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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. Susan Calman; The Calman Before The Storm

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    Susan Calman; The Calman Before The Storm

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    ★★★★★ 'The high energy throughout her unswerving flow of entertaining quips and hilarious anecdotes, leaves a never dull moment for audiences… a show that shouldn't be missed' Edinburgh Festival Magazine

    ★★★★ 'Properly funny… its lovely!' The Scotsman

    ★★★★ 'The iron fist of political comment is...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Sep 2017 To 5 Sep 2017
  2. Susan Calman; The Calman Before The Storm

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    Susan Calman; The Calman Before The Storm

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    It’s Susan Calman’s tenth year in comedy and she’s back with a brand new show. You may have seen or heard her on shows like QI, HIGNFY, News Quiz, Listomania or Mock the Week, now you have the opportunity to see her in person, life size if you will. For information Susan is taller than a borrower...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Sep 2017 To 5 Sep 2017
  3. Harrogate Comedy Festival

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    Harrogate Comedy Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Harrogate

    The 8th annual Harrogate Comedy Festival (1st-16th Oct 2016) features handpicked acts from across the globe to the town. With acts from Australia, America, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Europe it’s a comedy festival with an exciting international twist.

    The 2016 line-up includes Ross Noble,...

    Venue

    Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    2 Oct 2017 To 14 Oct 2017
  4. Jason Manford

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    Jason Manford

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017.

    Jason Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.

    Sunday...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Oct 2017 To 2 Oct 2017
  5. Shappi Khorsandi

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    Shappi Khorsandi

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017

    Shappi presents England's unsung heroine. For too many years she has been known as just ‘Nelson's mistress', a bit of a harlot. (You get ONE job in a brothel and bang goes your reputation.) Women's lib wasn't a 'thing' in Georgian times, Emma moved mountains...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Oct 2017 To 3 Oct 2017
  6. Lou Sanders

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    Lou Sanders

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017

    Lou Sanders has been has named as one of the top comic's to watch in Vogue, The Sun, Time Out, London is Funny, Fest Magazine & Dave TV.

    Her television highlights include Alan Davies' As Yet Untitled (DAVE), Live From the BBC (BBC), Russell Howard's Good...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Oct 2017 To 4 Oct 2017
  7. Jason Byrne

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    Jason Byrne

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Comedy Festival 2017

    ‘The Man With Three Brains’ is a brand new show from the highly acclaimed and extremely funny, Jason Byrne.

    Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Oct 2017 To 4 Oct 2017
  8. Ed Gamble

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    Ed Gamble

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017

    After the huge success of his 2016 tour, that gobby little toerag Ed Gamble is back with a brand new lumbering beast of a comedy show.

    Off of Mock the Week (BBC2), Drunk History (Comedy Central), Conan (TBS), Almost Royal (E4), Russell Howard's Stand Up...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Oct 2017 To 5 Oct 2017
  9. Stewart Lee

    Stewart Lee

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017

    After four years writing and performing his TV show, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.

    'The most consistently funny show of his brilliant career. I...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Oct 2017 To 5 Oct 2017
  10. Simon Amstell

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    Simon Amstell

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Following a series of critically acclaimed, sold out international tours, Simon Amstell begins his fifth stand up tour in the UK.

    What Is This? promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love.

    'Simon Amstell has a gift for taking a social norm and...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Oct 2017 To 6 Oct 2017
  11. Greg Davies You Magnificent Beast

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    Greg Davies You Magnificent Beast

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

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    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
  12. Phil Wang

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    Phil Wang

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017

    Phil is a 27-year old stand-up comedian on his first tour of the UK. He has appeared on Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and Would I Lie To You? He is very excited to be performing here, in [INSERT TOWN NAME] - a...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Oct 2017 To 9 Oct 2017
  13. The Game's a Foot, Try The Fish and The Man with the Twisted Hip

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    The Game's a Foot, Try The Fish and The Man with the Twisted Hip

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017

    Weaving Wodehousian witticisms, farce and highly quotable one-liners into a pair of intriguing 1930s whodunits, award-winning writer-performer Tom Taylor’s rakish aristocrat and first-time detective, Charlie Montague, must prevent a murder. The chap dies....

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2017 To 10 Oct 2017
  14. Graeme Swann's Great British Spin Off with Henry Blofeld: The Second Innings

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    Graeme Swann's Great British Spin Off with Henry Blofeld: The Second Innings

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    As part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017

    Following on from their hit 2016 tour, Graeme Swann, England's greatest ever spin bowler and cricket's best loved commentator, Henry Blofeld, are back by popular demand with a barrage of new stories from on and off the field. Who better to discuss the...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2017 To 10 Oct 2017
  15. Jimmy Carr

    Jimmy Carr

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017

    Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.

    A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr's new tour will distil...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2017 To 10 Oct 2017
  16. Paul Zerdin: All Mouth

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    Paul Zerdin: All Mouth

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    As part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017

    America'’s Got Talent winner 2015 Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin returns home to the UK fresh from headlining the world-famous Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas with a sparkling new show featuring his all-star cast of (in)famous puppets.

    Join Paul, Sam, Albert and...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Oct 2017 To 11 Oct 2017
  17. Eleanor Conway's Walk of Shame

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    Eleanor Conway's Walk of Shame

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    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 Asia to work for the triads, made hardcore porn and Tinder’d her way through most of London… Now sober from alcohol and substances she’s failing to...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Oct 2017 To 12 Oct 2017
  18. Andy Parsons

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    Andy Parsons

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Comedy Festival 2017

    Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried about yourself? Worried about the health service? Education? Climate change? World War 3? Worried about worrying? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it. It’s one of the things we do best. Or is it? Was it...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Oct 2017 To 12 Oct 2017
  19. Dan Simpson: Invitation to Artificial Ineloquence

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    Dan Simpson: Invitation to Artificial Ineloquence

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017

    Stand-up poet Dan Simpson (Glastonbury Festival, Canterbury Laureate) focuses his high-speed fuzzy logic on the screens and machines that rule over our lives. As the robots rise and deep learning AIs threaten to take over the world, can humanity survive in a...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Oct 2017 To 13 Oct 2017
  20. Paul Chowdhry

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    Paul Chowdhry

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Comedy Festival 2017

    Following his 2015 100 date sell-out tour, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry brings his highly anticipated new stand-up show to venues nationwide.

    Suitable for age 12+

    ‘It’s a rare and joyous thing...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Oct 2017 To 13 Oct 2017

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