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Make ’em laugh: upcoming comedy in Leeds

Words by Lauren Entwistle 

It’s freezing cold outside, raining side-ways and all while everyone is jumping about telling each Tom, Dick and Harry to be merry and festive. It’s enough to drive anybody round the twist. Bah-humbug, you say.

But wait! What if we said we have a line-up of brilliant comedians, from huge stars to undiscovered gems for you to peruse and enjoy? What if we also said that there’s plenty for all tastes and humour, too? You’d be less miserable, hopefully.

Here’s our guide to complete comedy nirvana over the next few months in Leeds.

Get booking and get grinning:

Comedy Sessions at the Hi-Fi Club

Every Saturday from 7:30pm, the Hi-Fi Club welcomes you to sit down, grab a drink and promptly split your sides. The Saturday night Comedy Sessions (which have been running since 2001) is Yorkshire’s longest running independent comedy night, featuring three stand up comedians from around the globe every Saturday evening from 7pm until 10pm.

Past acts to grace the stage include Reginald D Hunter, Alan Carr, Jason Manford, Russell Howard, John Bishop & Russell Kane to name but a few. Recent acts include the likes of Katherine Ryan, Gary Delaney, Justin Moorhouse & Chris Ramsey – who have gone on to do great things. Head to our website for info on next week’s acts:

New Year’s Comedy Sessions

Pictured: Justin Moorhouse

Frankly, there is no better way to welcome in the New Year than with a good old laugh, so celebrate the arrival of 2018 at the Hi Fi Club with their New Year’s Eve Comedy Session Special!

Starring comedians Justin Moorhouse, Junior Simpson, Katie Mulgrew and Barry Dodds, the show is longer than their usual Saturday Comedy Sessions, instead starting at 8.00pm and finishing at 10.30pm. You also get complimentary entrance to ‘Move On Up’, which follows the comedy as part of the ticket price – allowing customers the option of staying until the small hours or heading off to see the New Year in elsewhere, with the option of being able to pop back at anytime to continue the party.

It’s always a sell-out show, so don’t leave it until too late to get your tickets! Grab ’em here.

Stephen K Amos: Bread and Circuses

Brexit. Trump. Mary Berry is no longer calling the shots on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it?

Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.

Named after an idea hailing from Ancient Rome, when the system needed to distract itself from politics, a few solutions were suggested – but none hit the spot quite like the simple idea of giving the people cheap food and plentiful entertainment: ‘panem et circenses’ or ‘bread and circuses’. Our circuses may no longer involve gladiator fights to the death, but the same goes when modern politics is a confusing mess. No one can blame you for giving it a miss in favour of a night of laughs, so get to Otley Courthouse on the 28th November.

Click here to book and for more information.

Jason Manford: Muddle Class


He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but ‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – and of course, comedy ensues. Delivered with his amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed on the 24th of January from 7:30pm at Leeds Town Hall.

Jason said: “Somebody said to me on my Facebook fan page, ‘it’s been ages since you’ve toured’.  I thought ‘no way, it was last year wasn’t it?  Anyway, long story short, they were right, it was years ago! …So I’ve been putting some stuff together, looking at my life and how it’s changed over the years, how the world has changed and how my parents haven’t changed a bit! It’s going to be a great tour and I can’t wait to see you there.”

For more information and tickets, click here:

John Robins: The Darkness of Robins

Double Chortle Award winning comedian John Robins – reported as one of the most exciting and distinctive voices in comedy – is back on tour reflecting on love, loss and lamenting the fact he can’t break up with himself. Known as London’s saddest DJ™, John  promises powerful, angst-ridden comedy at its finest – making this a must-see from one of the UK’s brightest talents.

Having firmly established himself on the comedy circuit since his debut in 2005, and with fellow comedian Elis James has enjoyed a meteoric success with The Elis James and John Robins show on Radio X – the pair recently completed an acclaimed UK tour, selling out Shepherd’s Bush Empire within minutes.

Grab your ticket to see him at City Varieties on the 26th January here: 

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