A TOP comedian will be bringing a little X-Factor magic to the region for the only North-East date of his debut stand-up tour.

Matt Richardson, host of ITV2's Xtra Factor, will appear at The Witham, Barnard Castle, on Saturday, March 22, as part of his Hometown Hero tour.

It is a return visit for the funnyman, who was part of a star-studded comedy gala in Barnard Castle last September.

Peter Dixon, of promoters Funny Way To Be, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as Matt’s only North-East date.

“When he played for us in 2013 he told me he’d love to come back to Barnard Castle as part of his extended tour.

“Anyone who saw our gala evening, which he hosted, will know that he is a real stand-up star in the making.”

Tickets for Matt Richardson: Hometown Hero are on general sale now from funnywaytobe.com, priced £10.