Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Carl Hutchinson, Dave Johns, and host Jessica Fostekew
Carl Hutchinson is a multi-award winning comedian, having won the Beat The Frog World Series and Magners Comedian of the year awards in 2007. He's also a Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee and So You Think You’re Funny Finalist, was seen on ITV's FHM Comedy Hero and performed at the highly respected Big Value Comedy Showcase in Edinburgh in 2011.
Carl supported former three-time wrestling heavyweight champion and bestselling author Mick Foley on both of his UK Comedy Tours; in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Carl then supported Chris Ramsey on the last leg of his ‘Offermation’ tour in 2012, and performed his first solo hour at the 2012 Edinburgh festival where it was shortlisted in the Amused Moose Awards and has received outstanding reviews from all of the major festival press.
Carl returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with his second and third solo hours in 2013 and 2014, before heading out on a tour of large theatres alongside Chris Ramsey, which continued into 2015.
“Effortlessly hilarious. He captivates the audience with his perfectly timed suspenseful silences and plain-talking sense-making” - ★★★★ - Three Weeks
“An absolute must... the next big thing!” - The Skinny
“The comedy catalyst to a great night out” - Three Weeks
“Hutchinson’s trump card is the way he interacts with the audience, rolling with every ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ his material generated, giving a dynamism and spontaneity to his performance” - Chortle
The star of Palme d'Or award winning film 'I, Daniel Blake', Dave Johns has been a stand up comic since 1989 and is a regular headlining act playing all the major comedy clubs in the UK and comedy festivals world wide. Dave has gained a reputation as an inventive, exciting and extremely funny comedian, winning applause from his audiences, respect from his fellow comics, and rave reviews from the critics.
In 2013, Dave co-wrote a new stage adaptation of The Shawshank Redemption which hit the West End and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has had two very successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in highly acclaimed shows 'Dave Johns On The Edge' in 1998 and 'I'm in The Attic Mother' in 1999 at the Pleasance Theatre for which he won the Spirit of the Fringe Award.
He has also appeared regularly at the Kilkenny Comedy Festival, in Ireland, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Dave has also worked on stage in the Middle East, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Sydney, New York, Amsterdam and the Arctic, and has been a regular guest on comedy panel shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.
“He shifts from the sublime, to genius, to uproar in the blink of an eye - An extremely entertaining hour” - The Guardian
“Dave Johns has a uncontrived manner and sense of fun on stage that most comics can only dream about” - The Scotsman
“Look closely you will see the man generate sparks of magic” - The List
Jessica has been performing comedy and working as a comedy writer and actress since 2005. In early 2008 she hit the UK stand up circuit, and in March 2012 she perfromed stand up on Stephen K Amos' BBC Radio 4 show. Jess is a regular headliner at many of the most prestigious clubs in the UK, and performed her debut hour at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011, which sold out, got in The Independent Top Ten Edinburgh Newcomers 2011 and also the Amused Moose Laughter Awards Top Ten.
Jess is also a writer on Channel 4's Stand Up For the Week and on BBC Radio 4's 'The Now Show' and is developing various TV pilots, a number of shorts and a radio play, in addition to writing set-pieces for other comedy actors. Meanwhile, she's also been seen on screen, most noticeably in BBC comedy Psychoville.
“Fostekew is a hugely engaging presence and there's something reassuringly honest about her” - Fest
“Sharp wit and energetic anecdotes” - The List
“Intensely funny... Fireball of fun” - Time Out
Tickets £10 advance (£7 concessions) / £12 door
Show starts 9pm
Show ends 11pm (approximately)
Accessibility and seating
Seating is unreserved, and performances take place in the round.
The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Buy tickets online from the Darlington Hippodrome website
Other ticket outlets:
In person from the Darlington Hippodrome box office in the Cornmill Centre, or telephone 01325 405405.