Never mind the Hyena Comedy Club, here’s Phill Jupitus. . .

Phill Jupitus.

Phill Jupitus.

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HARROGATE’S growing status as ‘comedy capital of the north’ was emphasised when TV star Phill Jupitus appeared as a secret guest at Hyena Comedy Club’s Christmas special.

The jovial stand-up comic, best know for his lengthy tenure as a team captain on hit panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, unexpectedly joined the existing line-up for an evening of laughs, with the Harrogate Theatre pantomime set as the backdrop.

It was quite a coup for the comedy club and a complete surprise to the audience as Jupitus took a break from performing at Leeds’ City Varieties’ show Big Society to visit Harrogate.

Phill, a regular member of the award-winning News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 in addition to numerous presenting work on such shows as Phill Jupitus’ Comic Strips, brought the house down in typical intelilgent style.

As a journalist, Phill also writes a weekly column for The Times’ prestigious sport supplement, The Game; being

With ticket prices for the monthly comedy club at only £12, with concessions available, audiences got to enjoy material from four comedians, rising stars on the comedy circuit Danny Deegan and Sam Avery, and Ricky Gervais’ favourite comedian, the ever inventive award-winning Adam Bloom.

Many of today’s top comedy performers have appeared at the Hyena Comedy Club since its residency at Harrogate Theatre including Jason Manford, Alan Carr, Mark Watson, Russell Howard, Rhod Gilbert, Richard Herring and Chris Addison amongst many others.

The next Hyena Comedy Club at Harrogate Theatre, which has moved to Saturday nights, will take place on Saturday, January 21 with cheerful Geordie comic Jason Cook headlining.