Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Noel James, Andy Askins, and host Tom Houghton
Britain's Got Talent 2018 semi-finalist
Noel James has been making people laugh for over 25 years and much of stand-up's royalty has cited him as being a big influence: from Tim Vine and Milton Jones, to Frank Skinner and Dylan Moran.
Noel is surreal, bizarre, absurd, intelligent, and yet, somehow strangely attractive. He's an accessible act who generally goes down well anywhere; his best lines would grace any comedian's repertoire, whilst the worst would shame a cracker factory. Highly original and just plain ridiculous.
“Liberates the lunatic side to our personalities - brilliantly!” - Time Out
“Stands out like a droll giant in a comedy land of trite dwarfs” - The Independent
“Huge fan!” - The Sunday Times
Andy has an expertly crafted routine littered with an eclectic mix of offbeat original comic songs and parodies. A talented musician with a captivating voice, popular songs have been re-written and given a perverse twist to tremendous comic effect. With a wickedly dry sense of humour, Andy’s darker material is sweetened by his innocent and impish demeanour which never fails to leave audiences in the palm of his hand. With impeccable timing, the inventive and quirky songs are peppered with inspired patter – the material is as strong as the songs and delivered in an inimitable modest and self-deprecating style.
On TV screens Andy appeared The John Bishop Show, performing a storming set at the Hackney Empire, alongside a stellar line-up from the worlds of comedy and music. The show transmitted in a primetime Saturday night slot on BBC One, having impressed audiences and executives alike, Andy returned a few months later to perform on The John Bishop Christmas Show (the only artiste to be invited back from the series). he has performed on The Comedy Store for Comedy Central, and two series of The World Stands Up, also for Comedy Central.
“Brilliant and unique” - John Bishop
“One of my all-time favourites” - Jason Manford
“Totally hilarious” - Ross Noble
“Dark humour with faultless timing” - The Stage
Tom Houghton was previously 1/5th of comedy troupe "The Noise Next Door" and is now taking the comedy circuit by storm with his quick wit, charming persona and ludicrous comedy songs.
Regularly performing up and down the country and abroad, you may even have caught him on Channel Fours "First Dates Hotel", or at his sell-out debut Edinburgh Fringe show, which went on tour in early 2018.
Strap in and be prepared to have your funny bones tickled and your levels of decency questioned by one of the hottest new acts around.
“this unexpected tour de force warrants a 21-gun salute” - ★★★★ – The Daily Telegraph
“Please take my advice. Get a ticket today. Tomorrow may well be too late. A Star is Born” - ★★★★★ – One 4 Review
“The long awaited male answer to Bridget Jones made flesh” - ★★★★ – The Daily Telegraph
This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.
Friends of Wine
Tel: 01765 608 880
Doors open 7:30pm
Show starts 8pm
Show ends 10:30pm (approximately)
Accessibility and seating
Seating is unreserved, usually cabaret style with tables.
Performances usually take place on the first floor, and unfortunately there isn't a lift.