Liverpool welcomes comedians from around the country as well as home grown talent to the annual Liverpool Comedy Festival. Venues across the city including comedy clubs, cafés, theatres and the city hall play host to a variety of acts. Big names such as Chatty Man host Alan Carr and modern ventriloquist Nina Conti have been among those who have appeared in recent years. The organisers of the comedy festival are also responsible for comedy walking tours and courses to help upcoming comedians perfect their routines. The Comedy Trust has been running since 2002 and helped over 10,000 participants.
Liverpool Central Station will put you in the heart of the city and in close proximity to the main venues. You can reach venues on foot or via the regular bus service, there are also several local train stations making it easy to get around the festival. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is available for international flights if you are traveling from abroad. Ticket prices depend on each individual show, expect to pay more for the bigger names and keep an eye out for any free events. Most performances will be in the evening and finish by around 11pm, although check local listings.
There is always something for everyone but as with any festival choice is down to personal taste. Some venues may have adult only shows, so if you are with children either check with the venue or make your own judgement. It is worth seeing as much as possible, combine watching the famous names with supporting the unknown locals in smaller venues. Tickets are required for each event however some individual venues offer combination discounts. If you see something you definitely want to attend, book in advance to avoid disappointment. Most of all have fun and bring a sense of humour.
Choose from a selection of Bed and Breakfasts, houses, apartments, spare rooms and many other private rentals near the city centre. Wherever you stay in Liverpool, all venues are easily reached on foot, by car or public transport. Check our accommodation in Liverpool.
Take a walk along Kings Dock to see the local shipping or relax in Sefton Park. If you fancy a break from comedy visit Casbah Coffee Club and the legendary Cavern Club where Liverpool’s biggest export, the Beatles, started their career.
Find out about the festival at the official website, including: shows and programme of event, purchasing Liverpool Comedy Festival tickets, list of venues and links, corporate and press information, details on year-round events and more.
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