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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. 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
  2. Hyena Comedy Club for Kids

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    With jokes that are suitable for children but funny enough to get everyone laughing, it's a show aimed at the whole family.

    Similar in atmosphere to an adult comedy club but without the grown-up themes or swearing, each show features three superb comedians carefully selected from the world's…

    Dates

    From:
    29 Jun 2019 To 29 Jun 2019
  3. Hyena Comedy Club June

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    This excellent stand up show right on your doorstep is the perfect night out for people who like laughing.

    This month's line-up features the superb Brennan Reece, Dane Baptiste, Gordon Southern and Dan Nightingale

    Forget boring Saturday night telly and see stand-up at its best: live.

    Line-up…

    Dates

    From:
    29 Jun 2019 To 29 Jun 2019
  4. Harriet Dyer and Lou Conran Double Bill .. Knaresborough Comedy Festival

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    Running from 19th to 27th July, the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2019 will take place over two weekends giving the chance to see performances from eight fantastic comedians. There will be a double bill show at 8pm on the Friday and Saturday nights, each with two full Edinburgh Festival previews…

    Dates

    From:
    19 Jul 2019 To 19 Jul 2019
  5. Rob Rouse & Helen Rutter and Boothby Graffoe .. Knaresborough Comedy Festival

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    Running from 19th to 27th July, the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2019 will take place over two weekends giving the chance to see performances from eight fantastic comedians. There will be a double bill show at 8pm on the Friday and Saturday nights, each with two full Edinburgh Festival previews…

    Dates

    From:
    20 Jul 2019 To 20 Jul 2019
  6. Tom Toal and Mark Simmons .. Knaresborough Comedy Festival

    Add Tom Toal and Mark Simmons .. Knaresborough Comedy Festival to your Itinerary

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    Running from 19th to 27th July, the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2019 will take place over two weekends giving the chance to see performances from eight fantastic comedians. There will be a double bill show at 8pm on the Friday and Saturday nights, each with two full Edinburgh Festival previews…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Jul 2019 To 26 Jul 2019
  7. Maisie Adam and Alfie Moore .. Knaresborough Comedy Festival

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    Running from 19th to 27th July, the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2019 will take place over two weekends giving the chance to see performances from eight fantastic comedians. There will be a double bill show at 8pm on the Friday and Saturday nights, each with two full Edinburgh Festival previews…

    Dates

    From:
    27 Jul 2019 To 27 Jul 2019
  8. Rob Mulholland .. Too Big Too Fail

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 2nd August, Knaresborough's very own Rob Mulholland will be performing his first headline show in his home town as he performs his brand new show "Too Big To Fail" which he'll be taking to the Edinburgh festival the very next day.

    Support will be provided by the ridiculously good Simon…

    Dates

    From:
    2 Aug 2019 To 2 Aug 2019
  9. Harrogate Comedy Festival

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    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:
    7 Oct 2019 To 19 Oct 2019
  10. 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
  11. Dave Johns: From Byker to the BAFTAs

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    Type

    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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