The Last Laugh: The best comedy events on Skiddle

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 13th Feb 2023

January has been and gone and the new year blues that many can feel after the festive period should have passed (although there's still a good chance they haven't). Yet, despite maybe not feeling so down, we are all surely always in need of a good laugh, and in our opinion, there's no better way to engage in the art of giggling than at a comedy show, as your mates are never really as funny as they think they are.

On this front, Skiddle more than has you covered. With hundreds of awesome Comedy gigs from every level of the Uk scene, from the stars you see on the telly to the next big thing, coming to you from venues all across the country.

We've got work-in-progress shows from comedy podcast legends, where you'll get to see your favourites in a more intimate space than you ever thought possible; UK-wide tours stopping off at some of our favourite venues, where the headliners will be household names very soon; And multi-comedian nights where you'll get to see multiple comics, from all levels of fame, come together to put on a night that will undoubtedly leave you in stitches, and maybe some new names on your list.

So, stop waiting for the punchline and grab yourself some tickets to some of these incredible shows, it's comedy... you may never get a chance to hear these sets again!



Hal Cruttenden: It’s Best You Hear It From Me

When: Sunday 30th April 2023

Where: Old Fire Station in Carlisle

Hal Cruttenden is a well known name in the Biritsh comedy scene, having appeared on the likes of Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, The Royal Variety Performance, and Would I Lie To You to name a few. Over the last eight years, he has extensively toured the Uk and took his funny bones across the world, and now he is back touring with his new special.

After 21 years and 224 days Hal's back being single. But it's all going to be fine. Instead of getting the therapy he clearly needs, he's made a cracking show about it. He's lost enough weight to almost get his wedding ring off and, while he may be flying solo, he's far from alone; he's got his grown-up daughters, his dogs and his divorce lawyer. The fickle finger of fate has turned Hal's life upside down but he's sticking a finger right back at it.


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Sophie Duker: Hag

When: Sunday 19th February 2023

Where: The Leadmill in Sheffield

Recently shooting to fame due to her hilariously honest approach to sex and relationships, being nominated for best newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringer in 2019, and through a string of TV appearances on the likes of Live At The Apollo, and most notably her series of Taskmaster, she has won the hearts and laughs of many, and is now heading out for her biggest tour yet.

Smirkingly titled 'Hag' the tour outlines Sophies metamorphosis into the confident, self-assured, and redefined woman her twentysomething self would never have dared believe she could be. Throughout the show, she shares, amongst other things,  a chaotic true story from the recent past, when Sophie chose to get on a cruise ship with seven hundred older lesbians, leaving her long-suffering boyfriend on shore? It's as funny as you've ever seen her and ont one to miss.


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Adam Rowe & Friends

When: Sunday 14th May 2023

Where: Alexanders in Chester

Everyone favourite scouse comedian and one half of the enviably amazing Have A Word podcast, Adam Rowe is putting on a string of Work In Progress tour in preparation for his upcoming UK tour, and he has invited some of his closest comedy pals along with him to iron out their sets as well. 

Whilst many will mostly be aware of Adam thanks to his podcast and the numerous viral clips pulled from it, his stand up is just as funny, if not even more. In the past Adam has commented on his dissociation with a group he was once a happy part of, the fat community; mused on the absurdity of terrosrism, particularly Liverpools unsuccessful taxi bomber; and has most recently made an entire show about his ex and her absurdly fraudulent actions that caused their split. Basically, you're never prepared for what he has to say, but you can guarantee it's going to be hilarious and unsuspectingly insightful. Plus, he's mates with some of the best coming comics in the biz, so those who get announced alongside will be equally worth the price of admission.


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James Barr: Straight Jokes

When: Saturday 22nd April 2023

Where: Max's Basement in Glasgow

James Barr is an utterly hilarious, half-Scottish, nearly national treasure, and the gay half of the hit comedy podcast A Gay and A NonGay, which has had over 5 million listens, and even co-hosts The Hits Radio Breakfast Show. 

Following his five-star, sell-out, run at Edinburgh 2022, James takes his brand new show Straight Jokes on tour across the UK this April, and one of the most notable stops is The Glasgow Comedy Club. Here James will be presenting an out-of-control hour of endless jokes which amongst other things is a battle cry to be yourself. Described as 'acid tounged' and 'a masterpiece in queer storytelling', the incredible reviews for this show keep on flying in, and you won't want to miss it.  


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Double Trouble: Kane Brown & Richard Blackwood

When: Monday 10th April 2023

Where: The Top Secret Comedy Club in London

Coming to destroy the stage, and probably one or two people in the audience, Kane Brown and Rochard Blackwood are back together for a double trouble tour of the funniest proportions. The black circuit in the UK is a hard nut to crack, but these two heavyweight acts are respected & loved within the scene for being powerhouses of comedy, and to see them performing together for the first time like this, under one roof, is going to be a hard one to miss. 

Expect uproarious laughter, a crowd like no other, and potentially an audience member getting Kane to recreate his viral clip (cha, upset me, nasty b***h) this show is going to be a belter, and there are few venues in London than Top Secret to see it. 


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Funny Woman Rock with Harriet Kemsley - International Woman's Day

When: Wednesday 8th March 2023

Where: The Attic At River Studios in Southampton

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the amazing team at The Attic in Southampton have got an epic lineup of funny women for you on Wednesday 8th March 2023. If you decide to go, you’re in for a golden, as all of these women are truly funny AF!

On the lineup are the likes of two of the best up-coming women in comedy, the award-winning character comedian Lora Rose treen, and Ireland's next big thing, Aideen McQueen, both of whom just have to be on your radar even if you can't make it. But, headlining is the first-ever winner of the female comedy award and a bonafide legend of the game Harriet Kemsley. As seen on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown, Hypothetical, Roast Battle, Guessable, As Yet Untitled, and pretty much every comedy show ever, Harriet is armed with endless hilarity and will see this night off in style. 


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Belaire Valentine’s Affair Comedy Special

When: Saturday 18th February 2023

Where: The Manchester Lounge in Manchester

Fancy treating your special someone to a night of laughter and dancing, or maybe you just want to drown out the lovey-dovey valentines couples with some laughs and a boogie on the dancefloor, well whatever your vibe this valentines weekend then you need to head down to The Manchetser Lounge for the Belaire Valentines Affair Comedy Special. 

Setting off the laughs will be Serge Campbell, Ben Silver, and Emmanuel O and seeing off the night will be a number of DJs, it's a comedy night with an after par ty, what more could you ask for? Oh, and did we mention... it goes on until 7am! 


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Scott Bennett: Great Scott!

When: Thursday 18th May 2023

Where: Old Fire Station in Carlisle

Scott Bennett has been blazing a trail through the stand-up circuit for the best part of a decade. He’s written for many high-profile acts such as Chris Ramsey and Jason Manford, and recently recorded his debut on BBC One’s Live at the Apollo. In massive demand as a comedy writer and with regular appearances on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show, Scott is an act on the verge of breaking through into the big time, and this show looks set to be the one to do it.

Popping up at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle, a venue renowned for putting on some of the best in the biz, Scott will be setting the crowd alight with laughter and leaving many a side split, and we can't wait to be there with you. 


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Unfortunately the Scott Bennett show has been postponed until next year. All tickets remain valid.



Tom Lawrinson

When: Saturday 18th March 2023

Where: Fierce Bar in Manchester

A funny face that's undoubtedly made you giggle during a TikTok doom scroll, Tom Lawrinson has over 100 Million Views online with his sketches on TikTok and Instagram, and has recently started using that fame to launch his stand-up career, and were can tell you right away the laughs are just as frequent when he's on stage.

The show is weird, wonderful, and filled with completely unexpected punchlines. If you like big laughs, mad jokes and a positive atmosphere then this is the show for you. Come along, we can’t stress how cheeky it's gonna be. 


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Aaron Wood: Doomed WIP 

When: Thursday 18th May 2023

Where: Gullivers in Manchester

Host of the Spread Negativity podcast with over 30 million views online, Aaron Woods stand-up channels everything that had made his podcast so popular in the most superb ways possible. Described as a ‘talent way beyond his time on the circuit’ Aaron has the ability to combine natural stage presence with original, relatable material like few comics his age.

This work-in-progress show for his upcoming debut tour, Doomed, will undoubtedly be having you in stitches and most likely reeling back in stifled laughter as he dissects someone in the audience. He's only on track for bigger and better, and we cant wait to get a sneak peek at what his first solo show is going to entail.


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Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.