Rise of the comedy supergig in 2011

Rise of the comedy supergig in 2011

How Do I Get Up There?

John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard, Peter Kay, Lee Evans, Lenny Henry, John Cleese, Jason Manford and Alan Carr set for 2011 UK tours

When we get to this point next year and look back at the comedy highlights of 2011, no doubt much talk will be of the supergigs. John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard, Peter Kay, Lee Evans, Lenny Henry, John Cleese (yes, that John Cleese), Jason Manford and Alan Carr are all dropping towards our central belt during their big fat national tours. But who are the acts that for now remain relative secrets to the gen pub, but in five years time might be recovering from twitter sex scandals and/or touring to keep up with their maintenance payments?

These days a spot on that McIntyre show is one clear leg-up to the next level (our own Kevin Bridges is testament to that), so assuming it returns for a third series in 2011, keep a very close eye on those line-ups. For the local talents, the likes of Mark Nelson, Scott Agnew, Davey See, Jay Lafferty and Teddy have the talent to go far, but they also need luck and opportunity on their side. Away from stand-up, blokey sketch group How Do I Get Up There? is definitely one to watch while The Broken Windows Policy will hopefully resist making another name change.

After Edinburgh Fringe success in 2010, a strong follow-up will be expected from Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer Roisin Conaty, while of those she left behind on the shortlist, Imran Yusuf looks set for hugeness and sketch guys Late Night Gimp Fight can be relied upon to create a few gory headlines. Those who also made impressions here in August and could go massive in ‘11 are physical, observational comic Seann Walsh (a kind of groggier McIntyre), Unexpected Items (their ‘Gap Yah’ skit is proving rather popular on the old internet), poetry-storytelling guys Tim Clare and Ross Sutherland, slick/sick sketch act Addicted to Danger, fast-talking Irish wag Abie Philbin Bowman and Welsh manchild Elis James.

Jimmy Carr: Laughter Therapy

Packed with his trademark crude, rude and razor sharp gags, Carr's Laughter Therapy is perfect for those suffering a sick sense of humour.

Jason Manford – Off On Tour We Go

Fresh from flexing his presenting muscles on ITV's comedy reality show Show Me the Funny, Manford takes his brand of no-nonsense humour back on tour.

The Broken Windows Policy

The Stand's monthly sketch show returns with new skits and character treats featuring the best of fresh Scots comedy, including Larah Bross, Dave MacGregor and Ben Verth.

John Cleese's Alimony Tour

Billed as 'the most senile member of Monty Python', John Cleese brings a heady mix of showbiz anecdotes, psychoanalysis and a little too much information on tour.

Lenny Henry: Cradle to Rave

One of the UK's best loved entertainers, Lenny brings his latest one-man mix of stand-up and character comedy to Scotland.

Lee Evans: Roadrunner

The rubber-faced comedian sets out on a whistle-stop tour of the UK.

Alan Carr: Spexy Beast

The camp face of Chatty Man and Tooth Fairy proves his status as the King of bitchy comedy.

Peter Kay

Peter Kay takes his massively popular brand of observational cheeriness on tour.

John Bishop: Winging It

Observational humour from the multi-award winning Liverpudlian stand-up.

Peter Kay: The Tour That Doesn't Tour Tour Now On Tour

The popular UK comic from Bolton returns to the stage after a break of seven years, since his 2003 tour, Mum Wants A Bungalow. Although Peter Kay has never been far from our TV screens, book shelves or even the radio as he has achieved number one singles as himself and in the form of his alter ego Geraldine. Kay is the…

Jason Manford

Following his total sell out tour in 2009, the phenomenal success of his debut DVD and appearances on The Royal Variety Performance 2009 and Live At The Apollo, the hugely popular, award-winning comedian and 8 Out Of 10 Cats team captain, Jason Manford is back on the road with a brand new stand-up show.