Grumpy Jack is coming to town

PREVIEW ' Comedian Jack Dee
PREVIEW ' Comedian Jack Dee

Deadpan Jack Dee has certainly put smiles on the faces of comedy fans – his show at an arts centre has sold out within a week.

The popular comedian, famous for his dry humour and deadpan stand-up show, is playing a special warm-up gig at Kettering Arts Centre in March in preparation for a tour later this year.

Mr Dee, 50, has entertained comedy fans for more than two decades, with a career which has seen him star in BBC 2 show Lead Balloon, host Live at the Apollo and win Celebrity Big Brother in 2001.

Tickets for the 250-seater venue went on sale last Tuesday to members of Kettering Arts Centre, and sold out on Monday despite minimal advertising.

No tickets went on general sale for the event, which will be held where the arts group meets at St Andrew’s Church, in Lindsay Street, Kettering.

Youth, children’s and families worker at the centre Becky Wills said: “It’s been absolutely manic.

“We’ve been snowed under by requests for people to join us as the tickets were only available for members.

“We are really delighted to have Jack Dee coming to play here.

“His agent came to us after seeing how well the Jeremy Hardy show we had on last year went, and I think he was attracted to how unique a venue we are – there’s only a handful of churches in the country working as art centres. It’s all shaping up to be an absolutely fantastic night.”

Mr Dee’s career has also seen him star in BBC 2 comedy Shooting Stars and undertake a series of sell-out tours.

Dates have not been announced for his main tour this year, but it will be the first time he has hit the road in five years.

The arts centre has been running at the church since 2010.

Mrs Wills added: “It will be the biggest booking we’ve had and hopefully it will show some people what we’re all about.

“We’re an arts centre for the community.”

The show takes place on Saturday, March 10.

To become a member of the centre contact Becky on willsbecky@googlemail.com. A year’s membership is £4 or £6 for a couple.