The Best Comedians to Watch Live This Year

Fancy a great night of comedy? These legendary comics, TV panelists and bright young stars are guaranteed to give you and your mates the giggles…

Whether you live in Yorkshire or Lancashire, London, Birmingham or beyond, comedians are out in force until the end of 2017, bringing big belly laughs to a theatre near you. The question is, who will tickle your funny bone? Well, take your pick of the bunch and call SeeTickets on for help ordering your tickets.

1. Greg Davies

At 6ft 8, Greg Davies is quite literally a giant of stand-up comedy with a BAFTA nomination, appearances on BBC’s Live At The Apollo and now his biggest ever tour to back it up. That’s right, the champion story-weaver is heading out on his first show in four years, from Friday 15th September until Wednesday 13th December 2017, and you could be there. ‘You Magnificent Beast’ is set to be well-worth the wait, chock full of bizarre true-life stories that make Greg, his old students and other unfortunate souls the punchline of his self-depreciating jokes – such as the time he described himself as a “fat, shaved leopard” in a pair of little paper pants at a Thai Massage parlour.

Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Call SeeTickets for help booking your tickets.

2. Joe Lycett

He’s touring throughout 2018, but if you can catch one of Joe Lycett’s shows later this year, such as at London’s National Maritime Museum, do it – the Brummie won’t disappoint. His playful, camp style is hilarious, whether he’s pinging pedantic emails to huge corporations like Network Rail, tackling lad culture or telling you how best to deal with difficult people with “one of those faces that’s so smug it sort of folds into itself, like someone’s punched a quiche.”

3. Phil Wang

If you’re looking for an hour of comedy gold that takes aim at colonialism or racism, white privilege or Brexit, look no further than Phil Wang’s new show, Kinabalu – sharing the name of his birthplace in Malaysia, where he was raised by English and Chinese parents. Later this year, the Cambridge graduate will explore his ethnic identity and how East Asian people are presented in the media, while defending the British Empire. Wang became a man when he bought lube from a supermarket, and he’ll soon show you how much he’s grown up since winning the Comedy Central Live Funniest Student Award in 2011.

“Every time I meet a new person – a new person, as in a stranger not a baby – I tell them my name. I don’t tell babies my name. Babies don’t care. Babies are rude.”

Phil Wang is at Chorley Little Theatre on Friday 3rd November 2017. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Call SeeTickets  for help booking your tickets.

4. Ed Byrne

Prefer observational comedy? Well, Ed Byrne’s new tour, ‘Spoiler Alert’, could be just the ticket – running from Monday 25th September 2017 to Saturday 2nd June 2018. He almost called it ‘I’ll Millennial You in a Minute’, and when you go, Ed could help you decide once and for all, whether we’re a spoiled bunch of moaners or whether we have good reason to complain about our lives. He’ll take a break from Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You and others TV hits to tell you all about hill walking, Marks & Spencer’s and the correct pronunciation of Aga.

If you can’t wait until then, Dara O’Brien’s pal is headlining the Big Top at London’s National Maritime Museum on Saturday 16th September 2017.

5. Jason Byrne

Ever wondered what makes a comedian tick? Well, here’s your chance to pick Jason Byrne’s weird and wonderful brain in 2017, because he’s touring across the country on 37 dates as ‘The Man With Three Brains’. The Dubliner is famed for his magic stunts and giant rubber ducks, but this time, he’ll leave that behind to describe the science of stand-up with hilarious affect – how his left brain scans the audience and the room to find improv moments, his right brain gathers up his stand-up material and rapid-fire punchlines, and his centre brain is his comedy coach, pushing his jokes to the limit. Perhaps he’ll even get you up on stage?

Awesome Things to do with the Kids During the Summer Holidays

Wondering what to do in the summer holidays? Well, look no further than these summer activities for the kids…

If you have little ones in tow, family days out don’t come much better than these, so make the most of the school holidays this summer and get stuck in. From dinosaur safaris to mind-boggling Lego creations and a trip to the theatre, here’s how to keep the kids thoroughly entertained from Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 3rd September 2017.

1. Dinosaurs in the Wild

Convince the kids they travelled back in time to 67 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the planet. Dinosaurs in the Wild is a mind-boggling immersive experience, perfect for budding palaeontologists, that sees your family touring the laboratories at TimeBase67, where scientists are studying living dinosaurs. And it’s one of the coolest things to do in the summer.

Watch an autopsy on a Pachycephalosaurus and see dino eggs in incubators, baby Triceratops running around, plus the iconic T-Rex and Ankylosaurus, one of the largest ever dinosaurs. This dinosaur safari is just the right about of scary for young children.

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Dinosaurs in the Wild is at NEC Birmingham until Wednesday 23rd August 2017. Fantastic for children aged 6 to 12. Experiences last 70 minutes.

2. Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes

Whether you’re a fan of Batman or Superman, a visit to Art of the Brick should come top of your list of things to do with the kids this summer – it’s the world’s biggest collection of superhero-inspired Lego artwork, made up of nearly 2 million Lego bricks.

All the coolest superheroes and villains from the DC Comics universe will be there, from Wonder Woman and The Joker to Harley Quinn and even a life-size Lego model of the Batmobile. There’s so much, in fact, it’ll take you an hour just to explore the entire exhibition, and when you’ve seen it all, you can build your own Lego sculptures at the end. How about that for a creative summer holidays with the kids?

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3. Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue

Do one better than sticking Paw Patrol on the tellie. Round up the kids for a trip to the theatre this summer, to see their favourite cartoon dogs on stage for an action-packed 75 minutes. Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway is due to race Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger in the Great Adventure Bay Race, but she’s missing. Can Paw Patrol find her in time? Watch Marshall and Chase, Skye and Rubble, Rocky and Zuma as they become the dream team and race to the rescue. 

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Paw Patrol is on stage at various theatres from Saturday 29th July to Sunday 27th August 2017. Great for children aged 1 to 6.