The night began with MC Freddy Quinne, who won the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year competition in 2013, and it was clear to see why. The Manchester-based comedian made an immediate connection with onlookers, encouraging them to get involved by stomping their feet, clapping their hands and cheering as a way of introducing the night’s acts.
Sam Avery, a well-loved comedian on the Liverpool circuit, was first up, as he discussed his relationship with his wife and the way in which women feel when their partner returns from a night of drinking at the pub. Avery’s set was a great way to start the evening, as the crowd yearned for more.
After the interval, Geordie Lee Kyle took to the stage, brilliantly entertaining the crowd with his ‘impression’ of Ross Geller from “Friends” and alternative lines Jack could have said in the film “Titanic”.
However, the highlight of his set was a rather unique rendition of Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time?” in which he replaced each syllable with the name of a place. It has to be seen to be believed.
Headlining the night was musical comedian Duncan Oakley. The talented 44-year-old performed a range of hits on his guitar, including a song about a conversation with a Mexican and the rude, yet hilarious “Down There”.
Oakley saved the best until last, concluding the night with a performance of “Headless Bird”, using only his hands, thighs and chest as a musical instrument. Unsurprisingly, the performance went down a storm as the night finished on a high.
The next Hilarity Bites Comedy Club at The Forum Music Centre takes place on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 with Ivan Brackenbury, Ian D Montfort and MC Ray Bradshaw on the line-up.