Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Rob Deering, Phil Chapman, and host Sam Avery
Rob Deering performs stand-up comedy with music, using a guitar, a loop pedal and his voice to create impressive rock and pop soundscapes – and do jokes, of course. Along with being one of the most in-demand headliners on the UK circuit, he’s toured nationally and performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe many times since starting out in comedy in the year 2000.
Rob has performed throughout the world, in shows from the Middle East to Melbourne, Shanghai to the South of France, and he has appeared on any number of Radio and TV shows since starting out on 99 Things To Do Before You Die, most recently winning Celebrity Mastermind on BBC One.
“An evening in his company is nothing less than a joy” - The Independent on Sunday
“A highly impressive one-man soundscape powered mainly by energy and excellent guitar skills” - The Scotsman
“Ingenious and hilarious” - The Guardian
Originally from Middlesbrough, and now living in Liverpool, via Reading and Texas, Phil began performing comedy at a local Chinese restaurant! He was asked to leave soon into the performance, but such was the reaction of the crowd - a rapturous round of applause (in hindsight, this may have been more for the management although no one can really confirm anything) - he decided to pursue a career via more conventional means.
He continued performing around the North of England, where he placed second in many comedy competitions. Given his consistency, and undeterred by his near brushes with success, he decided to carry on performing and has now established himself as a regular in many clubs around the country, and he is renowned for his ability to win over any audience.
From his carefully crafted gags, to his engaging anecdotes, his material and stage presence ensure he is a big hit wherever he's playing.
“An instant hit” - Liverpool Echo
“A good stage presence, with the jokes to match” - Giggle Beats
“Fearless as well as bloody funny” - Smacked Arse Comedy
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.
Sam is also known as The Learner Parent, the blog that he started which has lead to a best-selling book and sold-out UK tour.
“Quick wit and painfully funny” - Metro
“A must” - Sunday Times
“A gifted storyteller” - The List
This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.
Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the day.
The Angel at Topcliffe
Tel: 01845 578 000
Doors open 7:30pm
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.