Britain has the best comedy scene in the world, comedians come from all over to our shores to peddle their wares in downstairs rooms in pubs. You could go to a cheap night and not know who’s on for £5 and see that same comedian deliver a hilarious set on Live at the Apollo weeks later, comedy is the great leveler. So we’ve rounded up the best comedians touring the country at the moment for you.
Joe is one of the funniest comedians to come out of Britain in years, and Birmingham maybe ever. You may have seen him on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown building his reputation as the best complainer in the country, fighting parking tickets for the many. His new tour, I’m About to Lose Control and I think Joe Lycett, is almost sold out but, there are some tickets available here.
You might know him from Soccer AM, or you might have heard him singing in a cathedral, depending on your tastes. That’s because Lloyd is the only person in the Venn diagram that overlaps comedian, professional chorister, and Grimsby Town FC super fan. His show In:Undated chronicles his break up and subsequent quest to find love. It’s very good. Get tickets for his Soho Theatre shows this week here, and for extra tour dates here.
What Women Want
Host Amy Annette panels a show featuring three amazing comedians, who vary from show to show, each time talking personally and light-heartedly about a different topic such as ‘What Women Want is Independence’. Past guests have included Nish Kumar, Desiree Burch, Lolly Adefope and James Acaster. The perfect alternative if you don’t want straight stand up. Get tickets for the next one here.
There’s a fair chance you’ll have seen Bobby on TV, the one in your actual living room, or on Viceland in his series with his wife and fellow comedian Harriet Kemsley called Bobby and Harriet Get Married, which chronicled the chaotic lead up to their nuptials. The husband and wife duo also recently roasted each other on Comedy Central which is well worth a watch. His show, Loudly Insecure, follows his journey to find his biological family after being adopted at birth - perfect stand up material! Get tickets.
If you haven’t heard of John Robins, you might know his ex-girlfriend, comedian Sara Pascoe. His latest show, The Darkness of Robins, won the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2017 for best show, and is currently touring the UK. The show chronicles his break up with Pascoe, and the show is a lament on his grief afterwards. Fun fact: the exes went head to head for the Best Show award, and Robins won. Awkward. Buy tickets here.
After storming into everyone’s consciousness with her breakthrough show A Bic for Her, Bridget has been revered as one of the UK’s best comedians. She’s doing a series of Work In Progress shows - but don’t let that put you off, they’re a safe bet for some great and truly original comedy, and at a decent price too. Get tickets.
Mae has been performing comedy since the age of 13, so by now she’s pretty good at it. Her current show, Dope, chronicles her addictions and obsessions throughout her life, including her stint in rehab, and has received great reviews across the board. Go and see it here.