WELCOME to Fairytale Of York, A Christmas Comedy Special In The Little Apple at The Basement, City Screen, York, tomorrow night.

For more than a year, the Leeds collective Alternative Comedy It's Downstairs! (A.C.I.D!) has been delivering "infamous illicit alternative comedy happenings" in various basements around the West Yorkshire city. Now they travel up the A64 to York this weekend.

"We're delighted that for our Christmas special, A.C.I.D! are coming to our Basement in York," says Burning Duck Comedy Club promoter Al Greaves.

"O come ye! O come ye, to a winter trip downstairs and join us for a cramped Christmas comedy corral with the A.C.I.D! crew. We'll have cards and carols and even Chris Kringle may come for a cuppa. So I hope to see all of your cherished cherubs chirping, chattering and chortling on this chilly December eve.

"We’re here to brighten your darkest nights with some brilliant stars of the alternative comedy scene. They’re riled, ready and raring to roast your chestnuts to the point that you're crying eggnog with laughter."

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Tomorrow's event is "organised and run with the love and care of your mother's Christmas dinner after a particularly hard year by Kenrick and Miller, complemented by a pumping party playlist by the House Band Ella Jean on her little dream machine," adds Al.

Fairytale Of York will be headlined by Daniel Nicholas, winner of the Best Improv Show in the Leicester Comedy Festival for

Conversation Garden Does A British Bake Off Themed Murder Mystery. "He's an exciting interactive comedian, who has produced and created fun and interesting new ways to watch comedy," says Al. "Whether that’s while playing Laser Tag, or with a dancer reacting to the set, Daniel by no means is a traditional stand-up. Expect gags, expect audience participation, and expect something that you’ve never seen before or maybe never will again."

In 2013, Nicholas was part of an interdisciplinary chat show, Dan Nicholas’s Conversation Garden, where he was joined by dancer Lewys Holt and theatre maker Jack Britton, as he interviewed audience members and put them through challenges.

"Since then Daniel has developed projects that introduce an interdisciplinary element, combining different art forms with comedy," says Al. As a result, Daniel has produced the event D.A.N.C.E (Developing A New Comedy Experience) and Commentary, the latter being set in an independent cinema,where live performance engages with film.

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"Now, I'm very much looking forwards to bringing Leeds's regular grassroots DIY alternative comedy night to York for our final show of the year, alongside some of our favourite regular acts, such as Panda and Lewis Dunn in his Stanley Brooks guise," says Al.

"We've presented at least 33 successful shows at The Basement and The Crescent this year, and already we have 36 shows booked in for 2019.

"Look out for a new mixed-bill variety show, to be held every last Tuesday in the month from February in The Basement,presented by Danielle Ward, host of the Do The Right Thing Podcast.

"Meanwhile, Carl Hutchinson has sold out his I Know I Shouldn’t Behave Like This show on March 22 next year in The Basement, so we've added an additional gig on June 19 at The Crescent, with almost a quarter of tickets sold already as well."

Tickets for tomorrow's 8pm show cost £5 at burningduckcomedy.com or £8 on the door from 7.30pm.