Laughter, they say, is the best medicine and we’re inclined to agree. It also makes for a memorable night out. A visit to the local comedy club is the perfect introduction to a city. Luckily, when it comes to a healthy dose of side-splitting, thigh-slapping hilarity we are spoilt for choice in both the UK and Ireland. Here we recommend some comedy clubs known to serve-up the best in local and international humour.
Ireland’s first and longest-running comedy club is housed in the basement of a pokey pub in the heart of Dublin City Centre. The best-known comedians on the Irish circuit will often drop in to test-out some new material or to check-out a show themselves so you never know who you might see. The weekend shows are popular and seating is extremely limited, so arrive early.
Scotland’s best known comedy club came from humble beginnings, having hosted its first night in 1995 with only 7 people in the attendance. The Stand has since gone from strength to strength with live comedy on offer in both Scottish venues, and in its Newcastle branch, 7 nights a week. Over 600 acts take to the stage here each year and things get particularly hectic during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A great place to catch the next big thing in comedy - you can say you say them here first!
Home to the infamous Krater Comedy Club Comedy with 5 shows each weekend, the Komedia also hosts cabaret shows, spoken word gigs, theatre and club nights. A great way to gently ease yourself into Brighton’s renowned nightlife!
Queen’s Comedy Club was founded in 1992 with a young Colin Murphy at the helm, who took to the stage himself in its earlier days. Household names such as Peter Kay, Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock have all appeared in front of enthusiastic audiences here, in what has become a mainstay on the Belfast Comedy scene.
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