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Where to Watch Comedy in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

From big theatres shows to intimate comedy clubs, find out where you can go for a laugh in Leeds.

Rhod Gilbert at The House of Fun Comedy Club

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 night or a packed arena show, you won’t have any trouble finding a rib-tickling night out in Leeds.

Leeds City Varieties

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, but the quality has never let up, and 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

Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is perhaps best known for huge West End performances, ballets and operas, but they also put on some of the biggest names in the comedy business. 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

First Direct Arena

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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 Catherine Tate, 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.

Carriageworks Theatre

Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

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.

Aspire

Aspire

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 monthly 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.

Group Therapy Comedy

Headrow House

With successful nights in Manchester and Nottingham, Group Therapy Comedy Club has made quite a mark in Leeds since invading in October 2016. They’ve quickly made a home at Headrow House, with stellar performances from the likes of Brendon Burns, Tony Law, Simon Munnery, John Kearns, Andrew O’Neill and Fin Taylor already – and there are plenty more to come.

Group Therapy Comedy takes place regularly at Headrow House.

Leeds Town Hall

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 Djalilli 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

The Fenton

The Fenton is a cheap-as-chips watering hole for nearby students, but come Saturday night, it transforms into a comedy club. 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 House of Fun at Original Oak

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, The Woods in Chapel Allerton 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, The Original Oak in Headingley and The Woods in Chapel Allerton.

Jongleurs Comedy Club

Jongleurs Comedy Club

Jongleurs is one of the famous names in comedy, and it has its very own club right here in Leeds. They share The Attic with Propaganda, hosting stand up shows every Friday and Saturday night. Across the past year, they’ve seen Miles Crawford, Curtis Walker, Sam Avery, Rob Collins and Johnny Kats all come to town, while Jongleurs has provided an important stepping stone for the big names over the years, from Ed Byrne to Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran and Rob Bryden.

Jongleurs Comedy Club run nights every week at The Attic, The Cube, 123 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8ER.

The Comedy Sessions

Hifi

If you like to warm up for some dancing with a few laughs, head to The HiFi Club every Saturday night in Leeds. 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.