Top 7 Comedy Shows

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 23:00 | Posted by 
This September and October there's loads of great comedy at Unity and around the city. Here's the seven shows I'm really looking forward to (it started as 3, then went to 5, now 7, there's loads on)!

#1 - James Acaster: Recognise

Unity Theatre | Sat 26 Sep | More?

One of the outstanding comedians of his generation his dry wit is accompanied by clever observation and placed in beautifully constructed show that build to a crescendo of laughter. Originally from Kettering he has supported Milton Jones and Josie Long on tour  as well as appeared on Russell Howard's Good News, Dave's One Night Stand, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and 8 out of 10 Cats. More impressive however is his record performing solo shows in Edinburgh. Of his four shows, three have been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award. This year's show was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier) and won the prestigious New Zealand International Comedy Award. Oh and he got a shed load of four and five star reviews, so, y'know, he's pretty good.

Tickets are just £12 - The show is at 6pm!

Ticket Deal: 20% off tickets* when booked with the code COMEDY20 - offer runs until Mon 22 Sep at 6pm

#2 - Sean Hughes: Penguins

Unity Theatre | Sat 26 Sep | More?

I was lucky enough to see this in Edinburgh in 2013. I'd never seen Sean perform before, in fact my knowledge of him was limited to his appearances on Never Mind The Buzzcocks. What I saw in that steamily hot room in the height of summer in Edinburgh was a masterclass in comic brilliance. What I later learnt (thanks Wikipedia) was that he was the youngest ever winner of the Perrier Award (beating Dillie Keane of Facinating Aida, Jimmy Tingle and Pete McCarthy) and had appeared in the film The Commitments!

There are around 25 tickets remaining for this show so book soon!

#3 - Laurence Clark

Unity Theatre | Fri 26 Sep | More?

I first saw Laurence when he performed Health Hazard at Unity Theatre - it was a very funny show that mixed standup with video but also made really profound and interesting points about disability and public perception of disability. He has appeared on BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and was the subject of a major BBC1 documentary called “We Won’t Drop the Baby”. He was awarded Shortlist magazine’s Funniest New Comedian and for 5 years wrote a popular blog for BBC Ouch and regularly performs and writes sketches for comedy collective Abnormally Funny People.

Ticket Deal: 2-4-1 tickets* when booked with the code COMEDY241 - offer has limited availability so is applied on a first come, first served basis.

#4 - Clybourne Park

Unity Theatre | Wed 1 - Sat 11 Oct | More?

It feels a little strange putting down a play about race relations in the USA on a list of top 7 comedy shows. I was taken (reluctantly) by my sister about 4 years ago to go and see this show when it was in the West End. She told me what it was about and I was filled with dispair. I mean, it sounded hard work. I was incredibly stupendously wrong. What I saw was probably one of the the best shows written in the last 20 years and one that was incredibly funny, poignant and filled with tension.

It's an incredibly funny play about society and political correctness. It's being produced by Said&Done Theatre whose work I love. It's dead cheap on the first few nights. Trust me, this will be the best show you see this year. 

#5 - Sam Avery

81 Renshaw Street | Sun 3 Oct | More?

Sam is the Artistic Director of Liverpool Comedy Festival but also an incredible stand up. I met him when performing amateur comedy in Warrington and he was the pro headliner. There are some acts who have such a natural charm and ability to connect with an audience so that it looks effortless and he's really one of them.

Combine that with killer joke writing ability, a past as a rock star and clever storytelling - I'd check his show out for Liverpool Comedy Festival.

#6 - ImproPlay

Unity Theatre | Fri 26 Sep | More?

Impropriety have been performing with Unity for the past 3 years ago, bringing past-paced and often dangerously edgy improvised comedy to the stage. They brought us the amazing IMPROVAGEDDON (it's compulsory to put it in capitals) where teams battle to win the now legendary IMPROVAGEDDON belt. This new show gives them the chance to experiment, and what an experiment it promises to be. They will create a theatrical classic from scratch.

"BUT WHAT STYLE?" I hear you scream at your screen. Well, that's the beauty... You can vote for it by clicking here!

#7 - My Perfect Mind

Unity Theatre | Tue 21- Sat 25 Oct | More?

And now for something completely different... Edward Petherbridge the acclaimed actor who has performed at the RSC and National Theatre had a stroke after being cast as King Lear. As he struggled to recover he discovered the entire role for Lear still existed word-for-word in his mind. This autobiographical comedy tells his story with every other role (over 15) played by the actor (and Edward's friend) Paul Hunter. I saw this show when it was in Liverpool last year and it was moving, funny, occasionally absurd and bursting out of its theatrical reality. If you want to see a master actor perform great comedy then don't miss it. 

*all offers are subject to availability and applies to the specified show only | unitytheatre reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time | No refunds will be given as a result of this or any subsequent offer.
Sam Freeman

Sam has been Unity's Marketing Manager since June 2010. He is also a freelance writer, director and occasional stand up comedian. His favourite performers are Daniel Kitson, Will Adamsdale and anything written by Tim Firth. Follow him on twitter @mrfreeman1984