Bishop Auckland, July 20th

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Tom Houghton, Archie Maddocks, and host Barry Dodds

Show details:

Tom Houghton

Tom Houghton

Tom Houghton was previously 1/5th of comedy troupe "The Noise Next Door" and is now taking the comedy circuit by storm with his quick wit, charming persona and ludicrous comedy songs.

Regularly performing up and down the country and abroad, you may even have caught him on Channel Fours "First Dates Hotel", or at his sell-out debut Edinburgh Fringe show, which went on tour in early 2018.

Strap in and be prepared to have your funny bones tickled and your levels of decency questioned by one of the hottest new acts around.


“this unexpected tour de force warrants a 21-gun salute” - ★★★★ – The Daily Telegraph

“Please take my advice. Get a ticket today. Tomorrow may well be too late. A Star is Born” - ★★★★★ – One 4 Review

“The long awaited male answer to Bridget Jones made flesh” - ★★★★ – The Daily Telegraph

Archie Maddocks

Archie Maddocks

Archie Maddocks is an exciting, likeable comedian whose quick and acerbic wit has earned him an excellent reputation gigging to audiences up and down the country. He has received rave reviews for his Edinburgh solo shows, and was named the winner of the Bath Comedy Festival New Act of 2014, whilst he was a finalist in the Amused Moose Laugh Off and New Act of the Year competitions in the same year.

As well as his impressive comedy CV, Archie is an accomplished playwright with his work being performed at The Orange Tree Theatre, The Lyric Hammersmith, and The Royal Court.


“Poignant, inventive and razor sharp” - ★★★★ - Broadway Baby

“Surely destined to rise through the ranks in the next few years…. If he can keep coming up with gems like that the sky is the limit” - Evening Standard

“Amazing skill. Leaves everyone in stitches by the end of the show” - ★★★★ - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Barry Dodds

Barry Dodds

Barry Dodds charms audiences with his unique brand of disarming wit and wry, down-to-earth observational humour.

A self-confessed comedy geek, Barry took to the comedy stage at the tender age of 21 and soon had audiences eating out of the palm of his hand. Using his own combination of irrepressibly cheeky, and surprisingly dark material, he quickly found himself taking the national comedy circuit by storm.

His calm, inclusive persona has ensured that Barry has also proven himself to be a popular and amiable MC, garnering a reputation as a strong and reliable choice to hold a quality line up together. Barry has been awarded Best MC at the Midlands Comedy Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017

Barry is also one-half of the popular Parapod podcast with comedian Ian Boldsworth. Ian and Barry debate the paranormal, explore hauntings, and delve headfirst into the unknown. The Parapod quickly became a cult hit, and was nominated for 'Best Internet' award at the 2016 Chortle Awards.


“If you are a promoter or club owner and aren't booking Barry Dodds then you should hand in your badge and your gun on my desk Monday morning!” - Jason Manford

“Razor sharp humour” - Metro

“wonderfully crafted stories and top–class audience interaction... brings his cheekiness to the stage in absolute buckets” - Bunbury Magazine

This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.

Ticket Prices

Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door.

Venue Information

Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Market Place
Bishop Auckland
DL14 7NP

Tel: 03000 269 524

Show Times

Doors open 7:30pm
Show starts 8pm
Show ends 10:30pm (approximately)

Accessibility and seating

Seating is unreserved, usually cabaret style with tables.

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Buy tickets from:

In person from Bishop Auckland Town Hall, or telephone 03000 269 524

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