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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. Omid Djalili - The Good Times Tour

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    Omid Djalili - The Good Times Tour

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    After experimenting with a Zoom gig where he got muted by 639 people and a Drive-in gig where Omid witnessed an audience member get out his car, attach a hose pipe to his exhaust and feed it through the window; multi award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is now where he belongs, on a stage…

    Dates

    From:
    6 May 2021 To 6 May 2021
  2. Jason Manford: Like Me

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    Jason Manford: Like Me

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    He's back! It's been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn't changed a bit. 'Like Me' is Jason's latest comic offering set to hit the road, and is sure to be 'expert observational…

    Dates

    From:
    29 Jul 2021 To 29 Jul 2021
  3. Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

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    Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things.

    Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love.

    But they're just jokes - they are not the terrible things.
    Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo.
    Now you've been…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Sep 2021 To 23 Sep 2021
  4. Jon Richardson : The Knitwit

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    Jon Richardson : The Knitwit

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival

    Will the recycling be put out on the right day? Who is going to smooth over the top of the margarine? How many lights are on upstairs when everybody is downstairs?

    Watch Jon pretend that these aren't his foremost concerns as he leaves home on his first tour since…

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2021 To 30 Sep 2021
  5. Tim Vine Is Plastic Elvis

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    Tim Vine Is Plastic Elvis

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    he total sell out at the Edinburgh festival is now on tour! Feel the electricity as Plastic Elvis hits the stage backed by his incredible five piece THE HIGH NOON BAND. He'll shake, he'll smoulder, he'll try and control his hair and in the end he'll break your heart. Sing along with some of the…

    Dates

    From:
    5 Oct 2021 To 5 Oct 2021
  6. Katherine Ryan - Missus

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    Katherine Ryan - Missus

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Katherine Ryan is currently dominating the television and live comedy scenes both in the UK and abroad. Katherine's debut 6 x 30' Netflix sitcom The Duchess was released on the 11th September 2020 and leapt to the top of the UK Netflix chart. Katherine not only stars in the lead role but also wrote…

    Dates

    From:
    14 Oct 2021 To 14 Oct 2021

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