Comedy Gig Guide

They say that laughter is the best medicine, so dose yourself up with a night spent in the presence of some of the finest comedians, coming to a town near you.

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Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is considered one of the most influential comedians of our time and following a triumphant return to the stage with Humanity – his first show in seven years – he’s now embarking on a world tour with brand new show, SuperNature. Star of The Office, Extras and recent Netflix addition, After Life, Ricky has won countless awards for his work both on and off screen, so don’t miss him as he goes back to his stand-up roots and continues his reign as the king of comedy.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Tuesday 21 May - SOLD OUT
O2 Apollo Manchester: Wednesday 22 May - SOLD OUT
O2 City Hall Newcastle: Tuesday 4 June - SOLD OUT

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Wednesday 5 June Buy Tickets

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Rob Beckett

There’s more to Rob Beckett than his teeth you know. The comedian has scored himself an impressive list of TV appearances across the years, including comedy favourites, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Mock The Week and Would I Lie To You?, but now he’s returning to stages with a brand new stand-up show to fill you all in on what’s been going on in the life of the mouth of the south.

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Friday 25 October Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Saturday 26 October Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 13 December Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 14 December Buy Tickets

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James Acaster

The name of James Acaster’s new show, Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999, is very self-descriptive. He ate a cold lasagne, hated himself for it and claims 1999 was the best year of his life. That’s just an insight into the whimsical things that fill his mind and you can hear similar stories when he takes the show on the road. One of the most original voices in comedy, he’s quickly becoming one of the nation’s favourite performers, so don’t miss your chance to experience his ridiculousness live.

O2 Academy Glasgow: Saturday 20 July - SOLD OUT
O2 Academy Glasgow: Sunday 29 September - SOLD OUT

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Romesh Ranganathan

Romesh Ranganathan is firm TV comedy favourite and following on from the hugely successful, ‘Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan’ and ‘Judge Romesh’, he’s now back with a brand new live show, The Cynic’s Mixtape. His most brutal and honest show yet, he’ll be discussing all the things he finds unacceptable, why saving the environment is a scam and other such suspicions.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 5 October - SOLD OUT
O2 Apollo Manchester: Sunday 6 October Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Wednesday 6 NovemberBuy Tickets

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Jimmy Carr

2020 may seem like a lifetime away, but it’ll come around quick and it’s always nice to have something to look forward to, isn’t it? The man with the laugh, Jimmy Carr is back with a brand new show about all kinds of terrible things, jokes that’ll probably offend you, but that’ll have you crying with laughter at the same time. So, see you in 2020?

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 24 April 2020 Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Brixton: Friday 10 April 2020 Buy Tickets

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Daniel Sloss

You may recognise Daniel Sloss from his Netflix specials, but he’s been dominating the live comedy circuit for over 10 years. The Scottish star has won over audiences worldwide and continues to do so with his new show, X. Renowned for his dark, but incredibly witty and smart humour, this isn’t one for the easily offended, but definitely for those who enjoy a good belly laugh from time to time.

O2 Academy Leeds: Thursday 16 May Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bournemouth: Thursday 23 May Buy Tickets

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John Barrowman

Entertainer extraordinaire, TV star and West End performer, John Barrowman, will be celebrating 30 years of being in the business with a tour across the nation this summer. Singing some of his favourite songs and telling the fabulous stories from his life, these shows will mark a huge milestone in his career and he wants you there to celebrate with him.

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Wednesday 20 JuneBuy Tickets

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Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan Van Ness catapulted into the hearts of the world when he appeared on our screens as the sassy and fabulous hair & beauty stylist as part of Netflix’s Queer Eye. Known for his unstoppable energy, witty banter and self-love quotes, he’s now turning his hand to stand-up and will be appearing on stage for an unforgettable live show, inspired by his ongoing attempt to become a figure-skating champion in time for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Thursday 17 October Buy Tickets

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Ed Byrne

Join comedian, Ed Byrne, as he brings his new show, If I’m Honest, to the stage, in which he takes a long, hard look at himself and tries to work out if he has any valuable traits to pass onto his children. A favourite on television shows such as Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week, Ed is a master in observational comedy and has made thousands laugh over the past 24 years, so don’t miss the latest instalment of his stand-up greatness.

O2 Guildhall Southampton: Wednesday 25 March 2020 Buy Tickets

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Rhod Gilbert

It’s been six years since Welsh comedian, Rhod Gilbert, was up on stage doing stand-up, but now he’s back with brand-new show, The Book Of John. In his time away, Rhod admits that things weren’t great, and then he met a bloke called John. In this show, Rhod will divulge the story of John in his most raw, personal and brutally honest show to date, whilst still being as funny as ever.

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Saturday 21 September Buy Tickets

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Stewart Francis

There's no man that knows a pun quite like Stewart Francis. He's become the master of the one-liners and has enjoyed worldwide success with his quick wit and hilarious punch lines. Having extended his UK tour into 2019, Into The Punset will in fact be his last ever tour, as he retires from the road next year. Make sure you see the man live before we're left with a pun-shaped hole in our hearts.

O2 Guildhall Southampton: Saturday 8 June Buy Tickets

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Tim Minchin

Award-winning Australian comedian, actor and composer, Tim Minchin returns to the live stage for his first UK tour dates in eight years. Having won countless awards for his musical compositions, his new show will include plenty of new songs, old songs and some hilarious anecdotes from his individualistic repertoire.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 25 October - SOLD OUT
O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 26 October - SOLD OUT

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Eddie Izzard

Five years on from his last comedy masterpiece and Eddie Izzard is back with Wunderbar, a delicious insight into his surreal and fantastic world. Having made history with previous stand-ups, as well as being an avid political speaker and writer, Eddie Izzard has become a staple in England’s hearts and continues to amaze with his theatrical and fabulous performances.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 8 November Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 9 November Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Sunday 10 November Buy Tickets

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Roy 'Chubby' Brown

Roy Chubby Brown is a legend amongst comics. An inspiration for writers, actors and performers worldwide, his unique style of comedy will either deeply offend you or have you chortling for hours, there’s no in between. Then again, that’s why he’s become one of the greatest stand-up performers in history, so we wouldn’t have it any other way.

O2 Southampton Guildhall: Friday 4 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Thursday 17 October Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 6 December Buy Tickets

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Jonathan Pie

Comedic news reporter, Jonathan Pie, returns with The Fake News Tour, which will see him berate the people in power once more. Known for his viral videos of outrage, covering social and political issues, he’s reached millions of viewers around the world and has become one of the most brilliant and brave entertainers of our time. If you enjoy the odd debate, particularly ones with a harsh, sarcastic tone, then don’t miss Jonathan Pie when he rolls into town.

O2 Guildhall Southampton: Saturday 19 October Buy Tickets

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Friday 15 November Buy Tickets

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Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman is an award-winning actor, writer, woodworker and comedian, perhaps best known for his role in Parks And Recreation, although his list of accolades is lengthy. Returning to his first love, the stage, he brings his brand new show, All Rise, to the UK for an evening of deliberative talking and light dance that will have you chuckling the whole night through.

O2 Academy Glasgow: Wednesday 28 August (5:30pm) Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Glasgow: Wednesday 28 August (8:30pm) - SOLD OUT

O2 Academy Leeds: Thursday 29 August (8:30pm) - SOLD OUT

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Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt is a good friend of the big screen, with notable roles in sitcoms, animated movies and even music videos (watch Weezer’s ‘I Love The USA’ to see what we mean). But it’s on stage doing stand-up comedy where he truly shines and fortunately he’s had a career that provides plenty of stories along the way.

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Saturday 15 June Buy Tickets

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Paul Smith

Paul Smith is hitting the road with his new show, Following, and we can guarantee that this scouser will have you belly laughing from start to finish. Quick-witted and with a whole host of hilarious stories to tell, this may well be one of the best comedy shows you’ll see all year. Well-known for his audience interaction, maybe don’t sit at the front if you don’t want to end up being the butt of his jokes.

O2 City Hall Newcastle: Saturday 7 September Buy Tickets

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Reginald D Hunter

2019 sees Reginald D Hunter celebrating his twentieth year as a comedian living and performing in the UK by setting out on a huge tour across the nation. Armed with a brand new show full of brutally honest material that’ll have you questioning your opinions and laughing until your face hurts, this could well be his finest work yet.

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Saturday 22 June Buy Tickets

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Bianca Del Rio

Bianca Del Rio returns to O2 Apollo Manchester with her brand new comedy show, It’s Jester Joke, which is probably the most ambitious solo drag show in history. Guaranteed to have you in stitches as she tells tales of her travels and the outrageous life that she leads, as well as expressing her views on social media and politics, this is your chance to witness one of the biggest drag superstars in the world today.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Friday 13 September Buy Tickets

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Celeste Barber

Comedian and social media sensation, Celeste Barber, shot to fame on Instagram with her images parodying celebrities and now she’s hailed as one of the funniest comedians on the internet. Heading to the UK for a live show experience, Celeste will give fans the stories behind her most famous images and discuss the stalkers, celebrity relationships and comments that come with being the world’s favourite new star.

O2 Academy Leeds: Wednesday 7 August Buy Tickets

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Saturday 10 August (5pm) - SOLD OUT

O2 Forum Kentish Town: Saturday 10 August (8pm) - SOLD OUT

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Ben Phillips

Ben Phillips has grown to become one of the biggest influencers of all time, racking up an astonishing five billion views on Facebook alone. His hilarious pranks are adored by fans across the globe and his talents have earned him a TV show on Comedy Central and a number of sold-out clothing ranges, but this year he takes on his biggest challenge, his brother. Hitting stages across the UK, Ben and his brother Elliot will go head-to-head in the ultimate prank war, but who will win?

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Sunday 20 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Sheffield: Tuesday 22 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Wednesday 23 October Buy Tickets

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Jamaica vs. The World

This coming Bank Holiday weekend, Comedy Warehouse return with Jamaica vs. The World, hosted once more by TV personality and funny man, Richard Blackwood. Two teams will go head-to-head in the ultimate comedy battle to be crowned the winner, with dance-offs, DJ clashes and so much more also keeping you entertained throughout the evening.

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Sunday 26 May Buy Tickets

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Pavel Volya

Russian comedian, Pavel Volya, has proven that laughter can truly bring people together. Shooting to fame as the resident joker on Russia’s Comedy Club show, he’s since dominated the world of stand-up with his cynical, sharp and truthful take on politics, celebrities and just about anything in between, and he’ll be bringing his unique style of comedy to London for a special headline show this summer.

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Monday 3 June Buy Tickets