“The Funniest Comedian I Have Ever Seen” at The Civic, Barnsley

Comedian, journalist, novelist and activist Rob Newman makes a hotly anticipated return to comedy, with his first complete show in seven years.

This “passionate, chaotically brilliant comedian” (The Sunday Times) is joined at The Civic this season by Elvis McGonagall, stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, and internationally acclaimed Canadian stand-up comic Craig Campbell.

Rob Newman – Theory of Evolution


Rob’s new theory of evolution is summed up in the phrase ‘survival of the misfits’. Rob argues that all species originate from misfits pushed to the edges of ecological tolerance in tiny populations; an exploration of the exciting new discoveries over the last decade in the field of evolutionary biology and an attack on Selfish Gene theory, Rob argues that Darwinism is a much richer thing than Dawkinism, and that Dawkins is totally un-Darwinian.

Elvis McGonagall


Recumbent rocker Elvis McGonagall is the sole resident of The Graceland Caravan Park where he scribbles verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash. A regular guest of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Elvis “combines anger, polish and carefully crafted verse in a way which recalls John Cooper Clarke” (The Scotsman). As an extra bonus Joe Kriss from, Yorkshire-based poetry company Word Life will also host an open mic session, followed by a performance from regional poet Raph Attar, “the most exciting new artist in Britain” (Nick Grimshaw – Radio 1)

Word Life – Joe Kriss


Craig Campbell Thrilling Mic Hunt


And following a sold out Edin-ormous Edinburgh Fringe run and over 50 tour dates, Craig Campbell’s Thrilling Mic Hunt has been extended into Autumn 2014 to a further 15 venues. The Civic is delighted to host the ‘merry moose’ deliver more gut-pullingly, rib-tickling stories of life as a perpetually fun seeking middle aged man-child. Tickets are going fast so it’s time to grab an adventurous date, launch your laughter canoe and ride Campbell’s comedy creek while it’s in full flood!

Rob Newman is at The Civic on Friday 31 October at 8pm. Tickets are £12.50 full price and £10 concessions.

Elvis McGonagall (ft. Word Life) is at The Civic on Saturday 11 October at 8pm. Tickets are £10 full price and £8 concessions. Recommended for ages 16+. May contain strong and explicit language.

Craig Campbell is at The Civic on Saturday 8 November at 8pm. Tickets are £15. Recommended for ages 18+. May contain strong and explicit language.

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