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Cardinal Sin

LUTheatre Cardinal Sin delves into the dark (or at least rather mauve-ish) world of papal intrigue and mystery in an hour-long comedy romp through the Sistine Chapel. Gasp at the tragic murder of a beloved cardinal! Cheer for our brave and intrepid heroes! Be at least partially satisfied with their madcap antics! Will…

Sweet Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Mon 17 Aug

International 1

Free / 0131 243 3596

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 18 Aug

International 1

Free / 0131 243 3596

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 19 Aug

International 1

Free / 0131 243 3596

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 23 Aug

Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin Comedy Podcast: Live!

So Comedy by arrangement with Avalon Management and Troika Join Chris and Carl, plus special guests, for an hour of unedited nonsense in this live version of what the Guardian listed as one of the Top 10 Podcasts on the Web. Age category: 16+

Laughing Horse @ the Blind Poet, Edinburgh

Sun 9 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 10 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 16 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 30 Aug

The Catfish Conundrum

In a London exhibition of 1971, art becomes a matter of life and death - for a Catfish. "Animal cruelty!" "Is this art?" A many-sided opera in which the heroine is killed - and eaten. Based on a real event, Spike Milligan, the Arts Council, the artist, even President Reagan all have their say. And the Catfish? A dazzling…

The Other Place, Brighton

Fri 22 May

£10 (£8.50) / 07800 983 290

Sat 23 May

£10 (£8.50) / 07800 983 290

Sun 24 May

£10 (£8.50) / 07800 983 290

A Celebration of Comedy

Since July 2014 Women & Theatre have run 6 comedy courses with different groups. Working with bereaved adults and young people, young carers and older adults, each course has created a new set of stand-up comedians. This event is a celebration of the project, with participants from all 6 courses showcasing their…

MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham

Sat 9 May

Foyle Studio

Free / 0121 446 3232

Character Comedy Course

Create a character from scratch through various techniques, with Anna Morris.

The Camden Head, London NW1

Sun 14 Jun

£25 / 020 7485 4019

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Charles Court Opera: The Zoo & Trial By Jury

  • Written by: Jury

Arthur Sullivan's one-act operatic comedy, co-written with Bolton Rowe and set at a highly disordered London Zoo is followed by Gilbert & Sullivan's parody of the British judicial system.

King's Head, London N1

Sun 3 May

£15; £22.50 (£16.50–£19.50; £16.50–£19.50) / 0207 478 0160

Sun 10 May

£15; £22.50 (£16.50–£19.50; £16.50–£19.50) / 0207 478 0160

Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up

Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations from the Geordie stand-up, actor and 2011 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee.

The Customs House, South Shields

Sat 26 Sep

£17.50 / 0191 454 1234

Cirque Du Hilarious: Screaming With Laughter

The Award-winning father and son duo Clive and Danny present their circus-themed slapstick show.

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Sun 7 Jun

£11.50–£14.50 (Children £80.50–£11.50) / 01902 429212

Clarion

An urgent black comedy about free speech, nationalism and the state of the British media, written by former journalist Mark Jagasia who has worked for some of the UK's leading newspapers.

Arcola Theatre, London E8

Sat 2 May

£12; £19; £17 (£15; £14) / 020 7503 1646

  • 15:00 Clarion Arcola Theatre, London

Sat 9 May

£12; £19; £17 (£15; £14) / 020 7503 1646

  • 15:00 Clarion Arcola Theatre, London

Sat 16 May

£12; £19; £17 (£15; £14) / 020 7503 1646

  • 15:00 Clarion Arcola Theatre, London

Clothes Encounters: Starlight Productions

  • Written by: Roger Karshner

Roger Karshner's farcical comedy about a mix up between two estate agents, husband and wife who unwittingly show the same property to another married couple, but separately, resulting in a misunderstanding of epic proportions.

Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea

Thu 18 Jun

Dixon Studio

£12 (£11)

Sat 20 Jun

Dixon Studio

£12 (£11)

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Codpieces: Fatal Loins

Ham – a – Lot Codpieces are Shakespearean parodies, told in the form of prefaces and continuations… Fatal Loins continues with the supposition that if Romeo and Juliet didn’t die, what is in store for them 20 years later? The familiar characters are there but not necessarily as we remember them. Who says, 'Thy tonsure…

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Mon 10 Aug

Theatre 1

£8 / 0845 508 8515

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 12 Aug

Theatre 1

£8 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 14 Aug

Theatre 1

£8 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Codpieces: Hamlet, Part II and Prince Lear

Ham – a – Lot Codpieces are Shakespearean parodies by Perry Pontac told in the form of prefaces and continuations… Meet the wife before Lear decides to share out his kingdom or what happens after the end of Hamlet, who will be king? ‘Pontac stands to the side of these familiar masterpieces, treating them with irony…

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Tue 11 Aug

Theatre 1

£8 / 0845 508 8515

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 13 Aug

Theatre 1

£8 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 15 Aug

Theatre 1

£8 / 0845 508 8515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Come in! Sit Down!

  • Directed by: Salman Siddiqui & Joshua Azouz

A comedy sketch from the award-winning MUJU Crew featuring conversations from home and abroad as well as hilarious songs from the Horrible Histories music team.

The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn

Sun 2 Aug

£13 (£11) / 020 7328 1000

Comedians' Cinema Club

Eric Lampaert and PBJ Management After last year’s success in Edinburgh, and appearances at other UK festivals, Comedians’ Cinema Club is back (to the future?) for another run at The Tron. An improvised show where your favourite movies are performed by your favourite comedians. Last year saw a cast of Katherine Ryan…

Just the Tonic at The Tron, Edinburgh

Wed 12 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 13 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 14 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 14 more dates until 29 Aug

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedy Club 4 Kids has stand-up from grown-up, high-quality acts.

Udderbelly At Southbank Centre, London SE1

Sun 3 May

£10

Sun 24 May

£10

Sat 6 Jun

£10

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Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedians from the circuit perform child-friendly stand-up routines.

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Sat 16 May

£8 / 01539 725 133

Comedy Club 4 Kids! (Over 6s)

MC Tiernan Douieb introduces stand-up without the rude bits from Elf Lyons and George Egg.

Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

Wed 27 May

£7.50 / 01708 443333

Comedy Field Trip With The Geography Teacher

Remember the school fieldtrips of old? Re-live those memories on an hilarious fieldtrip into the Lakes with the Geography Teacher (Mark Cooper-Jones of comedy sketch group WiTank).

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Sat 16 May

£8 / 01539 725 133

Comedy Hullabaloo Festival

Four-days of back-to-back laughs with a host of stand-up sets from acclaimed performers including Jon Richardson, Al Murray, Ardal O'Hanlon, Jason Byrne, Robin Ince, Danny Bhoy, Hal Cruttenden, Sara Pascoe and Paul Foot.

Various venues: Stratford-upon-Avon

Thu 21 May

£16–£23

Fri 22 May

£16–£23

Sat 23 May

£16–£23

…and 2 more dates until 25 May

Comedy Special

Ricky Tomlinson presents 5 established stand-ups in an afternoon of hilarity.

The Green Room, Liverpool

Sun 24 May

£15 / 0151 922 7771

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Count Arthur Strong

Steve Delaney's deluded thespian creation returns with a new show.

The Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1H

Sat 2 May

£17.50 / 020 3108 1000

The Cumberland Reel

Music, dancing, fun and laughter.

The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sun 5 Jul

Free / 0191 265 6151

Dan & Phil: The Amazing Tour is not on Fire

The YouTubers leave the comfort of their desk chairs to bring you stories and sketches.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Sun 25 Oct

£25–£75 / 0121 345 0600

Dan Fardell At Least 100 Jokes: Work in Progress

Join comic Dan Fardell for an hour in which he attempts to find the thread that links his life and comedy together.

Laughing Horse @ The Hobgoblin, Brighton

Mon 4 May

Free

Sun 10 May

Free

Mon 25 May

Free

Sun 31 May

Free

Darren Walsh: ProgWorkress

Join Darren Walsh, UK Pun Champion 2014, for a ProgWorkgress (work in progress) hour of stand-up comedy featuring drawings, videos, music and lots of puns. Tenopunnded (no pun intended).

Laughing Horse @ The Hobgoblin, Brighton

Sat 2 May

Free

Sun 3 May

Free

Sat 9 May

Free

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