In June and July 2016 the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year competition returns for the ninth year as the North-East's biggest and longest running comedy competition.

Who will follow in the footsteps of Sam Gore, Andrew Ryan, Andy Fury, Matt Winning, David Stanier, Freddy Quinne, Jack Gleadow, and Rob Mulholland to be named the winner of the competition?

Each heat will feature up to 12 acts each performing 7 minutes of material to try and win their place in the final.

Fancy taking part? Fill in the application form that can be downloaded here and get it back to us by May 1st. Places are only guaranteed for the first 48 eligible entrants, so don't delay.

All shows take place at Hole in the Wall in Darlington, with entry only £3 each for audience members. The dates for the competition are:

Monday 6th June
Monday 13th June
Monday 20th June
Monday 27th June

The Final - Monday 25th July (Tickets £5 each) as part of the Darlington Comedy Festival.

For more details on each heat as the line-ups are announced, click here to visit the Hole in the Wall venue page.

Upcoming Gigs

  • 27th April
    Alfie Brown, Cal Halbert & MC Rob Mulholland
    Crook - The Cornerhouse
    Tickets £4 advance / £5 door
  • 2nd May
    Phil Nichol, Tanyalee Davis & MC Danny O'Brien
    Ripon Friends of Wine
    Tickets £8 advance / £10 on the day
  • 2nd May
    Phil Nichol, Tanyalee Davis & MC Danny O'Brien
    The Angel at Topcliffe
    Tickets £8 advance / £10 on the day
  • 2nd May
    Tanyalee Davis, Phil Nichol & MC Silky
    Ripon Friends of Wine
    Tickets £10
  • 2nd May
    Tanyalee Davis, Phil Nichol & MC Silky
    The Angel at Topcliffe
    Tickets £10
  • 3rd May
    Danny O'Brien, Karen Bayley & MC Rob Mulholland
    Newton Aycliffe - The Turbinia
    Tickets £5 advance / £8 door
  • 4th May
    Danny O'Brien, Jack Campbell & MC Danny Deegan
    Northallerton - The Venue
    Tickets £5
  • 6th May
    Wes Zaharuk, Kiri Pritchard-McLean & MC Danny Deegan
    Darlington Forum Music Centre
    Tickets £10
  • 7th May
    Wes Zaharuk, George Zach & MC Lee Kyle
    Hartlepool - One77
    Tickets £5 advance / £8 door
  • 8th May
    Tom Houghton, MC Andy Fury & support
    Darlington Hole in the Wall
    Tickets £3 advance / £5 door
  • 9th May
    Steve Day, MC Rob Mulholland & support
    Guisborough - The Ship Inn
    Tickets £4 advance / £5 door
  • 9th May
    Steve Day, MC Rob Mulholland & support
    Roobarb n Custard, Seaham
    Tickets £4 advance / £5 door
  • 9th May
    Eddy Brimson & Stave Day
    Guisborough - The Ship Inn
    Tickets £6
  • 9th May
    Eddy Brimson & Stave Day
    Roobarb n Custard, Seaham
    Tickets £6
  • 18th May
    George Rigden & MC Rob Mulholland
    Hartlepool - The Pot House
    Tickets £3 advance / £5 door
  • 19th May
    Alex Boardman, George Rigden & MC Jonathan Mayor
    Bishop Auckland Town Hall
    Tickets £8 advance / £10 door
  • 20th May
    David Hadingham, Cal Halbert & MC Katie Mulgrew
    Newton Aycliffe - Planet Leisure
    Tickets £5

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New Act Competition

The North-East's biggest new act competition

In June and July 2016 the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year competition returns for the ninth year as the North-East's biggest and longest running comedy competition.

Who will follow in the footsteps of Sam Gore, Andrew Ryan, Andy Fury, Matt Winning, David Stanier, Freddy Quinne, Jack Gleadow, and Rob Mulholland to be named the winner of the competition?

Each heat will feature up to 12 acts each performing 7 minutes of material to try and win their place in the final.

Fancy taking part? Fill in the application form that can be downloaded here and get it back to us by May 1st. Places are only guaranteed for the first 48 eligible entrants, so don't delay.

All shows take place at Hole in the Wall in Darlington, with entry only £3 each for audience members. The dates for the competition are:

Monday 6th June
Monday 13th June
Monday 20th June
Monday 27th June

The Final - Monday 25th July (Tickets £5 each) as part of the Darlington Comedy Festival.

For more details on each heat as the line-ups are announced, click here to visit the Hole in the Wall venue page.