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Topcliffe, November 5th 2019
5 November @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Paul McCaffrey, Alun Cochrane, and host Meryl O’Rourke
In recent years Paul McCaffrey has appeared on major UK tours with two of Britain’s foremost stand ups. Sean Lock on his Keep It Light tour 2016-2018 and Kevin Bridges on his Brand New Tour 2018 playing to more than half a million people nationwide to great critical acclaim.
As seen on Impractical Jokers (BBC3), Russell Howards Good News (BBC3), Stand up Central (Comedy Central). An accomplished radio presenter and guest, Paul has recently been heard on: talkSPORT, Absolute’s The Alternative Vote and Rob Beckett’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Football, and BBC Radio 2’s Russell Kane’s Whistlestop Tour. He also presents The Paul McCaffrey Show every Saturday morning on Jack FM.
Paul is an award-winning comedian (Latitude New Act of the Year, London Paper New Act of the Year) and headlines at the biggest comedy clubs in the country. He has performed five critically acclaimed Edinburgh shows, as well as appearing at major music festivals, such as Reading, Leeds, V Festival, Bestival, and Latitude.
“Born to be a comic” - The Scotsman
“Gut-bustingly hilarious” - GQ
“Charm, charisma and success written all over him” - Evening Standard
Replacing Emmanuel Sonubi:
You'll know Alun Cochrane from TV, radio, and being one of the best stand-ups in the UK.
Alun Cochrane is a no-nonsense comedian who specialises in funny nonsense. Much of his comedy begins simply as something he’s seen, heard or felt in his own life, or in the street, or the kitchen, or anywhere, and from that it blossoms into a highly amusing anecdote or a strange flight of fancy.
Alun has several television appearances to his name, most recently Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, and Dave's One Night Stand, but he's also often seen on Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock The Week, and has appeared on Soccer A.M and Live At The Comedy Store.
Alun’s dulcet tones can also be heard frequently on BBC Radio 4 on Alun Cochrane’s Fun House, Just A Minute, Dilemma and The Now Show, whilst Alun is also affectionately known as the Cockerel on Absolute Radio's Frank Skinner Show.
“Cochrane’s dour and grumpy onstage persona is allied to a real craft and creativity in his writing, yielding results that satisfy both the comedy purists and those who simply want big belly laughs on a night out” - The Guardian
“A master storyteller, holding the audience before dropping an exploding but simple punchline...” - Metro
“Alun Cochrane's ability to make the little things in life a comedy goldmine is phenomenal” - Chortle
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.