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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, May 19

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 3rd The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club continues our year-long "Five Years of Funny" event with an evening of top-level comedy. It's our final show before our Summer break and the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2019, so we're ending our Spring season with a bang!

    As always, tickets remain at...

    Dates

    From:
    3 May 2019 To 3 May 2019
  2. Justin Moorhouse: Northern Joker

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    These days Justin's not certain about anything apart from his uncertainty - Brexit looms, it appears the Cold War is being rebooted and that's before we begin to worry about what's happening in America... closer to home he's starting to feel redundant as a parent. One kid is leaving home, the dog...

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    From:
    4 May 2019 To 4 May 2019
  3. Rob Auton: The Talk Show

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    A comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking by award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton.

    Following on from his shows about hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, Rob now turns his attention to talking because he is ready to talk about talking. Since 2012 Rob has chosen a...

    Dates

    From:
    9 May 2019 To 9 May 2019
  4. Julian Clary: Born to Mince Tour 2019

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Are you ready for some filth? I know I am. It's been a while since I sallied forth to pleasure the provinces with my particular brand of saucy innuendo. Let me at them!

    In this outrageously camp new show, (that he was going to call Bed Knobs and Knee Pads but was advised might not sell too well in...

    Dates

    From:
    10 May 2019 To 10 May 2019
  5. Lee Kyle and Cal Halbert

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 17th May, Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes back Lee Kyle and Cal Halbert with a double bill of their full tour shows.

    Tickets are £10 and are available from our online box office at www.frazertheatre.co.uk or calling 07835 927965

    Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm.

    Lee Kyle:...

    Dates

    From:
    17 May 2019 To 17 May 2019
  6. Alun Cochrane and Tom Taylor

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Wednesday 26th June Frazer Theatre Comedy Club presents a double bill of comedians with work in progress shows as they prepare for the Edinburgh Festival.


    Alun Cochrane: Work in Progress

    Alun Cochrane has been doing solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2004. He has performed at...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Jun 2019 To 26 Jun 2019
  7. 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:
    3 Oct 2019 To 20 Oct 2019
  8. Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny 2019

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Brought to you by Harrogate Theatres as part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2019

    Jimmy's brand new show 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...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Oct 2019 To 9 Oct 2019
  9. Dave Johns: From Byker to the BAFTAs

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    Comedy

    Masham


    Dave Johns is one of the most respected and best loved comedians working on the British comedy circuit. An avuncular Geordie with plenty to say and some amazing fun facts, Dave has performed extensively in venues, clubs and festivals in the UK and worldwide for over 30 years, and is a popular...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Oct 2019 To 11 Oct 2019

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