In more recent years the comedy scene has become a much more popular source of entertainment in the UK. Comedians are now held in a similar regard to actors, musicians and television personalities. Some argue this is due to the mainstream popularity reached by BBC’s Live at the Apollo and its offshoot Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. With a greater demand comes greater supply and now its hard to turn on the TV and tune in for any discernible amount of time without stumbling across a comedy special, panel show or even a comedian appearing on a chat show.
With this step in to the mainstream public’s consciousness comedians are desired as a form of entertainment more than ever, meaning they are starting to step up out of the dark, dingy comedy clubs and in to town halls, arenas and even, dare I say it, stadiums. Its hard to deny that this is happening – Michael McIntyre recently raked in £21m from a 71 date arena tour which included a ten night residency at the 02 arena in London. As the want for comedians as a form of live entertainment swells, the supply has to meet the demand. It’s with this in mind that we bring to you a list of the must see comedians playing the York barbican in the near future. Enjoy.
SEAN LOCK – MAY 28th – BARBICAN
Most well known for his residency as a team captain on the channel 4 com panel show 8 out of 10 Cats, Lock’s absurd and often rather confusing brand of comedy draws on faux-stories, observationalist musings and blunt honesty. The premise of the show centres on an ironic look in to the mind of a ‘purple van man’, parodying the social attitudes of the notorious ‘white van man’. Silly voices and nonsensical ramblings to be expected.
CHRIS RAMSEY – OCTOBER 7th – BASEMENT
The Geordie jokester Chris Ramsey is embarking on a mammoth tour in 2013 that trails very much in to next year. Landing at The Basement below City Screen for his first headline Hyena Lounge show, Ramsey has just come off the back of a sell-out, twice extended 2012 tour, having delivered his cheeky style of comedy to thousands of happy punters on the way. His new show sees him using a run-in with on-censorship as a starting point to launch into a ramble about life, focusing on how timing can get you in hot water. Sure to sell out, so book up before it’s too late!
ED BYRNE – OCTOBER 15TH – BARBICAN
Irish funny man Ed Byrne is making his debut in the grand old city of York this October. The Gaelic comedian will be bringing his warm feelings towards hitting the big four zero to the Barbican in his new show, Roaring Forties. In contrast to the negative views on middle age that most people seem to have, Byrne embraces the mid life crisis he is entering, self-confessing as having been a “miserable git” since he was 23 years young. A panel show favourite and having released three stand up DVDs to critical acclaim, Ed’s live show is definitely not to be missed.
REGINALD D HUNTER – NOVEMBER 22nd – BARBICAN
Born in Albany, Georgia, the award winning comedian is back on tour, showcasing his new act; The Midst of Crackers. Never one to shy away from controversy, Reg has been making audiences howl with laugter since the mid 90s but got his first real break in 2005 on Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Since then he’s run laps round the UK, released his debut stand up DVD and made the comedy panel show circuit his own. Expect to cry with laughter and cringe with awkwardness as Hunter embarks upon his new tour and undoubtedly will blow the roof off the Barbican.