The best UK comedy shows to see in 2022

See your favourite stand-ups in venues across the country...

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by Ruby Barry |

We think it’s fair to say, after the last two years we’ve had...we deserve a good laugh. We can’t think of a better idea than to go and see UK comedy shows now that theatres have reopened! You arrive, grab your drink, and chat with friends. The lights go down, your favourite comedian appears, and soon enough, you’re belly-laughing with chums having a grand old time. It’s the medicine we need after the hard times we’ve all been through.

Here at Yours, we have compiled a list of the UK comedy shows to see this year in venues across the country. Wherever you are, we’ve got a stand-up gig for you to see.

Are you a fan of the ever-iconic Dawn French? How about I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’s presenter Jack Dee? These legends, and plenty of other familiar faces, are presenting their comedy shows on tour in 2022. We’ve got a list below with all the venues and tour dates available. Prepare to get your comedy show fix.

Want to explore more of what UK art and culture has to offer you? We’ve got the ultimate guides on 10 of the best UK theatre shows touring right now17 of the best plays to see in London20 of the best musicals to see in London, and The best art exhibitions to see in the UK.

The best comedy shows in the UK to see in 2022

Dawn French Is A Huge T***

You know and love her from comedy shows such as The Vicar of Dibley, and French and Saunders (which she created with her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders), and now she's presenting her live comedy show for you to see. Its title, Dawn French is a Huge T***, already gives you an idea of the giggles ahead of you.

What's the show about? "This show is so-named because unfortunately, it’s horribly accurate. There have been far too many times I have made stupid mistakes or misunderstood something vital or jumped the gun in a spectacular display of tw*ttery. I thought I might tell some of these buttock-clenching embarrassing stories to give the audience a peek behind the scenes of my work-life. Roll up! Book early to see the telly vicar lady be a total twat on stage, live in front of your very eyes. And ears.”

You can catch Dawn French is a Huge T*** in venues across the UK, booking through September until October 2022. Tickets are available from £45.65 upwards, and the show starts at 7:30 pm.

Venues:

See Dawn French is a Huge T*** in Peterborough, Leicester, Sheffield, Bradford, Northampton, Portsmouth, Southend-On-Sea, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Eastbourne, Woking or Ipswich - book through Ticketmaster here.

To see Dawn French is a Huge T*** in Oxford, Stoke-on-Trent, Aylesbury or Torquay - book through AGT Tickets here.

David O'Doherty: whoa is me

A regular on panel comedy shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and his very own show Along for the Ride with David O'Doherty, this Irish stand-up comedian has wowed audiences with his musical prowess, and how he incorporates it into his routines. Basically lots of silly songs that will have you non-stop laughing.

What's the show about? "Here he comes again, trotting onto the stage with all of the misplaced confidence of a waiter with no pad. There'll be lots of talking, some apologising and some songs on a glued together plastic keyboard from 1986."

You can currently catch David O'Doherty: whoa is me in venues across the UK, booking through until February 2023. Tickets are available from £27.40 upwards, and the show starts at 8pm.

Venues:

To see David O'Doherty: whoa is me in York or Brighton, book through AGT Tickets here.

To see David O'Doherty: whoa is me in Bristol, Swansea, Aberdeen, Oxford, Cardiff, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Cambridge, High Wycombe, Nottingham, Northampton, Crewe, Leeds, Bath, Birmingham, Southampton, London, Bridport, Exeter, Cornwall, Lincoln, Salford, or Newcastle - book through See Tickets here.

Gina Yashere and Friends

One of the funniest comedians we've watched at Live at the Apollo, Gina Yashere is a British icon in the comedy sphere. You may have seen her on comedy shows such as The Lenny Henry Show (playing Tanya & Mrs Omokerede), or Mock The Week. Gina Yashere and Friends, her newest comedy creation, looks to celebrate black culture, honouring the new Windrush monument in London.

What is the show about? "Global comedian and actor Gina Yashere was runner-up in the 1996 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition and has been appearing on TV ever since. She returns to Hackney Empire for two nights in June, honouring the launch of the new Windrush monument in Waterloo. Breaking into the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), she made it to the final 10, and then never went home! She is currently writing the fourth season of her show she created with Chuck Lorre, Bob Hearts Abishola, for CBS. Join us for a night of nostalgia, comedic storytelling and celebration as we look back, laugh, and celebrate for the culture. Other acts on the night include Aurie Styla and Marlon Davis, with some very special guests to be revealed!"

You can catch Gina Yashere and Friends on the 24 & 25 June 2022 at the Hackney Empire. Tickets are available from £25 upwards, and the show starts at 7:30 pm.

Venues:

To see Gina Yashere and Friends at the Hackney Empire in London - book here.

Joe Lycett: More, More, More! How Do You Lycett? How Do You Lycett?

The most energetic stand-up on planet Earth, Joe Lycett has been making a name for himself not only as a comedian but as a presenter - you may recognise him from The Great British Sewing Bee or Joe Lycett's Got Your Back, a consumer right's show on Channel 4. Signalling his grand return to comedy shows, however, Joe is back to his roots with More, More, More! How Do You Lycett? How Do You Lycett?

What is the show about? "His first tour in years promises to be packed with MORE jokes, MORE comedy anecdotes and MORE inappropriate and arguably disturbing paintings, all in the hope of answering the age-old question: How do you Lycett? How do you Lycett?"

You can currently catch Joe Lycett: More, More, More! in venues across the UK, booking through until February 2023. Tickets are available from £33.90 upwards, and the show starts at 7:30 pm.

Venues:

To see Joe Lycett: More, More, More! in Oxford or Manchester, book through ATG Tickets here.

To see Joe Lycett: More, More, More! in Cambridge, Northampton, Liverpool, Stockport, Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Leicester, Nottingham, Aberdeen, Brighton, Southend, Bath, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Leeds or Newcastle - book through See Tickets here.

Al Murray's Gig For Victory

Known best for his stand-up routines as a pub landlord persona, described by Murray as a "know-all know-nothing blowhard who knows the answer to every question even though he hasn't been asked any of them" (TEDx Talks video), Murray is on the road with his new comedy show, Gig For Victory. Murray is an accomplished comedian, voted the 16th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007. It's fair to say we're excited to see what the pub landlord has to say about the last two years...

What is the show about? "As the dust settles and we emerge blinking into the dawn of a new year, the men and women of this great country will need answers. Answers that they know they need, answers to questions they never knew existed. And when that moment comes, who better to show the way, to provide those answers, than the people’s man of the people, Al Murray The Pub Landlord? Steeped in the deep and ancient barroom wisdom of countless lock-ins, the Pub Landlord is there to show the way. Wherever you are, he will - within sensible travel limits and theatre booking policy - come, offering people thirsty for common sense a full pint of the good stuff."

You can currently catch Al Murray's Gig For Victory in venues across the UK, booking through until November 2022. Tickets are available from £31.65 upwards, and the show starts at 7:30 pm.

Venues:

To see Al Murray's Gig For Victory in Birmingham, York, Stockton-On-Tees, Folkestone, Glasgow, Richmond, Oxford, Brighton, Torquay, Woking or Aylesbury, book through ATG Tickets here.

To see Al Murray's Gig For Victory in Porthcawl, Cardiff, Scunthorpe, Stockport, Halifax, Leicester, Basingstoke, High Wycombe, Buxton, Lincoln, Doncaster, Carlisle, Hull, Plymouth, Yeovil, Hereford, Dundee, Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Aberdeen, Salford, Reading, Surrey, Hampshire, London, Bedworth, Swindon, Dunstable, Bath, Leeds, Motherwell, Sheffield, Southport, Ipswich, Northampton, Crewe, Dartford, St Albans, Dorking, Skegness, Stevenage, Aldershot, Chatham, Hastings, Norwich, Liverpool, Warrington or Dublin - book through See Tickets here.

Jack Dee- Off the Telly

Our favourite grumpy fella, Jack Dee, is back on the road ready to point out all the hilariously stupid things in the world. Many will recognise Jack Dee from his acting chops in such shows as Bad Move, or hosting the classic radio show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. On his new stand-up comedy tour, audiences can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of British culture. AKA hating everything.

What's the show about? "Join Jack Dee for an evening of entertainment (food and beverages not included) in his new stand-up tour. Why go and see it? “In these difficult and uncertain times, people need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in” says Jack. Star of TV sitcoms Bad MoveLead Balloon and JoshJack Dee also hosts the legendary Radio 4 show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.

Additional credits include presenting Jack Dee’s Helpdesk on BBC Two, C4’s The Jack Dee Show, ITV’s Jack Dee’s Saturday Night, BBC’s Jack Dee’s Happy Hour and Jack Dee Live at the Apollo. “In fact,” explains Jack, “I’ve probably appeared in every TV show with my name in the title”. Other sidelines include Motivational Speaking, which Jack describes as “Basically a total waste of time, talking to losers. But the cash is decent”. Then adds “Don’t print that”. It’s so hard to tell when he’s being serious. In recognition of his charity work, Jack was denied an OBE in 2015."

You can currently catch Jack Dee- Off the Telly in venues across the UK, booking through until September 2022. Tickets are available from £27.15 upwards, and the show starts at 8 pm.

Venues:

To see Jack Dee- Off the Telly in Oxford, Woking, Glasgow or Bristol, book through ATG Tickets here.

To see Jack Dee- Off the Telly in London at the Palladium, book through LW Theatres here.

To see Jack Dee- Off the Telly in Ipswich, Northampton, Bournemouth, Sheffield, Croydon, Llandudno, Wolverhampton, Peterborough, Dundee, Arbroath, Aberdeen, Hull, Dunfermline and Inverness - book through Ticketmaster here.

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