Top Liverpool comedy shows in 2021
There hasn’t been much to laugh about over the last 15 months but going in to the second half of 2021 we are all hoping that is about to change.
And in addition to the city’s regular comedy clubs, there are some major Liverpool venues which have already got plenty of comedy on their programmes with the expectation Covid restrictions will finally be fully lifted.
Some are well-known faces from the television, while others are at the top of the live comedy circuit.
Many of the 2021 shows have already been postponed and moved to new dates at least once because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
So comedy fans are going to be keeping their fingers and toes crossed that the tickets they have faithfully held on to for many months will finally give them access to some live laughter.
Here’s a selection of who you can see where (hopefully) as we move further into 2021.
M&S Bank Arena
Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny
Carr’s new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they’re not the terrible things...
Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket.
Not suitable for under 16s.
Paul Smith – Changed
A lot has changed for Liverpool comedian Paul Smith since the former graphic designer took a comedy course at Rawhide 15 years ago.
Join the Hot Water Comedy Club resident compère and regular YouTube sensation for his third and largest ever tour of the UK and Ireland as he once again mixes sharp, hilarious stories from his life with his trademark off-the-cuff wit.
Clinton Baptiste Goes Stratospheric
Clinton Baptiste is the hapless, unsubtle psychic from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights.
Following the success of his last UK tour, clairvoyant medium and psychic Baptiste has gone exploring Stateside. Not quite Caesar’s Palace but a series of shows in Vegas have lifted his celebrity status up a notch.
Let him take you on a journey from his humble roots via the dazzling heights of Sin City….and on to an amazing finale that will heal the world.
Frank Skinner: Showbiz
Following a sold out five-week run at the West End’s Garrick Theatre, comedy favourite, Three Lions vocalist and Room 101 host Frank Skinner is adding extra dates to his latest UK tour and bringing his critically acclaimed stand-up show Showbiz to the Liverpool Empire for one night only.
Alan Carr – Not Again, Alan!
Chatty man Alan Carr returns to the stage with a new live show, spending two nights at the Empire this autumn.
Four years in the making, Not Again, Alan! brings everyone up to date with what’s been going on in Carr’s world.
From the exhilarating high of his star-studded wedding day to the low of lockdown stuck on a farm, the irrepressible 44-year-old tells it like it is in his own inimitable style.
Ross Noble – Humournoid
What happens when pure comedy takes human form? What happens when a creature is created and bred to do stand up?
Nobody knows because that isn’t a thing. What is a thing is comedian and actor Ross Noble doing a show. You can come and see it. This is it.
Katherine Ryan – Missus
Creator and star of Netflix hit The Duchess and Canada’s most famous Katherine makes a return to the stage with her new live show, including a date at the Liverpool Empire.
Having previously denounced partnership, Ryan has since married her first love, accidentally. A lot has changed for everyone and we can look forward to hearing her new perspectives on life, love, and what it means to be Missus.
Simon Amstell – Spirit Hole
Simon Amstell heads out on the road for the first time since the release of his 2018 bittersweet comedy romance film Benjamin which he wrote and directed.
This new live show Spirit Hole is described as “a blissful, spiritual, sensational exploration of love, sex, shame, mushrooms and more”, which promises to be “a night of unprecedented joy and laughter”.
Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are back, with a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place.
With three Olivier Award nominations and more than 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song, the songs are hilarious and topical - the glamour is unstoppable.
This is a postoned date from June.
Josh Widdicombe – Bit Much
Rescheduled from February, this live show from The Last Leg’s Josh Widdicombe is part of a new UK stand-up tour.
Expect a night of grumbles and jokes, in which Widdicombe will finally tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars, pesto and the closing time of his local park.
Jonathan Pie – Fake News (Corona Remix)
Jonathan Pie’s critically acclaimed sell-out show Fake News finally returns, updated and remixed for a post-Corona world.
After months stuck in lockdown, Pie returns to the road to discuss how Corona has changed the world… and his career prospects.
Jonathan Pie is the exasperated news reporter whose videos have been seen across the world. With more than 1.5 million Facebook followers, his online videos regularly achieve millions of views going viral internationally.
Jon Richardson – The Knitwit
Will the recycling be put out on the right day? Who is going to smooth over the top of the margarine? How many lights are on upstairs when everybody is downstairs?
Watch Richardson pretend that these aren't his foremost concerns as he leaves home on his first tour since the last one.
Al Murray – Landlord of Hope and Glory
The year is 2021. The world stands on the brink. Turmoil is the norm. Questions have been asked and none answered.
What we need is one man, to step forward, one man with all the answers (and no, not Dominic Cummings).
Step forward instead the Pub Landlord who is here and touring the nation with a date at the Liverpool Playhouse, rescheduled from June.
Bridget Christie – Who Am I?
The Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose D’or and South Bank Sky Arts Award winner – and star of the titular Radio 4 series Bridget Christie Minds the Gap - returns to Liverpool with a new show which she was originally due to take on the road in 2020.