Bishop Auckland, March 16th 2018

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Raymond Mearns, Karen Bayley, and host Andy Fury

Show details:

Raymond Mearns

Raymond Mearns

Whether he is engaged in super quick audience interaction or telling a hilarious shaggy dog story, Raymond Mearns is one of the UK’s most popular circuit comedians. With a blinding talent for improvisation, Raymond is renowned as one of the nations top comperes and this is underlined by the fact he is a regular at the nations top comedy venues.

Playing to audiences at the country’s best venues every week has sharpened Raymond’s comedy skills to the point where he is flexible enough to perform in front of anyone, whether in a big city theatre or an intimate club room.
 Raymond has also performed sell-out shows world-wide, from New York to Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, and beyond.

TV and film appearances include Rab C Nesbitt's Christmas Special and BBC Scotland Sitcom: 'Legit' (2008). Films include 'Ae Fond Kiss' (2004) and 'It’s a Free World' (2007), both directed by the legendary Ken Loach.


“A personality so huge it fills the room” - The List

“Every line that issues from this man is funny” - Chortle

“A man that knows how to swear properly” - Billy Connolly

“A genuine improvisational genius” - Frankie Boyle

Karen Bayley

Karen Bayley

Karen began her comedy career back in 2000 and since then has gone from strength to strength. Her bold, no nonsense attitude strikes a perfect pitch with men and women alike, and she is equally at home compering or performing sets.

Karen is also resident compere of her own clubs in Sutton Coldfield and Solihull, with her claim to fame to date being that she was the first woman (in its history) to win the King Gong show at The Comedy Store.

Karen has also worked in TV and radio, including appearances on the BBC New Comedy Awards (BBC3), 
The Last Word (ITV1), 
Sex on the Job (Sky 1), and 
100 Greatest Cartoons (Channel 4).


“Laugh out loud jokes and superb audience control” - Chortle

“Likeable headstrong persona- packing a considerable performing punch” - The List

“She blew my socks off” - BBC

Andy Fury

Andy Fury


Despite starting comedy out of “sheer boredom” just a few years ago, Andy Fury has impressed a lot of people in a short space of time with a wonderful mix of self-deprecating dark jokes and off the wall surrealism.

With a laidback stage presence that sometimes borders horizontal, he’s as hard-working as he is funny and winning the Hilarity Bites New Act Of The Year 2010 title has put Andy on the path to working at many of the best clubs in the country, wowing audiences the length and breadth of the UK.


“An absolute genius of a comedian” - BBC

“Brilliant... The next Pub Landlord of comedy” - Hexham Courant

“A very funny man with a big future ahead of him” - Corby Radio

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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