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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

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 6th December the final Frazer Theatre Comedy Club of 2019 tops off our best year of comedy ever, following on from a triumphant 5th birthday show last month. Not ones to rest on our laurels though, we've made sure that we get your festive season off to the best start possible, with…

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    From:
    6 Dec 2019 To 6 Dec 2019
  2. Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest

    Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 1718 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert!

    A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC). Join Ed as…

    Dates

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    24 Jan 2020 To 24 Jan 2020
  3. 'Lost Babes in Space!' pantomime

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    'Lost Babes in Space!' pantomime

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Prepare for lift-off and join the Pannal Players on their journey into space this February half-term in their pun-tomime 'Lost Babes in Space!'. It's the year 2069. Those that can are heading for the stars to colonise outer space. One such mission is led by evil scientist Dr Gaylord Prod who seeks…

    Dates

    From:
    19 Feb 2020 To 22 Feb 2020
  4. John-Luke Roberts:After Me Comes The Flood

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    John-Luke Roberts:After Me Comes The Flood

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    In a brand-new hour of extraordinary daft-hearted comedy, expect to not know why you are laughing once more… even when he gives you the punchline first. Jokes about staring into the Nietzschean void, the stupid decisions of kings and how Pinocchio can save the world all might make appearances in…

    Dates

    From:
    21 Feb 2020 To 21 Feb 2020
  5. Lloyd Griffith:Not Just A Pretty Face

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    Lloyd Griffith:Not Just A Pretty Face

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 17th April 2020, The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes back stand up comedian and former Soccer AM presenter, Lloyd Griffith who sold out at the Frazer in 2019.

    Lloyd is back on the road for his third UK stand up tour. It's been a busy few years for Grimsby's favourite (for now,…

    Dates

    From:
    17 Apr 2020 To 17 Apr 2020
  6. Harrogate Comedy Festival

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    Harrogate Comedy Festival

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    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:
    7 Oct 2020 To 19 Oct 2020

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