Sheffield City Hall opens its door to Last Laugh Comedy Festival

Alan Davies
Alan Davies

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer its that time of year again when Sheffield City Hall opens its doors to a deluge of hilarious shows with the Last Laugh Comedy Festival.

As always, the roster for this year’s festival boasts a host of big name comedy acts alongside emerging talent and with venues across Sheffield taking part, Sheffield City Hall once again forms the heart of the festival with a total of 19 comedy shows taking place throughout October.

Amongst the big names in the Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall are Dara O’Briain with his Craic Dealer show on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October, followed swiftly by Alan Davies on October 13 as he makes a long-awaited return to the live stage. Kevin Bridges has sold out two nights on the 18 and 29 October and festival regular Ross Noble, who calls himself the demonic scarecrow, visits on Saturday October 20.

The Memorial Hall is brimming with comedy from emerging talent to household names. With nearly 70 years experience between them, the Memorial starts its laughter in good hands with Mick Miller and Jimmy Cricket on Tuesday 2nd October. Wednesday 3rd gets a bit modern with extra curricular activities and pop educators Frisky and Mannish, followed swiftly by Yorkshires own Tom Wrigglesworth on Thursday October 4 and Paul Sinha on Sunday October 7.

Comedy isn’t just for grown ups at City Hall as top Children’s comedian Howard Read returns to the Memorial Hall with Big Howard and Little Howard on Saturday 13th October at 2pm. Featuring songs, a cheeky pigeon, an invisible character and with three hit series on BBC One this show is one not to miss for all the youngsters.

Francesca Martinez, although not part of the comedy festival but just as funny, fills the Memorial Hall on Thursday 1October 18 with a discussion on what happens when you’re branded abnormal in a world obsessed with normality. Danny Bhoy’s Dear Epson tour travels to the Memorial Hall on Wednesday October 17, and on Monday October 22 you get two comedians for the price of one with Seann Walsh and Josh Widdicombe.

There are many more comedians to mention from the professional grumpy old woman Jenny Eclair (her words not ours!) to Andi Osho who is calling all you single ladies.

Comedy fans are set to be spoilt for choice this October as the range and choice of shows at Sheffield City Hall alone is daunting, not to mention what’s on offer elsewhere in Sheffield as part of the comedy festival.