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With 11 Christmas comedy events, who needs partridges anyway?

Written by
Marissa Burgess

There may not be, quite, 12 days of comedy mentioned here but there are still plenty of comedy events to lead your way up to Christmas and the New Year. So Leeds, strap on the tinsel, pop in the baubles and make like a Christmas tree and get yourself down to this little lot. Five gold rings? Pah. Though watch out for those maids a milking.

Comedy Cellar, Verve, Tue Dec 1, free
Such is the dedication of this open mic gig they're putting on the comedy every Tuesday right up until 22nd, only then taking a well earned break until the 12th January.

Noel Fielding, O2 Academy, Wed Dec 2, currently sold out
The rescheduled gig from earlier in the year when the bouffanted one had to postpone, possibly due to a hair crisis (or even unavoidable filming commitments). Expect some gloriously surreal creations, some familiar characters and, of course, ineffable cool.

Comedy Kaiju, Hirst's Yard, Wed Dec 2, £2
Settling nicely into its new home at Hirst's Yard after moving from Wharf Chambers, Dave Rivers' long running Comedy Kaiju night continues. There's a headline set from the Hull based upbeat comic Jed Salisbury, so he's not got too far to come...

Comedy Sessions, HiFi Club, Fri 4, 11, 18 & Sat 5, 12, 19, Dec, £10 - £14
The HiFi branches out to two nights for the three week run up to Christmas. Take in the likes of BBC Comedy Award winner in 2011 Angela Barnes, the always joyful Dan Nightingale, Newcastle comic Mickey Hutton and the country dwelling Rob Rouse.

Jongleurs, Tiger Tiger, Thu 10/17, Fri 4/11/18 & Sat 5/12/19, Dec, from £16.50
Meanwhile, Jongleurs adds an extra couple of Thursdays to their December dates. See the likes of scary red lady Mandy Knight, Northern Irish mischief maker Martin Mor, the raw energy of Simon Bligh and former sports writer Eddy Brimson.

Frankie Boyle, Town Hall, Wed Dec 9, £20
He frequently hits the headlines for his controversial gags and it has to be said, he's not afraid of producing an edgy remark. But there's far more to Boyle than that and this show demonstrates it better than ever. Passionately political and socially aware, as well as cuttingly funny.

Sitting Room Comedy, Belgrave Music Hall, Thu Dec 10, £10
The monthly comedy night this time around with a headline set from the multi-talented John Gordillo, star of his own MTV series Marlon Davis, fingers in lots of comedy pies Michael Legge and compere extraordinaire Dan Nightingale.

Michael McIntyre, First Direct Arena, Thu 10 & Fri 11, £35
To many he's the best thing since sliced bread and to some he's just sliced bread but one thing you can't deny, he's earned his following. Spending many years on the circuit honing that uncanny talent for nailing an observation, he's earned his arena gigs.

Christmas Cabaret, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Thu 10 – Sat 12, £15
A whole host of sparkly delights in the lead up to Christmas. A collection of musicians, drag acts, comedians and live artists – there'll be plenty of funnies in there. A star of La Clique and La Soiree plus a possessor of a dry wit – Miss Behave hosts.

Kill for a Seat, Seven Arts, Wed Dec 30, £11 (£9 conc)
Thoroughly fed up with Brussel sprout butties? So many satsumas you've turned a bit orange? Well get yourself off to Kill For a Seat in Christmas week. With the suitable festive darkness of Gein's Family Gift Shop and the creative use of a computer by Lost Voice Guy.

NYE Comedy Sessions, HiFi Club, Thu Dec 31, £20
The HiFi rounds off 2015 with a final great line up of comics. There's laid back storyteller Alan Cochrane, cheeky Oldham fella Alex Boardman, bear of a man Ben Schofield and Ardal O'Hanlon lookalike Andrew Ryan. Merry new January Leeds!


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