As a cornerstone of the North, comedy is alive and well in York city. Although it may not have it’s own dedicated comedy venue, the ‘Burning Duck’ and ‘Laugh Out Loud’ comedy clubs have kept the laughter alive by bringing comedy back to venues and pubs across the city, with some of the best of touring comedians making sure pay a visit to the beautiful city.

The Basement

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Nestled underneath the City Screen Picturehouse cinema in the heart of York is The Basement, a multi-purpose venue offering some of the very best of live music, drama, poetry and of course, comedy.

They host regular comedy nights, with ”˜Laugh Out Loud’ bringing some of the best and brightest stars up and coming in comedy, with guests from shows like QI and Mock The Week. The next show is hitting the stage on Saturday 16th September.

If you fancy something a little more experimental, the ”˜Burning Duck Comedy Club’ play host to some of the edgier, more odd acts. On October 8th, Phil Wang, known for ”˜Have I Got News For You’ and ”˜Would I Lie To You?’, will be heading up the Burning Duck with his own unique style of funny.

How to get there: 13-17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
Capacity: 100

The Crescent

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Previously a working men’s club, The Crescent has been re-envisioned as a community centre, regularly welcoming in a variety of shows. Soon to come through their doors are Tom Stade with his ”˜I Swear’ tour, soon followed by Paul Foot’s eclectic ”˜tis A Pity She’s A Piglet’.

How to get there: 8 The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW 

York Barbican

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Perhaps the best place to see live comedy in York is the Barbican Centre, right in the heart of the city. Since it was first opened in York in 1989, the venue has hosted a variety of events from music to comedy and more. If you’re looking for a touring a comedian, you’ll almost definitely find them performing here!

As well as being a regular stop on tours, they also regularly host the ‘Laugh Out Loud Club’ and welcome in four different, amazing comedians to the stage. The next night is this Friday (August 25th), with Katherine Ryan and Milton Jones due to perform this September!

How to get there: Paragon St, York YO10 4AH

Black Swan Inn

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Home to the Burning Duck Comedy Club, the Black Swan Inn hosts an array of events from music to alternative comedy in their charming 15th century walls. With homemade food and a lovely beer garden, it’s the perfect place to kick back and enjoy someone onstage cracking jokes.

How to get there: 23 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PR

York’s cultural scene means that these five are certainly not the only venues to see some great comedy. Check out TickX’s York comedy page to see upcoming shows around the city.

Don’t fancy a comedy night? Why not check our guide to York’s music scene.