Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Tom Houghton, Jenny Collier, and host Sam Avery
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
Described as a rising star by The Evening Standard, and one to watch by the Edinburgh Evening News, Jenny Collier has won the Laughing Horse New Act Competition and the Hobgoblin Comedy Award, placed second in the NATYS (formerly Hackney Empire New Act of the Year), and reached the finals of countless (four) other competitions.
In 2015 Jenny performed as part of the Magners International Comedy Festival in Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and in 2016 Jenny performed her debut show, 'Jen Hur', at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – playing to packed out audiences and receiving rave reviews
Jenny is a regular on BBC Radio Wales with recent appearances including The Leak, and has written for The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4, as well as the Huffington Post, The Independent and Glamour Magazine. She has recently supported Arthur Smith on his tour in Switzerland, and has appeared on Jack Dee’s Helpdesk UK Tour.
“Refreshingly original” - Broadway Baby
“Clearly a rising star” - The Evening Standard
“One to watch” - Edinburgh Evening News
Sam Avery wanted to be a rock star. It nearly happened.
Despite being signed up by BMG Records at the age of 17 (he had to resign from his beloved paper round), and subsequent tours with Motorhead and Ice T, the story soon took a familiar turn. Contracts were anulled, money was stolen and before he knew it he was back at the paper shop asking for his fluorescent bag back. He had crap hair anyway.
Subsequent jobs (including a brief stint as a stockbroker) failed to excite him the way the smell of sweat and snakebite had and it wasn't long before he turned to stand-up, soon making the final of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year competition, and finishing runner-up in the City Life North-West Comedian of the Year competition.
Friendly and enthusiastic, his observational style instantly puts audiences at ease allowing him to regale them with his tales of everyday life. Sam has gained a reputation for being able to spark the dullest of rooms into life with his warm, infectious humour and quick wit which makes him ideal as either an act or compere.
Sam is also known as The Learner Parent, the blog that he started which has lead to a best-selling book and sold-out UK tour.
“Quick wit and painfully funny” - Metro
“A must” - Sunday Times
“A gifted storyteller” - The List
This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.
Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door.
Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Tel: 03000 269 524
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.