18TH - 28TH JULY

Shows:

18th July 2019 - 6:00pm
19th July 2019 - 5:30pm
20th July 2019 - 5:00pm
21st July 2019 - 5:00pm
22nd July 2019 - 5:30pm
23rd July 2019 - 5:30pm
24th July 2019 - 5:30pm

Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year 2019: Heats

The Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year is back for a fifth year. See the best up and coming comedians from Yorkshire and beyond compete for the title of Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year 2019.

2018's competition was won by Mark Grimshaw, closely followed by runner up Samuel Serrano with Charlie Hopkinson and Charlotte Brooke sharing 3rd place in a hotly contested final MC'd by Mick Ferry.

Shows:
18th July 2019 - 8:30pm

Aaron Simmonds: Disabled Coconut (Ed Fringe Preview)

“A Comedian going places” *

Join the 2017 BBC New Comedy Award finalist and wheelchair enthusiast as he tells you about how his first paid gig led to him performing on BBC2 a year later, and what happens when you are being trolled online for not being disabled enough. 

Aaron is far better at stand-up than standing up and his unique perspective on life - usually of people's belly buttons - gives him a distinctive edge in his performances as well as a sore neck. 

*Places with wheelchair access.

Jewish Comedian Of The Year 2017
"A class act" - Chortle

Shows:
19th July 2019 - 8:00pm

Darren Harriott: Work In Progress

Best Newcomer Nominee Darren considers himself a good person. Now 30 and never been in love. It can’t always be someone else’s fault, learning more about himself and realising maybe he’s never actually been happy with who is. Join Darren for an hour of his trademark passion and insightful wit as he tries to work himself out.

From Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Don’t Hate The Playaz, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Comedy Central’s The Comedy Bus and Roast Battle.

“Passionate, articulate, witty.” - ★★★★ Evening Standard
“Many contradictions with primetime." - ★★★★ Sunday Times

Shows:
19th July 2019 - 9:30pm

Jayne Edwards is Top Bodybuilder Brian

 

Top Bodybuilder Brian will demonstrate that shadow boxing outside Paddy Power can be a lifestyle choice. From the mind of weird comedian Jayne Edwards (as seen on BBC Three), comes a multidisciplinary and extremely silly comedy show about loss (wife), gain (weight) and whey protein. A lo-fi spectacle with a cult following, Brian is finally ready to open the door of his caravan and let the world in.

"A multi-layered spectacle of comedic talent" - JAMmag.com
"A unique comic" - Skinny

Shows:
20th July 2019 - 1:30pm

Words as Bullets

Words as Bullets by Butshilo Nleya is a contemporary play where African and European theatres collide spectacularly. After a chance encounter on separate trains, two young women's lives unfold and weave together. Developed by One Foot Theatre, this production fuses new storytelling with live music and African dance to pose questions about spirituality, ancestry, and identity.

Shows:
20th July 2019 - 3:30pm

Pierre Novellie: Work in Progress

Award-winning comedian Pierre Novellie comes to Great Yorkshire Fringe to try some new stuff out.

Come, people of York, and aid me in discovering what is hilarious and what is not so hilarious. Your impact on my comedy will last a thousand years.

"Phenomenally good jokes" - The Guardian
"One to Watch" - Time Out
"Well-crafted, hilarious routines" - Sunday Times

Shows:
20th July 2019 - 7:30pm

Richard Stott: Right Hand Man (Ed Fringe Preview)

A debut show from a comedian who was born with Poland Syndrome, making him lopsided with a misshapen hand. Following life-changing surgery, he now has toes for fingers on his left hand and in this unflinchingly honest show, he examines body image, mental health and being disabled in an image-obsessed world. An hour of anarchic storytelling and acidic punchlines exploring how he has learnt to roll with the hand life dealt him and draw humour from what we are told is humourless.

"Heart-wrenchingly moving and unquestionably funny…I defy anyone not to be enthralled" - Evening Standard

Shows:
20th July 2019 - 9:00pm

Jamie MacDonald: Designated Driver

Foot to the floor comedy courtesy of that funny blind guy. "Gifted story telling" (The List) from the comedian you don’t want to drive you home. 

Chortle calls him "Compelling" the BBC list him on their ‘hot talent’ list. It’s charming, disarming, eye-opening comedy brought to you by the critically acclaimed Glaswegian: 

"not afraid to milk his disability" - ★★★★★ Broadway Baby 
"Consistently hilarious" - ★★★★★ Ed Fest
"pure wit and confidence" - ★★★★ The Skinny
"one of the funniest Scots on the circuit" - ★★★★ Sunday Herald

Shows:
21st July 2019 - 2:00pm

Thomas Anthony: “Is it Wheely Magic?”

Thomas Anthony presents his brand new show “Is it Wheely Magic?”…. This is the show where the audience are in control of what happens! Once the wheel of doom is spun, nobody knows what’s coming next…not even Thomas! One thing is for sure, this is a fast paced, funny, magical and highly entertaining show and is suitable for the whole family.

Shows:
21st July 2019 - 3:30pm

Japesh*t

Returning to the Great Yorkshire Fringe in 2019, Thespianage Productions present short-form improvised comedy with a twist! During ‘Japesh*t rounds’ the audience has the power to throw the players a real curveball. ENFORCE random accents, BRING IN a physical quirk, MAKE a celebrity appear! It’s fast, it’s funny, it’s a little bit tongue in cheek… Will you help this “infectiously hilarious ensemble” (MCR Fringe Review, 2018) GO JAPESH*T?

Thespianage Productions are a Manchester-based comedy troupe who have been performing together for nearly 10 years. Having performed at the Manchester, Birmingham, York and Edinburgh Fringe festivals, they’re an experienced group of “talented performers with an eye for the absurd” (RemoteGoat). This is a one night only show not to be missed!

Shows:
21st July 2019 - 7:30pm

The Great Yorkshire Comedy Fringe Workshop Showcase

A bunch of comedy virgins  have spent the weekend with Logan Murray, the man who taught Greg Davies, Rhod Gilbert, Josh Widdecombe, Andi Osho, Luisa Omielan, Diane Morgan, Joe Wilkinson and loads of award winning comedians. Come and see what they’ve come up with.

Shows:
22nd July 2019 - 7:30pm

Sarah Keyworth: Pacific

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for Best Newcomer and winner of the Herald Angel Award returns with a brand-new hour of comedy about the little things, the smallest details, the fixed and distinct aspects that make up what we definitively are, how we expressly think and who we unambiguously love.

"Powerful, poignant and achingly funny stuff"- ★★★★★ Herald
"It's refreshing to see something so generous and outward-looking" - Chortle.co.uk
"The most hilarious visual images" - ★★★★ Scotsman
"An absolute gem" - ★★★★ Evening Standard

Shows:
23rd July 2019 - 8:00pm

Joe Sutherland: Sour

Top Ten Best Reviewed Shows, Edinburgh Fringe 2018 (comedy.co.uk). Joe returns to York with razor sharp truths about the pop groups, fashions and attitudes that seem to be making a comeback and tells the story of a friendship gone sour in the wake of recent national events.

“Drooling cynicism, punchy jokes and shrewd sarcasm”- ★★★★★ VoiceMag.uk

Shows:
24th July 2019 - 3:00pm

The Dark Room (For Kids!)

WINNER: BEST KIDS SHOW Leicester Comedy Festival 2018
You and your family are stuck inside a live-action video game! How will you escape?!

Pick options off the screen in this hilarious text-based, interactive adventure game, and try to escape THE DARK ROOM.

It’s funny for the adults, funny for the kids and doesn’t patronize anyone. Will you:

A) Find Light Switch?
B) Go North?
C) Explode in a shower of stinking guts?

Join us for a bonkers family game show with a grumpy host. Featuring challenges, trouble, real(ly) terrible prizes and jokes about Fortnite.

Can YOU escape the Dark Room?

(This bit is for parents only: This show is recommended for 11+ but younger kids are welcome, too. There may be some mild language but it’s more like Roald Dahl than YouTube.)

"NOT TO BE MISSED" – The Guardian
"The Dark Room is utterly unique, it’s hard to describe the magic and joyful surprises awaiting you within without utterly scaring you off." - ★★★★★ The Skinny
"You must see this show" – ★★★★★ British Comedy Guide
"You have to see the Dark Room at least once in your life" – ★★★★★ The Scottish Sun
"Great fun, nostalgic, but also a fresh angle for comedy" – ★★★★ Den of Geek
"Genuinely, irresistibly dangerous" - ★★★★ The Stage

Shows:
24th July 2019 - 8:00pm

John Robertson’s ‘The Dark Room’

"Watching audiences attempt to tackle the challenge and fail is one of the funniest sights around, don’t miss it." - Daily Telegraph

YOU AWAKE TO FIND YOURSELF IN A DARK ROOM! You, the audience, are trapped in an interactive, retro gaming nightmare; choose an option, find the way out, and escape The Dark Room! If you succeed, you’ll take home £1000... but if you fail YOU WILL DIE! For you are not alone in The Dark Room; the merciless overlord of improv, John Robertson, is here to guide you through an hour of expertly crafted chaos and anarchy. And in the end, eeeeeverybody plays!

A) Find the Light Switch? 
B) Go North? 
C) Abandon Hope?

"NOT TO BE MISSED" – The Guardian
"The Dark Room is utterly unique, it’s hard to describe the magic and joyful surprises awaiting you within without utterly scaring you off." - ★★★★★ The Skinny
"You must see this show" – ★★★★★ British Comedy Guide
"You have to see the Dark Room at least once in your life" – ★★★★★ The Scottish Sun
"Great fun, nostalgic, but also a fresh angle for comedy" – ★★★★ Den of Geek
"Genuinely, irresistibly dangerous" - ★★★★ The Stage

Shows:
24th July 2019 - 9:30pm

Radu Isac: Good Excuses for Sociopaths

Do you sometimes think about your actions? Do your actions make you feel like a sociopath? Does feeling like a sociopath hurt your self-esteem? Well this show was specifically written to make YOU feel better!

*none of the victims feelings were considered during the making of the show

"Simultaneously sweet and dark" - Chortle

As seen and heard on BBC World Service, Radio 4 and Comedy Central Extra

Shows:
25th July 2019 - 7:00pm

Huge Davies: The Carpark (Edinburgh Preview)

Fresh from his appearance on 'Comedy Central at the Comedy Store', Huge Davies is preparing for his first hour. Combining his dark humour, surreal material and one-of-a-kind customised keyboard, Huge has quickly risen to become one the most exciting and unique new acts in the UK.

"Priceless" - Chortle
"Dark" - Independent
"Scene-stealing" - Telegraph
"Perfect" - The Stand
"Appalling" - celebrityradio.biz

As seen on 'Ones To Watch (Comedy Central), supporting Tony Law & Glenn Wool and performing at Latitude, Bestival & Comedy Central Live.

Work in progress.

Shows:
25th July 2019 - 8:30pm

Ian Crawford: Accident Avoidance Training for Cutlery Users

Do you know how to safely operate a butter knife? Do you know how to minimise injury from an unsupervised fork? Do you have spoon-sense? Health and safety really has gone mad, courtesy of comedy character Ian Crawford, an adviser from the Steel and Cutlery Manufacturers Association. What he has to share is deadly serious and you'd be forking mad to miss him.

"Forking good health and safety-based comedy has tears rolling down cheeks" - ★★★★ TheWeeReview.com
"This is a must-see show for anyone with a strong sense of the ridiculous" - ★★★★ SGFringe.com

Shows:
26th July 2019 - 11:00am
27th July 2019 - 11:00am
28th July 2019 - 11:00am

Children's Magic Workshops

Magicians from the prestigious Magic Circle & West End Magic present an unforgettable magic workshop suitable for children, Hogwarts professors Oliver Tabor & Wayne Trice will be on duty to teach young wizards aged 7-13!

Interactive workshops offering different spells for young wizards & witches to learn and amaze. A small show will be presented at the end of the workshop for the young wizards who wish to amaze the parents! All materials and props are supplied which you get to keep!!

Shows:
27th July 2019 - 4:00pm

“It’s NOT the Joshua Benson Show”

“It’s NOT the Joshua Benson Show” is all I was ever told as a kid... at school, college and home. So, I started doing kids parties, so that I could ‘show off’ for a living, to an audience of under 12s, who don't consider you a loser for doing magic! After 6 years (and counting) of being a family entertainer... it's time for my first show for grown ups.

A Mix of Magic, Juggling, Music, Comedy, Art and Poetry, as well as a display of how many M&M’s can be caught in the gob in 30 seconds; this is the ULTIMATE one-man cabaret.

“a great storyteller with some wisdom to impart.”

“super funny, utterly charming, completely bonkers and perfectly poignant. The astronomical levels of energy that Josh gives to his audience is infectious.”

“I laughed till I cried and cried till I laughed. You MUST see him. I’ve never met a performer who can capture an audience quite as well as he can.”

All quotes from audience members.

Shows:
26th July 2019 - 7:30pm

Garrett Millerick: Work in Progress

Garrett Millerick is an acclaimed stand up comedian, writer and director. He is an increasing force to be reckoned with on the UK Circuit and In the few short years since debuting in new act competitions he has established a reputation as one of the stand out live acts of his generation.

Already a fixture at the country’s most respected comedy clubs, in 2017 Garrett became one of a new generation of comedians to be making regular weekend appearances at the world-famous Comedy Store. As well as being in demand on both the alternative and club circuits in the UK, Garrett’s stand up has seen him tour Europe, Australia and Asia.
His debut radio sitcom Do Gooders was recently recorded for Amazon’s Audible platform with an all-star cast featuring Jack Dee and Meera Syal and produced by Hat Trick Productions. It is currently being developed for television.

The Best Shows of Edinburgh 2018 - The Guardian
"a virtuoso display of unforgivingly grumpy stand-up delivered with fire in his soul" - ★★★★ ½ Steve Bennett, Chortle
"This brave and winning hour certainly pulls no punches"- ★★★★ The Times
"wickedly funny" - ★★★★ The Scotsman
"stand-up with an insolent twist" - ★★★★ The Sunday Times
"just wants to entertain you and does it superbly" - ★★★★ The Mirror
"nitpicking misery raised to high levels of artistry" - ★★★★ The List
"the biggest u-turn in Edinburgh comedy history" - ★★★★ Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke
"a truly great stand-up but with enough shabby humanity that you don’t think he’s a prick" - Fringe Pig
"there are big laughs and the storytelling is masterful"- British Comedy Guide Recommended

Shows:
26th July 2019 - 9:00pm

The Burning Duck Comedy Club £5 / PWYW Showcase

York’s alternative comedy sensation the Burning Duck Comedy Club returns to the Great Yorkshire Fringe, presenting the best ‘up-and-coming’ musical, character, sketch, spoken word and stand-up comedy performers, again.

Expect to see more established and new favourite acts, some of whom you might have already seen on Radio, TV, or even winning awards at the Edinburgh and the Great Yorkshire Fringe festivals.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for £5 from our Box Office to guarantee a seat OR turn up and Pay What You Want after the show. Limited advance seating is available and we expect these shows will sell out.

Press for our regular night includes:

"A Unique Experience - Their selection of alternative comedy is a delight" - York Press
"Rib cracking comedy – the atmosphere was friendly and inviting even before the acts begun.” - One and Other
“a plethora of little comedic gems” - Nouse

Shows:
27th July 2019 - 3:00pm

Edy Hurst: Hurst Schmurst £5 / PWYW

Award-winning comedian Edy Hurst brings his musical comedy, loop pedal nonsense and stand-up to answer the age-old question: ‘What’s the deal with Edy Hurst? Who even is he? Where am I? What?’

As seen on MTV, BBC Radio 4, BBC New Act Nominee 2017, Great Yorkshire Fringe People’s Champion 2017, Harrogate Comedian of the Year finalist 2018, nominated for the Musical Comedy Awards 2018 and lurking in your dreams, ya weirdo.

"A manic (odd)ball of comedy energy" - Gigglebeats.co.uk 
"Filled to the brim with ideas" - BroadwayBaby.com

Tickets can be purchased in advance for £5 from our Box Office to guarantee a seat OR turn up and Pay What You Want on exit. Limited advance seating is available and we expect these shows will sell out.

Shows:
27th July 2019 - 4:30pm

Louise Young and Neil Harris: Big Div Energy £5 / PWYW

Rising stars Louise Young and Neil Harris make their Great Yorkshire Fringe debut. Regulars at The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle, they shouldn't be missed. As heard on BBC Newcastle, Louise Young is becoming known for her adept social commentary and plentiful gag rate. Branded ‘dynamite’ by Punch Drunk Comedy.

The Funny Women New Stage Award finalist (2017) is joined by Norwich-born Neil Harris, a quickly ascending new comedian who has made a name for himself through his cerebral comedy with elegant and precise punchlines. Neil has shared bills with the likes of Rob Deering, Gary Delaney and Richard Herring. He was runner-up in Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2017 and a finalist in the Great Yorkshire Fringe 2016 new act of the year.

“Neil allows his audience to take in elaborate anecdotes before making them crease with some cleverly delivered conclusions.” - ticketarena.co.uk
“geeky charm” - Narc Magazine

Tickets can be purchased in advance for £5 from our Box Office to guarantee a seat OR turn up and Pay What You Want on exit. Limited advance seating is available and we expect these shows will sell out.

Shows:
27th July 2019 - 6:00pm

Pat Cahill: Uncle Len Needs a New Part for His Hoover £5 / PWYW

Old new act, Pat Cahill, brings another hour of his confused neo-music hall stupidity to the Fringe. Expect earworms, knee ants and eye mice as he gently impresses you in the afternoon with a bit of singing, a bit of stand-up and a bit of dancing. It will all mean something, but you’ll have to work that out.

"Wonderfully weird" - Guardian 
"A near perfect absurdist hour" - ★★★★ EdFestMag.com
★★★★ - List

Tickets can be purchased in advance for £5 from our Box Office to guarantee a seat OR turn up and Pay What You Want on exit. Limited advance seating is available and we expect these shows will sell out.

Shows:
28th July 2019 - 3:00pm

Sean Morley: Soon I Will Be Dead and My Bones Will Be Free to Wreak Havoc Upon the Earth Once More £5 / PWYW

 

Inside my skin is a rattling beast and when I breathe my last it will emerge. Free me from the enemy within. This is a show about fear, self-acceptance and bones.

"A feast for any comedy lover who has a taste for the strange and absurd" - ★★★★ Skinny
"The genius and confidence of Kitson and with the poetic linguistics of Dylan Moran. There’s something very special about Sean Morley" - ★★★★1/2 ShortCom.co.uk

Tickets can be purchased in advance for £5 from our Box Office to guarantee a seat OR turn up and Pay What You Want on exit. Limited advance seating is available and we expect these shows will sell out.

Shows:
28th July 2019 - 4:30pm

The Lovely Boys £5 / PWYW

Joe and Mikey are lovely boys, they want to show off their jumpers, and play with their toys. Guided by the expert tutelage of wise old Uncle Willy, they try to make sense of the world in their own weird way. Expect silly fun and games from this creepy couple of mama’s boys in this absurd clownish bonanza.

“Contemporary eccentrics” - Delinquent Magazine 
“Kooky Entertainment” - The Write Angle 
“The Lovely Boys scare me, they are the future” - Luke Rollason

Tickets can be purchased in advance for £5 from our Box Office to guarantee a seat OR turn up and Pay What You Want on exit. Limited advance seating is available and we expect these shows will sell out.

Shows:
28th July 2019 - 6:00pm

Harriet Dyer - The Dinosaur Show £5 / PWYW

Harriet (BBC3, BBC Live at The Fringe, BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Knock Knock, BBC Ouch, Absolute Radio) loves dinosaurs. You probably do too, so come and dip your body in her very large catacomb of chaos. New show, whatever happens - dinosaurs and ditties are a guarantee.


“Harriet Dyer was one of the stand out superstars for me of this years Edinburgh Fringe. She’s insightful, unique, peerless, extraordinary and… well, maybe a little unhinged.”4 Extra Stands Up, BBC 4Extra


Tickets can be purchased in advance for £5 from our Box Office to guarantee a seat OR turn up and Pay What You Want on exit. Limited advance seating is available and we expect these shows will sell out.

Shows:
28th July 2019 - 7:30pm

Sam Nicoresti: UFO £5 / PWYW

In 1998, Sam Nicoresti was abducted by aliens. Now he's ready to reveal the beans and spill the truth in his debut show about space, alienation and dimensional string theory.

Given the state of the world (ie very good), it’s natural for humanity to be content with knowing in space there is no one to hear our screams. But are we truly alone? A smuggled tape, mysterious light and charred manuscript on interdimensional filing cabinets reveal the truth.

Free buffet. No government agents. Half of Sam & Tom (Sketch Off! Finalists 2018).

"Dangerously deranged" - ★★★★★ MumbleComedy.net

Shows:
28th July 2019 - 9:00pm

The Glang Show £5 / PWYW

The Glang Show is the only anarcho-comedy utopia that has travelled back in time from beyond the heat death of the universe. A line-up of incredibly powerful comedians compete for your affection while traversing a landscape of interactive challenges and challenging interactions.

The Glang Show is absolutely nothing at all.
There can only be one winner.

“It defies any sort of description, but if you picture Vic Reeves Big Night Out in a bouncy castle, on acid, you’ll be close. It is joyful, wonderful fun… but I couldn’t shake a sense of otherness” - The Guardian

Tickets can be purchased in advance for £5 from our Box Office to guarantee a seat OR turn up and Pay What You Want on exit. Limited advance seating is available and we expect these shows will sell out.