with an energetic delivery honed during his years as a clown, Seymour Mace couldn’t be more different from fellow comedian Penella Mellor, whose understated and relaxed performances won her the Nando New Comedian of the Year Award in 2013,
However, together they will provide an evening of complementary comedy at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Thursday, May 14.
Appearing in the May Comedy Cellar, both Seymour and Penella have routines partly based on their very different experiences of mental health issues – on the face of it not particularly promising comedy material.
But Seymour, whose charming and often surreal observations have helped raise awareness of clinical depression, of which he is a sufferer, and Penella, a former community mental health nurse, find much to laugh about and share with audiences.
Seymour, who is also an actor, has appeared in Johnny Vegas’ sitcom Ideal and the big screen horror Zombie Women of Satan, while Penella has a regular radio comedy show and bases her humour around her lack of maternal instincts and struggles with adulthood.
Tickets for the show, which begins at 8pm, are from £7 to £9 from 01484 430528 or www.thelbt.org