If you’re in Bristol and have a penchant for good comedy then you’re in luck. There’s no shortage of great comedy venues in the city, small clubs playing host to upcoming talent and huge theatres where the big shot TV comics ply their trade.
The next few weeks sees a host of great shows and comedy nights, so be sure to check out these five great upcoming stand-up comedy shows in Bristol.
1. Gagging Order: Jimmy Carr
A master of deadpan delivery, Jimmy Carr has become a household name thanks to his exposure on national television. He’ll be performing his current stand up show at the Colston Hall August 23rd. Although Carr seemed to be partially taken into the establishment fold when hosting part of the Queen’s jubilee celebrations, there’s nothing safe and comfortable about his routine. Pushing the boundaries of good taste at times, Carr has an unnerving knack for somehow making you wince and like him all at the same time. Catch him live to get a true taste of his comic genius.
2. Saturday Stand Up at Riproar.
This comedy club has established itself as one of the best in the country, with performers having to satisfy very demanding criteria to get a chance to perform. On the 24th of August you can catch three scintillating performers in one night: John Newton, Ola and Robert white. All three comedians have earned praise for their performances up and down the country and each has a wildly different style, which should make this an entertaining night.
3. Andrew Bird & Co.
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On September the 14th at the Hen & Chicken you can super charge your Saturday night with some side-splitting comedy from Andrew Bird. A current rising star of the UK comedy circuit, Andrew has been performing at comedy festivals across the country, as well as on TV and radio. Canadian import Dana Alexander will be providing support on what’s sure to be a night of great comedy.
4. Phill Jupitus
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Another household name thanks to national success on television and radio, Jupitus returns to the stand-up that helped launch his career. This show, which you can catch at the Tobacco Factory on September 16th,is an extension of his character-based comedy show that received rave reviews at 2012’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It’s a show that demands audience participation as Jupitus takes on the persona of three distinctive characters and explores their quirky lives.
5. Bill Bailey: Qualmpeddler
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The West Country’s very own bearded gagster will be bringing his new show, Qualmpeddler, to the Bristol Hippodrome for a four night run starting on the 24th of September. Bailey’s disarming charm and calculated, bumbling manner allows him to broach philosophical and political issues in ways other comedians can’t seem to get away with, and it’s this (plus his penchant for busting out a guitar mid-act) that has endeared him to millions around the world. A great opportunity to catch a genuine comic genius in full flight.