Comedian Arnold stands up for Andy

Comedian Arnold Brown who will be appearing in  the Stand Up for Labour comedy night at Corby
Comedian Arnold Brown who will be appearing in the Stand Up for Labour comedy night at Corby

One of the founding fathers of alternative comedy, Arnold Brown, is to appear in Corby in support of Labour’s candidate in the autumn by-election, Andy Sawford.

Brown, a Perrier award-winner who says one of the highlights of his career was supporting Frank Sinatra on stage at Ibrox Stadium, has come out of semi-retirement to appear at the Stand up for Labour comedy night on Sunday, October 7, at the Trades & Labour Club in Stuart Road.

He said: “I’m worried about the future of the NHS and I think it’s a great idea to combine comedy and politics to get the message across.

“I used to do comedy nights for the miners in the 1980s and I think it’s great that there is an event like this before the crucial by-election.’

Brown will be joined on stage by Hal Cruttenden, who has performed at the Royal Variety Performance and on Michael MacIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, as well as Jim Smallman and Sir Ian Bowler MP, a character act who plays a Conservative politician.

Stand up for Labour will also feature guest speakers Mr Sawford and Tom Watson, deputy Labour Party chairman, MP for West Bromwich East and chief cross examiner of the Murdochs in the phone hacking inquiry.

Tickets for Stand Up for Labour cost £10 and £8 concessions and are available online at www.wegottickets.com/letslaugh or by phoning 07961 638683.

The by-election for the Corby and East Northants seat is expected to be held on November 15.