Comedy giant Michael McIntyre is heading to Stamford Corn Exchange for last minute warm-up gig
Comedy giant Michael McIntyre is set to perform at Stamford Corn Exchange next Monday (November 25).
The venue in Broad Street, Stamford, has a close relationship with top comedy agency Off The Kerb and was offered the chance to run a "last minute gig" with a big name on Friday.
It wasn't until Saturday that box office administrator Wayne Ward found out the venue had been successful and was told that it was Michael McIntyre, who has performed sold out shows at the O2 arena.
Delighted theatre manager Judith Mackie only got permission to put the show on sale today (Tuesday, November 19) and the 10,000 people signed up to the venue's newsletter were first to be told.
She said: "It's a last minute work in progress gig but even so, to have someone of this calibre coming to Stamford Corn Exchange is absolutely amazing. We couldn't believe it when we found out who it was."
Judith expects the tickets to sell out quickly and is hoping the huge star will draw other comedians to perform at the 400-seat venue, continuing to raise its profile.
The Corn Exchange is charity run and nearly all of the staff are volunteers.
"What people love about us is that we're a small venue and we go the extra mile," Judith said.
She said that it was her "dream" to turn around a gig in 24 hours, from tickets going on sale to the performer being on stage, and urged people to sign up to the newsletter to be the first to hear of any upcoming events.
News of Michael McIntyre's upcoming performance comes just a few days after Jack Dee highlighted the differences between the two comedy superstars during his sold-out Stamford Corn Exchange gig on Friday (November 15).
Josh Widdicombe also performed a warm-up gig earlier this year at the Corn Exchange and his visit to Stamford went on to feature on Channel 4's The Last Leg. Kevin Bridges has also visited the venue as he prepared for a UK tour.
Judith said after his visit Josh Widdicombe had promised to recommend the venue to other comedians.
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