An evening of Polish comedy to kickstart the Roots and Routes season

Published: Wednesday 5th April 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Popular Polish comedy trio Paranienormalni visits Hull City Hall tomorrow evening.

Last November, fellow Polish group Kabaret Ani Mru-Mru performed there, attracting more than 500 people. Conducted entirely in Polish, without subtitles, the hilarious show was the first of its kind for the city’s historic venue.

Janice Wincott, Hull Culture and Leisure Theatre and Halls Manager, said: “The Kabaret Ani Mru-Mru show in November was a great success. As a key venue, we are keen to increase our audiences by diversifying the programme.”

Igor Kwiatkowski, Michal Paszczyk and Robert Motyka will grace the stage with an equally riveting gig. Formed in 2004 in the city of Jelenia Gora, the group has gone from strength to strength.

Since then, Paranienormalni has fast become one of the most popular comedy acts in the country, regularly appearing on television. The group even has its own sketch show, Paranienormalnych Tonight, which puts celebrities and stars in humorous, unusual situations.

This side-splitting TV entertainment has attracted an average of 1.2 million viewers.

Meanwhile, their live sketches usually cover everyday situations, relationships and absurd characters. These vibrant personalities have become their trademark.

For example, Mariola was inspired by a girl from the club. Then there’s Balcerzak, a boxer with short-term memory loss. And finally, the intriguing Professor.

The show is part of the second season of UK City of Culture 2017, Roots and Routes. Running from April until June, it focuses on Hull as the gateway to Europe.

Our port city has always been a place of migration and this part of our identity will be celebrated throughout spring.

“We are delighted to welcome Paranienormalni to Hull and are expecting the show to receive a successful response,” enthuses Janice.

“City Hall’s aim continues to be to provide high quality and varied programmes, and seek to increase participation in cultural activities and events both in this year and beyond.”

Later in the season, City Hall will host much-loved Polish rock band Lady Pank. Following huge success in the industry over the last 35 years, they’re coming to Hull to connect the British and Polish people through a shared love of music.

In the meantime, Paranienormalni will present an evening of laughter, incredible performance and high energy. The relatable scenes will bring the people of Hull closer to those in Poland.

It will also remind us that we’re all human and each have similar experiences. And this is exactly what the Roots and Routes season aims to achieve.

Tickets for Paranienormalni at Hull City Hall on Thursday 6 April at 8pm are £28.

Tickets for Lady Pank at Hull City Hall on Sunday 7 May at 6pm are £25 to £50.

For more information, please call Hull City Hall box office on 01482 300306 or visit the Hull Culture and Leisure website.

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Published: Wednesday 5th April 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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