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Sarah Millican: Outsider

You'll know her face from talking about cake and cats on the telly, so here's another chance to see the Millican phenomenon in full flight live on stage. It was Sarah Millican's Not Nice that brought the Geordie lass to the public's attention, after her show won if.comedy's Best Newcomer at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Wed 7 Sep 2016

£26 / 01970 623 232

Alban Arena, St Albans

Sun 20 Mar 2016

£25 / 01727 844488

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sat 16 Jan 2016

£25 / 01256 844244

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…and at 75 other places

One Man Breaking Bad

  • 3 stars

One man. Sixty minutes. Sixty episodes. Shedloads of knowledge. Miles Allen brings TV smash Breaking Bad to life, all by himself.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 29 Mar

£20 / 0844 576 2210

Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Sat 28 Mar

£18.50 / 01245 606505

Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames

Fri 27 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 1556

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Monkey Barrel Comedy

A weekend packed full of top local and visiting comedians to tickle your funny bone in an entirely appropriate way.

Beehive Inn, Edinburgh

Fri 27 Mar

£10 / 0131 225 7171

Sat 28 Mar

£10 / 0131 225 7171

Fri 3 Apr

£10 / 0131 225 7171

…and 33 more dates until 25 Jul

Susie Essman

Known for her role on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Susie Essman presents her sarcastic and uninhibited solo stand-up show.

Soho Theatre, London W1D

Fri 27 Mar

Downstairs

£27.50 / 020 7478 0100

Sat 28 Mar

Downstairs

£27.50 / 020 7478 0100

Sun 29 Mar

Downstairs

£27.50 / 020 7478 0100

Des Bishop: Made in China

  • 4 stars

Des Bishop shares anecdotes from his time in China attempting to learn enough Chinese to perform stand-up in Mandarin.

Soho Theatre, London W1D

Tue 31 Mar

Downstairs

prices vary / 020 7478 0100

Wed 1 Apr

Downstairs

prices vary / 020 7478 0100

Thu 2 Apr

Downstairs

prices vary / 020 7478 0100

…and 7 more dates until 11 Apr back to top

Best of SCOTY

Scotland's funniest (that's previous winners and finalists of the acclaimed Scottish Comedian of the Year competition) do their worst.

DRAM!, Glasgow

Fri 27 Mar

£6–£8 (£8–£10) / 0141 332 1622

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Sat 28 Mar

£6–£8 (£8–£10) / 0141 332 1622

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Frankie Boyle: I'm Better Than This

We thought he'd gone into retirement, but seems he just can't stay away and we thank him for it. More dark, dangerous and damn funny stuff from Mr Boyle.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Wed 29 Apr

£15 (£12.50) / 0844 873 3433

Thu 30 Apr

£15 (£12.50) / 0844 873 3433

Tue 5 May

£15 (£12.50) / 0844 873 3433

…and 4 more dates until 9 May

Soho Theatre, London W1D

Sun 26 Apr

£15 (£12.50) / 020 7478 0100

Mon 27 Apr

£15 (£12.50) / 020 7478 0100

Sun 3 May

£15 (£12.50) / 020 7478 0100

…and 3 more dates until 11 May

Al Murray

Al Murray makes a career out of satirising the British booze culture and in doing so he comes across as quite a larger lout. Audiences will no doubt be surprised then to learn that he originally studied history at Oxford. It was around this time that he started writing for Week Ending and Spitting Image. He toured with…

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Fri 24 Apr

£26.50 / 020 8561 8371

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 6 May

£26.50 / 0844 847 2325

Broxbourne Civic Hall, Hoddesdon

Fri 15 May

£25.50

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…and at 2 other places

CommonFest

A festival that blends comedy, spoken word and music. Organised by Common Weal North Glasgow, the aim is to inspire the people of Scotland to vote in May's General Election. Acts include Kid Canaveral, Alan Bissett, Elaine C Smith and many others.

Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow

Fri 17 Apr

£5 (£2) / 0141 339 9784

Hellfire Comedy Club

Guest acts take to the stage for an evening of laughter.

G Live, Guildford

Thu 23 Apr

£30 / 0844 770 1797

Emerging acts fresh from the London circuit to give you a great opportunity to see some new stand-up talent.

Thu 21 May

£30 / 0844 770 1797

Stand-up material from acts from across the UK circuit.

Thu 18 Jun

£30 / 0844 770 1797

Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

Thu 2 Apr

Town Hall

£12 inc meal; £6.50 comedy only / 01494 512000

Observational stand-up with Phil Jerrod and Andrew Bird.

Thu 9 Apr

Town Hall

£12 inc meal; £6.50 comedy only / 01494 512000

Stand-up with improviser and actor Marlon Davis plus Gavin Webster.

Thu 16 Apr

Town Hall

£12 inc meal; £6.50 comedy only / 01494 512000

Stand-up Roger Monkhouse takes to the stage in an evening of hilarity.

…and 2 more dates until 30 Apr back to top

Comedy Shed

Guest acts take to the stage for an evening of laughter.

The Riverfront, Newport

Fri 27 Mar

£12.50 / 01633 656757

Stand-up from Joe Lycett, Junior Simpson and Charlie Baker at the relaxed cabaret style comedy club.

Dara O'Briain: Crowd Tickler

The Irish comedy star and host of BBC2's Mock the Week returns to with his observational humour in a new show – Crowd Tickler.

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Wed 8 Apr

£23 / 01383 740384

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tue 21 Apr

£24–£39

Birmingham Hippodrome

Fri 13 Nov

£23 / 0844 338 5000

Sat 14 Nov

£23 / 0844 338 5000

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…and at 24 other places

Kevin Bridges: Work In Progress

The popular Scottish stand-up performs a warm-up show, ahead of his national tour in 2015.

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Fri 3 Apr

£17.50 / 01284 758000

The Castle, Wellingborough

Fri 1 May

£17.50 / 01933 270007

The Courtyard, Hereford

Sun 19 Apr

£17.50 / 01432 340555

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Robin Cairns: The A to Z of Loving a Ned

Cairns puts on the persona of all the different types in his latest show – Kelvinside Malcolm, his genteel daughter Jennifer, Brian The Ned and Big Urqy the fearsome gangster.

The Vale, Glasgow

Fri 27 Mar

£5 (£3.50) / 0141 332 4928

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Sat 28 Mar

£5 (£3.50) / 0141 332 4928

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

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Al Murray: One Man, One Guvnor

A brand new show from everyone's favourite bigoted landlord, Al Murray, star of Happy Hour. Please only cheer at the irony and stay in your house if you actually hate the French.

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Fri 24 Apr

£26.50 / 020 8561 8371

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 6 May

£26.50 / 0844 847 2325

Broxbourne Civic Hall, Hoddesdon

Fri 15 May

£25.50

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…and at 3 other places

Dylan Moran: Off the Hook

Moran plays up to the stereotype of the bumbling, drunken Irishman, but his comedy is much more intelligent than mere cliché-mongering: on stage he is uniquely charismatic, a foul-mouthed mixture of lovable and misanthropic, and always very, very funny. Moran'll be on your radar in a very big way if you know your…

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Wed 15 Apr

£25 / 01970 623 232

Alban Arena, St Albans

Wed 20 May

£25 / 01727 844488

Thu 21 May

£25 / 01727 844488

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sat 16 May

£25 / 01256 844244

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…and at 20 other places

Nathan Caton: Teenage Mutant Nathan Caton

Smart observations and storytelling from the stand-up as seen on Mock The Week and Russell Howard's Good News.

Museum Of Comedy, London WC1A

Fri 27 Mar

£10 / 020 7534 1740

Sat 28 Mar

£10 / 020 7534 1740

The Thursday Show

Comedy will be firing at you with all cylinders this weekend, so why not give into it all and allow the Stand to take you under its wing with hilarious acts left, right and centre?

The Stand, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Apr

£10 (£7; Members £5) / 0131 558 7272

With Dave Johns, John Ross, Sean McLoughlin and host Raymond Mearns.

Thu 9 Apr

£10 (£7; Members £5) / 0131 558 7272

With Ron Vaudry, Chris Forbes, Paul F Taylor and host Joe Heenan.

Thu 16 Apr

£10 (£7; Members £5) / 0131 558 7272

With Kevin Gildea, Ro Campbell and host Jonathan Mayor.

…and 2 more dates until 30 Apr

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

Joss Jones for EdCom Productions The best and brightest of this year’s Fringe comics in a great value lunchtime compilation showcase. With a new line-up every day including big-name headliners and the hottest newcomers, this is the best way to start the day for comedians and festival comedy fans alike. Now in its 12th…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£11 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug back to top

Billy Kirkwood: Show Me Your Tattoo

Billy Kirkwood is just naturally funny, which helps when he's trying to get audience members to put their tattoos on show. In an evening that's half stand-up, half chat show Billy talks about body art culture, displays photos of some of the rudest tattoos out there and one lucky audience member gets a free tattoo from…

Comedian Tattoo Studio, Glasgow

Fri 27 Mar

Free (ticketed) / 0141 332 3176

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Fri 3 Apr

£7

Stand-up from Rhodri Rhys, Danny Ward, Marvin Cheeseman and MC Freddy Quinne. Shows may contain strong language & adult material.

Fri 5 Jun

£7

With intelligent stand-up from comic Mark Simmons, plus Luke Graves, Al McWilliam and MC Will Duggan.

Cargo Hold Comedy

A motley crew of top class comedians storm the Tall Ship to make you lot laugh.

The Tall Ship at Riverside, Glasgow

Fri 27 Mar

£8 (£5) / 0141 357 3699

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive

The satirical cabaret trio – Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman – take their new show on tour.

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Sun 29 Mar

£15.75–£27.75 / 028 9024 0411

Sheffield Theatres

Fri 27 Mar

Lyceum

£20.50 / 0114 249 6000

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

The master of kids' comedy presents a show packed with proper laughs, without the rude bits. For ages 6+.

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Sun 28 Jun

Walker Theatre

£8.50 / 01743 281281

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