The festival will be running from Friday 18th September to Sunday 4th October, running through freshers and beyond. Liverpool has its share of famous comedians from John Bishop to Ricky Tomlinson to Craig Charles; these people show some of the talent Liverpool has to offer. The festival brings homegrown comedians and other famous faces you can see during fresher’s week in the city.

‘Funny Looking Live’

Funny Looking Live is the centre for the comedy festival and being the official podcast for the festival will provide special guests and other interesting bits and pieces.

There are plenty of acts on during the festival, mainly at 81 Renshaw Street on various days and times. From Kate Smurthwaite ‘The Wrong Sort of Feminist’ on Sunday 20th September to Slaughterhouse Live! On Friday 25th September.

Seann Walsh

The main event for university students to attend is on the Tuesday 22 September where Seann Walsh is coming straight to the guild, with the first of a monthly comedy night from Comedy Central, being held at the venue. He has appeared on various panel shows such as 8 out of 10 cats and Mock the Week, if you are unsure then here is a clip displaying his talents:

The capacity is 1000 and people with wristbands get in free however; tickets if available for us none-wristband holders will be £6 on the door.

Hot Water Comedy Club

If these don’t get your funny bone aching (I don’t even know), then there is also a number of comedy places to visit during your time in Liverpool, the first being the Hot Water comedy club on Lime Street, offering ½ price to most of their regular shows when you show your student card.

With various comedies on during fresher’s week, including boiling point with Paul Smith and others, testing the water shows being even cheaper!

During freshers different shows will be on these days:  19th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th (pretty much every day)

Laughter-house Comedy 

Another famous Liverpool comedy club is the Laughter-house Comedy which has Neil Fitzmaurice (Jeff from Peep Show) as MC for the 18th and 19th among other future dates also a born and bread Liverpudlian.

The main acts will be Phil Nichol and Mick Ferry, here are some clips for you to enjoy of their work.

The tickets cost 17.50 for a comedy seated ticket or 33.50 for a meal for those of you who enjoy you’re comedy more sophisticated or want to impress a girlfriend/boyfriend.

During freshers will be on: 19th,, 25th and 26th.

Liverpool Comedy Central

The final comedy place is Liverpool Comedy Central, at the Albert Dock, with Shappi Khorsandi appearing there on the 23rd September. Whom you will have seen if you have watched, recent panel shows such as 8 out of 10 cats or Michael McIntyre’s comedy roadshow.


For all you students, it will be £12 for the comedy only (make sure to show your card) but again for the swankier comedy goer there is a 2 course meal option for £29.

Jimmy Carr

In addition to these acts, Jimmy Carr is performing as well, albeit not strictly in Liverpool however, he is in Warrington. Just half an hour away, so for the more adventurous fresher’s, who might want a change of scene, you can take a trip to the glorious city of Warrington, and if you do not know who he is:

His funny business tour comes to the Warrington Parr Hall on the: 26th of September. £25

BBC Writing room

There is also a talk at Liverpool John Moores university from the BBC writing room which would be well worth a visit if you are nearby.

23rd September 15:00

Try it Yourself!

Finally, if you think these acts aren’t quite up to scratch and you fancy yourself as a bit of a joker then the University is offering a comedy timing and performance workshop with the Universities drama society, no sign up required just turn up.

This is on the 25th September at 2.


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