You know the warm, addictive sensation which tickles your inners and at times leaves you gasping for breath? Yes, we're speaking of laughter, of course, and what's the critical factor to laughter? No, not cute cat videos - even though they're great - the answer is live comedy in the Bay this Autumn/Winter.
When you're in the mood for a good old chuckle, you'll probably watch a Netflix stand up comedy special by either Dave Chappell or Louis CK or switch to Channel 4 for a snort at national treasure Jimmy Carr. Who doesn't enjoy a night of laughter right? So, we've put together a guide to tempt you out of the house and into the Bay's diverse programme of comedy.
The 8 out of 10 Cats hosts, Jimmy Carr, is gracing the Bay with his 'The Best Of, Ultimate Gold, Greatest Hits Tour' at the Princess Theatre in Torquay on Sunday 15 October. Jimmy Carr's iconic status, distinctive dark humour and deadpan delivery are sure to deliver some comedy gold into your evening.
Watching the likes of Jimmy Carr at the Princess Theatre and Lee Nelson at the Palace Theatre (earlier this month) is great, but what about getting even more up close and personal. On Saturday 14 October, Tom Houghton and George Rigden join Angela Barnes and Richard James for an intimate night of jokes at Torre Abbey's chapel.
The event is brought to you by the same team that transformed the 11th-century building into a music festival earlier this year; Grinagog. It's the first of a season of 'Grinagiggles' that will take place at Torre Abbey. The second installment of 'Grinagiggles' will have the audience in hysterics when the brilliant Troy Hawke for a Christmas special on Saturday 2 December.
In-between 'Grinagiggles' and following sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris Read bring their infectious mix of comedy, melody, poetry and best-matery to the Palace Theatre in Paignton. Making comedy-jazz-rap a thing, their songs range from panda repopulation to coming of age to Robot Wars, and they bring love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.
The controversial and, more recent, spiritual figure of Russell Brand, will be at the Princess Theatre on Saturday 25 November, as part of his Re:Birth tour. What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from? Following a series of sold-out preview shows, Russell Brand wrestles with these questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death.
That's five of the best comedy gigs to whet your appetite and get you laughing all around the Bay. Share your one liners and pics from a giggle with us on Facebook and twitter #TheShorely.
Jimmy Carr (Sunday 15 October) and Russell Brand (Saturday 25 November) are at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. Tickets £31.65. Grinagigs (Saturday 14 October and Sunday 2 December) at Torre Abbey. Tickets £12. Harry and Chris (9 November) at the Palace Theatre, Paignton. Tickets 12. Age restrictions apply.
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