What's On - Comedy


Natural Selection
Until Sunday, September 2, 2018

Take a sneak beak into the natural wonder of birds’ nests through animation, video, sculpture, and music in this exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery – which will be the only opportunity to see this display in the north. Among the items on display will be 7,000 handmade replica eggs, a giant bowerbird nest and watercolour studies by J.M.W. Turner. 

Leeds Art Gallery
The Sculpture Collections
Until Sunday, September 2, 2018

Joining the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery in one of the Institute’s most expansive and ambitious displays to date, The Sculpture Collections celebrates a partnership that has built one of the strongest collections of British sculpture in the world.

Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds
Patrick Monahan
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Blending a high-energy style with engaging topical observations, family favourite funnyman Patrick Monahan will be previewing new material for his upcoming stint at Edinburgh Fringe for Hull locals at the city’s Comedy Lounge. 

Comedy Lounge, Hull
Sarah Millican
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Winner of the Best Newcomer at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, Sarah has since gone on to ride a wave of comedy superstardom. One of the most popular stand ups in the country, Sarah’s Control Enthusiast tour is sure to deliver.  

Town Hall, Huddersfield
Reginald D Hunter
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Expect hilarious, topical and searingly-honest stand up from one of the UK’s favourite Americans, as he challenges the quirks and stereotypes of both British and American culture during his stint at the Great Yorkshire Fringe Festival. 


League of Gentlemen Live Again
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Returning to the stage for their first UK tour in over 12 years, the BAFTA Award-winning comedy legends – comprising of Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson – bring their dark and unhinged fictional village of Royston Vasey to theatres across the country. Don’t miss them while they’re in York. 

Barry Castagnola, Anthony King, Craig Murray and Damion Larkin
Friday, August 24, 2018

With over 30 years in the funny business, Anthony’s guaranteed to get a giggle out of you. He’s joined at York’s Basement by irrepressibly-funny veteran Barry, master of comic improvisation Damion, and rising stand up star Craig. 

The Basement, York


Nigel Ng, Paul Tonkinson, Simon Lomas and Mick Ferry
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Winner of the Amused Moose Laugh-Off 2016 Nigel is joined by veteran club comic Mick; Paul, who effortlessly brings observational caricatures to life with cartoon-like aplomb; and Simon – nominee for Chortle’s Best Newcomer 2018 – who showcases imaginative and offbeat wordplay. 

Harrogate Theatre
Joe Lycett
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fresh from his stint on The Great Celebrity Bake Off, the Birmingham-born comedian will be bringing his sharp, mischievous humour to Hull’s City Hall as part of the punderfully named tour: I’m About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett.

City Hall, Hull
Ignacio Lopez
Sunday, September 9, 2018

After the success of his EspañYOLO theatre tour last year, the half-Spanish, half-Welsh stand-up will bring his sleazy lothario stage persona to the New Barrack Tavern – along with his unique brand of sarcastic cultural observations, witty one-liners and some hilarious musical parodies. Vamos.

New Barrack Tavern, Sheffield
Rachel Parris
Thursday, September 13, 2018

The star of the Mash Report showcases a cheeky combination of comic anthems and her all-too-relatable, bittersweet stand up – alongside brand new material that takes a satircal look at the insane events of this year.

The Wardrobe, Leeds
Ray Bradshaw
Friday, September 14, 2018

One in six people in Scotland suffer from hearing loss. Two of those happen to be two-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist Ray Bradshaw’s parents. Full of hilarious tales about growing up in a deaf household, this show will be spoken as well as performed in British Sign Language by Ray himself – a world first.

The Coliseum Centre, Whitby
Chris Ramsey
Friday, September 21, 2018

Chris’s latest show is entitled ‘Just Happy to Get Out of the House’, but we think he’s downplaying things. Critically acclaimed and highly respected among his peers, he’s one of the most interesting comics working today. Put it this way – he’s back in Yorkshire only two months after his last show due to demand. 

King’s Hall, Ilkley


Tim Vine
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The two-time winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s best joke award returns to the stand up circuit to deliver what he himself bills as ‘comedy without a message’. Probably summed up by the title of his tour – Sunset Milk Idiot – which derives from Vine’s own assessment that ‘sunsets are in the sky, milk’s nice, and I’m an idiot.’

City Varieties, Leeds
Whoopi Goldberg
Saturday, October 13, 2018

In one of only two live dates in the UK, comedy and acting legend Whoopi Goldberg will take over Leeds’ First Direct Arena for a hilarious evening of topical observations, followed by an exclusive question-and-answer session. One of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award, Whoopi has more than secured her place in the history books – making this incredibly-rare foray to our shores even more unmissable. 

First Direct Arena, Leeds

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