Darlington Comedy Festival returns in 2019 with a month-long line-up featuring popular TV comics and favourites from the Edinburgh Fringe.

The festival starts on 1st July with Rob Deering’s one-man soundscape show and interactive quiz show ‘Beat This’. Audiences can catch stand-up shows throughout the month of July, including the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year grand final at the Hole in the Wall on 15th July.

TV comic Alun Cochrane, who presents a show on Absolute Radio with Frank Skinner each weekend, is set to be a popular headliner when ‘Brave New Alun’ lands at The Old English Gentleman on 10th July.

In addition, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown dictionary-corner favourite Tom Binns will be bringing his Psychic Comedium show to the festival; influential parenting blogger Sam Avery, aka The Learner Parent, will perform on the final night of the festival; and comedian and presenter Matt Forde will be making an appearance.

Hilarity Bites runs the annual festival, which was launched in 2011, along with comedy events across the North East and Yorkshire. The organisers hope that the festival will encourage audiences to see new up-and-coming acts on the comedy circuit too, such as the award-winning sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop and Rachel Fairburn who has toured the world as co-host of the ‘All Killa, No Filla’ podcast.