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DALISO CHAPONDA: 'WHAT THE AFRICAN SAID...' (UK Tour)
Thursday 24 May 2018
DALISO CHAPONDA: 'WHAT THE AFRICAN SAID...' (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

Britain’s Got Talent finalist and golden buzzer act, comedian Daliso Chaponda has announced his debut stand up tour for 2018 entitled ‘What The African Said…’.  The Malawian born stand up was a stand out star from this year’s show, finishing third in the popular talent show.

DALISO CHAPONDA: 'WHAT THE AFRICAN SAID...' (UK Tour)
Friday 25 May
DALISO CHAPONDA: 'WHAT THE AFRICAN SAID...' (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

EXTRA DATE

Britain’s Got Talent finalist and golden buzzer act, comedian Daliso Chaponda has announced his debut stand up tour for 2018 entitled ‘What The African Said…’.  The Malawian born stand up was a stand out star from this year’s show, finishing third in the popular talent show.

See More Book Tickets £15.5
DANE BAPTISTE: G. O. D (Gold. Oil. Drugs)
Friday 25 May
DANE BAPTISTE: G. O. D (Gold. Oil. Drugs)
Hen & Chicken Studio

RESCHEDULED DATE.

Fresh from hosting Live at the Apollo and another total sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Dane Baptiste brings his third smash hit show on national tour. Original, provocative and exceptionally crafted, G.O.D. (Gold. Oil.Drugs) explores our worldwide pursuit of wealth, power and pleasure.

See More Book Tickets £12.5
RICHARD HERRING: OH, FRIG, I'M 50! (Tour Extension)
Saturday 26 May
RICHARD HERRING: OH, FRIG, I'M 50! (Tour Extension)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

"Podfather” (the Guardian) and star of Radio 4’s Relativity, Richard Herring gets to the half century (against all odds) and  looks at how his life has changed in the last decade.

See More Book Tickets £18
Stand Up For The Weekend with ZOE LYONS & CO
Saturday 26 May
Stand Up For The Weekend with ZOE LYONS & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

As seen on Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and The John Bishop Show, terrifically charismatic Zoe Lyons takes a sideways view of life, picking out the many absurdities and turning them into hilarious routines. Plus guests.

See More Book Tickets £11
Stand Up For The Weekend with ANDREW DOYLE & CO
Saturday 2 June
Stand Up For The Weekend with ANDREW DOYLE & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Highly regarded writer and comedian Andrew Doyle is the co-writer of spoof journalist and internet sensation Jonathan Pie. He has also taken six solo stand-up shows to the Edinburgh Festival - "Fantastically funny” GQ Magazine

See More Book Tickets £11
ANDY HAMILTON: CHANGE MANAGEMENT (UK Tour)
Friday 8 June
ANDY HAMILTON: CHANGE MANAGEMENT (UK Tour)
Redgrave Theatre

Award winning comedian and comedy writer Andy Hamilton, co-creator of Outnumbered and Drop The Dead Donkey, and star of News Quiz, Have I Got News For Your and Q.I., is back with a brand new solo stage show.

Stand Up For The Weekend with PAUL MYREHAUG & CO
Saturday 16 June
Stand Up For The Weekend with PAUL MYREHAUG & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Canadian Paul Myrehaug is an international touring comedian with frequent appearances on TV, radio and at festivals all over the world. He is a sharp performer with a great stage presence and is an extremely fun comic to watch. Plus guests. 

See More Book Tickets £11
Stand Up For The Weekend with MARKUS BIRDMAN & CO
Saturday 23 June
Stand Up For The Weekend with MARKUS BIRDMAN & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Markus Birdman is one of British comedy's most experienced and well-travelled performers. In demand all over the UK and abroad, Markus is a veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe with many solo shows to his credit. “Second to none.” Adelaide Advertiser. Plus guests.

See More Book Tickets £11
Stand Up For The Weekend with IVO GRAHAM & CO
Saturday 30 June
Stand Up For The Weekend with IVO GRAHAM & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Ivo Graham's gauche charm belies a talent rarely seen in someone so young. The Eton alumnus combines insightful stories with a sharp witted presence that has rapidly gained him wide acclaim. Plus guests.

See More Book Tickets £11
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: CAREY MARX & LUCY PORTER
Wednesday 18 July
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: CAREY MARX & LUCY PORTER
Hen & Chicken Studio

CAREY MARX
"Sharp, sweet, cheeky, cynical, romantic and rude as he ever was." Chortle

LUCY PORTER
"Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes … Genuinely delightful" Telegraph

See More Book Tickets £9
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: PAUL SINHA & NIGEL NG
Thursday 19 July
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: PAUL SINHA & NIGEL NG
Hen & Chicken Studio

PAUL SINHA
"A show full of insight and delight" The Times

NIGEL NG
"Natural funnybones…as slick as they come" Chortle

See More Book Tickets £9
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: ALFIE BROWN & MICKY OVERMAN
Friday 20 July
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: ALFIE BROWN & MICKY OVERMAN
Hen & Chicken Studio

ALFIE BROWN
"A British Doug Stanhope" The Guardian

MICKY OVERMAN
"A keen comic mind" Chortle

See More Book Tickets £9
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: GLENN WOOL & JOHN HASTINGS
Monday 23 July
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: GLENN WOOL & JOHN HASTINGS
Hen & Chicken Studio

GLENN WOOL
"Lethally funny" Metro

JOHN HASTINGS
"Shockingly good" Montreal Gazette

See More Book Tickets £9
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: ABANDOMAN & TOM WARD
Tuesday 24 July
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: ABANDOMAN & TOM WARD
Hen & Chicken Studio

ABANDOMAN (AKA ROB BRODERICK)
"Killer punch lines. Note-perfect, lyrically mind-blowing improv...Genius!" - The Stage

TOM WARD
"A unique and genuinely exciting talent" The Herald

See More Book Tickets £9
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: JARRED CHRISTMAS & JIMMY McGHIE
Wednesday 25 July
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: JARRED CHRISTMAS & JIMMY McGHIE
Hen & Chicken Studio

JARRED CHRISTMAS
"Utterly hilarious" Time Out

JIMMY McGHIE
"One of the most accomplished hours of comedy" The Scotsman

See More Book Tickets £9
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: ANDREW LAWRENCE & JOHN LYNN
Thursday 26 July
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: ANDREW LAWRENCE & JOHN LYNN
Hen & Chicken Studio

ANDREW LAWRENCE
"Andrew Lawrence is superbly intelligent, highly articulate and deeply sour" The Spectator

JOHN LYNN
"Absolutely compelling" Chortle

See More Book Tickets £9
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: MARKUS BIRDMAN & LUISA OMIELAN
Friday 27 July
DOUBLE DECKERS COMEDY SERIES: MARKUS BIRDMAN & LUISA OMIELAN
Hen & Chicken Studio

MARKUS BIRDMAN
"Thought-provoking, hilarious stand-up" Edinburgh Reporter

LUISA OMIELAN
"Luisa is a phenomenon" The Independent

See More Book Tickets £9
BRIDGET CHRISTIE: WHAT NOW? (UK Tour)
Friday 7 September
BRIDGET CHRISTIE: WHAT NOW? (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

This new show from multi-award winning member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite, and star of her own Netflix special, is for you. Join Bridget Christie (Room 101, Have I Got News for You, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule) for a night of hope and despair.

See More Book Tickets £19
BRIDGET CHRISTIE: WHAT NOW? (UK Tour)
Saturday 8 September
BRIDGET CHRISTIE: WHAT NOW? (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

This new show from multi-award winning member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite, and star of her own Netflix special, is for you. Join Bridget Christie (Room 101, Have I Got News for You, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule) for a night of hope and despair.

See More Book Tickets £19
HAL CRUTTENDEN: CHUBSTER (UK Tour)
Friday 14 September
HAL CRUTTENDEN: CHUBSTER (UK Tour)
Redgrave Theatre

Hal Cruttenden's literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You're Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo. His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He's now on a diet.

RICH HALL'S HOEDOWN (UK Tour)
Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 September
RICH HALL'S HOEDOWN (UK Tour)
Redgrave Theatre

Rich Hall's Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. There’s stand-up, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping, shit-kicking good time to be had by all. Even if you don’t own a hoe.

JAMALI MADDIX: VAPE LORD (UK Tour)
Friday 21 September
JAMALI MADDIX: VAPE LORD (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Viceland’s Hate Thy Neighbour, Jamali Maddix is embarking on his first World Tour. He’ll be bringing brutally honest and unflinching material on the state of society along with personal tales from his travels around the world of hate and moral confrontation.

See More Book Tickets £14
MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE: DEVIL MAY CARE
Sunday 7 October
MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE: DEVIL MAY CARE
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

As we divide each other up into more and more unpleasant categories of evil, it is time to establish, once and for all, what is good and what is bad. Who better to arbitrate in these challenging divisive times than Lucifer himself? A new stand up show from multi-award winning comedian Marcus Brigstocke.

FELICITY WARD: BUSTING A NUT (UK Tour)
Friday 12 October
FELICITY WARD: BUSTING A NUT (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Fresh off the back of her new BBC Radio 4 series (Appisodes) and a Netflix special (Live from the BBC), multi-award winning comedian and regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast Felicity Ward embarks on her second nationwide tour with a brand new show.

See More Book Tickets £13
SAM AVERY: THE LEARNER PARENT (UK Tour)
Friday 19 October
SAM AVERY: THE LEARNER PARENT (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.

See More Book Tickets £18
ABANDOMAN (aka ROB BRODERICK): PIRATE RADIO (UK Tour)
Friday 26 October
ABANDOMAN (aka ROB BRODERICK): PIRATE RADIO (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Ireland’s finest hip-hop musical comedian is back on tour with his biggest show to date. Using his trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Rob Broderick will take you on a magical journey, transforming the audience’s likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales. 

See More Book Tickets £15
PHIL NICHOL: YOUR WRONG (UK Tour)
Friday 2 November
PHIL NICHOL: YOUR WRONG (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

The wild and wonderful veteran performer Phil Nichol tours his latest acclaimed show, Your Wrong. “A show that makes you laugh and think while you are watching, and then wakes you up in the night to laugh and think again.” The Scotsman

See More Book Tickets £15
MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE: DEVIL MAY CARE
Sunday 4 November
MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE: DEVIL MAY CARE
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

As we divide each other up into more and more unpleasant categories of evil, it is time to establish, once and for all, what is good and what is bad. Who better to arbitrate in these challenging divisive times than Lucifer himself? A new stand up show from multi-award winning comedian Marcus Brigstocke.

DAVID O'DOHERTY: YOU HAVE TO LAUGH (UK Tour)
Monday 5 November
DAVID O'DOHERTY: YOU HAVE TO LAUGH (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

Unhook your mindbras. David O’Doherty is back on tour with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. As seen on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

See More Book Tickets £20
DAVID O'DOHERTY: YOU HAVE TO LAUGH (UK Tour)
Tuesday 6 November
DAVID O'DOHERTY: YOU HAVE TO LAUGH (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

Unhook your mindbras. David O’Doherty is back on tour with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. As seen on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

See More Book Tickets £20
DAVID O'DOHERTY: YOU HAVE TO LAUGH (UK Tour)
Wednesday 7 November
DAVID O'DOHERTY: YOU HAVE TO LAUGH (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

Unhook your mindbras. David O’Doherty is back on tour with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. As seen on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

See More Book Tickets £20
DARREN HARRIOTT: VISCERAL (UK Tour)
Friday 9 November
DARREN HARRIOTT: VISCERAL (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee Darren Harriott, returns with a brand new show, following recent appearances on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), and Fighting Talk (BBC Radio 5 Live).

See More Book Tickets £16
DR PHIL HAMMOND: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NHS?
Sunday 18 November
DR PHIL HAMMOND: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NHS?
REDGRAVE THEATRE

TOUR EXTENSION

Nye Bevan's beautiful baby is 70 this year, but will she make a ton? A decade of austerity with a Brexit cherry on top has brought her to her knees. Do we just keep doing what we're doing, or is it time for a radical rethink? Dr Phil Hammond looks back to the start of the NHS and forward to the future.

SARA PASCOE: LadsLadsLads (UK TOUR)
Thursday 22 & Friday 23 November
SARA PASCOE: LadsLadsLads (UK TOUR)
Redgrave Theatre

Following a sell-out run in London’s West End, the multi-award winning comedian, Sara Pascoe, and star of Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Taskmaster, takes her new, hugely personal show on tour. “She is a comic in her prime” The Times

GEOFF NORCOTT: TRADITIONALISM (UK Tour)
Friday 23 November
GEOFF NORCOTT: TRADITIONALISM (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

The star of BBC2’s The Mash Report and Live At The Apollo takes to the road with his latest show direct from the Edinburgh Festival. The world is changing at a dizzying rate, and Geoff Norcott is trying to hold modern views, but worries that tradition is becoming a dirty word.

See More Book Tickets £13
DANIEL SLOSS: X (UK Tour)
Friday 30 November
DANIEL SLOSS: X (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Don’t miss the stunning new show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning comedy star, Daniel Sloss, who is fast becoming one of the world's biggest comedy names! "Simply world class… hilarious" Herald Sun, Australia

See More Book Tickets £15.5
THE THINKING DRINKERS: PUB CRAWL (UK Tour)
Friday 7 December
THE THINKING DRINKERS: PUB CRAWL (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

The Thinking Drinkers are back on tour with a brand-new, hilarious, intoxicating bar-hop through history. The award-winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and the secret Speakeasy.

See More Book Tickets £16
PAUL FOOT: IMAGE CONSCIOUS (UK Tour)
Friday 22 February 2019
PAUL FOOT: IMAGE CONSCIOUS (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Award-winning "deranged genius" Paul Foot is back with his latest collection of sublime witterings. You may have seen him on Never Mind The Buzzcocks or Would I Lie To You, now you can see him live in all his surrealist glory.

See More Book Tickets £15


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Seating

Generally speaking, all Comedy Box events at venues we utilise have unallocated seating. However, many (but not all) weekend events at the Hen & Chicken incorporate table seating, so these seats will be allocated on arrival, meaning that customers will be sat together where possible. See below.

Hen & Chicken events

Most Comedy Box shows at the Hen & Chicken are cabaret-style with table-seating (see below). Some shows, especially touring shows, may be switched to theatre-style row seating at the request of the performer or to allow increased capacity where necessary.

When a show is theatre-style the seats are unallocated but you may still be guided to your seats by an usher.

Table-seating

When a show at the Hen & Chicken is cabaret-style all tables seat up to six people. We always allocate seating on arrival from the front of the room i.e. backwards from the stage. This makes for a better atmosphere if we are not full and guarantees that front tables are occupied which is crucial for a live comedy show. Not because we want audience members to be "picked on", but because the comedians like to see people's faces and be able to interact. 

We allocate tables according to group size and we always try to seat parties together. If your party is smaller than six people then it is very likely that you will be sharing with people you don't know.

LARGE GROUPS: If you want to sit together it is necessary to arrive early. The later you arrive the chances are your group will be split up, although we will do our best to accommodate you.

If you know the size of your group and you want to sit together we must be able to see all of your tickets or web ticket print-out(s) before we allocate you a table or tables. You will not be able to "save" seats or tables for customers in your party who are not present - unless you can produce actual tickets or web tickets on their behalf.

We recommend that you organise your group to arrive in the pub downstairs, distribute the tickets to them if you have booked them yourself, then come to the front desk upstairs when you are ready. If you have booked your tickets online, bring your web ticket to the front desk and we will exchange your web ticket for individual tickets. The sooner you arrive after doors open the better chances you have of sitting together.

The Comedy Box tries to operate a flexible seating allocation system to accommodate different customers' needs. We don’t reserve (or pre-allocate) tables in advance but we will try to seat groups together. On arrival at the venue we will allocate tables according to the size of your group on a first-come-first-served basis. If you are coming to a popular show and you have organised a large group it is in your interests to arrive as early as possible to get the best positioned tables. Late arrivals will be able to get seats but we cannot guarantee to seat your party together.

Late arrivals

We reserve the right to refuse admission until the interval if you or your party don't arrive until after the show has started. This is to avoid unnecessary disruption to the show and to other audience members.