Press Release: Comedy Alive in Cockermouth


Immediate: January 23, 2023

Comedy Alive in Cockermouth

A popular comedy actor and comedian from the award-winning television series Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights is set to take to the stage at Cockermouth’s Kirkgate Centre on Saturday, January 28.

Archie Kelly, best known for his comic portrayal of Kenny “Dalglish” Senior in Phoenix Nights, is top of the bill at the show. He has also appeared in a number of other popular TV shows including Jimmy McGovern’s The Street.

“Archie excels as a live performer and we have other great comedians joining him for the first of our regular new comedy nights in 2023, Comedy@Kirkgate“ said Kirkgate’s General Manager, Emma Heys. “The venue has a full evening programme of jazz, film, folk, and talks as well a wide range daytime activities throughout the year. We’re very pleased to be bringing regular comedy into the mix for local audiences“ added Emma.

Saturday’s show will be hosted by Egremont-based comedian John Lebbon, who runs Platinum Wolf Promotions and is a stand-up comedian and writer.

Joining John and Archie is Paul Imrie – a name on the up, who is being championed as a new talent to watch.

The show starts at 8pm, with doors and bar open from 7. Tickets are available at



Kirkgate is a charity based in Cockermouth, Cumbria.  It operates an arts and heritage centre as well as working with towns and villages in West Cumbria to encourage a diverse programme of arts, culture and entertainment.  Its vision is to ensure that creative talent is valued, developed and supported with opportunities for all to engage actively with, and enjoy, the arts, local heritage and community life.

The Kirkgate Centre brings the best cultural, theatrical and entertainment events to Cumbria. From the best feature and documentary films to live streaming of top London shows, to local talent, heritage exhibitions, music, theatre, comedy and more, there is something for everyone.

In the historic Kirkgate Quarter of the Gem Town of Cockermouth, sitting on the edge of the Lake District National Park, the Kirkgate Centre is the perfect venue for special occasions, conferences, meetings, courses, exhibitions or private film screenings.

Kirkgate manages Arts Out West which stages performances in community venues from Furness to the Solway, ranging from nationally-recognised theatre companies to international musicians with events that are as much a social occasion as a performance.  It is a member of the National Rural Touring Forum supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation.

Follow @kirkgatearts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram


For more information:

Emma Heys m: 07919 178284 l: 01900 829966

The Kirkgate Centre, Kirkgate, Cockermouth, CA13 9PJ