Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Jessica Fostekew, Jack Barry, and host Sam Avery
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
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 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.
“One of the brightest up and coming comics in the North West” - BBC
“Likeably irreverent” - Daily Post
“A comic you just know is gonna be big” - ManchesterComedy.com
This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.
Tickets £6 advance / £8 door
Sid Chaplin Drive
Tel: 01325 313034
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.