Where to watch live comedy in Manchester

Manchester is known to have an exciting nightlife scene and has also played host to a brilliant array of live musicians, but is also a veritable comedy capital, having some of the best stand-up comedians make their start in this beautiful city. Here's a guide to some of the places in Manchester that hold regular comedy shows, so take a look and compare tickets below!

Frog & Bucket

At the centre of comedy in Manchester is the Frog & Bucket, nestled on the border of the famous Northern Quarter. Since the 90s, the Frog & Bucket has had some of the best comedians through its doors honing their art, with the likes of Johnny Vegas and Peter Kay often found compering their weekend shows. It also played host to Liverpool native John Bishop’s first ever gig during an amateur night, and it doesn’t stop there, Lee MackRoss NobleJason Manford and Chris Addison have all been welcomed onto to their stage at one time or another. Take a seat on their well-worn sofas, sip a drink, and be ready to cry with laughter watching Britain’s up and coming comedians. Don’t forget to check out the blue plaque and mourn the comedians who have ‘died’ onstage at the hands of a hecklers!

With the club open four days each week, make sure to grab tickets now to one of their great comedy nights. Pop in on a Monday to catch their ‘Beat the Frog’, the open mic night, or get tickets for their weekend ‘Barrel of Laughs’ shows!

How to get there: 102 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LJ

Chorlton Irish Club

On the first Friday of every month, the Chorlton Irish Club host their very own live stand-up comedy night. In the past, they have had great acts such as John BishopJason Manford and Justin Moorhouse grace their stage. The club was formed in 1956 by the Irish Association as a non-political organised body of Irish people to provide social amenities and information for other Irish. Today the club still operates on a charitable basis, hosting an array of classes and events for the local community. Grab tickets for their monthly comedy nights now and soak in a bit of Irish culture on the way!

How to get there: 17 High Ln, Manchester M21 9DJ

The Comedy Store

When considering comedy in Manchester, you can’t forget The Comedy Store in Deansgate, a 500-seat, purpose built venue. The theatre style auditorium gives the audience the luxurious feeling of a larger arena style show, whilst still maintaining that closeness with the artists on stage. Their Stand-Up Thursdays feature three comedians performing extended sets, with Fridays and Saturdays dedicated to The Best in Stand-Up. The weekend ends with their King Gongnight, where the freshest aspiring comedians take to the stage and attempt to go up against the famous Comedy Store gong! The venue is a licensed premises though, so make sure you’re over 18 before you try to get tickets!

How to get there: Arches 3 and 4, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH