Top acts set for Hartlepool comedy club

Tez Illyas.
Tez Illyas.

Comedy fans are being assured there will be a laughs a plenty as a monthly club returns to the stage.

Alex Boardman, Tez Illyas, Debra Jane Appleby and Will Naameh leading the way at the popular Hot Potato Comedy Club at the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday.

Alex Boardman.

Alex Boardman.

Phil Saunders, of event promoters Ten Feet Tall, said: “We’ve got another absolutely storming gig here - an amazing line-up with bags of links to telly and radio, and we’re chuffed to bits to have Debra Jane Appleby as our special guest MC.

“Debra’s no-nonsense take on the world is currently going down a storm on the London comedy circuit and beyond.

“She’s also a sparky contributor to Sarah Millican’s online Standard Issue magazine, and a regular guest on 5Live and Radio 4’s Women’s Hour.

“Alex Boardman is one of the most in-demand headliners up and down the land, with a string of TV writing credits including Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats up his sleeve.

Debra Jane Appleby.

Debra Jane Appleby.

“He also writes for some very big-hitters, and has recently spent five nights supporting Eric Cantona at sold out gigs at Salford’s Lowry Theatre and the London Palladium.

“Co-headliner Tez Illyas was quickly snapped up for his own BBC Radio Four series after a storming Edinburgh Festival.

“And don’t miss Will Naameh.

“He’s the 2016 Edinburgh Revue Stand-Up Champion, and the 2017 UK Improv Smackdown Champion.

“That makes him quite simply the world’s leading freestyle rapper to ever emerge from the ghetto of middle-class white West London.

“And that’s probably saying something!”

“Whichever way you look at it, that’s a storming gig right here, and we can’t wait to get cracking on the night.”

The performers will take to the Town Hall Theatre stage at 8pm on May 27.

Tickets are £7 early birds up to a week in advance and £9 for those leaving it later.

Tickets can be bought from Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre, by calling 01429 890 000 or going online at