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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Comedy picks

Our Sean's guide to the city's most exciting comedy nights coming up soon.

Fern Brady: Power & Chaos

Wed. 18 September 2019

The Leadmill

Fern began comedy while studying in Sheffield. Now she’s on Live at the Apollo and making a name for herself as one of the most acerbic comics on the circuit. In this caustic new show she explores sexuality, feminism, power and national identity.

Frank Skinner

Thu. 19 September 2019

Sheffield City Hall

Frank Skinner won the Perrier award in 1991, beating Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard to the prize before becoming one of the British comedy’s most recognisable faces across the 90s. This is a rare chance to the legendary comedian live in an intimate space.

Russell Howard

Sat. 28 September 2019

FlyDSA Arena, Broughton Lane, S9 2DF

Cheeky and wry observational comedy. Following a Netflix special, a hit Sky One show and a record-breaking 2017 tour, Russell Howard is one of the UK’s biggest comedy names right now and requires no introduction from me. Grab tickets while they last.

Regather Comedy Club with Kiri Pritchard McLean

Sun. 29 September 2019

Regather

The DIY comedy club above a fruit and veg warehouse returns – headlined by Kiri Pritchard-McLean, who made a name for herself with stand-up about sexism in comedy and gaslighting, and rose to prominence through appearances on Have I Got News For You.

Dave Johns

Thu. 3 October 2019

The Leadmill

After three decades as a touring club comic, Dave Johns found himself in the unlikely position of the BAFTAs red carpet after being cast as the main character in Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake. Now Johns is transforming these experiences into comedy.

Bob's Comedy Funhouse

Tue. 8 October 2019

The Leadmill

Two hours of spectacularly camp comedy and cabaret hosted by Bob The Drag Queen, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8. Also performing will be US comedian Jackie Beat, hilarious Australian Karen from Finance, and Liverpool drag legend The Vivienne.

Stewart Francis

Thu. 10 October 2019

Sheffield City Hall

The Canadian one-liner comedian's farewell tour. Known for winning Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe and his appearances on Mock the Week, Francis is quitting comedy to pursue a career as a cartoonist. This is his swan song to the stand-up world.

Square Hole Comedy Club with Michael J Dolan

Sun. 13 October 2019

The Red Deer

Square Hole will soon clock up a decade of serving lovingly curated comedy and cakes in the Red Deer's function room. Their next headliner is acerbic misanthrope Michael J Dolan, whose last show was a bleak look at the politicisation of video games.

Dave Gorman

Wed. 16 October 2019

Sheffield City Hall

Known for the shows Modern Life Is Goodish, Are You Dave Gorman and Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure, Gorman is back on the road. Expect more of his trademark observational comedy meets consumer technology in a hilarious, inquisitively geeky show.

George Egg

Wed. 23 October 2019

Sheffield City Hall

The latest show from the anarchist cook. Famous for making pancakes on irons and chips on the back of a spade, this instalment of Egg’s DIY cookery comedy show teaches you how to cook with an engine and turn unexpected road-works into a picnic.