LEARNING Ducklings 2: Learninger and Ducklingier will be the Burning Duck Comedy Club's second comedy showcase for beginners in York.

"Up to ten new comedians will be taking part, even acts who may be doing their first ever gig, as well as professional acts, possibly including stars from radio and TV and Fringe festival award winners dropping in to try out new material," says Burning Duck promoter Al Greaves, looking forward to Thursday's 7.30pm event at The Basement, City Screen, York.

The master of ceremonies will be Dan Nicholas, who won the Best Show category in the 2016 Midlands Comedy Awards. "Dan is an interactive comic who does a mix of one liners and games and is resident MC for Jestin at the Western in Leicester," says Al.

Thursday's headline act is Lewis Dunn's character comedian Stanley Brooks, who helps people achieve their dream job: admin. "With observations that skewer every corporate seminar and away day you were forced to sit through, Stanley is here to help give you the secrets to success, even if he hasn't really achieved it himself," says Al.

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Panda: performing at The Basement on Thursday

Among the other acts booked for Thursday's showcase are Tash Goldstone, Louise Jones, Sylvia Pankhurst, Chris Booker, Sarah Sysem, Panda and Adam Al Janabi.

"I'm really looking forward to our next Learning Ducklings night," says Al. "Every comedian and every joke has to start somewhere; this is your chance to see the stars of tomorrow today, and I'm especially looking forward to seeing both Sylvia Pankhurst and Panda."

Al runs Burning Duck as "York's alternative comedy solution", presenting diverse York and Yorkshire, national and international musical, character, sketch, spoken word, theatre, clowning and stand-up comedy performers. Tickets forThursday's 18-plus show cost £3 via burningduckcomedy@gmail.com or £5 on the door.