Durham, September 26th 2019
26 September @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Steve Day, Pete Phillipson, and host Meryl O’Rourke
Steve Day describes himself as Britains only deaf comedian, and if there are any others then he hasn't heard. Actually there are a couple of others who have started since he wrote that joke, but it's only a joke after all.
For the past dozen years Steve has been performing to huge laughter around the country and abroad - well, they tell him the laughter was huge to humour him, he doesn't know either way.
Married with five children (a fact nothing to do with not being able to hear the word 'No') Steve has been described as 'warm and witty' by the Scotsman and has received many other rave reviews whilst performing shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Chortle gave him five stars in 2007 for Deafy's Island Discs, a show The Sunday Times called 'Funny and Moving'.
“Revelatory and very funny” - The Guardian
“Warm, funny, frank and thought-provoking” - The Scotsman
“Wonderful” - Bath Chronicle
Throughout his time on the comedy circuit, Pete Phillipson has been involved in a number of competitions, including winning Mr Bens New Comedian of the Year and reaching the final of the English Comedian of the year 2014. Pete also performed a fantastically well received show at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival with fellow comic Lewis Charlesworth and recently has been lucky enough to share a bill with Ross Noble and Russell Kane.
Originally from Lincolnshire but based in Manchester Pete has been building a name for himself on the circuit as a very funny act over the last few years. Pete mixes fast paced observations and routines with wonderful characterisations, making him a hit with audiences all over the country.
“A fantastic addition to any comedy bill” - Buzz Comedy
“A great act with a big future” - Laughing Stock Comedy
Acclaimed stand-up comic and TV writer Meryl O'Rourke revels in her bitterness. She has delighted comedy audiences, written some of the best gags on telly and even hosted pop concerts - the last one to 12,000 people!
She is the first winner of the Betty and Peter / Big Talk writing prize, where she has been gifted a chunk of money to help her write a sitcom with a production company. She was chosen by unanimous decision from over 600 entrants.
Meryl also supported Frankie Boyle during his 2016 tour, following support dates for him in 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010 at the Hammersmith Apollo. In his book Work!Consume!Die! he calls Meryl "Inspiringly funny".
She is also often heard as reviewer on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row – specialising in comedy and feminism. Meryl has written a pilot sitcom about post-natal depression, for the head of Radio 4 comedy, and is a highly praised gag writer - a stolen joke of hers went viral on Facebook, reaching at least 100,000 likes and 15 million views (at last count!), whilst she's written for many of the biggest comedy programmes in the UK.
“As near perfect as you can find. Charming delivery keeps the audience in no doubt they've just seen one of this year's fringe highlights” - ★★★★★ – British Comedy Guide
“Ripe with comedy. A unique perspective: sharp and dark, and refreshingly unsentimental” - The Observer
“Truly astonishing show... a must see” - ★★★★★ – The New Current
This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.
Note: Line-ups are subject to change in extreme, and unavoidable, circumstances.
Steve Day & Pete Phillipson – Durham – September 26th 2019
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