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Comedy in Harrogate & District

Harrogate’s comedy offering is fast becoming more a year round highlight of the British Comedy scene. 

At the heart of the comedy year is the annual Harrogate Comedy Festival held in Harrogate’s late Victorian theatre. The festival will soon celebrate its tenth anniversary and now attracts big names both from television and from the Radio 4 comedy slots. Previous attendees have included Sarah Millican, Marcus Brigstocke, Ross Noble, Andy Hamilton and the simply unique Boy with Tape on his Face.

It is not just the town of Harrogate that hosts some of the country’s finest comedy acts. Masham Town Hall hosts an eclectic events calendar including some of the best comedians on tour, recently including the likes of Jenny Eclair and Susan Calman.

Knaresborough’s Frazer Theatre is fast establishing itself as a comedy venue with its monthly comedy club.

This is just one of several comedy clubs in the district that offer a fantastic mix of up and comers, comedy circuit headliners and TV and radio regulars in accessible settings in various venues.

Humour is not just for the grown-ups. Check out Harrogate Theatre’s Hyena Lounge Kids Comedy Club - all the feel of a real comedy club... but suitable to younger audience members.

But there is more than just stand up to get the laughter muscles working. Touring professional productions bring the both the dark and farcical to our Theatres on a regular basis. Be it Ayckbourn, Godber or less well known playwrights there will be always be something to entertain in the Harrogate District.

Local amateur dramatics groups also have a few funny bones in the bodies, with recent popular productions including ‘Are you Being Served’, and ‘Allo ‘Allo’, and, of course, the Pantomime season always guarantees laughs for all age groups.

Harrogate also boasts comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd’s favourite venue, the Royal Hall which he describes as having “a marvellous pedigree. It’s a very special place. It’s a privilege and an honour to play there.”.

Over the years the Royal Hall has seen sell out shows from Sir Ken to more recent arrivals such as Jimmy Carr and Jon Richardson.

Comedy does not have to be an indoors experience. Harrogate hosts regular outdoor performances giving an irreverent take on well-known classics. Take a picnic, a blanket and an open mind to enjoy Shakespeare or Austin as you have not seen them before.
 

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  1. Tom Toal and The Delightful Sausage

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    Tom Toal and The Delightful Sausage

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday June 9th the Edinburgh Festival comes early, and considerably further south, as the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club presents two special previews in one top value evening. We are delighted to be bringing the latest full shows which will be performed at the Fringe this year by Tom Toal and The...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Jun 2017 To 9 Jun 2017
  2. Shunted Again! The real history of the railways

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    Shunted Again! The real history of the railways

    Type

    Comedy

    Masham

    Veteran train traveller and stand-up comedian Steve Gribbin rails against the current state of our railway system. Using his very worst journeys as examples, Steve takes us on a (de)tour of cancellations, delays and overcrowding that's enough to drive you to drive. It's the antidote to Michael...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Jun 2017 To 16 Jun 2017
  3. Lee Kyle is Burning This Place to the Ground

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    Lee Kyle is Burning This Place to the Ground

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 17th June come and see Lee Kyle do his show "Lee Kyle is Burning This Place to the Ground" at the Frazer Theatre, it's good. Mind you, this is him typing this so he's bound to say that.

    If you have seen him do comedy and liked it, you might like this show, if you have seen him and...

    Dates

    From:
    17 Jun 2017 To 17 Jun 2017
  4. Greg Davies You Magnificent Beast

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    Greg Davies You Magnificent Beast

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    NEW DATE ADDED

    Greg Davies, BAFTA nominated star of Cuckoo, Man Down, The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster, is back with his first stand up show in four years.

    Join 'undoubtedly one of the kingpins of British comedy' (Evening Standard) on his biggest ever tour.

    Come witness the magnificent beast that...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Oct 2017 To 7 Oct 2017
  5. Milton Jones is Out There

    Milton Jones is Out There

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Milton Jones is Out There. No, really out there and this time he hasn't just forgotten his keys. He's holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it, which means its probably just a window. In his brand new show he'll be putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Oct 2017 To 22 Oct 2017

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