The excitement of Christmas is a distant memory, bank balances are feeling the pinch and the winter looms long ahead of us. But fear not! Bristol will turn your frown upside down in no time with this month’s line-up of side-splitting comedy shows.

Belly Laughs (8 – 22 January)

Have a laugh in aid of a great cause, as all proceeds from Belly Laughs events go to the Julian Trust night shelter. Gigs are held at indie restaurants, cafes and bars around the city including Pata Negra, Bambalan and Woky Ko: Kaiju, with the accompanying food every bit as enjoyable as the comedy. Organised by local comedian Mark Olver, it’s the perfect remedy to brighten up your dreary January evenings.

Mark Olver organiser of Belly Laughs

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Jimmy Carr Terribly Funny at Bristol Hippodrome (10 January)

There are just a handful of tickets left to watch the star of 8 Out of Ten Cats, Jimmy Carr, at Bristol Hippodrome. With a disclaimer that the show ‘contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things’, you can expect the distinctively dark and deadpan brand of comedy he’s known for in Terribly Funny.

Jimmy Carr Terribly Funny promo picture

Image - Jimmy Carr

Stephen K Amos at Redgrave Theatre (11 January)

Another show where just the last few tickets are up for grabs, Stephen K Amos plays Clifton’s Redgrave Theatre on Saturday 11 January. He’s on a mission to bring people together in divided times, venue by venue, promising to warm the public’s cold hearts with his achingly funny anecdotes and hilarious takes on the everyday.

The Book of Mormon at Bristol Hippodrome (15 January – 22 February)

The outrageously funny musical from the creators of South Park comes to Bristol Hippodrome this month. A worldwide hit, the show about the misadventures of two missionaries from Salt Lake City has been showered in praise and awards – no less than nine Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards.

The Book of Mormon

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Slapstick Festival (23 – 26 January)

With events spread across the Watershed, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Cathedral and Redgrave Theatre, Slapstick is the UK’s biggest festival of silent and classic screen comedy. Celebrate heroes of the genre at screenings and talks with comedians of today – from Shappi Khorsandi sharing rare footage of slapstick divas, to a 50th anniversary celebration with The Goodies, to a Laurel and Hardy love-in with Bristol’s own Stephen Merchant. Find out more in our post on six things to look forward to at Slapstick Festival 2020

Laurel and Hardy - Slapstick

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Proper Jokes Comedy Club at Anson Rooms (30 January)

Head to Bristol SU venue the Anson Rooms for their first Proper Jokes Comedy Club of the year. Three stellar comics are headlining – Fiona Ridgewell will crack you up with a skewed look at her life experiences, Mike Cox brings sharp wit and everyday cynicism, and Jake Lambert is renowned for his one-liners, short stories and strange thoughts.

Daliso Chaponda at Redgrave Theatre (30 January)

Known as a Britain’s Got Talent finalist as well as for his critically acclaimed Radio 4 programme Citizen of Nowhere, Daliso Chaponda is in town with his new stand-up show Blah Blah Blacklist, which looks at blacklisted celebrities and historical figures we're ashamed we once admired.

Comedian Daliso Chaponda - Blah Blah Blacklist promo image

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More places to find comedy in January…

There are plenty more regular comedy nights and one-off shows to help you have a jolly January. Check out comedy and magic nights at boutique magic and theatre pub Smoke and Mirrors; the weekly ‘How lazy is he?’ gigs at The Lazy Dog; off-the-cuff comedy and storytelling by Bristol Improv Theatre, such as The Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes (31 January), and touring stand-ups at the Wardrobe Theatre (read our interview with Catherine Bohart, who performs there in February, here).

Browse our What's On pages to find more January events in Bristol.


Pata Negra
Pata Negra tapas

Pata Negra is a bustling, Spanish tapas & wine bar in the heart of Bristol’s Old City.

Bambalan Bristol brunch

The latest venture from the Hyde & Co group, Bambalan burst onto the Bristol food scene in May 2016 and has fast become a firm favourite for laid back drinking and dining ever since!

Woky Ko: Kaiju

Woky Ko: Kaiju serves ramen and yakitori skewer dishes of seasonal vegetables, fish and meat cooked over charcoal on a robata grill.

The Bristol Hippodrome
Bristol Hippodrome theatre inside

One of the country's top provincial theatres, which proudly continues to stage major West End and Broadway productions.

Redgrave Theatre
Redgrave Theatre

Hidden aware in the beautiful suburb of Clifton the Redgrave Theatre is one of Bristol’s most popular theatres hosting a wide variety of productions including operas, musicals, stand-up comedy, theatre and dance.

Smoke and Mirrors Boutique Pub & Magic Theatre
Smoke and Mirrors Boutique Pub & Magic Theatre

Smoke & Mirrors is the UK's only Boutique Magic Theatre & Pub. They are situated in the heart of the theatre district. This little entertainment bar currently rated in the number 1 things to do in Bristol via TripAdvisor.