VIRTUAL comedy is being broadcast live into viewers’ homes for free as part of a collaboration between ten small, independent theatres and arts centres across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Otley Courthouse is one of the venues supporting Your Place Comedy, which is returning for a third edition to provide another evening of entertainment from acclaimed national touring acts.

On Sunday, June 7 at 8pm, two of Radio 4’s most popular comedy broadcasters, Jo Caulfield and Simon Evans, will each deliver a live set direct from their own home.

Both Jo and Simon have been seen on BBC2’s Mock the Week and Live At The Apollo, as well as, between them, starring on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You and Question Time, BBC2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week. They are regulars on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Just A Minute, while Jo has starred in three series of her own show, It’s That Jo Caulfield Again, and Simon has written and presented five series of Simon Evans Goes To Market.

The event, which is once again compered by writer and star of Radio 4’s The Gambler, presenter of CBBC’s Super Human Challenge and Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee, Tim FitzHigham, will be free to watch on YouTube and Twitch, with an option for viewers to donate if they have enjoyed the broadcast. All money raised will be distributed equally among the supporting venues, including Otley Courthouse, each of which is navigating its way through some challenging financial times.

The venues participating in the project have all pledged funds to support the performers involved and to provide their audiences with entertainment from the kind of artists who, in normal times, would have been appearing in their local arts centre or theatre.