Lindisfarne star to try stand-up for charity

Former Lindisfarne star Ray Laidlaw is to try stand-up comedy for the first time at the Xmas Laffalang, a Christmas sketch show in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.

Written by playwright Ed Waugh, the sketches range from skits on Fenwicks Window, carol singers and a Christmas club go-as-you-please to the grand finale Christmas Crisis: The Musical.

Ray, who will be appearing with his ex-Lindisfarne bandmate Billy Mitchell in the show, has acted in sketches in the north east institution Sunday For Sammy, which he produces at Newcastle City Hall but he has never done stand-up.

The Tynemouth-based drummer said: “It’s about Christmas Day historically and a five-minute introduction to the Boxing Day dip sketch. It’s very funny so I hope I don’t get thrown by the laughter. It will be a fantastic evening for a fantastic cause.

“Ed wrote a couple of sketches for Sunday for Sammy in 2012 and Ed wrote the Geordie Nativity I organised last Christmas, so I think this is his revenge.”

Xmas Laffalang, will be performed at The Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle’s High Bridge at 5.45pm and 8.30pm on Tuesday, December 10.

Tickets cost £10 and all profits go to St Oswald’s Hospice.

To book tickets contact The Stand on 0844 693 3336 or Les Robson on 07805 496518.