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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 - September 19

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    Frazer Theatre Comedy Club - September 19

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 6th September the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club returns from its summer break with a fantastic line up of comedians to kick off the Autumn programme.

    Tickets remain at £10 in advance from our online box office at www.frazertheatre.co.uk or by calling 07835 927965 (payment taken at time of…

    Dates

    From:
    6 Sep 2019 To 6 Sep 2019
  2. 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:
    7 Oct 2019 To 19 Oct 2019
  3. Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny 2019

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    Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny 2019

    Type

    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
  4. Dave Johns: From Byker to the BAFTAs

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    Dave Johns: From Byker to the BAFTAs

    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
  5. John Robertson-The Dark Room

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    John Robertson-The Dark Room

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 23rd November at 8pm the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes back John Robertson with his interactive game show for adults "The Dark Room".

    Tickets are £10 (+ £1 booking fee) and are available from our online box at www.frazertheatre.co.uk or by calling 07835 927965.

    Doors open at 7…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019 To 23 Nov 2019

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