Comedians from popular TV shows such as Mock the Week including Chris Ramsey and Gary Delaney are set to perform at the 2018 Darlington Comedy Festival.

Now in its seventh year, the month-long festival takes place at various venues including Darlington Hippodrome, The Forum, Old English Gentleman and the Hole in the Wall throughout July.

Hilarity Bites organises the popular festival and has previously brought the likes of Russell Kane, Sarah Millican and Tim Vine to local audiences. Festival organiser Neil Jollie said: “We’re really excited to partner with Darlington Hippodrome to host our biggest-ever festival show with the brilliant Chris Ramsey, who was a stand-out act at the first festival back in 2011.

“Hopefully, audiences will take a gamble on seeing the next big star at some of these shows, as well as being able to see several acts that have appeared on TV in the past 12 months.”

As well as the big stars, the festival has the cream of the crop from the UK comedy circuit including Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Noel James, and Lauren Pattison who was nominated for the ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Best-selling author and blogger Sam Avery also makes an appearance with his show about being a ‘Learner Parent’ to twins.

The festival kicks off on 7 July at The Forum Music with a trio of top-notch comedians including Russell Hicks, Paul Pirie and host Freddy Quinne who won the Hilarity Bites’ New Act Competition in 2013.

  • Tickets for all shows are on sale now from the venues
  • Details of events are available from the Hilarity Bites website