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Darlington, July 6th 2024

6 July @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm The Forum, Darlington £12

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Nina Gilligan, Dave Johns, Seeta Wrightson, and host Danny Deegan

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Nina Gilligan

Nina Gilligan

Chortle Best Club Comic 2023 - Winner
North West Comedian of the Year 2023 - Winner
Leicester Mercury Award 2021 - Winner
Liverpool Hot Water Comedian of the Year 2021 - Winner
English Comedian of the Year - Finalist

Nina Gilligan is sometimes outrageous, always hilarious with a charming, loveable persona which belies an acerbic wit. Equally at home in clubs as art centre’s, Nina is performing at gigs of all sizes up and down the country.

2021 saw her crowned as the winner of the prestigious Leicester Mercury Award after also winning Liverpool Hot Water Comedian of the Year and being a finalist in English Comedian of The Year in previous year’s.

Recent work includes a sell-out show ‘Late Developer’ at Leicester Comedy Festival which transferred to The Edinburgh Fringe in 2022, whilst recent tour support includes Jason Manford, Clinton Baptiste and Rachel Fairburn.

“A bolshier Mrs Merton she’s not one to suffer fools lightly so watch out for a razor-sharp wit used at will” - The Skinny

“A hidden gem of the circuit” - Kiri Pritchard-McLean

“Naturally funny” - John Thomson (Cold Feet)


Dave Johns

Dave Johns

The star of Palme d'Or award winning film 'I, Daniel Blake', Dave Johns has been a stand up comic since 1989 and is a regular headlining act playing all the major comedy clubs in the UK and comedy festivals world wide. Dave has gained a reputation as an inventive, exciting and extremely funny comedian, winning applause from his audiences, respect from his fellow comics, and rave reviews from the critics.

In 2013, Dave co-wrote a new stage adaptation of The Shawshank Redemption which hit the West End and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has had two very successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in highly acclaimed shows 'Dave Johns On The Edge' in 1998 and 'I'm in The Attic Mother' in 1999 at the Pleasance Theatre for which he won the Spirit of the Fringe Award.

He has also appeared regularly at the Kilkenny Comedy Festival, in Ireland, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Dave has also worked on stage in the Middle East, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Sydney, New York, Amsterdam and the Arctic, and has been a regular guest on comedy panel shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

“He shifts from the sublime, to genius, to uproar in the blink of an eye - An extremely entertaining hour” - The Guardian

“Dave Johns has a uncontrived manner and sense of fun on stage that most comics can only dream about” - The Scotsman

“Look closely you will see the man generate sparks of magic” - The List


Seeta Wrightson

Seeta Wrightson

Seeta Wrightson was a semi-finalist in the 2021 BBC New Comedy Awards, and has more recently appeared as tour support for both Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Tessa Coates.

Seeta is a 5ft 2" brown, Bradfordian woman, sharing her stories of growing up mixed race, mixed up and skint AF - but with attitude aplenty.

“She has jokes as fierce as her outfits. Love her” - Kiri Pritchard-McLean



Danny Deegan

Danny Deegan

Danny Deegan is a comedian, writer and actor who began performing in 2003 and has since risen steadily through the ranks of some of the most prestigious comedy clubs in the UK. His tales of mischief and the characters he creates have kept audiences all over the country enthralled as he weaves in and out of the people he has met travelling. His talent and likability coupled with a confident swagger see him as one of the most popular acts in the North.

Fresh from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, where he received rave reviews, Danny also recently performed a headline set at the Green Man festival in South Wales getting a great reception from the 400 people in the marquee and being asked to wrap up for Manchester band Doves after their headline set in front of 12,000 people.

Outside of live work Danny has made several TV and radio appearances. From being a guest on Radio GMR to having his own show "Afternoons with Danny Deegan" on CAT FM in Crewe. His TV credits include appearances on "Made in the North" and "The Adam and Shelley Show" to name but two.

“His seamless interactions with the crowd demonstrate that he’s a natural-born comedian... appealing to both the young and old, female and male” - Three Weeks

“Charming, witty and most importantly funny” - Metro

“Deegan has a mature confidence in his abilities” - Chortle


Note: Line-ups are subject to change in extreme, and unavoidable, circumstances.

Show may contain strong language and adult themes.


Doors open: 7:30pm
Show starts: 8pm

Buy tickets:

Tickets for this show are £12 each. Tickets can be bought from the link below, See Tickets, TicketMaster, Skiddle, or contact the venue directly.


6 July
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hilarity Bites Comedy Club


The Forum, Darlington
The Forum, Borough Road
Darlington, DL1 1SG United Kingdom
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01325 363135