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Redcar, June 21st 2019
21 June @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Christian Reilly, Hayley Ellis, Sam Gore, and host Rick Molland
Christian Reilly is both a Perrier and Chortle award-winning musical comedian with “sex, politics and rock 'n' roll” (The Scotsman) in the key of grrr.
As a former integral part of the Perrier award-winning show Otis Lee Crenshaw and the Black Liars, with comic/songster Rich Hall, Christian's career has taken him around the world three times. On his way, he received accolades at international festivals and numerous network TV credits in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Britain.
Now a solo stand-up performer, and headlining all the major comedy venues in his own right, Christian uses his dynamic guitar and vocal skills to target histrionic rock bands, musical theatre and morose indie musicians. He wrote and performed for 'That Was Then This Is Now' (BBC Radio 2) as musical counterpart to Richard Herring and Emma Kennedy, as well as giving his improvisation skills an outing on Radio 2's 'Jammin'.
“Blisteringly funny songs” - The Stage
“If you’re a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you’re a Christian Reilly fan already” - The Guardian
“The funniest songs I’ve heard in a long time” - The Scotsman
Edinburgh Fringe: 25 funniest jokes of all-time - The Independent
Edinburgh Fringe: Best 21 jokes told at the festival in the last decade - The Mirror
Manchester comedian and former regular contributor to XFM’s breakfast show, Hayley Ellis has gone from strength to strength since she began performing.
A regular MC at gigs around the country, Hayley’s natural warmth and charm make her impossible to dislike, something which has become evident in her success in new act competitions throughout the UK.
Hayley has also become a regular sight gag contributor for the Russell Howard’s Good News television programme, and has appeared on MTV’s “Why aye love Geordie Shore” and “Comedy Set Lists” for Virgin television. She can also sometimes be heard on your wireless (Absolute Radio), and her sketches and jokes have appeared on Newsjack (Radio 4).
“Ellis is a talent” - Fest
“Hayley Ellis always makes me laugh off and on stage” - Sarah Millican
“A great hour of stand-up” - Northern Soul
A confident and original young act with a brilliant command of language, Sam’s been wowing crowds and rapidly climbing the comedy ladder. Having cemented his position as one of the best new performers on the circuit with no less than five New Act of the Year titles (including the Hilarity Bites title in 2008), he’s gone on to impress everywhere from weekend clubs to music festivals, biker rallies and theatres.
Sam made his solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015, winning plaudits from audiences for his show "The Cryptid Crossword", whilst also appearing in the highly regarded AAA Comedy showcase at The Pleasance. In 2010 Sam appeared in the double-header show A Calculated Risk as part of the Free Festival. In 2011 he returned to the Fringe as part of the Amused Moose Laugh-Off showcase, having won his way through to the final of that competition as well. Sam is also a hugely accomplished writer, plying his trade on shows such as Russell Howard's Good News and Chris Addison's Show & Tell.
“The jokes are as cruel as they are funny, i.e. very... a class act indeed” - Chortle
“Superbly crafted gags that showcase a vivid use of imagery and language... great wordplay, refreshing honesty and a wonderfully dark view of life” - Giggle Beats
Not many Englishmen can cut it as an MC in a Scottish Comedy Club - but that's exactly what Rick Molland does every weekend of the year.
An award winning film maker and former Scottish Comedian of the Year runner-up, having proven his comedy metal in some of the most formidable environments Scotland has to offer, including T in the Park, Rockness, and The Wickerman Festivals, Rick Molland is now resident compère at Edinburgh's Monkey Barrel Comedy Club.
“no-holds-barred comedy” - Edinburgh Evening News
“perfect for the role of compere” - Three Weeks
“ audacious” - The Scotsman