2019 is set to be another fantastic year in comedy as punters pack into arenas and theatres waiting for comedians to fill their bellies full of laughs. Sadly Peter Kay’s highly-anticipated tour this year has been cancelled, but there are still plenty of fantastic shows to look forward to.
With so many exciting shows on offer this year, it almost feels rude to pick just a few out. Nevertheless, here are 12 of our picks for the UK comedy tours most likely to split your sides this 2019.
Jason Manford (January – April 2019)
Manc comedian Jason Manford’s Muddle Class tour was so popular last year that additional dates for the show have now been added for 2019.
Muddle Class, Manford’s first tour since his First World Problems tour in 2013-14, explores the comedian’s realisation that he has transitioned from a working class upbringing to a middle class adulthood, leading him to encounter all kinds of confusion.
Muddle Class will restart with two nights at Norwich’s Theatre Royal on 17 and 18 January and will cross Great Britain until finishing up at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena on 6 April 2019.
Nish Kumar (January – March 2019)
Nish Kumar is a star on the up. Known for presenting the Mash Report on BBC2, Kumar is regularly hailed as one of Britain’s best young comedians for his ability to skewer current affairs.
His latest tour It’s In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves will kick off at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Friday 25 January and will cross the UK before closing at Westland, Yeovil on Sun 31 March.
Sara Pascoe (March 2019)
After a 42 date sell-out tour across the UK, Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week star Sara Pascoe will be taking her show LadsLadsLads to the London Palladium for a one-off pair of shows on 10 March.
Widely described as a show about her break-up with fellow comic John Robins, Pascoe will perform LadsLadsLads in a matinee show before returning to stage later for an evening performance. Rest assured that Pascoe will show that the trauma of relationship breakdown can still be a hoot.
Rachel Parris (March – April 2019)
The Mash Report star Rachel Parris has extended her It’s Fun To Pretend tour into 2019 due to overwhelming popular demand.
Combining stand-up, song and sketch comedy, It’s Fun To Pretend showcases Parris’ unique brand of determined cheerfulness as she looks back at the events of last year.
Parris will start her extended tour at Bromsgrove Artix on 1 March before finishing up at Kettering’s Lighthouse Theatre on 5 April.
Al Murray (May – July 2019)
Al Murray is taking his Pub Landlord character back on tour, and the UK probably needs him more than ever.
Murray’s Landlord of Hope and Glory tour will see him assuming his ignorant guise once again as he bids to ‘take us backwards into the future’ in a string of dates across the summer period.
Perfectly timed to take place after Brexit is scheduled to take place on 29 March 2019, Al Murray is returning to the stage at just the right time to jab at the country’s foibles.
Popular podcast The Guilty Feminist is set to go on a major month-long live tour during the month of May.
Created by comedians Deborah Frances-White and Sofie Hagen, The Guilty Podcast has charmed millions of listeners since its launch in 2016 as it discusses 21st century feminism with guest stars such as Gemma Arterton and Jo Brand.
This live tour will see Deborah joined by some of the podcast’s most popular previous guests to celebrate how far our society has come and laugh about what still needs to be done.
Jimmy Carr (May – December 2019)
Jimmy Carr is one of British comedy’s biggest stars right now. Fresh on the back of his Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits tour last year, the 8 Out of 10 Cats and Big Fat Quiz of the Year host is heading out on tour again with his latest tour Terribly Funny.
Terribly Funny is a huge effort which will see him perform a whopping 180 dates across the UK with his typically deadpan black humour.
If you miss Carr this year, don’t fret – Terribly Funny will be touring up and down the UK until late 2020.
Bill Bailey (May – June 2019)
Hilariously whimsical comedian and musician Bill Bailey is set to hit arenas this year with his hit show Larks in Transit.
Larks in Tangent is a collection of travelling tales that feature Bailey’s typical surreal tangents, philosophical musings and musical interludes such as a symphony formed from a ringtone.
Bailey’s tour will kick off in Brighton on 4 May 2019 and will trundle across Great Britain before finishing up in Bournemouth on 11 June 2019. Don’t miss what is sure to be a brilliantly weird show.
Eddie Izzard (September – November 2019)
Eddie Izzard is the undisputed star of British comedy. His last comedy tour, Force Majeure, took him to 45 countries and all 50 US states – he even performed the show in four languages.
Izzard’s latest tour Wunderbar takes the improvisational comic back to his roots, showcasing his uniquely surreal take on the world.
This tour will start at Bexhill on Sea in September 2019 with Izzard touring the UK before ending with three nights at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on 14-16 November 2019.
Russell Howard (September – October 2019)
Russell Howard is embarking upon his biggest global stand-up tour to date as he brings his latest show Respite to the UK’s arenas.
The much-loved host of The Russell Howard Hour and former presenter of Russell Howard’s Good News will look to beat the success of his Round The World tour in 2017, which saw him visiting Europe, Australasia and America.
Howard’s UK and Ireland dates kick off in Dublin in September 6 before he returns to Newcastle on 19 September 2019. This leg of the tour will culminate with a headline appearance at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on 4 October 2019.
Romesh Ranganathan (September – December 2019)
Beloved – and brutal – British stand-up comedian Romesh Ranganathan has announced the first leg of a new UK tour, The Cynic’s Mixtape, which will see him cross the UK in late 2019.
The tour will see Ranganathan updating audiences on his life and a whole new list of things he has found unacceptable since his last tour – including why he thinks trying to save the environment is a scam and the inconvenience of his wife’s gluten intolerance on their love life.
The tour will start at Southend’s Cliffs Pavilion on 13 September 2019, traversing the country before finishing at Plymouth’s Pavilions on 14 December 2019.
Ranganathan will then return to the stage the following spring for two shows at London’s Eventim Apollo on 17 and 18 April 2019.
James Acaster (September – December 2019)
Having attained new fame thanks to his Netflix series Repertoire, clever Kettering comedian James Acaster is now set to tour his latest show Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999.
In the show Acaster will reflect on a drunken meal and the year 1999, which he believes to be the best year of his life.
The UK tour of Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 will start at the Reading Hexagon on 12 September 2019. It is currently set to finish at the Ipswich Corn Exchange on 5 December 2019.
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