What's On - Comedy
With comedic sensation Sarah Millican topping the bill, you know you’re in for a treat. The 10th annual Harrogate Comedy Festival will see the likes of Nish Kumar, Jason Byrne, Sara Pascoe, David O'Doherty, Jimeoin, Ross Noble and Stewart Francis all come together to entertain the Harrogate locals – alongside musical silliness, hilarious plays and local stand up talent.
Natural motor-mouth comedian Seann Walsh is arguably the most frighteningly-precocious talent to emerge from the British comedy circuit in years. Charming and charismatic, the former Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year is always sure to deliver sharp, creative observational comedy.
Legendary comedy actress, author and activist Joanna Lumley has barely been off our screens since bursting onto the scene as Purdey in the New Avengers back in 1976. And now she’s hitting our stages too – taking audiences through some of her hilarious adventures from a truly illustrious career.
Fresh from his stint on The Great Celebrity Bake Off, the Birmingham-born comedian (and new Great British Sewing Bee host) will be bringing his sharp, mischievous humour on his return to the Tyne Theatre with his punderfully named tour: I’m About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett.
Comedian, actor and satirist Marcus is taking a more devil-may-care attitude in his latest stand up show – literally. Living in a society that divides us all into what he terms ‘unpleasant categories’ – he cites, among others, Snowflakes, Brextremists, Feminazis and Piers Morgan – his Devil May Care tour will see Marcus investigate what the words ‘good’ and ‘bad’ really mean.
Strap yourself in as Fringe legend and Ireland’s Got Talent judge Jason Byrne takes you on a rib-breakingly funny journey through some bizarre comedy routines and some pretty crazy live stunts. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Canadian comedian Phil Nichol’s stand up skit – brilliantly named Your Wrong – was the second best-reviewed show of last year’s Edinburgh Festival and promises to delight audiences on its tour of the UK this autumn. Exploring our modern day need to always be right about everything, Phil takes on Trump, Brexit and Tinder in trademark fashion.
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.
The Mock The Week stalwart and Live At The Apollo favourite brings her quick-fire observational gags and hilarious one-liners to Helmsley’s Art Centre for an evening that promises to unmask what it means to be, as Zoe puts it, an ‘entry-level human’.
Ireland’s finest hip-hop musical comedian Abandoman – aka Rob Broderick – is back on tour with his biggest show to date. Get ready to be taken on a magical journey, where Rob hilarious transforms the audience’s likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales.
The BAFTA-winning comedian (and voice of Love Island) brings his cynical, wisecracking style to his U OK Hun X show – which is filled with observational and surreal comedy lamenting our world of instant gratification, rising house prices and the fact that all of his friends have settled down.