12 great stand-up shows coming to Suffolk and Essex this year

Comedian Milton Jones. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

Comedian Milton Jones. Picture: Steve Ullathorne - Credit: Archant

A variety of top comedians are playing Suffolk and Essex theatres in 2017 so book your tickets today and get ready to chortle, chuckle, titter and guffaw at some great stand-up shows.

Susan Calman. Photo by Steve ullathorne.

Susan Calman. Photo by Steve ullathorne. - Credit: Archant

Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm

Colchester Mercury, May 21

It’s Susan Calman’s tenth year in comedy and she’s back with a brand new show. You may have seen or heard her on shows like QI, Have I Got News For You or Mock the Week; now you have the opportunity to see her in person and she’s ready to create a storm, to set the record straight, to give it to the man (whoever he is). Ninety minutes of comedy that you will enjoy if you’re over 16, like what she does, and won’t be so drunk that she has to throw you out.

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Joel Dommett: Live 2017

Ipswich Regent, September 28

This energetic comedian is on the road with his solo show, Joel Dommett: LIVE, and brings his brand of high octane comedy to Ipswich in September. The star of 2016’s ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ and Sky1’s ‘Bring The Noise’ came onto the comedy scene in 2007 and has received critical acclaim for his Edinburgh Fringe shows. He has also appeared in television shows including; Impractical Jokers (BBC3) and Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC).

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Comedian Russell Brand brought his new tour to the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Matt Crockett Photography

Comedian Russell Brand brought his new tour to the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Matt Crockett Photography - Credit: Archant

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Russell Brand - Re: Birth

Ipswich Regent, December 4

The controversial comedian is bringing his new tour to Ipswich. The latest show is inspired by the birth of his daughter and he says: “Once you’ve had a baby you’re a parent and immediately you go from being a madman(cool) to a mad dad (not cool). How can you be a dangerous, edgy, rebel with a tiny, little daughter?” The June gig is nearly sold out but tickets are still available when he returns to the town later in the year.

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Paul Chowdhry: Live innit

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, December 17

Following his 2015 100 date sell-out tour, comedy powerhouse and star of ‘Taskmaster’, ‘Live at The Apollo’ and ‘Stand Up for the Week’, Paul Chowdhry, brings his highly anticipated new stand-up show to Suffolk.

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Rich Hall

Rich Hall - Credit: Archant

Rich Hall: Live 2017

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, October 24

Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. The American-born comedian is renowned for his expertly crafted tirades, quick fire banter with audiences and delightful musical sequences. Now he saddles up and hitches his wagon to tour the British Isles once again.

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Stewart Lee: Content Provider

Colchester Mercury, June 6 & 7

After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.

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Jeremy Hardy

Jeremy Hardy - Credit: Archant

Jeremy Hardy: Live 2017

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, October 1

Jeremy Hardy is in his fourth decade as a stand-up this year. He is well known for his appearances on ‘The News Quiz’ and ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’, and television credits include ‘QI’ (BBC1), ‘Mock The Week’ (BBC2) and Grumpy Old Men (BBC1). He is also on the road all year round and has never stopped doing live shows since 1984. After briefly hibernating in the winter, he’s back out on the road in 2017.

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Katy Brand: I was a teenage Christian

Colchester Arts Centre, June 23

This hit Edinburgh Festival show is an honest, fascinating and funny exploration of Katy Brand’s self-imposed conversion and total immersion in evangelical Christianity.Katy performed her first professional comedy gig in a London pub in 2004, before joining acclaimed sketch comedy troupe Ealing Live!, and touring around the country with her own show. She won a British Comedy award for her TV sketch series ‘Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show’ in 2008 and has since written for and appeared in numerous films, TV programmes and radio shows.

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Reginald D Hunter. Picture: DANIEL CHESTERTON/STELLA PICTURES - Credit: Daniel Chesterton/Stella Pictures

Some People v Reginald D Hunter

Ipswich Corn Exchange, June 9

Reginald D Hunter returns to the UK with his brand new show following a hugely successful year performing across Europe. In the years that he has been living and performing in the UK, his searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. Reginald’s appearances on television have included ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ and his own ‘Songs Of The South’ which documented his epic road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song.

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Milton Jones is Out There

Ipswich Regent, November 10

Milton Jones is Out There and this time he hasn’t just forgotten his keys. In his brand new show he’ll be talking about his life so far - the ups, the downs - and why buying his own see-saw was the best decision he ever made. Famous for his one-liners and puns, Milton Jones is a previous Perrier Best Newcomer and Nominee, Sony Award winner and British Comedy Award nominee. He regularly appears on TV shows including Mock the Week (BBC2) and Live at the Apollo (BBC1) and he has headlined Dave’s One Night Stand (DAVE).

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Phill Jupitus. Picture: Max Nash/PA Wire

Phill Jupitus. Picture: Max Nash/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Phill Jupitus: Juplicity

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, December 6

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart, Phill Jupitus, for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight, and/or horror, as this experienced funny man smashes laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years.

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The All-Star Stand-Up Tour

Felixstowe Spa Pavillion, June 9

The Tour is back with three top comedians on stage alongside returning compere Jarred Christmas. This year’s line-up includes Canadian one-liner king and star of ‘Mock The Week’, Stewart Francis, from ‘Phoenix Nights’ and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ Justin Moorhouse, and Mike Gunn who has appeared on ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ and supported Lee Mack on tour.

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Some performers are playing more than one local venue so if you miss one, check to see if you can catch them elsewhere.