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Book now! Top flight comedy (really) coming your way

Revised dates for the hottest comedy tickets in Somerset, Dorset and Bristol in 2021 to book now

Book yourself a rollicking comedy night out in the company some of the UK”s top funny girls (and guys), with revised dates for the rest of the year.

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Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much, Bath Forum, Weds 7 April, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Tues 2 Nov

The West Country-raised comic is not quite on The Last Leg of his UK tour with these three stops (he’s about half way round).

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Julian Clary: Born to Mince, Bristol Old Vic, Sun 11 April

Julian sallies forth to pleasure the provinces with his own brand of super camp saucy innuendo.

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Jen Brister, 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol, Fri 23 April

She describes herself as a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, d***head, and it’s that kind of self-deprecating humour, we love. Her show Under Privilege takes an irreverent look at the often controversial subject of ‘privilege’. Who has it? Who doesn’t? And why does no one like to admit they have any?

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Sandi Tovskig Live! The National Trevor Tour, Lighthouse Poole, Sat 24 April, Bath Forum, Weds 28 April

Funny facts, silly jokes, a quick fire Q&A, quiz and tall stories from a short woman on her UK tour.

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Ed Byrne: If I’m Honest, Bridport Electric Palace, Sat 3 July, Taunton Wellsprings, Fri 15 Oct, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, Tues 26 Oct

The Mock the Week and HIGNFY regular wonders if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children.

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Russell Howard, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 5 – Sat 10 July

A man never too far from a TV camera is back on tour – and this time he’s going for world domination (lockdown fever bites back)! Following the critically acclaimed sold out arena leg of his tour Respite, Russell Howard returns with his biggest stand-up tour to date. Plenty of material to mull over during the pandemic so expect him to deal with everything from foreign policy to his fear of death.

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Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny, Bristol Hippodrome, Sun 1 Aug & Sun 17 Oct. The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Thurs 11 Nov, Bath Pavilion, Fri 14 May & Sun 19 Sept, Taunton Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Fri 25 June, Weymouth Pavilion, Sun 8 August, Lighthouse Poole, Thurs 7 Oct

Jimmy Carr Terribly Funny smoking astronaut

Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Not for the easily offended, but definitely for anyone who loves the LOLs. Jimmy’s brand new stand-up show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. Eek.

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Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang, Taunton Brewhouse, Fri 10 Sept

Philip Nathaniel Sin Goi Wang aka Phil Wang, grew up in Malaysia but moved to Bath (where his mum is from) when he was 16. The former Footlights president is always on the box and has just the one West Country stop on his 2021 tour.

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Lucy Porter: Be Prepared, Taunton Brewhouse, Tues 21 Sept

Lucy Porter Be Prepared comedian wearing a brownie uniform

Dig out our Brownie uniform, Lucy Porter returns with her latest stand up show and we reckon your tea making badge may come in handy. Despite what Brown Owl told you, an emergency 10p for the phone box and a competent knot, cannot solve everything. Life’s slightly more complicated than that.

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Chris Ramsey 20/20, Bournemouth International Centre, Weds 22 Sept

Chris-Ramsey-comedian

Chris Ramsay has finally scrubbed off the last of the fake tan and stopped finding glitter and sequins in every crevice. To celebrate, he’s shimmying off on tour for his biggest ever stand-up tour which includes a stop in Bournemouth in September.

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Rachel Parris: All Change Please, Redgrave Theatre Bristol, Weds 29 Sept

The classy, clever viral sensation and star of The Mash Report shares her venomously witty observations and a song or two.

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Emily Atack: Has Left the Group, McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater, Thurs 14 Oct

I’m a Celeb, Celebrity Juice, her own show (nominated in the 2020 Comedy Awards), 1.7m followers on IG – and now the ultimate accolade: a gig in Bridgwater. They’re currently having an issue with their website so contact info@mcmillantheatre.com for info.

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Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face, Bristol Old Vic, Sun 24 Oct

The 3rd funniest woman in the world., according to Dawn French (and who are we to argue?). The former ASDA fish counter assistant, freestyle disco dancer and comedy awards winner dons a Serious Black Jumper to serve up a hilarious and sobering analysis of feminism.

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Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone’s Watching, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis Thurs 28 Oct

She’s made a name for herself by turning tragedy and anxiety into big laughs. This show’s a mix of storytelling, observations, a dash of social politics and a lovely routine about a smear test (nice).

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The New Scummy Mummies Show, Komedia, Bath Tues 2 & Weds 3 Nov

Scummy-Mummies shiny pink unitards and feather boas

Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are bringing bonkers comedy show to the Komedia in Bath. Based on the UK’s number one kids and family podcast, the Scummy Mummies celebrate everything from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA (standard Muddy behaviour). Not to be missed.

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Jenny Eclair: 60 (FFS!),Dorchester Corn Exchange, Fri 5 Nov, The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Sat 6 Nov

The 60’s babe contemplates another decade of decrepitude and asks: is it a legal requirement to buy Nordic walking poles?

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Katherine Ryan: Missus, Lighthouse Poole, Sat 20 Nov, Bristol Hippodrome, Sun 21 Nov

The funny girl takes time off the box (The Duchess, HIGNFY, Taskmaster, Glitter Room, In Trouble…) to go on tour.

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Mo Gilligan: There’s Mo To Life, Bournemouth International Centre, Sat 27 Nov

Comedian MO GILLIGAN

The man of the Mo-ment (sorry), but seriously Mo Gilligan has been occupying hours of TV time over the past year. He’s a new judge on ITV’s The Masked Singer, appeared on the The Cube reboot and Celebrity Gogglebox, hosts his own show on Channel 4 and wants you in his eye line. It’s fair to say he’s trending. So go see one of the hottest new comedy talents on tour.

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Bill Bailey: En Route to Normal, Bournemouth International Centre, Tues 14 Dec & Thurs 16 Dec

Surely we will be, by then? The Bath-born comic considers our changing priorities, the wonder of dogs, how little things can keep you on track and raves about his new-found love of skydiving. But will the Strictly winner be throwing some shapes?

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