Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Matt Stellingwerf, Simon Lomas, and host Ben Van der Velde
Matt Stellingwerf has come an impressively long way in a short amount of time. He is the newest rising star on the UK comedy scene, having dominated the comedy stages of New Zealand for the last five years.
Highly regarded by his peers, Matt has won four NZ Comedy Guild Awards, including Best Newcomer, the much coveted Billy T Award, and been nominated for several others.
A Hamilton-born and Wanganui-raised farmer's son, Matt trained as a criminologist, he is also an award-winning bar fly, a genuinely lovely guy, and a man full of contradictions.
He expertly brings these contradictions to the stage, with his typical low-key style and confidence, finding the humour in topics as diverse as love, mental illness, sex, drugs, and a crazy interview he once conducted with a serial killer on Death Row.
“Stellingwerf’s comedy is intelligent, clever and thoroughly researched...all the while being really likeable” - Libel
“an intellectual ‘Fonze’... extremely laid back and relaxed with the audience, seamlessly having banter and keeping his cool” - Keeping Up with NZ
Winner - Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2017
Winner - Nottingham Comedy Festival new Act of the Year 2017
Winner - Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year 2016
Winner - Nando’s New Comedian of the Year 2016
Despite only starting stand up in September 2015, Simon Lomas is already regarded as one of the most refreshing and exciting new acts on the circuit. In August 2017 he performed as part of Just The Tonic's prestigious Big Value Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, after racking up a host of new act competition titles.
Definitely one to watch.
“...the writing is strong, efficient and offbeat, with an enviable hit rate” - Chortle
“...it was immediately obvious why there is a buzz about him” - Bruce Dessau
“...sharp and solid joke writing” - The Skinny
Ben Van der Velde
Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter, who, over the past few years, has spread joy and nonsense to all four corners of the British Isles, as well as Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Norway.
He is a regular host and act for many respected British comedy clubs, as well as hosting stages for Bestival, Festival No.6 and Sunday Papers Live. He also has experience of performing at RAF bases, large corporate events, hosting comedy workshops, and doing audience warm-up for Deal Or No Deal.
Ben is a also regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival, where he has performed three critically-acclaimed shows: Chain Letter, Strudelhead and Barbarians. In 2016 his show received 5 and 4 star reviews, whilst several of the jokes made it into lists of ‘Best Joke at the Fringe’ compiled by The Scotsman, i-News and The Huffington Post.
“Whipsharp... with an air of mischievous mayhem... his hit rate is impressive, while his in-the-moment style creates a buzz of excitement in the room” - Chortle
“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue” - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“On flights of fancy, he pushes ideas to extremes and displays a crackling, spontaneous energy in which we’re swept up” - Fest
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.