AN ENTERTAINMENT venue is once again hosting stand-up comedy nights after events were put on hold by the pandemic.

The Vault in Hexham is working with new North East comedy collective Felt Nowt to bring top performers and the region's rising stars to Hexham's best underground culture venue.

Hexham Courant: VENUE: The Vault venue, in Hexham. Image: Felt NowtVENUE: The Vault venue, in Hexham. Image: Felt Nowt

Formed by a number of well-known North East comedians, including Gavin Webster, Hal Branson, Lee Kyle and Lauren Pattison, the company will reinvest all profits back into the business, with the long-term goal of taking comedy to communities that might not otherwise have access to it. 

The Vault, owned by local artist Ben Haslam, is sited underneath the famous Hallgate Art Galleries and hosts comedy and live music performances.

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On Saturday July 2, three comedy acts will take to the stage.


The night will be hosted by Joby Mageean, Winner of Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year in 2016, English Comedian of the Year Finalist in 2016, and Chortle Comedians to Watch in 2017. He has been reviewed by publication ThreeWeeks, who said: "Hilarious gags and brilliantly written songs." 

On his performance, comedy guide Chortle said: "Inspired daftness, proper gags and charisma to spare."

Headliner Lee Kyle has been described by the BBC as a "top up-and-coming comedy performer."

Lee has written for Radio 4, appeared on BBC Radio's Jesting About and 4 Extra's 'History of Geordie Comedy', wrote and starred in a sketch for ITV's coverage of the Rugby World Cup, and CBBC's Wolfblood premiere.

He hosts the successful 'Which is the Best?' podcast and has a Youtube video with 2.5 million views, on which most of the comments are from Americans telling him they can't understand his accent.

Sam Mayes, another comedian, is described by Felt Nowt as: "Cheeky and affable, a working-class lass with a flair for getting herself in stupid situations. An emerging talent from the North East, and a regular at The Stand Newcastle, steadily gaining momentum on the comedy circuit, she has got real potential."

Doors will open at 7.30pm while the show will begin 8.30pm.