Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Christian Reilly, Ben Briggs, and host Lee Kyle
Christian Reilly is both a Perrier and Chortle award-winning musical comedian with “sex, politics and rock 'n' roll” (The Scotsman) in the key of grrr.
As a former integral part of the Perrier award-winning show Otis Lee Crenshaw and the Black Liars, with comic/songster Rich Hall, Christian's career has taken him around the world three times. On his way, he received accolades at international festivals and numerous network TV credits in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Britain.
Now a solo stand-up performer, and headlining all the major comedy venues in his own right, Christian uses his dynamic guitar and vocal skills to target histrionic rock bands, musical theatre and morose indie musicians. He wrote and performed for 'That Was Then This Is Now' (BBC Radio 2) as musical counterpart to Richard Herring and Emma Kennedy, as well as giving his improvisation skills an outing on Radio 2's 'Jammin'.
“Blisteringly funny songs” - The Stage
“If you’re a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you’re a Christian Reilly fan already” - The Guardian
“The funniest songs I’ve heard in a long time” - The Scotsman
Ben started comedy in 2008 and in his first year he made it to the final of the Hilarity Bites New Act Competition and won two Fun House Comedy Gong Shows.
His dark, open and honest material has made him in demand as an act and compere throughout the UK, and see’s him regularly playing some of the biggest weekend clubs in the country.
2015 saw Ben reach the final of The English Comedian of the Year competition held in The Underbelly venue at The Southbank in London.
Ben regularly appears at the Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals.
“Inherently appealing style... a solid act” - Chortle
“A nice cynical sneer” - Beyond The Joke
In his never ending quest not to have a proper job, Lee Kyle spent time as part of an all male Spice Girls tribute act before spending a decade as a professional wrestler.
Managing the difficult trick of being both odd and relatable, he did a show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 that he heard was well received but he doesn't read reviews because his psyche is too fragile to handle them so he isn't totally sure what they said.
Armed with props and a rapid gag rate he cuts a confident, if off-beat figure on stage. His jokes veer between the clever and the silly and deliver more than their fair share of belly laughs.
“Top up-and-coming comedy performer” - BBC
“Quirky and original... the highlight of the night” - Giggle Beats
“Very funny” - Manchester Evening News
This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.
219A High Street
Tel: 01609 770 610
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.