Hartlepool, July 21st 2018

Ha-Ha-Hartlepool Festival of Laughs – Saturday night

Show details:

Tom Houghton

Tom Houghton: The Honourable Tom Houghton (Work in Progress)

Tom’s just been made “The Honourable”. Not by his own merit (he’s been sacked from Wetherspoons twice) but the traditional aristocratic way, by default.

Basically, his Dad, Ex-Chief of Defence Staff and current Constable of the Tower of London, was inducted into the House of Lords, making Tom “honourable”, apparently.

The 2017 sell-out, critically-acclaimed star of BBC, Comedy Central and Channel 4 presents his second show, reminiscing on growing up and discovering that true honour often lies where you’d least expect.

“this unexpected tour de force warrants a 21-gun salute” - ★★★★ – The Daily Telegraph

“Clever, passionate and soulful” - ★★★★★ – The New European 

“Please take my advice. Get a ticket today. Tomorrow may well be too late. A Star is Born” - ★★★★★ One 4 Review

George Rigden

George Rigden: George-ous (Work in Progress)

Adjective: someone called George who is irresistibly beautiful to any gender. Clever, funny and devastatingly sexy with the voice of an angel. Often found serenading and sweeping people off their feet with incredible ease, eg 'George Rigden is George-ous'.

If you like 'very funny stuff' (Chortle.co.uk) and want that stuff to be 'deliciously dark' (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk) then book a date* with Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee George Rigden for his hotly anticipated debut show!

“Rigden is the result of a genetic mash-up between Mitch Benn and Tim Key, perhaps with a few strands of Ricky Gervais’s DNA thrown in... Very funny stuff” - Chortle

“George Rigden had the audience in his hands thanks to some great comedic timing, a little help from his guitar and a hint of David Mitchell in Peep Show” - Leicester Mercury

“Genius, sex god, and only ever hears what he wants to hear” - Lulu, ex-girlfriend

Laurence Clark

Laurence Clark: An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting (Work in Progress)

Join Laurence as he tackles important issues like how best to balance crutches on his son’s baby-walker to make him look like a Dalek!

Laurence starred in BBC1’s documentary We Won’t Drop the Baby and recently featured on The One Show.

He’s been Shortlist’s Funniest New Comedian, an Amused Moose Edinburgh Laughter Awards finalist and is currently developing a sitcom for Channel 4.


“Wickedly funny” - ★★★★★ - Herald

“Intelligent and incredibly mischievous” - ★★★★ – Metro

“Close to the bone and very funny” - ★★★★ – The Scotsman


Pottervision (Work in Progress)

Harry Potter parody show that celebrates and highlights the absurdities of those magical movies.

Join us, four full-grown men pretending to be 12-year-old children, as we re-enact and recreate scenes from the Philosopher's stone.

Sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and 2017.

“One of the most sought after shows at the Fringe” - ★★★★ – Fresh Air Radio

“My belly hurt from laughing... And it didn't ruin Harry Potter for me at all!” - LoveComedy

“f you have even the slightest affinity for Harry Potter, then you MUST see this show” - ★★★★ – Tiffany Asta

Ticket Prices

Tickets £10 per night, £25 for all three nights

Venue Information

177 York Road
TS26 9EQ

Tel: 01429 862 177

Show Times

Doors 5:30pm, Show 6pm

Accessibility and seating

Seating is unreserved, usually cabaret style with tables.

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Buy tickets online directly from Hilarity Bites:

Day Ticket

Weekend Ticket

Other ticket outlets:

In person from One77, or telephone 01429 862177

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