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Newton Aycliffe, August 15th 2024

15 August @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Steam Machine Brewery, Newton Aycliffe £10

Hilarity Bitesize New Act & New Material Night, with Dave Johns, Dean Coughlin, host Andy Fury & support

Show details:

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


Dean Coughlin

Dean Coughlin

2023 Northwest Breakthrough Act of the Year

Dean Coughlin is a multi-award winning, working-class comic from Liverpool, who has quickly established an outstanding reputation for his talent. Dean won Breakthrough Act of The Year, and Best Comedy Podcast, at The Northwest Comedy Awards 2023. Since its inception in 2021, his podcast has amassed a following of 150k+ across social media platforms. Dean is fresh off the back of doing full tour support for Dan Nightingale; his previous tour support spots include Paul Smith, Adam Rowe, Jason Manford, Fin Taylor, and Lloyd Griffith.

Dean has a unique and whimsical approach to joke writing that adds working-class charm and diversity to any bill. He has performed at world famous venues such as The Stand Comedy Club, The Glee Club and Hot Water Comedy Club - where he spent two years as resident host. Dean has also performed internationally in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Amsterdam, proving himself to be an accomplished, reliable comic

“Dean’s a great comic and a brilliant joke writer. Everything he says on stage leads up to a cracking punchline. Quality” - Dan Nightingale (Have A Word podcast)

“Keep an eye out for this hilarious up and coming comedian. He was born with funny bones” - Manford's Comedy Club

“Quality act with great material” - Fat Penguin Comedy Club


Andy Fury

Andy Fury

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 support from several new acts, and established acts performing new material.


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

Show may contain strong language and adult themes.


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

Buy tickets:

Tickets for this show are £10 per person, with doors opening at 7pm and the show starting at 7:30pm. Tickets can be bought from the link below, See Tickets, TicketMaster, Skiddle, or contact the venue directly.

Dave Johns & Dean Coughlin – Newton Aycliffe – August 15th 2024

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