The 12 top stand-up comedy gigs, tours and festivals to buy tickets for in spring 2024

Archie Henderson, aka Jazz Emu, comes to the Soho Theatre
Archie Henderson, aka Jazz Emu, comes to the Soho Theatre - Archie Henderson
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Laura Ramoso: The Sit Up Straight Tour

Ramoso’s sketches and characters inspired by her family – “German Mom”, “Italian Dad” –  have made her a huge star on Tiktok. Now, she takes them on the road.
Redgrave Theatre, Bristol (lauraramoso.com), and April 9 and 10, then touring


Spencer Jones: Making Friends

Spencer Jones is half Tommy Cooper, half Mr Bean, and wholly delightful. The “friends” of the title are puppets he’s made from unlikely objects, for an hour of whimsical prop-based clowning.
Soho Theatre, London W1 (sohotheatre.com), April 10-20


Rhod Gilbert & The Giant Grapefruit

Now (thankfully) given the all-clear nearly two years after his cancer diagnosis, the perennially furious Welshman tours a new show about “turning life’s giant grapefruits into something approaching lemonade”.
The Courtyard, Hereford (rhodgilbertcomedian.com), April 15 and touring


Troy Hawke: The Greeters Guild

Milo McCabe went viral with his “Greeters Guild” videos, playing the raffishly charming, Terry-Thomas-like character Troy Hawke. But the Hawke character is even funnier onstage, thanks to McCabe’s rare gift for spontaneous crowd-work.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (livenation.co.uk), April 13, then touring


Richard Herring: Can I Have My Ball Back?

It takes balls to poke fun at testicular cancer. If anyone can do it well, it’s Herring. Always been a great one for jokes about genitals, he recounts his own recovery from the disease in these intimate warm-up shows, before a full tour kicks off at the Leicester Square Theatre on May 8.
The Bill Murray, London (richardherring.com), April 15 and April 22, then touring


Machynlleth Comedy Festival

The best small festival around. Top comics flock to this picturesque Welsh town to try out new material in front of comedy-obsessed crowds. On the bill: James Acaster, Miles Jupp, Bridget Christie and Kiri Pritchard-McLean.
Various venues, Machynlleth (machcomfest.co.uk), May 3-5


Catherine Bohart: Again, With Feelings

Catherine Bohart
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Bohart’s breakthrough came in 2018 with a terrific stand-up set about growing up with OCD, as the bisexual daughter of a Catholic deacon. Now a staple on panel shows, in her new tour she offers a slant look at love and relationships.
The Forge Comedy Club, Brighton (catherinebohart.com), May 16 and touring


Comedy at the Castle

It’s a siege! Simon Amstell, Nina Conti, Rory Bremner, and Maisie Adam are among the comics invading a 12th-century castle. Buy a day ticket, or try weekend glamping in wooden lodges or princely tents.
Warwick Castle, Warwick (warwick-castle.com), May 24-6


Wells Comedy Festival

England’s smallest city is punching above its weight with this starry stand-up weekend. Catch household names like Alan Davies and James Acaster alongside rising stars Ania Magliano and Amy Gledhill.
Little Theatre and Cedars Hall, Wells (wellscomfest.com), May 24-6


Bristol Comedy Garden

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This jaunty outdoor festival always attracts big names, and 2024’s line-up is no exception. A heaving line-up includes Sara Pascoe, Harry Hill, Dylan Moran, Tim Key, Stewart Lee and Fern Brady.
Queen Square, Bristol (bristolcomedygarden.co.uk), June 12-16


Jazz Emu: Knight Fever

Jazz Emu – the funky, freaky pop-star alter ego of character comic Archie Henderson (and star of his own Radio 4 sitcom) – now has a full backing band at his disposal, for what promises to be an uproarious show.
Soho Theatre, London W1 (sohotheatre.com), June 3-22


Hastings Comedy Festival

There’s an Edinburgh Fringe-y feel to this festival, which sees comics with keen cult followings such as Tony Law, Olga Koch and Colin Hoult try out new shows in 10 venues dotted across the town.
Various Venues, Hastings & St Leonards (hastingscomedyfestival.com), June 10-6

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