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Thursday, 15 November 2012

They're 'aving a laugh at the Monkbar

York’s Best Western Monkbar Hotel has become the city’s new home for comedy.

The city-centre venue is playing host to a brand new evening of laughter when University of York student, Tom Taylor, brings his  Sitting Room Comedy Club on Thursday 22 November.

After launching Sitting Room Harrogate, last year, Tom has gained critical acclaim and attracted some of the biggest names in the industry, including the likes of Paul Foot, Grumpy Old Man Arthur Smith and The Now Show’s Mitch Benn.

TOP TEN
In March this year, The Independent named the night as “One of its Top Ten comedy gigs”.

Tom, a third year music undergraduate and former head prefect at Ashville College, Harrogate, said: “Since launching Sitting Room Harrogate twelve months ago I’ve always wanted to bring the brand to York.

“The Monkbar Hotel is an ideal setting, with a central location, plenty of parking and a function room that can hold a large crowd without losing the intimacy between performer and audience.”

For the inaugural York gig, Tom is joined by star of Canadian comedy, Dana Alexander; Stephen Carlin, writer for The Now Show and The News Quiz; and Lloyd Langford who has appeared on Dave’s One Night Stand and was a permanent panel member on Ask Rhod Gilbert.

Tom added: “I’m thrilled with the line up. Dana, Stephen and Lloyd are three of the funniest and most talented acts currently on the comedy circuit. It’s fantastic that they’re coming along to help launch Sitting Room York.

“As with Harrogate, it’s my aim to make this a monthly night of laughter for comedy fans of all ages. Watching synthetic comedy shows on television doesn’t compare to leaving the house and experiencing the excitement and buzz of live stand-up.”

SUPPORT
Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher said: “We are delighted that Tom has chosen us as the venue for Sitting Room York.

“Last week, we hosted a charity comedy night for Help for Heroes, where Tom was one of the acts, and we are keen to show our support for local talent.

“With this and Sitting Room Comedy, I can safely say York has a new home for comedy, and that’s the Best Western Monkbar Hotel.”

The show begins at 8pm with the bar serving drinks from 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £10 in advance or £12 on the door — with a discount being offered to students — and are available from the Monkbar Hotel reception on 01904 638086 or from www.sittingroomcomedy.com




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