Whitchurch comedy night 'Live at the Civic' has pulled off another big-name coup for its next show.

American comic Rich Hall – famed for his grouchy deadpan style and the inspiration behind Simpsons character Moe Szyslak – will headline the next Funny Beeseness stand-up show at the Civic Centre on Friday June 7.

In a stellar career spanning four decades, Hall has appeared on the likes of Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats as well as presenting a number of BBC documentaries.

He is one of a select few comics to claim the prized Perrier Award, winning it in 2000 as his alter-ego Otis Lee Crenshaw and following in the footsteps of the likes of Frank Skinner and Steve Coogan.

Hall will be supported on the night by Steve Royle, who has appeared in Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere as well as on Sunday Night At The Palladium, and fast-rising Brummie comic Lindsey Santoro.

It will be hosted by resident MC Wayne Beese, who said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Rich to Whitchurch for the next ‘Live At The Civic’.

“He has built a reputation as being one of the best live acts out there and has been at the top of his game for a long, long time.

“Steve is one of our most popular acts and got a standing ovation and an encore the last time we put him on at one of our other clubs, while Lindsey is one of the most exciting newer acts on the circuit.

“All in all it promises to be a brilliant night and we hope the people of Whitchurch will come out and support it.”

Milton Jones, Omid Djalili and Angelos Epithemiou have taken centre stage at the High Street venue since Funny Beeseness started putting on shows at the end of last year.

Geordie Chris Ramsey is headlining alongside Britain’s Got Talent finalist Daliso Chaponda on Friday September 13. Fewer than 100 tickets are left for that one, with the early bird £18 offer expiring at midnight on Sunday.

Tickets for Hall are on sale now and will be available at an early bird price of £18 until the end of April at www.funnybeeseness.co.uk