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 0843 902 0768 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 on 0843 902 0768 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 on 0843 902 0768 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?