If you need something to cheer you up now it’s getting cold and grey outside, we’ve got a stack of stand-up comedians that are sure to tickle your funny bone.
From veterans of the circuit to rising stand-up stars, here’s our guide to the best stand-up comedians touring Kent until the end of the year…
After graduating from Oxford University, Ivo Graham shot to comedy fame with a string of successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was crowned the youngest ever winner of So You Think You're Funny in 2009 and has been on a roll ever since, including his latest show Organised Fun.
Details: Tuesday, October 24 at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre in Canterbury and Thursday, November 2 at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone. Book online here.
Stephen K Amos
Fresh off of London’s West End after playing Alfred P. Doolittle in musical My Fair Lady, Stephen K Amos is back behind the mic with a new stand-up show. The latest tour, Oxymoron, is all about finding the funny in tricky situations.
Details: Monday, October 27 at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Book online here.
Britain’s Got Talent winner Axel Blake is stepping out from the TV screen and hitting the road with his first nationwide tour. The show, In Style, will combine the charismatic charm, quick wit and observational humour that won him the golden buzzer from Simon Cowell last year.
Details: Sunday, October 29 at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. Book online here.
After rising to fame as the winner of America’s Got Talent earlier this year, ventriloquist Paul Zerdin is bringing his show back across the pond for a UK tour. The London-born performer will be visiting theatres up and down the country, bringing his puppet pals Sam, Albert and Roger the Bodyguard along for the ride.
Details: Friday, November 3 at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone. Book online here.
Surrealist and improv star Ross Noble is celebrating his 21st solo stand-up tour. The new show, Jibber Jabber Jamboree, will again see the comedian and actor let his stream of consciousness flow freely until a series of hilarious anecdotes fall from his mouth.
Details: Friday, November 3 at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Book online here.
Award-winning up-and-comer Michael Akadiri will headline a night of alternative comedy in November. His work can be seen and heard on the likes of the Stand-up Sketch Show, BBC Radio Kent and BBC Radio 4. He will be joined on the night by Dee Allum, Micky Overman and Ian Smith.
Details: Wednesday, November 8 at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Book online here.
Bridget Christie has left a glittering career in her wake. The funny-woman has won the Rose d’Or, Edinburgh Comedy Award and South Bank Sky Arts Award, appeared on Taskmaster and had her own Netflix special but, as she reminds us all with her latest show Who Am I, she’s still a 51-year-old woman combatting a mid-life crisis, early osteoarthritis and menopause.
Details: Thursday, November 9 at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Book online here.
I’m A Celebrity star Seann Walsh has extended his tour, slapped a new name on it and is now bringing it back around the country. In the second leg of his Back from the Bed tour, Seann will share stories about his life, from sharing a camp with Matt Hancock to recently becoming a dad for the first time.
Details: Thursday, November 9 at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre in Canterbury. Book online here.
Podcast sensation Suzi Ruffell is ditching the recording studio (briefly, anyway) to bring her latest show, Snappy, to fans all over the country. Suzi, who hosts hugely popular podcasts Out and Like Minded Friends with Tom Allen, is talking all about how, despite settling down in Brighton with her wife and daughter, she still can’t stop worrying about everything.
Details: Friday, November 10 at the Quarterhouse in Folkestone. Book online here.
Catch Rob Delaney, star of sitcom Catastrophe and blockbuster movie Deadpool 2, headline one of Kent’s best-loved comedy nights. The actor and comedian will perform a stellar set alongside fellow laughter-makers Vittorio Angelone, Thanyia Moore and Andre De Freitas at November’s Live at the Marlowe comedy club.
Details: Friday, November 10 at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Book online here.
One of Scotland’s most controversial comics, Frankie Boyle, is back on tour and, as always, he’s not holding back. Known for his dark sense of humour and on-the-knuckle observations, Frankie’s shows aren’t for the faint of heart. However, there will be plenty of fans thrilled to hear that the Mock the Week favourite won’t be keeping quiet anytime soon.
Details: Saturday, November 11 at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Book online here.
Kent-based comic Paulus is performing his heartfelt tribute to national treasure Victoria Wood in this comedy-musical show. Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood is full of hilarious nods to the actress’ best-loved sketches and songs.
Details: Sunday, November 12 at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. Book online here.
The gentle giant of comedy Tom Davis is back on the road, and this time he’s got some showbiz stories to tell. From hit shows such as King Gary and Murder in Successville to blockbuster film Free Fire, the stand-up is reflecting on how he ended up in the spotlight.
Details: Thursday, November 23 at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone. Book online here.
Comedy favourite Ed Byrne is back on the road with his new tour, Tragedy Plus Time. After appearing on shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, the comic has become a familiar face on the circuit after more than 20 years in the business.
Details: Wednesday, November 29 at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre in Canterbury. Book online.