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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. Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

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    Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is back in action on Friday 2nd February with another superlative selection of the very best comedians around.

    As always, tickets remain at £10 in advance and are available from the Old Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough, by calling 07835 927965 or from our...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Feb 2018 To 2 Feb 2018
  2. Dr John Cooper Clarke

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    Dr John Cooper Clarke

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Poet; Movie star; Rock star; TV & radio presenter; Comedian; Social & cultural commentator.

    John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’.

    Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

    Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Feb 2018 To 10 Feb 2018
  3. Sitting Room Comedy, Jan & Feb 2018

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    Sitting Room Comedy, Jan & Feb 2018

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    An evening of comedy with Sitting Room, with bills featuring only the very best professional comics from the national and international circuits guaranteeing quality, value for money and a lot of laughs. Information and tickets at only £10 (£12 on the door) available at www.sittingroomcomedy.com.

    Dates

    From:
    14 Feb 2018 To 14 Feb 2018
  4. Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

    Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    I originally intended to call the show, 'I’ll Millennial You in a Minute', but my promoter considered the title, 'off-puttingly baffling'. That’s my own chainsaw in the photo, by the way.

    Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Feb 2018 To 23 Feb 2018
  5. Brennan Reece - Everlong

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    Brennan Reece - Everlong

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 9th March the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is delighted to welcome back Brennan Reece as he embarks on his first national tour.

    English Comedian Of The Year and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee is back with a brand new show! Following last years sold out UK and Australian tour, Brennan...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Mar 2018 To 9 Mar 2018
  6. Rob Brydon - I am Standing Up...

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    Rob Brydon - I am Standing Up...

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Rob Brydon is perhaps best known for the television shows Gavin and Stacey, Would I Lie To You? and The Trip as well as Marion and Geoff, Human Remains, Little Britain, The Rob Brydon Show, Best of Men, Gangster Grannyand Q.I. His film work includes The Huntsman : Winter’s War,Cinderellaand Lock,...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Mar 2018 To 9 Mar 2018
  7. Joe Lycett: I'm About To Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett

    Joe Lycett: I'm About To Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Pop in and see Joe Lycett on his brand new stand-up tour, where he’ll be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic internet trolling he’s been up to recently. As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI and The Royal Variety Performance.

    Reviews:

    'A man who makes funny seem easy’'...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Mar 2018 To 29 Mar 2018
  8. Adam Hess, Glenn Moore

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    Adam Hess, Glenn Moore

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Adam Hess: Cactus

    Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated chap and star of Tonight at the London Palladium, Live from the BBC and other stuff returns for another smash-hit show. He's five foot eleven, he hates other families' plates, and he had his 18th birthday party on a riverboat on the Thames so when...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Apr 2018 To 20 Apr 2018
  9. Count Arthur Strong: Is Alive and Unplugged

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    Count Arthur Strong: Is Alive and Unplugged

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Alone, solo and by himself, with no one with him, the show business Colossasus (check that) takes us back on a journey through his early career. Using the latest technology and all that (I presume we’ve got a projector?) he will be delving into his own personal box of video cassettes and talking us...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Jun 2018 To 9 Jun 2018
  10. Chris Ramsey

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    Chris Ramsey

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Critically acclaimed and award winning Stand Up comedian, host of his own TV entertainment show and Stand Up show on Comedy Central, Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place; Chris Ramsey brings his BRAND NEW 2018 live tour to Harrogate Theatre. It sold out...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Jun 2018 To 13 Jun 2018
  11. 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 2018 To 14 Oct 2018

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