PETER Francis, Joe Rowntree and Paddy Lennox are taking over the Orsett Hall for the venue’s first comedy club of 2013.

The trio will be at the hotel, in Prince Charles Avenue, tonight (Friday, February 1).

Headlining is Peter Francis, a comedian who recieved the award for best newcomer in 2002 at the Black Entertainment Comedy Awards.

A spokesman for the hotel said: “In 2001 Peter embarked on a journey – he had a God-given gift for making people laugh and he knew he was destined to become a comic/comedian actor.

“He began working on his goal part time, for two years he learnt about comedy, watched other artist perform and he also used stage time to fulfill his aim. He became quickly recognized.”

Opening the night will be Irish comic and actor Paddy Lennox, who has been honing his craft since 2001. Paddy combines topical material with observational routines, when he’s not gigging around the country he unwinds with carpentry.

The host comedian for the night is Joe Rowntree, pictured left, who used to write Weakest Link host Anne Robinson’s withering put-downs.

A spokesman for the hotel said: “Joe spends his days delivering inspirational and educational courses in goal mapping, mind mapping and accelerated learning techniques.

“In the evenings, Joe works as a man of mirth, trading his surreal observations for laughter, performing in some of the most prestigious and reputable comedy clubs across the UK.”

Tickets for the event are £12, or £10 for comedy club members. The show starts at 9pm.

To book tickets, call 01375 891402.