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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. Mrs Barbara Nice's Festiva Special

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    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
  2. Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is kicking off our year-long "Five Years of Funny" celebration in style, as we hurtle towards November 2019 and the biggest show we've ever done to mark our fifth birthday! We take the first step on the road to this enormous show on Friday January 4th with a show...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Jan 2019 To 4 Jan 2019
  3. Hyena Comedy Club January 2019

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

    Dates

    From:
    26 Jan 2019 To 26 Jan 2019
  4. Hyena Lounge Kids Comedy January 2019

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    The Hyena Lounge Kids Comedy Club

    With jokes that are suitable for children but funny enough to get everyone laughing, it has all the feel of a real comedy club... but without the rude bits or swearing, it's cracking fun!
    A great way to entertain the whole family.

    Line up to be announced later....

    Dates

    From:
    26 Jan 2019 To 26 Jan 2019
  5. Flanders and Swann - At the Drop of a Hippopotamus

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    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
  6. Gary Delaney: "Gagster's Paradise"

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    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
  7. Lloyd Griffith-All Rounder

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 16th February 2019 The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club presents Lloyd Griffith.

    After the success of his sold out 2017/18 UK tour, comedian, choirboy and host of Soccer AM, Lloyd Griffith is back on the road with his hilarious new stand-up show. Expect jokes, dubious impressions, jokes, a...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Feb 2019 To 16 Feb 2019
  8. Henning Wehn : GET ON WITH IT

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    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
  9. Robert White's Tank Top Tour

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    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Robert White wowed the judges and viewers alike with his fast-paced comedy routines when he made the finals on this year's Britain's Got Talent. He is now set to bring all that fun you saw on the TV live across the country as he announces his debut UK tour: The Tank Top Tour. With a suitcase full...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Mar 2019 To 20 Mar 2019
  10. Brennan Reece - Evermore

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 22nd March the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is delighted to welcome back star of Live At The Apollo (BBC) and Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Brennan Reece returns with his third UK tour – Evermore.

    Brennan is a multi-award winning working class wordsmith (Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Mar 2019 To 22 Mar 2019
  11. Hyena Lounge Kids Comedy

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    Harrogate

    The Hyena Lounge Kids Comedy Club

    With jokes that are suitable for children but funny enough to get everyone laughing, it has all the feel of a real comedy club... but without the rude bits or swearing, it's cracking fun!
    A great way to entertain the whole family.

    Line up to be announced later....

    Dates

    From:
    20 Apr 2019 To 20 Apr 2019
  12. 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...

    Dates

    From:
    4 May 2019 To 4 May 2019
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny 2019

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    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

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