Newton Aycliffe, June 6th 2018

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Brendan Riley, Jack Barry, and host Sam Avery

Show details:

Replacing Jessica Fostekew, due to TV commitments

Brendan Riley

Brendan Riley

There's nothing bland or predictable about this stand-up comic. Brendan's Liverpudlian accent and lively blend of anecdotes, gags and inspired improvisation brings a refreshing blast of cheerful North Western humour and makes him a sought after headline act and MC.

Brendan is a typical Liverpudlian - direct, friendly and brash. Like every Scouser, Brendan speaks his mind and the energy and appeal of his stand-up style have made him a sought after host, compere, actor and comic.

Brendan’s phenomenal energy and friendly banter conceal an acute sense of timing and a natural gift for storytelling, creating the perfect atmosphere. Brendan's lively blend of anecdotes, gags and inspired improvisation bring a refreshing blast of cheerful North Western humour to any show. In addition to his gigs in the UK, Brendan has performed to support the China Crisis and regularly for the armed forces with Combined Services Entertainment.


“unpretentious likeability ... gregarious, enthusiastic, cheeky and talkative... Riley can be relied on to do the job required of him - to make the audience laugh” - Chortle

“Irreverent, inventive and most importantly hilarious” - Liverpool Daily Post

“Brendan Riley does the business... bouncy and engaging” - The Scotsman

Jack Barry

Jack Barry

Jack Barry is probably the only stand up on the circuit with a degree in Chinese. What a waste! After working his way around the stand up and sketch circuit, Jack has supported James Acaster on three UK tours.

Jack first appeared at the Edinburgh Festival as part of critically acclaimed student sketch group Leeds Tealights, named Best Student Sketch Group in 2010. Since then he has performed as part of the Pleasance Comedy Reserve and in double-header Your New Mild Friends. In 2014, Jack performed in the prestigious Comedy Zone, and he returned to Edinburgh in 2015 with his debut hour “This Title Came to Me in a Dream”, described as “a strong debut hour of stand-up and enormous potential” (Broadway Baby). He followed this show with his critically acclaimed 2016 Edinburgh show “You Don’t Know Jack”.

Along with being a solo act, Jack writes and performs as one half of the acclaimed sketch duo Twins, as seen on ITV2’s @elevenish.


“An inventive flourish behind his likeable banter... a distinctive wit that should make him one to watch” - Chortle

“I predict that Barry will be one to look out for in the future” - Broadway Baby

“Instantly likeable” - Three Weeks

Sam Avery

Sam Avery

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.

Ticket Prices

Tickets £6 advance / £8 door

Venue Information

The Turbinia
Sid Chaplin Drive
Newton Aycliffe
DL5 7PA

Tel: 01325 313034

Show Times

Doors open 7pm
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.

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Other ticket outlets:

In person from The Turbinia, or telephone 01325 313034

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