Some might say that “it’s grim up north”, but Leeds is working to turn that stereotype right around. Despite not having a dedicated comedy venue, Leeds comes alive with laughter at night, as regular comedy nights and touring comics takeover, so have a look at the venues that could turn that frown upside down.
Home to Leeds’ longest running independent comedy night, ‘The Comedy Sessions” is hosted at the HiFi Club every Saturday night, with three stand-up comedians from around the globe up on the venue’s stage at 7pm. They have won ‘Best Nightclub’ and ‘Best Live Music Venue’ three times, but that doesn’t stop them from having some of the best comic stars hit their stage.
In the past acts like Russell Howard, Jason Manford and John Bishop have walked through their doors, and more recently they’ve hosted rising stars like Katherine Ryan, Gary Delaney and Chris Ramsey, as well as some of the freshest talent on the national comedy circuit.
How to get there:2 Central Rd, Leeds LS1 6DE
During the week, The Fenton may act as a student getaway for those looking for a cheap pint and good company, but of a weekend this beloved pub becomes a raucous comedy club. Each Saturday night Leeds own improv troupe, the Discount Comedy Checkout, put on their own hilarious yet 100% pure improvisation show, even hosting an open mic for the audience to get involved in.
If you’re looking for a guaranteed night of side-splitting humour, get tickets to one of the regular comedy shows at this lovely little boozer.
How to get there: 161-165 Woodhouse Ln, Leeds LS2 3ED
Having also been named as one of our favourite music venues in Leeds, the Brudenell Social Club is a good all-rounder and includes comedy in its programming. Their open approach to entertainment helps get some of the most interesting and enjoyable acts through their doors, from hosting secret gigs for bands like Franz Ferdinand, to the 2013 winner of BBC Radio’s New Comedy Award Steve Bugeja.
This is a venue bent on making the best possible experience for its customers, being owned by members, run by members and for, members.
How to get there: 33 Queen’s Rd, Leeds LS6 1NY
On the East side of Leeds sits The Wardrobe, a beautiful independent bar, kitchen and venue, with a stunning large-windowed upstairs accompanied by the perfect sunken dance-floored basement ready to host any comedy act. For nearly two decades The Wardrobe has been serving it’s delicious food alongside it’s excellent array of events, complete with a locally sourced menu of quick bites if you’re moving on to an event downstairs!
How to get there: 6 St. Peter’s Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS9 8AH
If you’re looking for a venue where some of the bigger comedy acts to walk through Leeds, your best bet will always be the City Varieties Music Hall! Now one of the oldest remaining Victorian music halls in the UK, the Varieties King Hall has been a hub of entertainment since 1865. Having hosted true comic legends like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the beautiful architecture has history running deep within the walls. They’re not looking to be stuck in the past however, as they continue to put on a wide selection of events.
How to get there: Swan St, Leeds LS1 6LW
For a list of all comedy events taking place around Leeds, check out TickX’s city page and find the cheapest available tickets.