Bristol has long been a hangout for the hilarious. The city has helped shape the comedic minds of local boys, Stephen Merchant, Russell Howard, Mark Olver and Bill Bailey as well as the brilliant Simon Pegg, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Marcus Brigstocke and Jon Richardson who went to university here.

The city is an important stop on the UK comedy circuit so whether you’re after a hilarious stand-up gig from a big-name comedian, intimate improv from upcoming talent or a witty sketch show, Bristol’s got all bases covered…

Comedy garden

Stand-up @ Bristol Hippodrome

John Bishop – Winging It

Comedy big shot, TV entertainer and side-splitting scouser, John Bishop returns to stand-up with his brand new live show, Winging It. His last tour was watched by over half a million people and received great critical acclaim.

Stand-up & comical drama @ Redgrave Theatre

Redgrave Theatre

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Dracula: The Bloody Truth (20-23 September)

A comical theatrical retelling of Bram Stoker's classic novel, this brand new theatre show aims to educate the audience on the perils of dealing with vampires through the medium of song, dance, soliloquy, shadow puppets and even some Victorian parlour tricks…

Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary (30 September)

Mock the Week regular Gary Delaney will be hoping to tickle plenty of funny bones with his top quality jokes when he visits this autumn.

Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies? (6 October)

The unstoppable Luisa Omiela will be doling out belly laughs with this one-off special – a follow up to her first show, What Would Beyonce Do?!, which was hailed as 'one of the biggest stand-up hits of the last decade' (The Guardian).

Jason Manford: Work in Progress (23 November)

The laidback Jason Manford, known for his appearances in Have I Got News For You and QI, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018. Expect lots of merriment, misunderstandings and audience banter.

Stephen K Amos (24 November)

Charming stand-up comedian Stephen K Amos aims to distract you from all that’s bleak in the world right now and brighten your evening with a night of mirth and jollity.

Stand-up @ Colston Hall

Colston Hall

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Jon Richardson (29-30 September)

Get your giggle on at Colston Hall when comedy star, Jon Richardson (of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown) appears as part of his nationwide tour. Richardson will be complaining about the state of the world, asking the big questions and offering little by way of solution.  

Milton Jones (25 October)

There’ll be copious amounts of chuckles when loud-shirted Milton Jones brings his show to the city. Prepare yourself for deadpan and slightly neurotic one-liners.

Simon Amstell: What is This? (10 November)

Well known for his work on TV shows like Never Mind the Buzzcocks and winner of several comedy awards, Simon Amstell begins his fifth stand-up tour (following sold out, critically acclaimed international tours) in the UK. Expect a very funny, personal exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love delivered with his usual candour.

You Magnificent Beast (30 Nov – 1 December)

Greg Davies’ anecdotes from his former profession in teaching have spawned endless amounts of hilarity. His new show You Magnificent Beast is sure to have you rolling in the aisles, tears streaming down your face.

Comedy nights

Fanny & Johnnie Craddock

Image - Show Of Strength present Fanny & Johnnie Cradock with John Telfer & Kate McNab, credit Zuleika Henry

Fanny & Johnnie Cradock Cook the Great American Songbook at Bristol Harbour Hotel (11 October)

Join Fanny (Kate McNab) and Johnnie (John Telfer, well-known for Bergerac) in the elegant Bristol Harbour Hotel.  Enjoy a three-course dinner theatre show and get set for a night of crooning, namedropping, insult-trading, dish demonstrations and dodgy French!

MW at The Wardrobe Theatre (9-10 September)

One of the country’s funniest people, Bristol-born Mark Watson (who is only visiting locations with an M or W in the title on this tour) will be making people laugh out loud at this fun, cosy venue when he returns to his hometown.

Mark Watson

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Bristol Old Vic

The longest continually running theatre in the UK, the walls of Bristol Old Vic have witnessed more laughter than most. The theatre presents an eclectic range of shows all year round, with upcoming rib-ticklers including Rita, Sue and Bob too (3-7 October) with its wicked humour, the funny and endearing Stick Man (4-5 November), Richard Herring’s mischievous ‘Oh f*** I’m 50’ (19 November), Joe Lycett’s brand new stand-up tour (19 November 2017 – 14 February 2018) and punk poet Thick Richard’s darkly humorous anti-Christmas special – part of the Old Vic’s BlahBlahBlah studio walkabout sessions which will take place at The Wardrobe Theatre.

Bristol Old Vic

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Riproar Comedy

Previously known as Jesters, Riproar Comedy Club has racked up a fair few famous comedians in its time -ast performers have included Catherine Tate, Russell Brand and Peter Kay. Upcoming events include student comedy and games night Sucker Punch (5, 12 & 19 October) which hosts some of the city’s best young comedians.

Comedy Box

Comedy Box’s regular live stand-up nights at venues, The Hen and Chicken and Tobacco Factory Theatres in Southville, have launched the career of many a household name. Autumn/winter highlights include Tom Allen on 20 October (you may have seen him on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, BBC's Live at the Apollo and The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice) and charismatic Ellie Taylor (BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, The John Bishop Show and BBC Radio 4's The Now Show) on 17 November.

Bunch of Japes

A great value stand-up comedy night every Monday at Smoke and Mirrors – the UK’s only Boutique Pub and Magic Theatre  (tickets are £3.50 in advance or £5 on the door). Sign up for listings on their Facebook page. When you’re not being coaxed into laughing hysterically on comedy nights, the venue wows with magic shows and live music.

Smoke and Mirrors

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Jongleurs

Popular with stag and hen dos looking for a chortle, this cocktail bar and restaurant on Bristol’s Harbourside hosts chuckle-some comedy every Friday and Saturday night.

Cube Cinema

This pocket-sized, experimental cinema presents cult and world movies, as well as live indie bands and cabaret. Upcoming comedy includes festival regular Gavin Osborn with his amusing, personal and political songs (8 September) and the usually controversial Robert Newman’s A history of Western philosophy (work in progress), inspired by his award-winning Radio 4 series (26 November).

Bristol Improv Theatre, Clifton

The UK’s first improv theatre promotes improvised drama, musical theatre, storytelling and comedy by supporting local work, hosting touring companies, performance jams, singalongs, open mic nights and socials. Fancy trying your hand at improv? They also run courses and workshops for all ages and abilities to explore this exciting way of performing, so head on over and join in the shenanigans.

Bristol Revunions

This award-winning sketch comedy troupe from the University of Bristol take a show to the Edinburgh fringe each year as well as putting on the odd public show in Bristol. They’re always popular and get great reviews, so check out their website for information on upcoming shows or ways to get involved.

Comedy festival

Slapstick festival

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Bristol Slapstick Festival 2018 (26-28 January)

An annual celebration of some true comedy classics, the Bristol Slapstick Festival has become a firm favourite in the film calendar. Past events have featured old-school legends like Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Rik Mayall and Colleen Moore, making it the perfect antidote to January!

For more information and to plan your season of comedy see https://visitbristol.co.uk/whats-on/comedy

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John Bishop - Winging It at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
Performance
John Bishop - Winging It at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

Comedy superstar John Bishop has announced his long awaited return to stand-up comedy, with his brand new live show, Winging It.

Dracula: The Bloody Truth at the Redgrave Theatre
Performance
Dracula: The Bloody Truth at the Redgrave Theatre

Dracula: The Bloody Truth' is a theatrical retelling of Bram Stoker's classic novel. It will expose that the events recorded in 1897 were not fiction at all....but fact.

Jason Manford: Work in Progress at Redgrave Theatre
Performance
Jason Manford: Work in Progress at Redgrave Theatre

Jason Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason's likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.

Luisa Omielan - Am I Right Ladies? at the Redgrave Theatre
Performance
Luisa Omielan - Am I Right Ladies? at the Redgrave Theatre

Comedy phenomenon Luisa Omielan is bringing her smash hit show 'Am I Right Ladies!?' to Bristol.

Stephen K Amos at the Redgrave Theatre
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Stephen K Amos at the Redgrave Theatre

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.

Jon Richardson at Colston Hall
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Jon Richardson at Colston Hall

Jon Richardson will be appearing at Bristol's Colston Hall as part of his nationwide tour, complaining about the state of the world and offering no solutions

Milton Jones at Colston Hall
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Milton Jones at Colston Hall

Milton Jones is Out There. No, really out there and this time he hasn't just forgotten his keys. He's holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it, which means its probably just a window.

Simon Amstell: What is This? at Colston Hall
Performance
Simon Amstell: What is This? at Colston Hall

Following a series of critically acclaimed, sold out international tours, Simon Amstell begins his fifth stand up tour in the UK. 'What Is This?' promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love.

You Magnificent Beast at Colston Hall
Comedy
Greg Davies at Colston Hall

The extremely likeable Greg Davies revels in telling anecdotes of his days as a teacher.

Fanny & Johnnie Cradock Cook the Great American Songbook at Bristol Harbour Hotel
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Fanny & Johnnie Cradock Cook the Great American Songbook at Bristol Harbour Hotel

Join Fanny and Johnnie as they sing, namedrop, trade insults, demonstrate dishes, parlez dodgy Français — and summon up a few ghosts.

Mark Watson: MW at the Wardrobe Theatre
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Mark Watson: MW at the Wardrobe Theatre

Chuckle Busters presents an evening with one of Bristol's and the country's most popular comedians

Bristol Old Vic Theatre
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Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Britain's oldest working theatre showcases some of the most cutting-edge theatre in the country.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too at Bristol Old Vic
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Rita, Sue and Bob Too at Bristol Old Vic

Andrea Dunbar's semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.

Stick Man at Bristol Old Vic
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Stick Man at Bristol Old Vic

Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre's delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Stick Man is coming to Bristol Old Vic!

Sucker Punch Comedy & Games Night at Riproar Comedy Club
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Sucker Punch Comedy & Games Night at Riproar Comedy Club

SuckerPunch brings a night of hilarious stand-up comedy to Bristol, with some of the best in young comedians, as well as a night full of games and prizes to be won.

Tobacco Factory Theatres
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The Tobacco Factory

A popular theatre and café bar in Southville, with a programme of touring and in-house productions, childrens' and music events

Smoke and Mirrors Boutique Pub & Magic Theatre
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Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke & Mirrors is the UK's only Boutique Magic Theatre. There are great magic acts every weekend and once a month you can be wowed by specially booked acts featuring some of the most talented magicians in the world.

Bristol Slapstick Festival 2018
Festival
Bristol Slapstick Festival 2018

The Slapstick annual festival is held every January (Since 2005!) and gives audiences a unique and often once in a life time opportunity to see some extraordinary films in unique circumstances.