Hartlepool comedy club celebrates third birthday with a belly full of laughs

Adam Bouabda (left) and Nick Banks celebrate the third anniversary of the Rib Ticklers comedy club, held at Flix.
Adam Bouabda (left) and Nick Banks celebrate the third anniversary of the Rib Ticklers comedy club, held at Flix.

A COMEDY club celebrated its third birthday with a belly full of laughs.

Flix Movie Cafe, in Church Square, Hartlepool, kicked off its monthly comedy dos, called Rib Ticklers, three years ago.

And to celebrate the club did what it does best and put on a other hilarious gig for town giggling town fans.

Comedian Rob Gilroy opened the show, on Friday, April 4, and he was followed by comics Billy Mac, Chris McElroy, and Will Fetchell, before headline act and New Zealand funnyman Sully O’Sullivan took to the stage.

Audience members, of which there were about 40, were also treated to a slice of birthday cake as they enjoyed the jokes.

Rib Ticklers promotor Nick Banks, from the Rift House area of Hartlepool, said: “It was a great night on the third birthday of our comedy nights, and the highlight was probably Sully O’Sullivan stage diving.

“It’s gone from strength to strength in the time that we’ve been doing it and that’s probably why we’re still here today and putting these acts on once a month.

“The first Rib Ticklers we ever did was to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and it was such a success that we thought we’d do another one. “It’s just gone from there really and three years later we’re still doing it on the first Friday of every month.”

Nick said popular comic Pat Monaghan is set to grace Flix again over the coming weeks, as is Junior Simpson.

The next comedy night is being held on Friday, May 9, with Christian Steel headlining the occasion.

He will be joined by Gina Jenkinson, Jed Salisbury and Dean Moore.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from Flix. Doors open at 7pm and the show kicks off at 8pm.

The gig follows a charity walking week which will see around 25 comedians, led by Nick, 34, along 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall over eight days. It will see them stage a show at the end of each day to raise cash for ovarian cancer charity, Overcome. To sponsor the group, visit www.justgiving.com/nicholas-banks1.