What's On - Comedy
Hot on the heels of his critically-acclaimed hit Sky One show The Russell Howard Hour, not to mention his global smash-hit Netflix special Recalibrate, Russell is back on stage where he belongs, making sense of a world that’s spinning out of control. It’s time for some Respite.
Following James Hurn’s sell-out tour of 2018, he’s back with his ever-popular ‘one man, many voices’ style of celebration of the radio comedy classic, Hancock’s Half Hour. Deftly mimicking some of the gods of British comedy – includingTony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Lloyd and John Le Mesurier – James’ impressionism needs to be seen to be believed.
Loving your children, spouse and aging parents is very hard work, very intense and, a lot of the time, it sucks. But who wants to live without love? This highly-anticipated debut from the host of BBC Radio 4's Comedy of the Week podcast is refreshingly clever and sure to impress (and greatly entertain).
Frank Skinner’s live career began in 1987, when he spent £400 of his last £435 booking a room at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Fast-forward 32 years and he’s a bona fide comedic superstar – one of the nation’s favourite stand ups, TV and radio presenters, proudly laying claim to three number one hits (alongside The Lightning Seeds) with the football anthem Three Lions, and with comedy’s most prestigious prize, The Perrier Award, to his name. Don’t miss a true legend this autumn.
Known for his deadpan delivery, dark humour and heckler interaction, Jimmy Carr has, over the past decade, earned his place amongst the very best of British comics. His latest stand up show contains hilarious jokes about all kinds of terrible things but, as Jimmy himself would say, having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo.
Four lifelong friends whose hilariously outrageous hidden-camera dares have created truTV’s and Comedy Central’s longest-running and top-rated original comedies, Impractical Jokers are now bringing their hilarious hijinks to the stage – and Newcastle’s Utilita Arena is on their list of tour dates.
After eight years of sell-out shows, the Thinking Drinkers return with a brand new hilariously intoxicating look at history’s greatest drinkers. Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts reveal how alcohol has inspired pioneering explorers, politicians and painters in equal measure – from Plato and Picasso to Nelson, Napoleon and Norm from Cheers. You'll learn a lot, laugh a lot and, don't forget, you get five free drinks.
Comedy daredevil Nick Helm is back on the stand up circuit with more brutally brilliant sketches. So why not go and witness the two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee and international treasure-in-waiting shaking his behind, singing songs and righting wrongs at The Witham.
Having rose to prominence in the comedy scene in Australia during the ‘90s, Irish stand up Jimeoin is something of a touring stalwart – known for his extensive live stints around the world – and, as such, has an internationally tried-and-tested approach to his comedy that is guaranteed to bring the laughs. Don’t miss him.
Comedic stalwart Ruby Wax has, in recent years, become something of the poster girl for mental health, writing three bestselling books (to date) about the brain and mindfulness. In her latest stand up show, How To Be Human, Ruby considers our future with technology and how our minds remain the key to finding the yellow brick road to happiness.
This year, in particular, has been extremely testing for the wrecked Jason. But, as ever, he primed, positioned and ready to spill it out on stage. With no two shows ever quite the same in this stand up’s repertoire, expect all the usual spontaneous fun and witness ‘the outright king of live comedy’ at Northern Stage this October.
Sir Lenny Henry is one of Britain’s most celebrated comedians, with a career which began with cult stardom on children's television to include enviable professional credits as a writer, radio DJ, TV presenter, co-founder of Comic Relief and an award-winning actor. In this special evening of entertainment, he will recount memories from his childhood, share insights into his career, and allow audiences to see the man behind the persona in a Q&A.
One of the most brilliant and distinctive young comedians of his generation (and a firm favourite in the seventh series of Greg Davies’ Taskmaster) James Acaster continues to impress after earning five consecutive nominations for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 2012–2016. Don’t miss him.
Expect candid stories, laughter, music and some relief that ‘baring all' is just a figurative expression. Known from Armstrong & Miller to Pointless, from Hey Duggee to Classic FM, discover the man behind the persona in this intimate evening of entertainment with Alexander Armstrong.
A time of crisis: the world in chaos, the country divided as it has never been divided before, questions have been asked and non-answered. What we need is one man to step forward, one man with all the answers. Could Al Murray be that man? He’s certainly going to try.
Comedy superstar John Bishop will drop by the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2019 this October to try out brand new material for his latest stand up show, which promises to be his best yet. As one of the nation’s favourite comedians, he’ll be sure not to disappoint fans old and new.