Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Roger Monkhouse, Jack Barry, and host Jessica Fostekew
A consummate stand-up who employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience, Roger Monkhouse's trademark stage-prowling style and curious, inimitable manner have established him as one of the hottest names on the comedy circuit.
Roger headlines at all the major comedy venues and has performed extensively throughout the UK and internationally, playing in all corners of the globe from Europe to The Middle East, South Africa, China, Singapore, Tokyo any many places in between. A fine topical writer and performer, and master of sharp observational comedy, Roger is a regular member of the prestigious and critically acclaimed ‘Cutting Edge’ team at the London Comedy Store. His forte is delivering intelligent, thought provoking material that pulls no punches and is always incisive, relevant and up to date.
Supremely confident, with audience banter down to an art form, Roger is happy to improvise freely but has no shortage of first class material in his armoury. A master of observational comedy with routines that are universally and unfailingly hysterical.
“He's sometimes topical, sometimes punny. Sometimes clever, sometimes daft. There is, in short, something in this varied comedy menu for every taste... A gifted natural... One of the consummate professionals of the stand-up circuit” - Chortle
“...his laconic delivery shields an engaging persona and an enquiring mind” - The Guardian
“Unfailingly entertaining and skilfully able to pull punchlines, seemingly, out of thin air” - Chortle
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
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
This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.
Tickets £6 advance / £8 door
The Tithe Bar
2 Friarage Street
Tel: 01609 778 482
Doors open 7:30pm
Show starts 8pm
Show ends 10:30pm (approximately)
Accessibility and seating
Seating is unreserved, usually cabaret style with tables.
Performances take place on the first floor, and unfortunately there isn't a lift.