Bishop Auckland, May 22nd 2020
22 May @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
*** Unfortunately, this show has been cancelled. Ticket refunds are available from original point of sale. ***
Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Scott Bennett, Ben Van der Velde, and host Andy Fury
Best show Nominee Leicester Comedy Festival 2019
Amused Moose Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee
Stylishly shirted, Yorkshire-born Scott Bennett is a multi-award winning act, and one of the most popular headliners currently performing in the UK. Delivering wry observations on the absurdity of modern living, his sharply-written routines, drawn from real-life experiences have been delighting audiences across the country; except in Yorkshire, where they are deeply suspicious of his shirts.
In 2018 and 2019 Scott was tipped as one of the "ones to watch" by respected industry online magazine, Chortle, following a series of highly rated solo shows, award nominations, and a high-profile tour support slot with TV's Rob Brydon.
As well as working as a succesful stand up comic in his own right, Scott has written for high profile acts including Jason Manford, is a writer for The Chris Ramsey show for Comedy Central and has written for the News Quiz on BBC Radio 4.
He has also featured on the BBC Radio 4Extra podcasts, "The Comedy Club" with Arthur Smith and "Knock Knock" with Helen Lederer.
“Fabulous turns of phrase and pungent expressions, superb character creations” - Chortle
“Great material, great delivery, a very funny man” - Rob Brydon
“Brilliantly funny, a joy to watch” - Chris Ramsey
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
Despite starting comedy out of “sheer boredom” just a few years ago, Andy Fury has impressed a lot of people in a short space of time with a wonderful mix of self-deprecating dark jokes and off the wall surrealism.
With a laidback stage presence that sometimes borders horizontal, he’s as hard-working as he is funny and winning the Hilarity Bites New Act Of The Year 2010 title has put Andy on the path to working at many of the best clubs in the country, wowing audiences the length and breadth of the UK.
“An absolute genius of a comedian” - BBC
“Brilliant... The next Pub Landlord of comedy” - Hexham Courant
“A very funny man with a big future ahead of him” - Corby Radio
This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.
Tickets for this show are available in person from Bishop Auckland Town Hall, telephone 03000 269 524, or online at the Bishop Auckland Town Hall website.