Best live comedy tours 2018 to buy tickets for

Top comedy tickets to buy for 2018

New Zealand's finest Flight of the Conchords return to the UK in 2018

A dozen funny acts you should consider catching next year

From Jason Manford to Joe Lycett and Chris Rock to Katherine Ryan, 2018 looks set to be a vintage year for live comedy. We pick out highlights including a controversial Australian, a pun-lovin' Englishman, an absolutely fabulous actress and a rabblerousing campaigner.

Bridget Christie
Dates: Fri 16 Mar–Sat 30 Jun
Having penned a full new show about mortality for 2016, the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner shelved all those plans once Brexit was confirmed and swiftly wrote a whole new set, Because You Demanded It. Now, she's taking further stock on the madness of the modern world with What Now?
Get tickets for Bridget Christie.

Chris Rock
Dates: Thu 11–Sun 28 Jan
As part of some warm-up gigs in November, the outspoken US comic and actor made some gags in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations which were deemed by some to be, and this is charitable, ill-advised. It'll be interesting to see if they make the cut for the real thing as Rock enlightens us with his Total Blackout tour.
Get tickets for Chris Rock.

Flight of the Conchords
Dates: Mon 5 Mar–Tue 3 Apr
New Zealand comedic musical duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement make their first appearances in the UK for aeons, with new songs and classic banter from the men who have gone on to make names for themselves in the movie world (McKenzie has an Best Song Oscar for his 'Man or Muppet' from 2011's The Muppets while Clement has appeared in everything from to Eagle vs Shark to Men in Black 3).
Get tickets for Flight of the Conchords.

Jason Manford
Dates: Sun 21 Jan–Wed 19 Dec
Of all those big-theatre filling acts you get these days, the Salford-born wag is surely the most palatable by some way. Manford may have broadened his palette with all his singing business of late, but with Muddle Class, he's back where he belongs, with a mic, a smile and top-notch observational shtick.
Get tickets for Jason Manford.

Jim Jefferies
Dates: Thu 18–Thu 25 Jan
As he approaches his 40th birthday, the US-based Aussie comic shows few signs of losing his rougher edges. As part of his Unusual Punishment tour, this week-long UK drop-in features more thoughts on the world at large and matters closer to home.
Get tickets for Jim Jefferies.

Top comedy tickets to buy for 2018

Joanna Lumley discusses her fascinating career in It's All About Me

Joanna Lumley
Dates: Sat 6 Oct–Fri 9 Nov
Less a straight stand-up show and more one of those 'in conversation' type affairs, the legendary star of Sapphire and Steel and Ab Fab discusses her long and fruitful career and takes questions form her adoring crowd. Not for nothing is her debut solo tour called It's All About Me.
Get tickets for Joanna Lumley.

Joe Lycett
Dates: Tue 13 Feb–Fri 30 Nov
The Brummie comic whose show titles generally feature some of the finest puns known to humanity is at it again. I'm About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett will be another gem for fans of his cheeky bravado and tremendous wit.
Get tickets for Joe Lycett.

John Robins
Dates: Thu 25 Jan–Fri 4 May
Along with Hannah Gadsby, Robins became the first ever joint winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award last August, and this tour gives the rest of the country the chance to see what the fuss was about. His victorious show, The Darkness of Robins, focuses on a painful relationship breakdown.
Get tickets for John Robins.

Katherine Ryan
Dates: Thu 18 Jan–Sat 24 Mar
Taking refuge in the Glitter Room, this Sarnia-born comic is now one of the most familiar comedy faces on telly, but her stage work is where she can fully unleash her humour which veers from savage to warm.
Get tickets for Katherine Ryan.

Top comedy tickets to buy for 2018

'A local shop for local people'. The League of Gentlemen's return to the stage has been greatly anticipated in the comedy world.

The League of Gentlemen
Dates: Sat 25 Aug–Sat 29 Sep
After the glories of their festive TV comeback, messrs Gatiss, Pemberton and Shearsmith (with the non-performing Dyson scribbling in the wings) return to the live stage with more darkly comedic sketches and characters roaming what they're dubbing 'our increasingly local country'.
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Mark Thomas
Dates: Tue 30 Jan–Sat 21 Apr
Not one for making life easy for himself, Thomas' new show is Showtime From the Frontline, a Joe Douglas-directed play about his attempts to set up a comedy workshop and club in the Palestinian city of Jenin.
Get tickets for Mark Thomas.

Tim Vine
Dates: Tue 6 Feb–Sat 9 Jun
He may be a true master of the pun, but don't look for one in his new show title, Sunset Milk Idiot. There may not be one there but his show will be packed with quickfire set-ups and punchlines greased lightly by terribly clever (and occasionally groanworthy) word-play.
Get tickets for Tim Vine.

Bridget Christie: What Now?

Acute social and political humour from the award-winning feminist stand-up, who repeatedly pokes fun at her own righteous anger.

Brighton Dome

Fri 18 May

Phone for prices / 01273 709709

  • 19:30

Custom House Square, Belfast

Wed 9 May


  • 20:00

Derby Theatre

Tue 22 May

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01332 593939

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Flight of the Conchords

Banish all memories of Richard Stilgoe – this cult New Zealand duo give comedy songs a good name. Tour currently postponed since Brett sadly broke his hand.

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Tue 27 Mar

Cancelled / 0844 395 4000

Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre

Sun 1 Apr

Cancelled / 0844 395 4000

Manchester Arena

Fri 23 Mar

Cancelled / 0844 395 4000

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Jason Manford: Muddle Class

The comedian and actor – who formerly presented BBC's The One Show and was a team captain on hit Channel 4 panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats –returns to stand-up with his new show, Muddle Class.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Wed 25 Jul

£27.50 / 01727 844488

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Sat 3 Nov

£27.50 / 01383 740384

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Thu 12 Jul

£27.50 / 01256 844244

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…and at 85 other places

John Robins: The Darkness of Robins

Robins reflects on love, loss, and laments the injustice that you can't break up with yourself. Joint winner of the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Comedy Show.

ARC: Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

Thu 29 Mar

£15.95 / 01642 525199

The Bullingdon, Oxford

Thu 12 Apr

Phone for availability / 01865 434998

  • 19:00

Capitol Theatre, Horsham

Sat 14 Apr


£15.50 / 01403 750 220

  • 19:30

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…and at 7 other places

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

  • 4 stars

Witty jokes and pop culture observations from the Canadian stand-up and TV star.

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Fri 13 Apr

£19.50 / 01702 351135

The Hexagon, Reading

Fri 6 Apr

£21.50 / 0118 960 6060

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Sat 14 Apr


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The League of Gentlemen: Live Again!

Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson bring their dark, unhinged characters from the popular BBC television series to the stage.

Birmingham Arena

Thu 13 Sep

£35–£39.50 / 0871 945 6000

Fri 14 Sep

£35–£39.50 / 0871 945 6000

Bournemouth International Centre

Tue 25 Sep

£35 / 0844 576 3000

  • 19:30

Brighton Centre

Tue 11 Sep

£35–£39.50 / 0844 847 1515

Wed 12 Sep

£35–£39.50 / 0844 847 1515

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…and at 11 other places

Chris Rock: The Total Blackout

The actor, director, writer and producer returns to stand-up, with his new show The Total Blackout. Rock was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1989–1993 and has since written, directed and starred in Top Five, directed Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo and lent his voice to chirpy zebra Marty in the Madagascar…

Jim Jefferies: The Unusual Punishment Tour

A new tour from the controversial Aussie stand-up. He's starred in FX sitcom Legit as well as The Jim Jefferies Show.

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