability to spot the absurdity in everything.

• Fat Cat Comedy Club

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, February 12, 8pm, £12, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk

Fat Cat Comedy brings three stand-up talents for another night of laughter in Bury St Edmunds.

Jarred Christmas has a unique style that deftly mixes gags with storytelling. His dynamic onstage persona and the ability to improvise and roll with anything that’s thrown his way have made him a firm favourite on the comedy club circuit. He has also popped up on everything from Mock The Week and 8 out of 10 Cats to Let’s Dance for Comic Relief. If you’re thinking that Tom Houghton looks familiar, you may recognise him as 1/5th of comedy super group The Noise Next Door who have been smashing the comedy circuit for years. He will be bring a mix of cheeky charm and musical madness. John Lynn first caught the stand-up bug after a visit to a comedy club in Dublin and quickly discovered that making a clown out of himself wasn’t all that bad. He has since become an Edinburgh Fringe regular.

• Jo Caulfield

Norwich Arts Centre, February 16, 8pm, £14 (£12 cons), 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

Have you ever noticed that even when you’re right, you’re wrong? From the potential minefields of dating, relationships and divorce, to the simple things, like booking a holiday, or joining a pub-quiz team – nothing is ever as straightforward as it should be. Radio 4 regular Jo Caulfield, who has followed a curious career path, from rockabilly, via waitressing, to stand-up comedy and regular appearances on the likes of Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, is determined to get things back on track in her latest show, The Customer Is Always Wrong. It sees her taking a humorous look at life’s potential traps, what can go wrong and how to deal with them (and, in some cases, how to make everyone else suffer with you). Also at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket on February 17.

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