Looking for some comedy in Leeds? Find the best places to catch a stand-up show.
Leeds is blessed with a host of incredible venues, and they’ve been known to welcome some of the biggest names in UK comedy to the city. So whether you’re looking for an intimate comedy club or a packed arena show, you won’t have any trouble finding a rib-tickling night out in Leeds.
Leeds City Varieties
For over 150 years, City Varieties has been a hub of entertainment for the people of Leeds, and a large part of that is down to their comedy offering. They’ve welcomed the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Mickey Rooney, and the quality has never let up. In recent years everyone from Ken Dodd to Henning Wehn, The Chuckle Brothers and Jack Whitehall have had folk rolling in the aisles.
Leeds City Varieties, Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LW.
Leeds Grand Theatre
The Grand is best known for huge West End performances, ballets and operas, but they also bring some of the biggest names in comedy to Leeds. Renowned stand-ups like Sean Lock, Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Dawn French, Alan Carr and Russell Howard have all made their way to the Leeds theatre, and you can expect many more to come.
Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NZ.
First Direct Arena
When First Direct Arena opened, it was expected to pull in big names – and it certainly has. In terms of comedy, we’re talking Miranda Hart, Lee Evans, Reeves and Mortimer, as well as Peter Kay, Bill Bailey and Micky Flanagan. The 13,500 capacity First Direct Arena has made Leeds a stand up destination, and that’s not going to change any time soon.
First Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BY.
If you’re looking for a more intimate environment for a night of comedy in Leeds, look no further than the Carriageworks Theatre. The venue puts on a vast and diverse array of entertainment all year round – and they get more than their fair share of comedy too. They’ve had visits from the likes of Mitch Benn, The Reduced Shakespeare Company, Tape Face, Patrick Monahan and The Clean As Possible Comedy Show over the past few years. It’s an intimate space, so you can watch the next big thing up close.
Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AD.
Leeds University Union’s Pyramid Theatre
The Pyramid Theatre is a new theatre-in-the-round venue at Leeds University Union and part of its programme is a healthy dose of stand-up. They run one of the best comedy clubs in Leeds for new comedians at the Comedy Round-Up which takes place once a month. That’s not all – it’s also become a popular venue for touring comedians and has welcomed the likes of Tom Allen, Iain Stirling and The Harry and Chris Show as part of their nationwide jaunts in its first six months.
Leeds University Union’s Pyramid Theatre, Lifton Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JZ.
Aspire hasn’t been at this for long, they only added the comedy club to their offering in 2016, but they’re already incredibly popular. The night has seen the likes of Tom Stade, Nathan Caton, Joel Dommett, Chris Martin, Lauren Pattison and Mick Ferry tread the boards, all of whom have been a regular presence on the telly in the past decade, and they’re promising big things for the future.
Aspire, 2 Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JP.
With successful nights in Manchester and Nottingham, Group Therapy has made quite a mark since October 2016. They’ve quickly become one of the best places to watch comedy in Leeds. You can see them in their home at Headrow House, where they put on stellar performances from the likes of Brendon Burns, Tony Law, Simon Munnery, John Kearns, Andrew O’Neill and Fern Brady already – and there are plenty more to come.
Group Therapy Comedy takes place regularly at Headrow House, Bramleys Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Town Hall has become the perfect venue for entertainment thanks to the stunning Victoria Hall. That counts for a night of comedy too, and the grandiose venue has become an attractive stop on big tours by big names – think Ross Noble, Sarah Millican, Jimmy Carr, Omid Djalili and Stewart Lee, all of whom have played to packed out audiences here over the years.
Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AD.
The Fenton is a cheap-as-chips watering hole for nearby students, but come Saturday night, it transforms into a hub of comedy in Leeds. The Discount Comedy Checkout is a local improv group who not only put on their own show every week but also host an open mic evening that you can get involved in, with hilarious lip sync battles if you’ve got some moves to bust.
The Fenton, 161-165 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3ED.
The House of Fun Comedy Club
The longest running comedy club in Leeds has been going for over twenty years, and with three venues across the city, it shows no signs of stopping. They host regular weekend shows at The Wardrobe in the city centre and The Original Oak in Headingley. The list of stars who’ve made their mark with intimate House of Fun shows is mightily impressive – think Russell Howard, Alan Carr, Jason Manford, Rhod Gilbert, Andy Parsons, Stewart Lee, Reginald D Hunter and John Bishop, to name but a few.
The House of Fun Comedy Club runs shows regularly at The Wardrobe and The Original Oak in Headingley.
Since Jongleurs left Leeds in the summer of 2017, neighbours Tiger Tiger have filled its shoes impressively. They put on The Comedy Cabaret every Saturday evening and its organised by the same folk who gave the likes of Lee Mack, Alan Carr, John Bishop and Rhod Gilbert a chance to make their mark. It’s the perfect way to see some of the UK’s fast-rising performers before they hit the big time, and you can even get a pre-show dinner and a post-show clubnight to boot.
The Comedy Cabaret runs at Tiger Tiger, The Light, 117 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8DY.
The Comedy Sessions
If you like to warm up for some dancing with some of the best comedy in Leeds, head to The HiFi Club every Saturday night. There, you’ll find The Comedy Sessions warming the venue up before the clubnight starts, offering you the perfect chance to see the next big thing. They’ve had an impressive list of guests over the years, from household names like Alan Carr, Jason Manford and Russell Kane, to rising stars like Katherine Ryan, Gary Delaney and Chris Ramsey.
The Comedy Sessions takes place at The HiFi Club every Saturday.
Group Therapy Comedy Club has proved so popular that they’ve added a second Leeds comedy night to their ranks – Perfect Strangers comes from the same people and you’ll find it at Duke Studios. They’ve already got some of the best new comedians in the UK lined up to take to the stage, with Larry Dean, Tez Ilyas, Simon Munnery and Stu Goldsmith all booked in from February 2018.
Duke Studios, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.