THE final Funny Way To Be Comedy Club show in Barnard Castle for 2012 went off with a bang for funnyman Dave Johns.

Making his first visit to the town, he was enjoying a pre-show nap only to be woken by the sound of fireworks exploding from Barnard Castle's Christmas festival Son et Lumiere event.

The Geordie native, who is used to headlining gigs all over the country, was part of a line-up of top names for the sell-out show, at St Mary's Parish Hall.

Compere for the evening was Jason Cook, who is currently enjoying a high profile thanks to his role in the BBC2 comedy Hebburn.

Graham Oakes performed in the character of Mr Oakley and Gary Delaney rounded the evening off with a performance packed with one-liners.

Organiser Peter Dixon said: “All the comedians said they had a great time in Barnard Castle and loved the Teesdale audience with their warm response.”

The Funny Way To Be Comedy Club takes a midwinter break before returning to the parish hall on March 16, 2013, with this year's Edinburgh Festival best newcomer Daniel Simonsen headlining. Support will be provided by Pat Cahill and Alfie Brown.