A TRANSVESTITE funnyman headlined the first show of a North-East comedy club's 2014 season.

Andrew O'Neill stepped onto the stage at The Witham, Barnard Castle, wearing a dress and full make-up to top the bill at the Funny Way To Be Comedy Club.

The evening was hosted by BBC Newcastle's Alfie Joey and completing the line-up were stand-ups Tommy Rowson and Paul F Taylor.

Funny Way To Be's Peter Dixon said: “We spent a lot of time putting this show together.

“On a mixed bill like this, we tried to secure a range of comics to ensure there was a variety of styles and something for all tastes.

“Andrew O'Neill is someone we've always wanted to play at our comedy club and when I saw Paul F Taylor's show at last year's Leicester Comedy Festival I was also determined to bring him to Barnard Castle.”

The Funny Way To Be's next comedy night is on Saturday, March 1, when the headliner will be Jenny Eclair.

For more details, go to www.funnywaytobe.com