Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Eddy Brimson, Jay Hampson, Ruth Cockburn, and host Dave Twentyman
Eddy Brimson is one of the UK circuit's most in-demand headline acts, working regularly with all the nation's leading promoters. His stand-up is equally sought-after worldwide and he has toured to China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and more. In 2014 he was invited to play the first ever Punchline Comedy night in Myanmar (Burma). Eddy played the first ever Altitude Festival in the Alps, and in 2013 shared the stage with Eddie Izzard at the V-Music Festivals.
Despite a look which often sees him cast in acting roles as a mindless thug (he was once the vicious lout who turned over Frank Butcher's car lot in EastEnders and had a major role as a gang leader in the HBO movie The Infiltrator, for example), Eddy's super-friendly delivery and warm personality make him instantly likeable on stage. His thoughtful, cleverly-crafted comedy - often, understandably, touching on the dangers of pigeonholing and stereotyping - is laugh-out-loud observational material at it's very best.
On television, he has appeared as a regular talking head on TV programmes such as 'I Predict a Riot', '100 Worst Singles' and the 'Britain’s Toughest' Series and also in scripted comedies such as Absolutely Fabulous and The Thin Blue Line. As a presenter, he hosted a show on Bravo called The Basement covering topics ranging form the British Lawnmower Grand Prix to a live hair transplant! On radio he's been a regular contributor on both BBC Radio 5 Live and TalkSport and hosted a show called 'The Brimson Brothers' with his brother Dougie, on Liberty Radio. Also a published author with seven best-selling sports books to his name, he has a cult following amongst football fans around the world.
“Brimson manipulates the mixture of laughs and pseudo-shock masterfully... as the philosopher once said: ‘It’s the way you tell ‘em’ - and Brimson certainly tells ‘em with confident style” - Chortle
“The crowd loved him” - The Guardian
“There must be a school of comedy in the British Isles... if such a school exists Eddy Brimson would have been top of the class” - Sydney Sun Herald
Jay Hampson started performing in 2009 and quickly established himself as an act who was one to watch. Jay has a cheeky and very likeable demeanour, with a set full of clever observations and sharp punchlines. A confident and commanding performer, Jay is a regular on the festival circuit.
In his time performing, Jay has won a variety of competitions, including four new act of the year competition victories in 2012. In 2015 he made the final of the prestigious Amused Moose Laugh Off Competition, whilst away from the stage he has regularly appeared on BBC Radio Manchester.
“Hampson is a strong, natural performer... Someone who’s so obviously got both funny bones and the love of the audience” - Chortle
“...huge laughs. Very fun” - Arts Awards Voice
Ruth has been writing comedy sketches and plays since she graduated in 2005 from Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre, where she studied acting. Her comedy plays have been performed in numerous festivals including Sydney"s "Short & Sweet" Festival, Lost Theatre companies One Act Festival, Buxton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe. Her play "Saturday Boy" was also nominated for Best new writing in Buxtons" Fringe 2008.
She began performing stand up comedy in May 2008. In her first year she was a "Funny Women" semi-finalist, "So You Think You're Funny?" semi-finalist, and came third in Mirth on Monday"s new act competition.
“Ruth's comedy is a particularly potent mix of spot-on, slightly surreal social commentary and brilliantly inventive, hummable and instantly hilarious songs” - Spotlight Comedy
“Highly recommended” - Stoon Buxton Fringe
“Both clever and hilarious in style” - EdFringe
Affable, quick-witted banter merchant, Dave Twentyman survived a childhood in St Helens by evolving rapid, startlingly-bright patter and a smile that he somehow stole from Barry Manilow. This is a man who could teach Teflon a trick-or-two but who remains vastly more fun than your average frying-pan. What higher praise can there be?
No matter what your mood, you really can't help but warm to Dave. He puts a big smile on everyone's face. His chatty, cheeky style endears him to the toughest of crowds. Dave talks a lot about the subjects closer to home, such as family life & friends. Its lighthearted, positive fun, you can't help relating to.
A regular performer at many of the best weekend clubs in the country, Dave has also performed at a number of music festivals over the years such as Leeds, V Festival, Download, etc
“Thoroughly impressed, best I've seen in ages. Great warmth and style” - Dave Spikey
“F**king Brilliant” - John Bishop
“Really like his stuff” - Jason Manford
Tel: 01325 310 989
Doors open 7:30pm
Show starts 8:30pm
Show ends 11pm (approximately)
Accessibility and seating
Seating is unreserved, usually cabaret style with tables.
The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.