Comedy is King this Season at The Atkinson

Comedy is King this Season at The Atkinson

Life is tough enough so take some time out and come along to one of the great comedy nights this season at The Atkinson.

Well-known funny men Mark Thomas, Phill Jupitus, Paul Chowdhry, Matte Forde and Simon Day are amongst a top line-up set to cheer you up as the nights go darker!

First up is rising star, Tom Allen who is touring his debut show Absolutely. Already making a huge name for himself, he has already supported Sarah Millican worldwide and sold out Edinburgh.

“…riotous stuff, perfectly delivered” – ★★★★ Scotsman

You will recognise him from 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Virtually Famous, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 and heard on Radio 4’s Just a Minute. Come and see him on Friday 15 September, tickets £12, before he becomes too famous!

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed is the third part of our favourite campaigning comic’s theatrical trilogy, following the much revered Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed.

He returns to the place where it all began – the Red Shed, a labour club in Wakefield – to celebrate the club’s 50th birthday as he concludes this tour of his award-winning, highly acclaimed performance.

Mark Thomas’ story telling is masterful, creating a vivid picture in the mind of the audience that will last long afterwards” ★★★★★ – Everything Theatre

The Red Shed at The Atkinson on Wednesday 20 September, tickets £15 / £12 concessions. Recommended for ages 16+

Following the UKs most important referendum until the next one, Matt Forde celebrates why it’s great/awful that we’re in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next.

The UKs leading political comedian and host of Unspun presents a show completely changed by events which haven’t yet happened. Ultra-topical comedy as seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Mock the Week, The One Show and Question Time. Now, with added Trump!

A first-class comic” – The Guardian

As seen on The Royal Variety Performance 2015 (ITV), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Mock the Week (BBC Two) and Question Time (BBC One).

Matt Forde: A SHOW HASTILY REWRITTEN IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS – AGAIN!  at The Atkinson Friday 13 October, tickets £15.

Simon Day, the Fast Show star revives four much-loved characters. Billy Bleach: the pub bore. Geoffrey Allerton: confirmed bachelor and unpublished Yorkshire poet. Tony Beckton: one of Britain’s most dangerous men and Brian Pern: prog rocker and humanitarian.

Billy Bleach – the fast show pub bore and star of 2003 ‘grass’ witness protection comedy, available at amazon and soon on BBC store. He will be speaking to the public for the first time since being in rehab for gambling and constant overt sexist remarks in the pub.

Geoffrey Allerton – confirmed bachelor and unpublished Yorkshire poet Geoffrey will be reading from his poetry collection ‘Marking Time’.

Tony Beckton – one of Britain’s most dangerous men and habitual criminal who has served over 27 years in various prisons, Tony will be reading from his memoirs ‘BEYOND REASON’ and discussing the problems he faces trying to go straight and not head-butt any traffic wardens.

Brian Pern – prog rocker and humanitarian Brian will perform a piece involving music and some modern dance.  Brian can be seen on BBC 4 and in the BBC store.

Simon Day: In Character at The Atkinson on Wednesday 25 October, tickets £20.

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.

“… a true comic talent” – Manchester Evening News

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. He has  toured the UK with his stand-up, is a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies As yet Untitled (Dave), a panellist on the award winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t  a Clue  and he has presented numerous radio documentaries. He is not a stranger to the theatre either having played Bottom in Bath Theatre Royal’s production of Midsummer’s Night Dream, starred  in The Producers with Jason Manford and played Edna Turnblad in the hit musical Hairspray.

Catch his new show Phill Jupitus – Juplicity at The Atkinson on Saturday 11 November, tickets £15.

The North West’s favourite Justin Moorhouse returns , after touring  last year’s show, of which The Guardian said “the amount of first-rate comic craft that goes into his deceptively simple routines is worthy of admiration” he’s had a think about people. And feelings. About people Justin knows, their feelings and how he feels about them. And they about him. It’ll be a (very) funny show. Promise.

“He charms the pants off the crowd” – The Sunday Times

From Live at the Apollo, Phoenix Nights, The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4) and Fighting Talk (BBC 5Live). A little slimmer but still as “belly laugh funny” (Manchester Evening News), everyone’s favourite northern charmer is back on the road and better than ever.

Justin Moorhouse: People’s and Feelings is on Friday 24November, tickets £15 / £5 unwaged* (proof required).

Paul Chowdhry returns to Southport after his last sell out show here in 2015 with Live Innit.

It’s a rare and joyous thing to see a stand up so vibrant and imperiously on top of his game” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – The Mail on Sunday

The 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 venues nationwide. The perfect pre-Christmas treat on Wednesday 20 December, tickets £20.

Our monthly Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club is going from strength to strength. With 3 comedians every first Saturday of the month – it’s a jam packed night of new and established talent. Hosted by Damion Larkin tickets are £17.50 doors / £15 advance / £40 season ticket (September –December events only).

This Christmas we have a comedy club with a difference – it’s for family audiences. Comedy Club for Kids – Christmas Cracker! offers the finest Christmas Cracker jokes, tinsel tomfoolery, festive funnies and even Santa doing stand-up!

‘A highlight for children… giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy with the fun, rowdy feel of a real comedy club.’ The Guardian

Starring Comedy Club 4 Kids’ regular host Ternan Douieb himself, Howard Read of ‘Little Howard’ and CBBC fame, and a special guest – another of the comedy circuit’s finest – this show will be jam-packed with a whole heap of Christmas Comedy Fun to get you in the mood for the BIG DAY (you know, when the big red jolly guy comes down the chimney).  Saturday 16 December, £8 / £6 children / £24 family. Suitable for ages 6+

To book go online at call 01704 533333 – booking fees apply.*

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Now on sale for 2018!

Daliso Chaponda – What the African Said – Thursday 28 April

Ed Byrne- Spoiler Alert – Saturday 28 April

Dave Spikey – Juggling on a Motorbike – Friday 26 October



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Tom Allen: Absolutely

Friday 15 September, 8pm



Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

Wednesday 20 September, 8pm

£15 / £12 concession


Matt Forde

Friday 13 October, 8pm



Simon Day: In Character

Wednesday 25 October, 8pm



Phill Jupitus: Juplicity

Saturday 11 November, 8pm



Justin Moorhouse: People & Feelings

Friday 24 November, 8pm

£15 (£5 unwaged)


Paul Chowdhry: Live Innit

Wednesday 20 December, 8pm



Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office.



About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. The stunning 19th century buildings were refurbished in 2013 to create a really welcoming family friendly multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


Find out about Sefton’s heritage with amazing tales of the sea, Red Rum, Dan Dare and Motor racing in the Museum and then ‘Discover Ancient Egypt’   in our Egyptology Gallery, this remarkable collection of archaeology was  discovered by Mrs Goodison from Bootle and until 2015 had not been seen for over 40 years.


Our lovely gift shop  is well worth a visit, with its handmade in Merseyside jewellery and crafts collection and Southport memorabilia and then relax in our new café – Great Little Place opening in September 2017.



Posted on 16 August 2017 under General news

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