Comedy Connections with TransPennine Express

Friday 12th November 2021
We’ve put our heads together and come up with a list of some of the top places for a comedy fix along our network. Get ready to titter, giggle and laugh out loud at one of the following comedy venues located in cities across the North and Scotland.

The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh

Location: 5 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EB

This Edinburgh comedy club is slap-bang in the heart of the New Town, making it a no brainer for an entertaining evening out in the city. The basement club hosts both well-known figures, as well as local novices hoping to make a break into the world of comedy.

There’s something on every night at The Stand Comedy Club, from touring shows to one-off performances. Not to be missed is the Friday Show which sees a handful of acts take to the stage in the hopes of making the crowd cry with laughter. With tickets starting at £12, what are you waiting for? Book in advance on the club’s website.

Hot Water Comedy Club, Liverpool

Location: 45 Hardman Street, Liverpool L1 9AS

Liverpool is no stranger to a great comedy club! If you’d rather a smaller, more intimate comedy experience, you can’t do much better than the Hot Water Comedy Club. The club sits in the gorgeous Georgian Quarter and hosts amusing acts every single night of the week.

Some of the venue’s comedians have a regular show each week, while others are often touring around the country. Why not check out one of the club’s New Act Nights which sees wannabe comics perform their best quips and jokes? Other highlights include the As Seen on TV nights where the line-up is made up of comedians you might just recognise from your screens at home.

ROFL Comedy Club, Preston

Location: 49 Guildhall Street, Preston PR1 3NU

This venue is one of a few of the same name scattered around the North. If you’re visiting Preston anytime soon, you’ll find its very own ROFL Comedy Club is a brilliant place to spend a Friday or Saturday night.

The club’s weekend shows take place at its venue above the city’s historic Conversative Building, just a stone’s throw from Preston’s main shopping area. Shows cost just £12 and each performance features hilarious stand-up from four local or touring comedians.

Fancy seeing a bit of comedy this December? Take advantage of ROFL Comedy Club’s Christmas Party Nights. For £15, you’ll be able to enjoy one laugh-out-loud show during the festive season and another show in January at no extra cost. Bargain! 

Last Laugh Comedy Club, Sheffield

Location: Barker's Pool, Sheffield S1 2JA

This Sheffield comedy club has been going since 1987 and it’s a brilliant place for a more low-key night out in the city. The club hosts a show two nights a week (Friday and Saturday) in Sheffield City Hall – an impressive location that’s always matched by an impressive line-up.

There are also regular nights and one-off events run by Last Laugh Comedy Club at a range of other venues across the city. This includes winter shows at the Penistone Paramount and more intimate gigs at The Lescar pub on the outskirts of the city. Check out their website for upcoming acts and their individual venues.

The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle

Location: 31 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW

A sister site of The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh (there’s another in Glasgow too), this venue is the ideal place for a fun evening out in Newcastle.

There are lots of shows to add to your diary over the next couple of months. The Stand Up Comedy Club hosts regular Friday Shows, in addition to its Red Raw open mic nights which see ten new comics take to the stage in the hopes of getting a few laughs out of the crowd.

You could also book tickets to see well-established comedians such as Jason Byrne, Ellie Taylor and Jamali Maddix. Whoever you choose to watch, you’re bound to leave the club in a good mood.

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Frog & Bucket, Manchester

Location: 102 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LJ

Peter Kay, Jason Manford, Johnny Vegas and Sarah Millican are just a handful of names that honed their craft and launched their careers at the famous Frog & Bucket Comedy Club in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Beginning in 1994 at the Britannia Pub, the Frog & Bucket moved to its current home three years later and has been an essential part of Manchester’s alternative comedy scene ever since. And it was the club’s famous amateur night that first helped develop the comedy stars of the future.

Today every Friday and Saturday is the famous Barrel of Laughs, where three top-flight national and international acts plus one of the club’s own comperes take to the stage. You’ll also find national touring comedians playing headline shows here plus fun nights like the regular Monday night Beat the Frog and Thursday Night Live.

Book your train tickets in advance to one of the above cities and get ready to laugh ‘til you cry at their fantastic comedy venues. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our next Comedy Connections with TransPennine Express video. We’ll be releasing another two videos with two of your favourite comedians in the New Year. Perfect for getting rid of those January blues!  

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