Join the queue at Hitchin’s Sun Hotel if you want to find out what makes them chuckle in Kettering

James Acaster

James Acaster - Credit: Archant

Liverpool is famous for producing laughter-makers, but nobody would immediately link Kettering and comedy.

But deadpan James Acaster is slowly changing perceptions of the East Midlands town with his mix of deadpan observation, surreal slant and geeky giggles.

He’s headlining next week’s Mostly Comedy gig at Hitchin’s Sun Hotel, and this month it is a mostly comedy offering with music on the bill as well.

Mark Morriss, once the frontman of indie rockers The Bluetones, will also be on the bill, taking time out from a 20th anniversary tour with the Britpop boom band.

James was pretty much unknown when he appeared on the Hitchin club’s second-ever bill back in 2008, but is now a familiar face on TV as well as a hot tour ticket.

Thursday’s show is already sold out but there will be a waiting list for returns (£11) opened at 7.45pm, with the show starting at 8.30pm. Visit for more.