Last Laugh Comedy Festival 2015
Relaunching for its 22nd year anniversary, the Last Laugh Comedy Festival 2015 returns to Sheffield this month with some of the UK’s finest established and up-and-coming comedians at venues across the city centre.
Organising the event is the team behind the weekly Last Laugh Comedy Club at Sheffield City Hall and Yellow Bus Events, who first launched the comedy festival in 2005. Following its immediate success and growth, this year’s festival will see the addition of The First Laugh Kids Comedy Festival with skit from the likes of Martin ‘Big Pig’ Mor and El Baldiniho, so even the little’uns can get involved.
There is no doubt that the festival has gone from strength to strength over the years, having hosted heavyweights like Frankie Boyle, Eddie Izzard, Michael McIntyre and Lee Evans in the past, with 2015 set be no exception. Big names over the festival include:
The Crucible Studio // £14 // October 14
Fresh from his seventh consecutive sold out Edinburgh Fringe season, Daniel Sloss brings his award-winning half-man-half-Xbox comedy to Sheffield’s Crucible studio, with special guest Kai Humphries. You might recognise Sloss from TV appearances including ‘The John Bishop Show’, ‘Sunday Night at Palladium’, ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’, and ‘Conan O’Brien’ (4 times in one year – the first stand-up ever to achieve this).
City Hall // £23 // October 27-28
The face of BBC2’s ‘Mock The Week’, host and namesake of his ‘School of Hard Sums’ and ‘Science Club’, and, of course, a hugely successful circuit comedian who’s definitely earned his comedy stripes. Known for his intelligent wit and infectious likeability, O’Briain is sure to be one of the highlights of the festival.
City Hall // £25 // October 16-17
Comedy leg-end Bill Bailey will also visit the City Hall with his Limboland tour, promising a more revealing sketch than usual, with plenty of musical mashups to add Bailey’s signature brand of quirk. Back in August, Bailey told Exposed that this tour will be less of a visual spectacle than his typical show, but he assured us Limboland has allowed him to focus on the quality of his writing as he has no big screens to hide behind.
Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse
City Hall // £32.50 // October 29
After an illustrious 25 years of working together, developing outlandish characters and honing sketches to entertain all ages, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are taking their show live on the road for the first time ever. The tour may prove a challenge for the comic duo, as neither have performed live in this format before, however their professional demeanour and undeniable comedy prowess will ensure the pair pull through, making for a truly unique comedy show.
What Do I Do Now: Josh Widdicombe
Sheffield City Hall // October 8 // £16.50
The curly haired funny man is back on nights! After taking time out of touring to focus on other projects and television work, Josh Widdicombe makes an anticipated return to the stand-up circuit with new show ‘What Do I Do Now’ promising to see him return to typical, hilariously pedantic form.
That’s The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett: Joe Lycett
The Leadmill // October 1 // £12
Up-and-coming comedian Joe Lycett arrives at the Leadmill this month, bringing with him a relaxed and engaging performance style. After being nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards with his debut show ‘Some Lycett Hot’, the young comic has gone on to appear on shows such as Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Celebrity Juice. Catch a brand new live show from a hugely promising comic.
Eins, Zwei, DIY: Henning Wehn
Octagon // October 9 // £13.50-£15.50
Fewer are more equipped to point out the foibles of British society than the ingeniously quirky comic and self-proclaimed German Comedy Ambassador to Great Britain Henning Wehn. Now a staple of the UK comedy scene, Wehn will be bringing his hilarious observation on British life to the Octagon. With a routine stretching across issues such as social class, the London housing market and government-bashing, it turns out that the Germans love a good moan just as much as we do.
Michael McIntyre: Happy and Glorious
Sheffield Arena // October 16-17 // £38.50
After a three year hiatus, king of feel-good comedy Michael McIntyre is back on the road with a fast-selling arena tour. Happy and Glorious is the name of his latest offering, filled to the brim with the usual offerings of cheeky gags and rambunctious displays of hilarity which has seen him take his rung at the top of the mainstream comedy ladder for the past few years. Get on your best McIntyre skip and grab your tickets ASAP, as they are expected to fly out.
The Greystones // October 24 // £13 family ticket
While live comedy is predominantly for the grown-ups nowadays, the Kagools offer something that is safe and entertaining for all ages. Who are they, you ask? They are a comedy double-act who combine physical and sketch comedy in an interactive, multimedia show that is totally family-friendly. They’re weird, they’re waterproof and they’ll be arriving at The Greystones this month. Give ‘em a go if you’re after something slightly different to the usual stand-up experience.
For more information on the Last Laugh Comedy Festival 2015 head to lastlaughcomedyfestival.co.uk.