Hilarity Bites run shows at venues throughout the North-East.

From back-rooms of pubs to live music venues, from fancy bars to hotels, from arts centres to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Hilarity Bites run live comedy shows at venues of all sizes to audiences of all types.

We run regular tour shows, new act and new material nights, warm-up shows for big name acts, competitions for new comedians, and weekend comedy shows featuring the best stand-ups on the UK and international comedy circuit.

Want more info on the venues that we run gigs at regularly? Check out our venues below where we run regular gigs.

Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Bishop Auckland Town Hall is home to one of our regular weekend comedy club gigs. On the third Friday of the month (usually) we welcome two of the best acts on the UK circuit, joined by a great host, and also a newer act that we've heard great news about. We also host the occasional tour show, all in a room that sits up to 200 people...

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The Cornerhouse, Crook

The Cornerhouse a great little bar on Hope Street in Crook, with seating for up to 50 people for our monthly comedy club nights. On the final Thursday of every month one of our fabulous hosts introduce a top act from the UK circuit, joined by one of the best upcoming acts that we've seen at our gigs. Thursdays are Steak Night too, so book in advance for food and fun...

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The Forum, Darlington

With seating for up to 120 people, The Forum Music Centre in Darlington is the home of Hilarity Bites on the first Saturday of every month. Every month we present two headliners from the UK circuit, one of our great regular hosts, and then a newer act that is on the cusp of comedy greatness. You never know who you might see; Russell Kane turned up unannounced a few years ago...

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Hole in the Wall, Darlington

Hole in the Wall in Darlington is a lovely bar in the heart of Darlington market place, offering craft beers and some great food. Upstairs is the hidden gem of the Spare Room, which is subject to a Hilarity Bites takeover on the second Monday of every month. With seating for only 40 people, this is the perfect venue for Hilarity Bitesize, our regular new act and new material night...

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Seen, Darlington

Home to Hilarity Bites since we first started in 2007, Seen (and Inside Out, next door) have a variety of rooms, ranging from 40 to 250 capacity. We've hosted some huge tour shows and warm-ups here, including names such as Sarah Millican, John Bishop, Reginald D. Hunter, and Jon Richardson. Chris Ramsey used to be our resident MC here, before becoming a TV regular, and it holds a special place in our heart...

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The Ship Inn, Guisborough

The Ship Inn is a lovely local pub on Westgate in Guisborough (the first pub you'll see on the way into town), and on the second Tuesday of every month we run Hilarity Bitesize, our new act and new material night that sees around half a dozen new acts, and established comedians trying new material, all hosted by one of our favourite hosts. With seating for only 40 people, this is such a lovely intimate gig...

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One77, Hartlepool

One77 in Hartlepool is the home of the charity Hartlepool Families First, and on the final Sunday of every month we run a show to help raise money for this very worthwhile charity. One77 is a lovely cafe bar, with seating for up to 100 - and a very cheap bar! At every gig we have one of the best headliners on the circuit, joined by a brilliant opening act, a top newcomer, and of course one of our great hosts...

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The Pot House, Hartlepool

In late 2015 Hilarity Bites took residency at The Pot House at Hartlepool Headlands, and it's quickly become the second home of Hilarity Bitesize, our new act and new material night. With a great community feel, The Pot House is lovely and welcoming, with a capacity of around 50 in the function room. Each show features a top host, four newer acts, or established acts trying new material, and a professional headliner...

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Jimmy's, Manchester

Jimmy's in Manchester's Northern Quarter houses two bars, with Hilarity Bites taking residence in the basement bar. Featuring Jimmy's cymbal wall, comfy couches, and seating for 80-100 audience members, Jimmy's is Manchester's coolest new bar, with live music, spoken word, and more taking place throughout the week. The basement bar is a great performance space perfectly suited to live comedy...

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Planet Leisure, Newton Aycliffe

Planet Leisure is one of our most unusual venues, featuring a bowling alley, karaoke booths, a Mexican restaurant, trampoline park, rollerskating, and LaserQuest - and one Saturday a month, Hilarity Bites takes over the upstairs function room with two of the best headliners on the UK circuit, joined by a top newcomer and a professional host, for a top night of comedy...

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The Turbinia, Newton Aycliffe

One of our newest gigs, The Turbinia is a welcoming local pub in the heart of Newton Aycliffe, and was named Darlington Camra Pub Of The Season in 2016, as well as being the only pub in Newton Aycliffe to appear in the Good Beer Guide. "The Tub" plays host to bands every weekend, and their stage set-up and cosy environment makes for a lovely comedy venue...

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The Venue, Northallerton

The Venue is Northallerton's coolest venue. Playing host to live bands and DJs on a weekend, Hilarity Bites visits on the first Thursday of every month with four top comedians. With a fixed stage, and seating in a variety of comfortable sofas and chairs, there's a chilled out vibe which makes it the perfect place to start the weekend with a few beers and a lot of laughs...

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Friends of Wine, Ripon

Friends of Wine is a beautiful wine bar in Blossomgate, Ripon. Recently expanded to hold a bar on both floors, as well as a shop, Hilarity Bites shows take place in the upstairs room, where we regularly welcome over 80 audience members on the first Tuesday of every month, for a double-headliner show which also features a newer act, and one of our great hosts...

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Roobarb 'n' Custard, Seaham

Roobarb 'n' Custard is a beautiful cafe bar just off Seaham sea front, and on the second Tuesday of the month we bring two of the best comedians from the UK circuit for the customers to enjoy, alongside some brilliant drinks and usually a special supper menu. This is the only comedy night in Seaham, and is always a busy night...

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The Angel at Topcliffe

A lovely pub / restaurant / hotel in the tiny village of Topcliffe, The Angel plays host to one of our most popular monthly nights. On the first Tuesday of every month we host two top circuit headliners, along with a brilliant newcomer, and a fantastic host. The ticket price also includes free nibbles for audience members...

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Coliseum Centre, Whitby

The Coliseum Centre in Whitby is a lovely little theatre, only a stone's throw from Whitby harbour and the railway and bus stations. With raked seating for 90 people, we love our trips to the seaside to present tour shows and warm-ups from some great acts. Previous shows have featured the likes of Sarah Millican and Kevin Bridges...

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Special Events

As well as shows at our regular venues, we also hold special events at venues throughout the UK, whether they be charity fundraisers, festival shows, comedy clubs for kids, or just one-off events at new venues, we're always hosting comedy events in some unusual places...

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Want comedy at your venue?

Would you like to bring comedy to an audience of your own?
Since Hilarity Bites started booking comedy in June 2007 we have worked with many different venues, helping to source comedians for charity shows and one-off events as well as booking regular comedy shows throughout the North-East. Not only do we do this, but we always supply the very best acts possible for any budget - whether it be an open-mic night with a professional compere introducing new talent, or a night of comedy featuring the top TV stars of the moment, Hilarity Bites can do it all.
So if you want to book some comedy then get in touch with us with details of your requirements and we'll be happy to discuss your requirements further.