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Darlington, June 1st 2024

1 June @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm The Forum, Darlington £12

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Martin Mor, Aaron Simmonds, Dawn Bailey, and host Karen Bayley

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Martin Mor

Martin Mor

Martin comes from Northern Ireland, and after a successful career as a circus performer, he turned his attention on the unsuspecting comedy circuit. With over 25 years experience as a professional performer, Martin has established himself as one of the UK’s most popular and in-demand comedians. Combining startlingly original material with bold, energetic improvisation, his love of working the audience, and an inability to remember his script, mean that every show is a unique interactive live event, and no two shows are ever the same.

Very much the comedian’s comedian, Martin has been the support act of choice for; Frankie Boyle, Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Jasper Carrot, Patrick Kielty, Johnny Vegas, Steve Coogan, and once Tina Turner. However, in his own right has performed successfully at events of all description; from the Hammersmith Apollo to a show for the inmates of an Italian prison, from comedy clubs to performing before members of the British Royal Family.

With numerous appearances on radio and television, Martin has worked at all levels of the industry; being a warm up man, devising and performing his own television show, and writing jokes for some of the biggest names in British comedy - and his photograph is even featured on the popular board game Trivial Pursuits!

“Martin is the act that has influenced me the most, the UK comedy circuit would not be the same without him” - Frankie Boyle

“Extremely funny” - Peter Kay

“This guy's great” - George Best

“He wore us out with laughter... Irrepressible exuberance” - The Scotsman


Aaron Simmonds

Aaron Simmonds

Aaron Simmonds has been failing to stand up for 32 years; luckily he is far better at comedy than standing up. Aaron has appeared on A-Z Horror Stories (Sky Studios), Russell Howard Hour (Sky), Undeniable (Comedy Central), Guessable (Comedy Central), and has been heard on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Scotland. Aaron offers sharply-observed comedy which is grounded in his disability, but is by no means limited by it.

Aaron performed his critically-acclaimed debut shows, Disabled Coconut and Hot Wheels, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and 2022. He was an Amused Moose Comedy Award Best Show finalist and was nominated for Best Comedy Show in the Broadway World UK Edinburgh Fringe Awards in 2019.

In 2023, Aaron then decided to embark on his biggest challenge yet, perform stand-up whilst standing up! Baby Steps at that year’s Edinburgh Fringe received rave reviews and sold-out shows, and was long-listed for the ISH Edinburgh Best Comedy Show.

“Amiable, likeable, and a commanding presence on stage, Aaron Simmonds is an exciting talent” - ★★★★ - Broadway Baby

“Weaves an overarching story into multiple anecdotes, calling back to them masterfully throughout the hour” - ★★★★ - The Wee Review

“Simmonds deals with his disability via disarmingly graphic humour, born of a self-confidence and positive spirit that enables him to poke fun at himself” - ★★★★ - Jewish Renaissance


Dawn Bailey

Dawn is a forty something (ahem just turned 50) Mum who views life through happy specs and giddy knickers (her own words).

An original performer, Dawn won the XS Manchester Radio Comedian of the Year in 2016, which led to her presenting a show on the station. With a likeable and affable nature, Dawn is a regular on the UK comedy circuit and performs for some of the most reputable promoters in the country.

Dawn’s honesty regarding life and love are raw, straight to the point, and come with a no-holds-barred delivery. She is a merry maker and definitely loves to have a damn good chuckle.

“Pin sharp anecdotes from a life juggling a career, kids, attending weekly slimming club meetings, and the joys of involuntary flatulence. She’s a very funny lady” - BBC


Karen Bayley

Karen Bayley

Karen began her comedy career back in 2000 and since then has gone from strength to strength. Her bold, no nonsense attitude strikes a perfect pitch with men and women alike, and she is equally at home compering or performing sets.

Karen is also resident compere of her own clubs in Sutton Coldfield and Solihull, with her claim to fame to date being that she was the first woman (in its history) to win the King Gong show at The Comedy Store.

Karen has also worked in TV and radio, including appearances on the BBC New Comedy Awards (BBC3), 
The Last Word (ITV1), 
Sex on the Job (Sky 1), and 
100 Greatest Cartoons (Channel 4).

“Laugh out loud jokes and superb audience control” - Chortle

“Likeable headstrong persona- packing a considerable performing punch” - The List

“She blew my socks off” - BBC


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.


1 June
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

Martin Mor & Aaron Simmonds – Darlington – June 1st 2024

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