Comedy Nights in Leeds this June
1 June 2016
Attend the Leeds Comedy Festival & Acclaimed Shows During a Luxury City Break at 42 The Calls
Alongside hosting a world-renowned music festival and being home to the Northern Ballet, Leeds can also boast an outstanding comedy line-up. Those in search of an entertaining city break will be in for a treat this month when the Leeds Comedy Festival returns, followed by unmissable shows by two leading comedians; Sara Pascoe and David Cross. Coincidently, though presenting entirely separate stand-up performances, the acclaimed pair are also co-stars in Cross’ TV series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret; cementing Leeds' reputation for attracting the very best national and international comedy acts. With such a variety of shows on offer, we can guarantee there’ll be a laughter-filled evening out to suit all tastes during a four-star stay in Leeds this month.
4th – 11th June
The annual Leeds Comedy Festival is back with eight days of world-class entertainment featuring 50 internationally-acclaimed stand-ups and up-and-coming names. The laughter-filled event will be hosted in three leading city centre venues, each of which are located less than a 10-minute walk from 42 The Calls; The Wardrobe, HiFi Club and Milo. Take the opportunity to catch every one of Nick Helm’s comedy-music hits on the 4th, Ellie Taylor’s Edinburgh Festival warm-up show ‘Infidelliety’ on the 7th and a 60-minute mix tape from BBC Radio 4’s Hardeep Singh Kohli.
Other highlights will include stories that find humour in our ‘crazy world’ courtesy of comedian and TV personality Stephen K Amos on the 5th. With the Sunday Times claiming "…Stephen K Amos is officially becoming a national treasure" and having recently returned from a sell-out tour of Australia and New Zealand, this is the perfect chance to catch his ‘The Laughter Master’ show. Another outstanding act will be TV, radio and theatre favourite Phill Jupitus, who is no stranger to Leeds following a starring role in a 19-night run of local theatre company Red Ladder’s ‘Big Society’ at Leeds City Varieties in 2012. Concluding with a night of stand-up and music at ‘Upfront Comedy Jam’ on the 11th, this will a fun-filled festival with a range of shows guaranteed to tickle everyone’s funny bone.
City Varieties Music Hall
Having featured on the likes of Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats and The Thick of it, Sara Pascoe has become an increasingly familiar face in British comedy. Alongside TV appearances, Pascoe’s stand-up shows have led to her receiving a nomination for a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award and she returns to the stage this summer with her biggest tour to date; ‘Animal’. The show follows on from themes found in the actor, comedian and writer’s first book ‘Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body’, which offers both personal and evolutionary insight into the female anatomy, feminism and much more. Describing them as a ‘…sort of two halves’, the tour picks up where the book leaves off, exploring areas that she didn’t cover previously.
The tag-line is ‘Sarah Pascoe is a human animal, and so are you’, and the general themes will revolve around evolution, how humans are the only kind of animal to have ‘…evolved to the point of knowing they evolved’ and empathy. Alongside jokes about Lewisham’s wildlife in particular, other conversation topics will vary wildly between Tony Blair, Jason Donovan and Henry the Hoover. Described as "always clever and sometimes exquisite" by the Independent, Pascoe will be performing in the grand surroundings of one of only four surviving Music Halls in the UK, City Varieties on the 11th.
O2 Academy Leeds
Emmy award-winner and Grammy award nominee David Cross may be most recognisable for his role as the denim hot-pant wearing Dr. Tobias Fünke in American sitcom Arrested Development. Though audiences may know him best for accidently smearing blue paint around the Bluth family’s model-home, his stand-up shows are known to be a little more controversial. Named ‘Making America Great Again!’, his current international tour will inevitably see the actor, writer and comedian discuss the American presidential candidates, however Cross has also been eager to state that it “… is not a political show”.
Famed for his ‘no-holds-barred’ approach, audiences should expect wit, irreverence and perfect delivery… as well as the shock-factor. His comic career began as a writer for The Ben Stiller Show, before co-hosting sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David with Better Call Saul actor Bob Odenkirk, and doing voiceovers for video games and animated films such as Halo 2 and Kung Fu Panda. However, having been named one of the Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central, it’s his live shows that may prove to provide the loudest laughs. Catch his latest show on the 23rd June at the O2 Academy, located just a 15-minute stroll from 42 The Calls.
Whether you opt to attend an eight-day festival, or a critically acclaimed one-off show, Leeds is the ideal destination for a laugh-out-loud night out.
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