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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. Gavin Webster : World Tour

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    Gavin Webster : World Tour

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 14th September, Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes comedian Gavin Webster for an intimate gig upstairs at the Frazer.

    Cult Geordie comedian of over 25 years Gavin Webster is finally doing a tour, a World tour to be exact. A massive influence on the stand up scene on Tyneside he's...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Sep 2018 To 14 Sep 2018
  2. George Michael Tribute Night

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    George Michael Tribute Night

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    If you like tribute nights then you are in for a treat! Here at The Cairn Hotel we have a George Michael tribute night which also includes a 2 course dinner, coffee, tribute act and a disco until midnight.
    If you'd like to book or find out more visit our website http://strathmorehotels-thecairn...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Sep 2018 To 16 Sep 2018
  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:
    3 Oct 2018 To 20 Oct 2018
  4. Comedian of the Year

    Comedian of the Year

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    Join us on our annual talent hunt - who goes through? You decide.

    Our annual talent hunt is back. Two heats jam-packed with the freshest comedic talent, but who will be crowned 2018's Comedian of the Year? You will laugh, you may cry, but ultimately, you...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Oct 2018 To 9 Oct 2018
    From:
    10 Oct 2018 To 10 Oct 2018
    From:
    14 Oct 2018 To 14 Oct 2018
  5. Sara Pascoe - LadsLadsLads

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    Sara Pascoe - LadsLadsLads

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    Always honest, always regretting it later, Sara opens her heart and mouth again to share the adventures of the last year. Full of jokes, hope and white wine LadsLadsLads is the thinking person's stag do*.

    Following a sell-out run in London’s West End, the...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Oct 2018 To 9 Oct 2018
  6. Samantha Baines: 1 Woman A High Flyer and a Flat Bottom

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    Samantha Baines: 1 Woman A High Flyer and a Flat Bottom

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) brings her critically acclaimed and complete sell-out Edinburgh 2017 show to Harrogate for one night only.

    This year she's exploring the lost women of science. Expect facts, puns and an...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Oct 2018 To 11 Oct 2018
  7. David O'Doherty : YOU HAVE TO LAUGH

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    David O'Doherty : YOU HAVE TO LAUGH

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    Unhook your mindbras. David O’Doherty is back on tour with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.

    As seen on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

    Dates

    From:
    11 Oct 2018 To 11 Oct 2018
  8. Nish Kumar; It's In Your Nature to Destroy Yourself

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    Nish Kumar; It's In Your Nature to Destroy Yourself

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a national tour of the UK. The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and if this will lead to the end...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Oct 2018 To 12 Oct 2018
  9. Jason Byrne - You Can Come In But Don't Start Anything

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    Jason Byrne - You Can Come In But Don't Start Anything

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    The ‘Outright King of Live Comedy’ The Times Jason Byrne is on the road again for more comedy chaos.

    Strap in as Jason takes you on a trip of mad routines alongside some proper bonkers stunts. As seen on Live at the Apollo BBC1, The Royal Variety Show...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Oct 2018 To 13 Oct 2018
  10. Maisie Adam

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    Maisie Adam

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    18 months ago, Maisie decided to try stand-up comedy. Within a year, she won the biggest stand-up comedy newcomer competition (becoming the 4th woman to have done so in its 30 years), opened for major comedians, and claimed a Best New Comedy nomination at...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Oct 2018 To 13 Oct 2018
  11. Lou Sanders and Flo and Joan

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    Lou Sanders and Flo and Joan

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    LOU SANDERS - SHAME PIG
    Yes, big topics are discussed. Her labia, for one. But also shame, sobriety and unrequested sex. Sanders has met some pigs – and been a mucky little pig herself – and now she’s rolling around in her own filth for your delight. As seen...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Oct 2018 To 14 Oct 2018
  12. Jimeoin - Result!

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    Jimeoin - Result!

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    An evening of world class stand-up as the Irishman from Australia brings his brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious comedy to Harrogate Comedy festival 2018, fresh from a smash-hit New York off-Broadway season with his latest sell out tour.
    Jimeoin...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Oct 2018 To 16 Oct 2018
  13. Lucy Hopkins - Le Foulard

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    Lucy Hopkins - Le Foulard

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    International sensation, multi award-winning Le Foulard explodes into Harrogate to set the beautiful Harrogate Theatre alight with the white-hot power of extended metaphor, exquisite contemporary performance and excellent make up. You are welcome.

    Making a...

    Dates

    From:
    17 Oct 2018 To 17 Oct 2018
  14. Crooners

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    Crooners

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Rip Roaring Comedy

    This modern world does not always seem the place for men of style and vigour. Men with a penchant for sentiment, romance and charm. Men who own tap shoes.

    Crooners follows the story of three very British gentlemen who exhume the characteristics of a crooner; suave,...

    Dates

    From:
    18 Oct 2018 To 18 Oct 2018
  15. Juliette Burton - Butterfly Effect

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    Juliette Burton - Butterfly Effect

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Following total sold-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2015, 2016 and 2017, award-winning comedian Juliette Burton embarks on her first UK tour with her critically-acclaimed docu-comedy in which she investigates the power of kindness. Most of us find it hard enough being kind to ourselves - let alone...

    Dates

    From:
    18 Oct 2018 To 18 Oct 2018
  16. Ross Noble - El Hablador

    Ross Noble - El Hablador

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    Who is El Hablador? It’s Ross Noble.

    No, but who is the one they call El Hablador? I just said, it is Ross Noble.You know? Long hair, does stand up where he dances about the stage, spinning out all the nonsense in his head into a show.

    But what is the...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2018 To 19 Oct 2018
  17. Richard Carpenter Is Close To You

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    Richard Carpenter Is Close To You

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    In a world where rainy days and Mondays collide, one man’s solitary journey to find himself has only just begun…

    The piano player from Frisky & Mannish plays the piano player from The Carpenters in a razor-sharp parody play about a life spent playing the...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2018 To 19 Oct 2018
  18. Stewart Francis - Into the Punset

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    Stewart Francis - Into the Punset

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2018

    The star of 'Mock the Week' and 'Live at the Apollo' embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour EVER!!! See him before he heads off... INTO THE PUNSET.

    'One of the funniest comedians in the world.'

    Craig Ferguson, CBS' Late Late Show.

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2018 To 19 Oct 2018
  19. Dave Gorman: With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint

    Dave Gorman: With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint.

    As the title suggests, he’s bringing his laptop and projector...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Nov 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
  20. Mrs Barbara Nice's Festiva Special

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    Mrs Barbara Nice's Festiva Special

    Type

    Comedy

    Masham

    Stockport housewife and mother of five Mrs Barbara Nice brings her famous Christmas shindig to the town hall, complete with raffle, tombola and mince pies. Join her for the perfect 'Christmas do' – a bumper bundle selection box of seasonal fun with all the trimmings.

    Lovable Barbara ("as in...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Dec 2018 To 21 Dec 2018
  21. Flanders and Swann - At the Drop of a Hippopotamus

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    Flanders and Swann - At the Drop of a Hippopotamus

    Type

    Comedy

    Masham


    In 2001, multi-award winning comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4 musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins took to the stage in a theatre in Sussex to raise money for a small cottage hospital and Flanders and Swann - At the Drop of a Hippopotamus was born.

    The Masters of 1950s and 1960s madness,...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Feb 2019 To 8 Feb 2019
  22. Gary Delaney: "Gagster's Paradise"

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    Gary Delaney: "Gagster's Paradise"

    Type

    Comedy

    Masham

    One of Britain's leading one-liner comics returns to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery.

    A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary's shows are renowned in the business for an almost unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Feb 2019 To 9 Feb 2019
  23. Henning Wehn : GET ON WITH IT

    Henning Wehn : GET ON WITH IT

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    You couldn'’t make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out yet another new show? And what’'s he still doing here anyway? Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practise makes perfect is what keeps him going.

    This show is...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Feb 2019 To 22 Feb 2019

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