Nottingham Playhouse - Comedy Events http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/events/rss/category/comedy Comedy Events at Nottingham Playhouse en-gb <![CDATA[Stewart Francis: Into the Punset]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 It's your last chance to see this punder-ful comedian as he embarks on his final tour!

Sunday 14 October 2018 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £21.50


<p>The star of <em>Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo</em> and <em>Crackerjack</em> embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour <span class="caps">EVER</span>!!! See him before he heads off&#8230; <span class="caps">INTO</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">PUNSET</span>.</p> <p><strong><em>&#8220;One of the funniest comedians in the world.”&#8221;</em></strong><br /> Craig Ferguson, <span class="caps">CBS</span>&#8217; Late Late Show.</p> ]]>
2018-10-14T19:30:00 2018-10-14T19:30:00
<![CDATA[MissImp Improvised Comedy: 20th Anniversary Weekend ]]> Neville Studio 0.00000000 0.00000000 MIssImp celebrate 20 years of creating improvised theatre in Nottingham

Friday 19 - Saturday 20 October 2018

Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions)


<h3>4 performances over 2 days to celebrate MissImp&#8217;s 20th Anniversary</h3> <p>Nottingham boasts one of the UK’s longest running improvised comedy theatre companies &#8211; MissImp. The group’s first performance was on 20th October 1998. Twenty years on, a variety of the theatre company’s performance teams bring you everything from improvised musicals to high energy montages of hilarious scenes in a weekend which will celebrate the best in spontaneous performance.</p> <h2><a href="http://my.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=135713">The Vortex</a></h2> <p><strong>Fri 19 Oct, 7pm</strong></p> <p>Step into The Vortex for a night of all-funny, all-female improv! Inspired by a single word from the audience, The Vortex will take you on a hilarious and heart-breaking journey to who knows where. Anything could happen as the Midlands’ leading female improvisers make up show entirely on the spot!</p> <p><img src="/files/images/applicationfiles/1298.4453.Vortex/400x400.fitdown.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p><hr></p> <h2><a href="http://my.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=135714">The Vox Pops</a></h2> <p><strong>Fri 19 Oct, 9pm</strong></p> <p>The Vox Pops bring their signature blend of hilarious characters and comic scenes in this fast-paced improvised sketch show. The Vox Pops will take true stories, tear them apart and put them back together to find the deeper meaning behind them. The truth has never been funnier!</p> <p><img src="/files/images/applicationfiles/1298.5747.VoxPops/400x400.fitdown.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p><hr></p> <h2><a href="http://my.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=135715">Rhymes Against Humanity – the improvised musical</a></h2> <p><strong>Sat 20 Oct 7pm</strong></p> <p>Most musicals take years to write and bring to the stage, however Rhymes Against Humanity will take a title from an audience member and use it to create a brand new musical theatre piece on the spot. Everything is improvised – the scenes, the songs and even the choreography.</p> <p><strong><em>“The group’s timing, imagination, quick wit and speedy reactions are perfection”</em></strong> Behind The Arras</p> <p><img src="/files/images/applicationfiles/1298.9395.Rhymes/400x400.fitdown.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p><hr></p> <h2><a href="http://my.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=135716">Smash Night Social Club</a></h2> <p><strong>Sat 20 Oct 9pm</strong></p> <p>Wild entertainment in which we fling a random selection of MissImp&#8217;s veteran improvisers onto the stage. There is no plan, no scripts, and there are no rules &#8211; just highly energised, perfectly tuned performers waiting to be let off the leash. Delirious, high energy theatre.</p> <p><img src="/files/images/applicationfiles/1298.5934.smashnight/400x400.fitdown.JPG" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>An extra £1 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you.</strong></p> ]]>
2018-10-19T19:00:00 2018-10-20T21:00:00
<![CDATA[No Such Thing as a Fish]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Join the team behind the award-winning podcast No Such Thing As A Fish for a jaw-dropping, side-splitting show.

Sunday 21st October 2018 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £20


<p>Join the team behind the award-winning podcast <strong>No Such Thing As A Fish</strong> for a jaw-dropping, side-splitting show. Writers and presenters Dan Schreiber, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and James Harkin will be celebrating the launch of their new book, <em>The Book of the Year 2018: Your Definitive Guide to the World&#8217;s Weirdest News</em>, and recording a live podcast with bizarre facts and laboured puns a-plenty.</p> <p>Four years and over 200 episodes after it began, <strong>No Such Thing As A Fish</strong> gets 1.5 million listeners a week and has completed multiple sell-out tours &#8211; including selling out the Sydney Opera House in March this year. The team&#8217;s first book, <em>The Book of the Year 2017</em>, hit the Amazon top 10 bestsellers list in … 2017.</p> <p>Every ticket includes a copy of <em>The Book of the Year 2018: Your Definitive Guide to the World&#8217;s Weirdest News</em>.</p> ]]>
2018-10-21T19:30:00 2018-10-21T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Rich Hall's Hoedown]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between the UK and the US is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever.

Rich Hall

Monday 22 October 2018 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £17.50


<p>Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show begins its second leg of touring. There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His <span class="caps">BBC</span> Four documentaries, most recently <em>Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You</em> and <em>Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match</em>, and <span class="caps">BBC</span> Radio 4 series <em>Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown</em> have built him a new legion of followers.</p> <p><strong><em>&#8220;As close as it gets to a guaranteed good show&#8221;</em></strong><br /> Scotland on Sunday</p> <p>The Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. There’s stand-up, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping, shit-kicking good time to be had by all. Even if you don’t own a hoe. </p> <p><strong><em>&#8220;Blissfully Funny&#8221;</em></strong> <br /> The Guardian</p> ]]>
2018-10-22T19:30:00 2018-10-22T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Ruby Wax, the Monk and the Neuroscientist: How To Be Human]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The follow up to Ruby’s sell out shows Sane New World and Frazzled.

Wednesday 24 October at 7.30pm

Tickets: £23.50


<p>We can’t stop the future from arriving, no matter what drugs we’re on. But even if nearly every part of us becomes robotic, mechanical fingers crossed we&#8217;ll still have our minds. Hopefully we&#8217;ll use them for things like compassion, instead of just chasing what’s ‘better’ like a hamster on a wheel. If we can do that, we’re on the yellow brick road to happiness.</p> <p>With a little help from monk <strong>Gelong Thubten</strong>, who explains how the mind works, and neuroscientist <strong>Ash Ranpura</strong> who explains where everything that makes us ‘us’ can be found in the brain. </p> <p><strong>How to be Human</strong> is the show you need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you’ve upgraded your iPhone.</p> <p>This is the follow up to Ruby’s sell out shows ‘Sane New World’ and ‘Frazzled’.</p> ]]>
2018-10-24T19:30:00 2018-10-24T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Jeremy Hardy 2018 - cancelled]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 34 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 34 years to go.

Thursday 25 October 2018 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £17.50


<h3>Due to personal reasons, Jeremy has had to cancel his performance and the tour. Our Box Office team will contact you as soon as possible to arrange a refund. If you would like to discuss further, please contact us on 0115 941 9419 </h3> <p>Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 34 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 34 years to go. In 2014, the tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast on Radio 4 and more recently his brand-new series Jeremy Hardy Feels It. He is also well-known for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. </p> <p>Indeed, Alan Bennett recently said he likes him “but he’s only on the radio”.<br /> However, Jeremy isn’t only on the radio, his television credits include: <em>Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk</em> (BBC2), <em>QI</em> (BBC1), <em>Mock The Week</em> (BBC2), <em>Grumpy Old Men</em> (BBC1), <em>Back In The Day</em> (BBC2), <em>Not Tonight With John Sergeant</em> (BBC2).</p> <p>He is also on the road all year round and has never stopped doing live shows since 1984. He’s continuing his tour this autumn!</p> <p><strong><em>&#8220;In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an ideal world would leave him without most of his best material.&#8221;</em></strong> <br /> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">GUARDIAN</span></p> ]]>
2018-10-25T19:30:00 2018-10-25T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Rob Newman's Total Eclipse of Descartes]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 In a world gone crazy, can philosophy help? This sparklingly brilliant new show tries to give you the answer.

Friday 26 October 2018 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £16.50 (£13.50 concessions


<p>Rob Newman (stand up legend, best-selling novelist, Winner <span class="caps">BBC</span> Audio Drama Award 2017) attempts to piece together a philosophy for our troubled times by sifting through 3000 years of thought: from Pythagoras to Artificial Intelligence by way of Pavlov’s dogs, Jane Goodall’s chimpanzees and Frankie Howerd’s trousers.</p> <p><em>&#8220;He is the funniest comedian I have ever seen…A passionate, chaotically brilliant comedian.&#8221;</em><br /> <strong>The Sunday Times</strong></p> <p><em>“Gleefully jaunty and refreshingly intelligent&#8230; I loved it.”</em> ★★★★ <strong>The Guardian, 2018</strong></p> <p><em>“Intellectually charged and adorably ambitious&#8230; A delightfully digestible dose of brain food.”</em> ★★★★ <strong>The Times, 2018</strong></p> <p><strong>Winner: Best Comedy With A Live Audience, <span class="caps">BBC</span> Audio Drama Awards, 2017</strong></p> ]]>
2018-10-26T19:30:00 2018-10-26T19:30:00
<![CDATA[SOLD OUT: Sara Pascoe - LadsLadsLads]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Always honest, always regretting it later, Sara opens her heart and mouth again to share the adventures of the last year.

Sara Pascoe

Saturday 27 October 2018 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £19.50

Age Rating: Age recommendation: 15+


<p><strong>This performance has now sold out – please contact the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 to be added to the waiting list.</strong></p> <p>Always honest, always regretting it later, Sara opens her heart and mouth again to share the adventures of the last year. Full of jokes, hope and white wine LadsLadsLads is the thinking person&#8217;s stag do*. </p> <p>Following a sell-out run in London’s West End, the multi-award-winning comedian and star of Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Taskmaster, takes her new show on tour.</p> <p>★★★★ The Sunday Times<br /> ★★★★ Evening Standard<br /> ★★★★ The Scotsman<br /> ★★★★ Chortle</p> <p><em>&#8220;She is a comic in her prime&#8221;</em> <br /> ★★★★ <strong>Dominic Maxwell, The Times</strong></p> <p><em>&#8220;Whipsmart… winningly funny&#8221;</em> <br /> ★★★★ <strong>Brian Logan. The Guardian</strong></p> <p>*Please, please do not bring an actual stag do, <span class="caps">PLEASE</span>. Do bring a polite friend, your mamma, someone you hope to seduce or a book for the interval.</p> ]]>
2018-10-27T19:30:00 2018-10-27T19:30:00
<![CDATA[David O'Doherty: You Have to Laugh]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986

David O'Doherty

Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 8pm

Tickets: £19

Duration: 2 hours (inc interval), no support act

Age Rating: 14+


<h4><em>Priority booking for this event is currently exclusively available to members. Members must login to book their seats.</em> </h4> <h4><em>If you would like to purchase a <a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/membership">Playhouse Pass</a> and take advantage of this priority booking period</em>, <a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/membership"><em>please click here</em></a>. <em>General booking opens on Friday 22 September at 10am.</em></h4> <p><br /> </p> <p>Unhook your mindbras. <strong>David O’Doherty</strong> is back on tour with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. </p> <p>As seen on BBC2’s <em>Live At The Apollo</em> and Channel 4’s <em>8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown</em>.</p> ]]>
2019-02-27T20:00:00 2019-02-27T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Rachel Parris: It's Fun to Pretend]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Viral sensation Rachel Parris presents a comedy show packed with stand-up, song, sketch, and inevitably a sideways swipe at society

Sunday 3rd March 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £15.50


<p>Viral sensation Rachel Parris, star of BBC’s <strong>The Mash Report</strong>, presents a comedy show packed with stand-up, song, sketch, and inevitably a sideways swipe at society. In this tour show she showcases some of her best bits, from her trademark comic anthems, to her all-too relatable, bittersweet stand-up, alongside brand new material looking at the insane events of this year.</p> <p>&#8220;<em>Tears of laughter&#8230; endearingly frank and funny</em>&#8220; – Guardian</p> <p>&#8220;<em>A gifted performer</em>&#8220; – Times</p> <p>&#8220;<em>This is classy, clever comedy &#8211; uproarious</em>&#8220; – Scotsman </p> <p><a href="http://www.rachelparris.com"><strong>rachelparris.com</strong></a></p> <p>Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%40rachelparris&amp;src=typd&amp;lang=en"><strong>@rachelparris</strong></a><br /> Insta <strong>@rachelsvparris</strong></p> ]]>
2019-03-03T19:30:00 2019-03-03T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Henning Wehn: Get On With It]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 You couldn’t make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out yet another new show?

Thursday 7 - Friday 8 March 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £21.50


<p>You couldn’t make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out yet another new show? And what’s he still doing here anyway? Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practise makes perfect is what keeps him going.</p> <p>This show is a much needed call to arms. Listen, everyone: stop pondering and hand-wringing. Instead get on your bike and put your face to the grindstone!</p> <p><strong><em>&#8220;Wehn wraps his vowels around the issues of immigration and identity. And he triumphs at it&#8221;</em></strong> The Times</p> <p><strong><em>&#8220;Cor blimey&#8221;</em></strong> The Guardian</p> <p>Henning&#8217;s most recent television and radio appearances include <em>Live At The Apollo</em> (BBC2), <em>Have I Got News For You</em> (BBC1), <em>Would I Lie To You</em> BBC1, <em>Fighting Talk</em> (<span class="caps">BBC</span> Radio 5 Live) and <em>The Unbelievable Truth</em> (<span class="caps">BBC</span> Radio 4).</p> ]]>
2019-03-07T19:30:00 2019-03-08T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Lost Voice Guy]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2018 Lee Ridley (AKA Lost Voice Guy) is setting out on a tour of the UK.

Friday 15 March 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £16.50 (£14.50 concessions)

Production Company: Gag Reflex in association with Andrew Roach Talent presents


<p><strong>“LAUGH-<span class="caps">OUT</span> <span class="caps">LOUD</span> FUNNY”</strong> ★★★★ The Independent</p> <p>Following the unprecedented success of his appearance on the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, <span class="caps">BBC</span> New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of <span class="caps">BBC</span> Radio 4’s comedy series, <em>Ability</em>, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) is setting out on a tour of the UK.</p> <p><strong>“CONSISTENTLY HILARIOUS”</strong> ★★★★ Broadway Baby</p> <p>He may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to say and his comedy will leave you speechless.</p> <p><strong>“SAVAGELY FUNNY…HE’S A <span class="caps">BLOODY</span> <span class="caps">GOOD</span> <span class="caps">COMEDIAN</span>.”</strong> ★★★★ The Wee Review </p> <p>Lee is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid and made his first stand-up appearance in February 2012. He has performed in some of the UK’s most popular comedy venues as well as in solo shows at festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Brighton Fringe, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Nottingham Comedy Festival and Liverpool Comedy Festival.</p> <p>As well as winning Britain’s Got Talent this year (the first comedian to do so), Lee also won the <span class="caps">BBC</span> New Comedy Award in 2014 and his TV and Radio credits have included <em>The One Show</em> (<span class="caps">BBC</span> One), <em>Voice Of The People</em> (<span class="caps">BBC</span> Three), <span class="caps">BBC</span> <em>At The Edinburgh Festivals</em> (<span class="caps">BBC</span> iPlayer). <em>Ability</em> – the Radio 4 series that Lee stars in and co-wrote with Katherine Jakeways – has just been recommissioned for a second series. </p> <p><strong>“ENTERTAINING <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">THOUGHT</span>-PROVOKING”</strong> ★★★★ Three Weeks</p> <p><a href="www.lostvoiceguy.com"><strong>www.lostvoiceguy.com</strong></a><br /> Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LostVoiceGuy/"><strong>LostVoiceGuy</strong></a><br /> Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/LostVoiceGuy"><strong>@lostvoiceguy</strong></a></p> ]]>
2019-03-15T19:30:00 2019-03-15T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Nish Kumar: It's In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a nationwide tour of the UK!

Saturday 16 March 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £24

Production Company: Phil McIntyre Entertainments proudly presents


<p>Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a nationwide tour of the UK! The title is a quote from <em>Terminator 2</em>. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. <span class="caps">GOOD</span> <span class="caps">FUN</span> <span class="caps">STUFF</span>. He&#8217;s the host of the <em>Mash Report</em> which you might have seen on <span class="caps">BBC</span> 2, or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven&#8217;t spoken to in a while.</p> <p>As seen on <em>Live at the Apollo</em> (BBC2), <em>Taskmaster</em> (Dave), <em>Live From the <span class="caps">BBC</span></em> (Netflix), <em>QI</em> (BBC2) <em>Have I Got News For You</em> (BBC1) and <em>Joel &amp; Nish Vs The World</em> (Netflix/Comedy Central).</p> <p><strong><em>“One of the best young comedians we have”</em></strong> The Times</p> <p><strong><em>“A masterclass by a no-frills stand-up at the height of his powers”</em></strong> The Guardian</p> <p><strong><em>“Intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes”</em></strong> Time Out</p> <p><strong>Rose d’Or winner – Best Radio Comedy</strong></p> <p><strong><em>“A very clever boy”</em></strong> Nish Kumar</p> ]]>
2019-03-16T19:30:00 2019-03-16T19:30:00
<![CDATA[PAUL MERTON’S IMPRO CHUMS]]> Main House 0.00000000 0.00000000 Paul Merton and friends flex their improvisational muscles to delight and entertain audiences in this country and abroad.

Friday 24 May 2019 at 8pm

Tickets: £24.50

Age Rating: Age recommendation 14+


<h4><em>Priority booking for this event is currently exclusively available to members. Members must login to book their seats.</em> </h4> <h4><em>If you would like to purchase a <a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/membership">Playhouse Pass</a> and take advantage of this priority booking period</em>, <a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/membership"><em>please click here</em></a>. <em>General booking opens on Thursday 26 April at 10am.</em></h4> <p><br /> Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike McShane and accompanist Kirsty Newton are back on the road in 2019 to visit some of their favourite parts of the UK with another evening of mind-blowing improvisation. The collective improvisational experience embodied in the Chums is enough to stun an elephant. They flex their improvisational muscles to delight and entertain audiences in this country and abroad.</p> <p><strong><em>&#8220;Merton&#8217;s chums are some of the most seasoned performers in this field and know just how to work the games, the suggestions and the audience for maximum effect… pure hilarity.&#8221;</em></strong> <br /> ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide</p> <p><strong><em>&#8220;They continue to be the finest exponents of the improv art&#8221;</em></strong> <br /> ★★★★★ Daily Mirror</p> <p><strong>Age Recommendation: 14+</strong></p> ]]>
2019-05-24T20:00:00 2019-05-24T20:00:00
<![CDATA[Julian Clary: Born to Mince]]>

Saturday 1 June 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £26.50 (£24.50 concessions)


<h4><em>Priority booking for this event is currently exclusively available to members. Members must login to book their seats.</em> </h4> <h4><em>If you would like to purchase a <a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/membership">Playhouse Pass</a> and take advantage of this priority booking period</em>, <a href="http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/membership"><em>please click here</em></a>. <em>General booking opens on Thursday 7 June at 10am.</em></h4> <p><br /> <strong>&#8220;Are you ready for some filth? I know I am. It’s been a while since I sallied forth to pleasure the provinces with my particular brand of saucy innuendo. Let me at them!&#8221;</strong></p> <p>In this outrageously camp new show, (that he was going to call Bed Knobs and Knee Pads but was advised might not sell too well in Harrogate), renowned homosexual Julian Clary will bare his soul as never before in the interests of light entertainment. </p> <p>He’ll murder some well known songs along the way, no doubt, read you a sneak preview from his next memoir A Night At the Lubricant and make withering remarks about punters foolish enough to sit in the front row. You know the kind of thing. It’s the only life he knows. Don’t miss out. </p> <p>This might well be the final mince…</p> <p><strong><em>&#8220;Julian Clary unleashes a tsunami of smut&#8221;</em></strong> <br /> The Guardian</p> <p>Recommended 16+</p> ]]>
2019-06-01T19:30:00 2019-06-01T19:30:00