The line-ups for the Newcastle and Birmingham comedy festivals have been unveiled.
This is the first time Newcastle has hosted such an event in four years. The original festival ran from 1993 to 2000 but folded amid funding problems.
Noble, who will appear on the last night, said: "It's great the festival is back. As a local lad it means even more to me. There's no way I could let this happen without actually being there for it."
Festival director Lorraine Brown added: "This year's line-up is our most ambitious to date with a view towards broadening our audience by programming shows as diverse as Comedy For Kids, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and the very best in stand-up."
This autumn also sees the return of the Brighton festival, which takes place at the end of October, although line-ups have yet to be announced. However, the website promises Jo Brand, Rob Brydon, Jimmy Carr, Patrick Kielty, Ross Noble, Dara O'Briain, Tony Robinson, Tommy Tiernan and Mark Steel
Meanwhile, the Leicester comedy festival, which takes place in February, has launched an appeal for performers who want to take part in the 12th annual event – and not just stand-ups either
Organisers can help find a venue, with the promotion of the show and by selling tickets through a central box office.
Festival director Geoff Rowe said: “We’re getting much better at supporting people who want to come and perform A major part of our work is supporting people who want to self-promote and audiences are now more inclined to try something new and not just stick to established names.”