Hilarity Bites New Act Competition 2018 - The Final
From June to August 2018 the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year competition returns, for the eleventh year, as the North-East's biggest and longest running comedy competition.
Who will follow in the footsteps of Sam Gore, Andrew Ryan, Andy Fury, Matt Winning, David Stanier, Freddy Quinne, Jack Gleadow, Rob Mulholland, Katie Pritchard, and Simon Lomas to be named the winner of the competition?
The Final of the Hilarity Bites New Act Competition, features the four heat winners and the best runners-up all competing to be named the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year for 2018.
The finalists are:
Good Kids - Heat 1 winner
Matt Duwell - Heat 2 winner
Charlie Hopkinson - Heat 3 winner
Sian Davies - Heat 4 winner
Anna Thomas - Judge's wildcard
Sarah Keegan - Judge's wildcard
The final will be hosted by Andy Fury, and will also feature a headline set from 2017 winner Simon Lomas.
Three judges, and the audience on the night, will decide who wins and adds their name to the roll of honour!
Winner - Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2017
Winner - Nottingham Comedy Festival new Act of the Year 2017
Winner - Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year 2016
Winner - Nando’s New Comedian of the Year 2016
Despite only starting stand up in September 2015, Simon Lomas is already regarded as one of the most refreshing and exciting new acts on the circuit. In August 2017 he performed as part of Just The Tonic's prestigious Big Value Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, after racking up a host of new act competition titles.
Definitely one to watch.
“...the writing is strong, efficient and offbeat, with an enviable hit rate” - Chortle
“...it was immediately obvious why there is a buzz about him” - Bruce Dessau
“...sharp and solid joke writing” - The Skinny
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
Hole in the Wall
Tel: 01325 466 720
Doors open 7:30pm
Show starts 8pm
Show ends 10:30pm (approximately)
Accessibility and seating
Seating is unreserved, usually cabaret style with tables.
Performances usually take place on the first floor, and unfortunately there isn't a lift.