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A Profile of Middlesbrough Town Hall Town Hall Box office: 01642 729 729 Wed 28 Jun 2017
A History of Stand-Up Comedy - By Ryan Coisson

The house lights dim, leaving the stage illuminated with a single spotlight. A lone barstool sits out in the middle of the stage next to a microphone stand. The crowd waits silently as a performer walks onto the stage, waves, and says something into the microphone. The crowd erupts with laughter. Stand-up comedy is a beloved form of entertainment the world over. As the saying goes "laughter is the best medicine" and people love to go see a great comedian and enjoy a night of smiles and laughter.

Stand-up comedy in the United States had its earliest roots in several popular traditions, including vaudeville comedy acts of the late 19th century, minstrel shows, etc. Many popular comedians, often considered the fathers of modern comedy, got their start in vaudeville acts of the early 20th century, people like Bob Hope and Jack Benny. But modern stand-up as we know it today got its start in the 1950s and 60s in small folk music clubs in New York and San Francisco. However, it wasn't until the 70s that stand-up comedians became big stars.

Comedians like George Carlin, Steve Martin, Bill Cosby, and Richard Pryor became icons of American comedy. Saturday Night Live, one of the longest running comedy shows in history, premiered in 1975. Since then it has been responsible for launching the career of numerous stand-up comedians. Stand-up comedy has become a part of the culture of America and comedians across the country will continue to make people laugh for years to come.

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Although the town is often thought of as a relatively recent settlement without much history, the name Middlesbrough can be traced back a long way. Mydilsburgh is the earliest recorded form of the name. The element '-burgh', from the Old English burh (meaning 'fort') denotes an ancient fort or settlement of pre-Anglian origin. The spelling brough sets Middlesbrough apart from other English towns, which typically use the spelling borough.

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Middlesbrough is a very large town in the northeast of England, in the county of north Yorkshire. It has a population of almost 150,000 and is located approximately 250 miles away from London due north. Due to is rapidly growing population, a number of towns and villages which were once outlying settlements are now suburbs of the town itself.

The town is located on the southern shores of the River Tees which is only a few miles away from the national park, North York Moors.
The second largest port in the United Kingdom is also located in the area, about 3 miles due east of the town itself. There is also an airport nearby, The Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Middlesbrough is now home to a university which was established in 1992. As a result, the town has developed a lively student atmosphere and a significant nightlife. There is also a growing arts scene with a local institute of modern art which opened a few years ago. Areas of the town are currently being redeveloped in an extremely expensive investment programme.


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