Harrogate Comedy Festival

In 2017 we bring you the 9th annual Harrogate Comedy Festival.

This year’s Harrogate Comedy Festival (2-14 Oct) boasts a jam-packed programme of 26 events presenting more than 40 comedians over 13 days across 4 performance spaces. The line-up includes big names in stand-up comedy as well as Edinburgh Festival previews, a comedy club for kids, live music, stand-up poetry and more.

On the bill for 2017 is Jason Manford (2 Oct), Shappi Khorsandi (3 Oct), Jason Byrne (4 Oct), Lou Sanders (4 Oct), Stewart Lee (5 Oct), Ed Gamble (5 Oct), Simon Amstell (6 Oct), Phil Wang (9 Oct), Jimmy Carr (10 Oct), Paul Zerdin (11 Oct), Eleanor Conway (12 Oct), Andy Parsons (12 Oct), and Paul Chowdhry (13 Oct)

What’s more there’s Graeme Swann’s Great British Spin off with Henry Blofield (10 Oct) – a show full of surprises, anecdotes, impressions and more for all sports lovers.  The Game’s a Foot, Try the Fish (and The Man with the Twisted Hip) (10 Oct) is a show packed with laughs and a revolving gallery of high society dames and eccentric waiters presented by award-winning writer-performer, Tom Tailor. This show was a smash hit at Edinburgh Festival collecting a host of four and five star reviews. Dan Simpson: Artificial Ineloquence (13 Oct) presents stand-up poet, Dan Simpson (Glastonbury Festival, Canterbury Laureate) and his high-speed logic on the screens and machines that rule over our lives. 

The Big Weekend on Sat 7 & Sun 8 October is a weekend-round treat of stand-up comedy from Greg Davies (6 & 7 Oct), Bec Hill and Sarah Kendall (8 Oct), alongside a Hyena Lounge Comedy Kids Club (7 Oct), Circle Live (7 Oct) – live local music in the Circle Bar – and Sunday Brunch (8 Oct) – an opportunity to kick-back with the Sunday papers, fresh coffee and pastries in one of Harrogate’s oldest and most beautiful spaces. Also on The Big Weekend don’t miss your chance to meet the Trolley Girls (7 Oct) as they use comedy, music, and character work to give their take on failed relationships, finding our own path, and how best friends stick together. 

The sixth Comedian of the Year competition will also take place this year. During two heats a host of tip top comics battle to impress the audience and judges enough to secure a place in the final on Weds 11 October, as well as a spot at the much coveted Hyena Lounge Comedy Club Closing Gala on Sat 14 October.

Head of Marketing Rachel Auty said: “The Harrogate Comedy Festival is indisputedly a real gem for the town and has a fantastic reputation for quality - even earning Harrogate the title ‘comedy capital of the north’ along the way! This year we hope to build on that and we are proud of not only the big names but also another diverse comedy offer of 'not just stand-up'. Over 7,000 people joined us across last year’s festival and we hope to see even more in 2017. The festival is a significant investment for a us as a theatre and as a charity we simply cannot continue to do this without our ticketbuyers.”

Harrogate Comedy Festival will run across Harrogate Theatre, the Royal Hall and Harrogate Convention Centre from Mon 2 to Sat 14 October 2017. To book, click the links above or go to the What's On page and type 'comedy festival' in the keywords field to bring up a full list of shows.

Watch the official trailer below.



See our full Harrogate Comedy Festival brochure.


With special thanks to our media partners Stray FM and the Harrogate Advertiser.

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