A rib-tickling first birthday bash

Adam Bouabda laughing at a joke from Nicholas Banks
Adam Bouabda laughing at a joke from Nicholas Banks

A HOST of big-name comedy talent is on the way to a movie-themed venue.

Nick Banks and Adam Bouabda are preparing for a side-splitting season of laughs at Flix Movie Theatre, in Church Square, Hartlepool, as they get set for a return of the popular Rib Ticklers Comedy Club.

Among the top acts to take to the mic over the coming months are Pat Monahan, who won ITV’s Show Me The Funny last year, as well as an intriguing act called Lost Voice Guy, who suffers from cerebral palsy and performs by using an iPad to “talk” through.

Nick, 32, a former corporal with the Royal Logistics Corps, is a stand-up comedian who bases his gags on everything from “chavs” to the Taliban. Between 40 and 60 people along to each night.

“It will be the club’s first birthday in April and we have had some good acts on.”

Adam Bouabda, owner of Flix, added: “Rib Ticklers has been going from strength to strength.

“The first one was absolutely packed and we haven’t seen a drop in numbers.”

The next Rib Ticklers night runs from 7pm on Friday, March 2, with Abi Roberts, who featured in the Vagina Monologues.

Sunday, April 8 sees Patrick Monahan headlining and on May 2, Britain’s only deaf comedian Steve Day will perform.

On Friday, June 1, there will be a gong show, where 16 comedians perform for five minutes each before the audience decides whether they get gonged off.

On Saturday, July 6, award-winning act Carl Hutchinson will be performing.

Tickets are £5 on the door, though booking is recommended.