The Great Yorkshire Fringe returns for its fifth year this month, bringing the best in comedy, music, theatre and cabaret back to the heart of York.

This year the fringe is found in more city centre venues than ever before – as well as its unique temporary home on Parliament Street.

  • Thu Jul 18 – Sun Jul 28
  • York city centre
  • From free
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At the heart of the festival is comedy. Stand up stars, sketch shows and hotly-tipped newcomers are all heading to York on a mission to make you laugh your socks off.

Look out for Paul Sinha performing on Parliament Street in a show that mixes his best bits and new material about how a couple of drinks can change your life, and York favourite Henning Wehn performing at the Barbican in a show that is more like a call to arms.

Multi-award winning newcomer Janine Harouni debuts her highly anticipated show about standing up for what you believe in, and New Comedian of the Year 2016 Eshaan Akbar asks the important question of what does it take to be a man these days?

Here’s a few of the comedy shows to start to tickle your fancy. And here are all the shows at this year’s Great Yorkshire Fringe.

Cracking comedy

Lucy Beaumont: Work in Progress

Lucy Beaumont: Work in Progress
Fri Jul 19 @ 7.00 pm
Parliament Street
York, YO1 8XS United Kingdom + Google Map

Lucy is a hugely talented comedy actress and writer. She is the writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s To Hull and Back which aired its third series in early 2018.

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Paul Sinha: Hazy Little Thing Called Love (Work In Progress)

Paul Sinha: Hazy Little Thing Called Love (Work In Progress)
Fri Jul 19 @ 7.30 pm
Parliament Street
York, YO1 8XS United Kingdom + Google Map

A mixture of best bits and new material for Paul's next touring show about the life-changing effect a couple of drinks can have.

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NOTFLIX: The Improvised Musical

NOTFLIX: The Improvised Musical
Fri Jul 19 @ 8.30 pm
Parliament Street
York, YO1 8XS United Kingdom + Google Map

NOTFLIX combines the taste profiles of a room full of theatre go-ers to create a brilliantly hilarious and completely improvised viewing experience – a full musical!

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Gyles Brandreth: Break A Leg!

Sun Jul 21 @ 3.00 pm
Parliament Street
York, YO1 8XS United Kingdom + Google Map

Gyles delivers a dazzling evening of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.

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Eshaan Akbar: Work In Progress

Eshaan Akbar: Work In Progress
Mon Jul 22 @ 7.00 pm
Parliament Street
York, YO1 8XS United Kingdom + Google Map

What does it take to be a man these days? After #MeToo, incel attacks and man buns, Eshaan Akbar explores masculinity and his relationship with men, women, and himself.

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Georgie Morrell: Eyecon (Ed Fringe Preview)

Georgie Morrell: Eyecon (Ed Fringe Preview)
Wed Jul 24 @ 6.45 pm
Parliament Street
York, YO1 8XS United Kingdom + Google Map

Join award-nominated comedian and one-eyed legend Georgie Morrell as she explores disability and celebrity.

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Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere
Wed Jul 24 @ 7.00 pm
John Cooper Studio @ 41 Monkgate
41 Monkgate
York, YO31 7PB United Kingdom
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Comedy legend Tony Slattery reveals all in candid conversation with comedy historian Robert Ross

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Alun Cochrane: Brave New Alun

Alun Cochrane: Brave New Alun
Thu Jul 25 @ 7.00 pm
John Cooper Studio @ 41 Monkgate
41 Monkgate
York, YO31 7PB United Kingdom
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Strap. The heck. In! No more Mr Nice Person!

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Henning Wehn: Get On With It

Henning Wehn: Get On With It
Fri Jul 26 @ 8.00 pm - Sat Jul 27 @ 8.00 pm
York Barbican
Paragon St
York, YO10 4NT
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You couldn’t make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out yet another new show?

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The Kagools: Cirque du Kagool

Sat Jul 27 @ 5.00 pm
Parliament Street
York, YO1 8XS United Kingdom + Google Map

The multi-award winning physical comedy duo bring a brand new hour of pure joy and anarchic buffoonery to Great Yorkshire Fringe.

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Stand Up With Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated)

Stand Up With Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated)
Sat Jul 27 @ 8.30 pm
Parliament Street
York, YO1 8XS United Kingdom + Google Map

Catch multi award-winning newcomer Janine Harouni in her highly anticipated debut show about standing up for what you believe in, even if you have to do it really nicely.

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Juliette Burton: Defined

Juliette Burton: Defined
Sun Jul 28 @ 4.00 pm
Parliament Street
York, YO1 8XS United Kingdom + Google Map

Award-winning comedian Juliette is full of contradictions: pessimistic optimist? Introverted extrovert? Successful failure? Masculine or feminine? Happy or sad? Mentally ill or healthy? Why must we ch...

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Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness

Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness
Sun Jul 28 @ 7.30 pm
John Cooper Studio @ 41 Monkgate
41 Monkgate
York, YO31 7PB United Kingdom
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If you ever want to go to outer space, the probability of you ever getting the job is 0.0007%. That didn't stop Isa from spending most of her life trying to become an astronaut. Did she get any closer...

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