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Lee Nelson and Mark Thomas: this week’s best comedy nights in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 09:56 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:29 23 February 2017

After getting into trouble for sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, Lee Nelson is back with new stand-up show Serious Joker. Picture: Submitted

After getting into trouble for sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, Lee Nelson is back with new stand-up show Serious Joker. Picture: Submitted

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The prankster will be finding laughs in the serious business of mocking everyone from the X-Factor to Trump, while Mark Thomas goes back to his comedy roots.

• Red Card Comedy Club

Carrow Road, Norwich, February 24, 7.30pm, £12, 01603 508050, redcardcomedyclub.com

The popular Red Card Comedy Club has moved to the last Friday night of the month and the first of this new regular date at Carrow Road features white-haired Irish award-winning stand-up comedian, author and writer of numerous TV comedy shows Caimh McDonnell. He will be joined by Lloyd Griffith, who came to comedy from an unusual background having a career as a professional classical singer. Hot newcomer Alistair Williams is a prolific joke machine, while headlining is Gary Delaney, a premier gagsmith who is no stranger having become something of a local favourite as well as one of the most quotable comedians in the country.

• Corn Hall Comedy Club

Diss Rugby Club, Bellrope Lane, Roydon, February 24, 8pm, £10, 01379 652241, www.disscornhall.co.uk

The regular Diss comedy night returns boasting a bill featuring Michael Fabbri, known for his honest approach to some of life’s more touchy subjects, slipping between controversial topics to light-hearted silliness. Described a like Kenneth Williams without the histrionics, baby-faced comedy hot property Joe Sutherland will be bringing his unique caustic, catty wit and unapologetic confidence. MC for the night is Keiran Boyd a former semi-finalist in So You Think You’re Funny?, Amused Moose Laugh-Off and one-third of Fringe favourites WitTank, known for performing inventive, high-energy stand-up.

• Lee Nelson: Serious Joker

Norwich Playhouse, February 27-28, 7.30pm, £20, 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

After getting into trouble for sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, Lee Nelson is back where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his new, laugh-out-loud, stand-up show Serious Joker. Having previously mined his comedy characters Lee Nelson and Jason Bent, Simon Brodkin this time is relating his new role of headlining grabbing prankster who targets deserving high-profile victims with a serious message. He has gate-crashed The X Factor dressed up as an Orthodox Jewish rapper, showered disgraced FIFA President Sepp Blatter in bank notes at the organisation’s headquarters in Zurich, joined Kanye West onstage during the rapper‘s headline set at Glastonbury and threw swastika-covered golf balls during a speech by Donald Trump.

• Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

Norwich Playhouse, March 2-3, 7.30pm, £16 (£12 cons), 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

The Red Shed is the third part in a trilogy from comedian, political activist and all-round trouble-maker Mark Thomas that started with the multi award winning shows Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. It sees Mark returns to where he first started to perform, a red wooden shed in Wakefield, the Labour Club, to celebrate its 50th birthday. The show will involve the audience (in a nice way) to recreate the shed and its inhabitants. A mix of theatre, stand up, journalism and activism - it’s the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community in a small wooden shed.

• Stand-Up in Southwold

Southwold Pavilion, March 4, 7.45pm, £10, 07899 318949, wegottickets.com/event/387810

WCB Comedy have built up a reputation for bringing some top stand-up talent to regular nights in Great Yarmouth and one-offs in Lowestoft and elsewhere. For their latest venture they’ve teamed up with Southwold Rugby Club to venture further down the coast for a fantastic night of comedy. Headliner is former English Comedian of the Year Matthew Osborn who has also performed stand up on Russell Howard’s Good News. He won the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award and was named Chortle Best Newcomer. Also on the bill is James Alderson, northern one-line merchant Chris Ashton, Jason Simmons and MC for the night Christian Steel.

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