Comedy In Blackpool
We’ve had Peter Kay at the top of the Tower, Ken Dodd at the
Grand and the Chuckle Brothers on the North Pier, so we think it’s
fair to say that Blackpool is bursting with laughter.
Unlike the array of comedy clubs you find in major cities, this seaside
town hosts its comedy nights in its many theatres. Why? It’s
because Blackpool attracts the biggest comics in Britain to its shores
so it needs large venues to meet the demand from punters.
One of the best places to catch a slice of comedy genius is the Winter
which in the past has played host to top names such as Peter Kay,
Billy Pearce, and Canon and Ball. Most recently it was the stage for
Jumping on the Bandwagon, which starred comedians from the
hit TV series Phoenix Nights.
Part of the Winter Gardens complex but a theatre in its own right
is the Opera House [map],
which hosts some of the most hysterical performances in the UK. Great
comics including Frank Carson, Freddie Starr and Joe Longthorne have
conducted stand-up shows here in the past.
Blackpool’s most famous theatre The Grand [map]
is also a venue for comedy nights with the likes of comic legend Ken
Dodd performing for capacity crowds. The theatre also hosts many funny
plays and musicals for those in search of a different form of comedy.
Finally, the North Pier Theatre [map]
often plays host to comedy shows during the summer and late season,
the most recent being The Big Laughter Show, with comedians
such as Roy Walker taking part. There is also plenty of side-splittingly
funny entertainment for children here, when the likes of the Chuckle
Brothers and the Tower Circus are in town.
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