Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Chris Betts, Rosco McClelland, and host Rob Mulholland
Known for being both a quick-witted MC and a superb addition to any bill, Chris Betts has received numerous plaudits for his sharp material and relaxed stage presence.
Chris Betts' mind is a curious place, where the philosophical meets the ridiculous. His shows are a perfect balance of incisive social satire and complete silliness. He has a style that is equal parts confident, thoughtful, ridiculous and mischievous.
Betts began his comedy career in Montreal, Canada and has since performed all across Europe and North America. He's made appearances at comedy festivals all over the world including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, SXSW and the Zulu Comedy Festival.
“An enticing prospect, a Canadian who deals in off-kilter thoughts sharpened by the occasional prod at taboo topics” - The Independent
“A confident style... a glint of steelier edge” - Chortle
“Tremendous” - Such Small Portions
Scottish Comedian of the Year Rosco McClelland is riding the Scottish comedy revival, hotly tipped as one of its brightest stars, with bags of potential and professional accolades to prove he is one to watch.
In his successful Edinburgh Festival Fringe show this year, Rosco delved deep to find out what makes him tick, using psychedelic storytelling to traverse through a life-changing event. ‘How I Got Over’ was based on his brush with death as a teenager, and discovery of a life threatening heart condition. His blasé outlook on mortality makes for some deliciously dark comedy, while his wandering mind concocts strange and surreal tangents and observations, which were the highlights of the show.
Frequently compared to fellow Glaswegian Billy Connolly, due to his fragmented story teller style and, of course, his compelling rthymic melodic voice, his offbeat musings and exaggerated visual imagery feel natural, and he never fails to leave audiences wanting more.
“He has matured massively into an act who enjoys taking chances... (shows) non stop progression towards stardom” - Chortle
“Rosco is a gifted storyteller, with great stage presence and, of course, fantastic gags. His informal, chatty style makes for an exciting show that can go literally anywhere” - Ed Fest Magazine
“McClelland’s persona is that of a droll philosopher, rolling with the punches life throws at him. There are unquestionable shades of Billy Connolly to his style... a worthy aspiration” - Chortle
One of the fastest rising new comedians on the circuit, Rob Mulholland fell into comedy after finding a flyer looking for acts to appear at Harrogate Comedy Festival on the ground outside his front door. In the two years since, he has clocked up a huge amount of gigs all over the country ranging from tiny pubs to massive theatres (even performing to 2,000 bikers at an outdoor festival!), and can now be seen most weekends in some of the biggest comedy clubs in the country.
Just as at home as an act or compere, Rob mixes cheeky audience banter with his intricately woven, gag-packed stories; adding a touch of the absurd to his askance glance at everyday life. Rob is 17 feet tall, made of steel and can jump over a mini cooper from a standing start.
Rob is the current Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year, and after finishing runner-up in this year’s Great Yorkshire Fringe New Act of the Year competition has awarded himself the title of "Yorkshire’s Funniest Non-Musical Comedian". He was one half of the anarchic, late-night, yurt-based show #BlurredMinds at the 2015 Edinburgh festival and premiered his first solo show ‘Champion of Comedy’ at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2016.
“Very, very tall and equally as talented” - Time Out
“Great delivery and a confident swagger... A riot” - Lancashire Evening Telegraph
“Perfect delivery... had the audience bursting into spontaneous applause” - York Press
Tickets £4 in advance or £5 on the door.
The Cornerhouse Bar & Kitchen
60-61 Hope Street
Tel: 01388 229 435
Doors open 7pm
Show starts 8:30pm
Show ends 10:30pm (approximately)
Accessibility and seating
Seating is unreserved, usually cabaret style with tables.
The venue is partially wheelchair accessible.