Why the Midlands has the Last Laugh on Comedy


If you’re a fan of live comedy, times have changed. You no longer have to trek down to London’s Leicester Square to go to the Comedy Store to see the cream of the UK’s stand up comedians. (Although if you ever get chance to go, you should – it’s bloody good).

If you blinked this February, you might have missed the Leicester Comedy Festival. It’s a little two week extravaganza that attracts big names like Jimmy Carr, Julian Clarey and Jack Whitehall. Contrary to what you might think, this isn’t all Leicester has to laugh about.

“Famous for Comedy” is a top notch Comedy night, based at Highlight on Granby Street in the centre of Leicester. This April, it features top new comics including Nick Wilty, Adam Crow and Alex Boardman – and look out soon for bigger names like Paul Tonkinson and the brilliant Junior Simpson. Tickets are a snip, and you can bag ’em right here (for both the Leicester venue and the Birmingham venue) on lastminute.com

Now, think Birmingham…. Think Comedy…. ok I know what you’re thinking, Lenny Henry right? Wrong (very wrong). Birmingham has some great comedy on offer this year including Armstrong and Miller live at the Alexandra Theatre on October 1 & 2.

In Nottingham, catch Dara O’Briain this April or Lee Mack on 22nd May. Both play the Royal Centre.

Derby Playhouse has some wicked comedy coming up Rhod Gilbert on 8th April and Jimmy Carr in May.

Finally, in Coventry…. hmmmm…. no, don’t think Coventry has got anything to laugh about. Only joking, Russell Kane, Katy Brand and Jimmy Carr are all doing gigs in the not too distant future.

By the way, if you did miss out on Leicester Comedy Festival, you can catch the “best of” tour – featuring Pippa Evans, Mark Olver and Special guests at Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre on 25th May, Wellingborough The Castle on 28th May, and Leicester The Y on Saturday 29th May.

Don’t forget, there are always loads of comedy offers in the entertainment section of lastminute.com.


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