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Ben Elton's first stand-up tour in 15 years includes Middlesbrough, Newcastle and York

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Ben Elton is returning to stand up comedy after a 15 year absence.

The comedian hosted Channel 4’s Saturday Live more than 30 years ago and now he's heading back on the road with a new stand-up show.

Ben said: "The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn."

The 53 date tour kicks off in Dublin on 27 September and then travels across the UK culminating in Torquay on 30 November.

He will make three stops in the Tyne Tees region:

  • 7 October 2019 Middlesbrough: Town Hall
  • 11 October 2019 Newcastle: Tyne Theatre
  • 14 October 2019 York: Barbican

Tickets go on sale on Monday 10 December.