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Comedy

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 before.
 

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  1. Eleanor Conway Walk of Shame 2017 Tour

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    Eleanor Conway Walk of Shame 2017 Tour

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 1st April Frazer Theatre Comedy Club presents Eleanor Conway's Walk of Shame.

    What is life without something that makes you feel good?

    Ferocious clubber and party girl Eleanor Conway has always been a woman of extremes; she partied around the world as a music journalist, ran off to...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Apr 2017 To 1 Apr 2017
  2. Masham Players present BRASSED OFF

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    Masham Players present BRASSED OFF

    Type

    Comedy

    Masham

    The Masham Players continue their 70th anniversary season with Brassed Off, adapted by Paul Allen and Mark Herman from the iconic Yorkshire film.

    Danny is the leader of a brass band made up of coal miners from the pit in Grimley, a Yorkshire mining town. The band was founded in 1881, and its...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Apr 2017 To 7 Apr 2017
  3. Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

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    Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club returns to action on Friday April 7th with a night of the very best stand-up comedy around. An eclectic mix of acts awaits our audience this month, with something for everybody!

    As always, tickets are still just £10 in advance, £12 on the door while stocks last. They...

    Dates

    From:
    7 Apr 2017 To 7 Apr 2017
  4. An Evening with Kate Fox and Andy Croft

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    An Evening with Kate Fox and Andy Croft

    Type

    Comedy

    Masham

    A thought-provoking evening of poetry and humour at Masham Town Hall with KATE FOX and ANDY CROFT.

    Who put the laughter in slaughter?
    How do you conjugate the verb brexire?
    And is the pen really mightier than le Pen?

    An evening of satire, seriousness and silliness from well-known North...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Apr 2017 To 13 Apr 2017
  5. Naomi's Wild and Scary

    Naomi's Wild and Scary

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Children's TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson is embarking on a nationwide tour in spring 2017. The show will be packed full of fun and surprises as Naomi is joined on stage by 'Animal Mark', and some of his scariest creatures. Join Naomi as she recalls some of her most exciting wildlife experiences...

    Dates

    From:
    18 Apr 2017 To 18 Apr 2017
  6. Richard Herring The Best

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    Richard Herring The Best

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Richard Herring, King of the Edinburgh Fringe, Metro columnist and the UK's Podfather (RHLSTP, AIOTM) picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for your delectation.

    From his deconstruction of the genealogy of Christ to him proving that racists are less...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Apr 2017 To 20 Apr 2017
  7. Chris Ramsey; Is That Chris Ramsey?

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    Chris Ramsey; Is That Chris Ramsey?

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    A brand new stand up show for 2017 from the comedian you've seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Celebrity Juice, Hebburn, Live At The Apollo and various newspapers when he was wrongly arrested in a hotel in his underpants.

    Is that Chris Ramsey? Yes it is. On his biggest UK tour yet. Get...

    Dates

    From:
    3 May 2017 To 3 May 2017
  8. Jon Richardson: Old Man

    Jon Richardson: Old Man

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    The British Comedy Award nominee and star of Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions. Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of...

    Dates

    From:
    11 May 2017 To 11 May 2017
  9. The Sitcom Experience

    The Sitcom Experience

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Your hosts for the evening are the crème brulee of Peckham and look like Del Boyl, Rodney, Uncle Albert, Trigger and Boycie and this cast have a specific skill set which enables them to listen, respond and interact with the audience in a live fully inclusive immersive dining experience.
    'The...

    Dates

    From:
    13 May 2017 To 13 May 2017
  10. Omid Djalili ; Schmuck For a Night

    Omid Djalili ; Schmuck For a Night

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood to television...

    Dates

    From:
    19 May 2017 To 19 May 2017
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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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