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Comedy clubs both new and established are coming back swinging, and the long-running Hilarity Bites is no exception. Like the culture-savvy friend you can trust for a heads-up on the next big gig, this club is always on hand to deliver the finest in rib-tickling, hot and fresh on our doorstep.

It’s Darlington’s turn on Saturday 7th August, when stand-up and songwriter Duncan Oakley takes to the stage with his harmonica and whimsical charm, to put thoughts big and small to the catchiest of tunes. Whether singing about frying pans or what it means to leave a legacy behind, Oakley will ensure no-one leaves without a sillier, funnier and naughtier lens on the world. The cherry on the cake this night is Josh Pugh who, having only performed his first gig in 2014, is a shiny new cherry too, and already clanging with awards like Midlands New Act of the Year 2015 and English Comedian of the Year 2016. Like James Acaster with a slight dark twist, Pugh is impossibly likeable, with a soap-bar purity to his persona and one foot in the delightfully unusual. If you like your comedy excellently observed, you’re all set.

Duncan Oakley and Josh Pugh perform at The Forum Music Centre, Darlington on Saturday 7th August

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