Christmas is over, York’s been flooded and we’ve lost David Bowie.
We could be forgiven for feeling glum. Fortunately York is in for some proper laughs in the coming days as top comedic talent hits the city.
Paul Sinha, Mitch Benn, improvised comedy at Friargate Theatre and no fewer than eight comics at the Wozzon club will blast away those blues.
Here’s the full line up. And below is our hilarious interview with Mitch Benn, who reveals how he discovered Shed Seven’s scandalous secret…
‘Yorkshire people never think they’re funny’
Musician, satirist – and unrelenting sceptic. That’s Mitch Benn, the song-writing stand-up who is heading our way.
Born in Liverpool, he is very much a blend of that city’s two creative trademarks, music and wisecracks. He mined his musical heritage in a show for BBC Radio 4, Mitch Benn Is The 37th Beatle.
Best known for his contributions to The Now Show on the same station, Mitch recently toured with his sceptical show Don’t Believe A Word.
The author of two sci-fi novels, Mitch is a busy man. But he took time out to dish the dirt on dodgy digs and Doctor Who for YorkMix…
Who’s funnier – folk from your side of the Pennines, or from Yorkshire?
Who do you think are Yorkshire’s greatest musicians?
What do you think of Shed Seven?
If you could time travel and eliminate any band or artist from the history of music, who would it be and why?
Who would be in your dream band (past and present musicians accepted)?
The BBC are bidding to keep The Voice for another two years. What do you think?
If you were made Prime Minister, what would you change?
It’s notoriously difficult to write funny songs. How do you do it?
How are you finding this series of Doctor Who?
What are your previous experiences of York?
Should we believe a word of your answers??