ESP’S comedy columnist can’t wait for the laughs to make a return, so while we were disappointed to miss out on our fill of comedy fun earlier this year Sarah Slack has a round up of the comedy gigs she’s most looking forward to… fingers crossed!

Top 5 Rescheduled Comedy Gigs Coming to Peterborough

With local theatres in lockdown and with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival cancelled, it’s an understatement that 2020 has been a tough year for both comedy fans and the overall industry.  Whilst the future of live comedy is looking uncertain however, if theatres are allowed to open this winter then it’s a promising sign that there’s a great range of shows coming to Peterborough which have been rescheduled from their original summer dates.  That’s why I’ve put together this hopefully optimistic selection of 2020 winter shows to both help ESP readers see what’s available at the end of this year, but to also help support our local theatres during this difficult time…

Viral sensation Rachel Parris, star of The Mash Report, presents a comedy show packed with standup, song, sketch, and inevitably a sideways swipe at society.

Performing at the Key Theatre, in this tour show she showcases some of her best bits, from her trademark comic anthems, to her all-too relatable, bittersweet standup, alongside brand new material looking at the insane events of this year.

Monday 16 November 2020 – David Baddiel: Trolls Not the Dolls

Following his five-star Olivier-nominated hit My Family: Not The Sitcom, David Baddiel will be returning to Peterborough with a brand new one-man show, Trolls: Not The Dolls.  Performing at the Cresset, David has always seen online trolls as hecklers, and if a comedian gets heckled, it is their duty not to ignore the heckler, but to wittily put them down.

Over the years, David has spent a lot of time doing this, which has led him to think that there might be a show in it: a show that would say something about how we live now.

One of the UK’s most popular comedians returns for what must be his 1000th performance in Peterborough (!), however his shows have always sold well and after months in lockdown audiences may be grateful for some shock comedy from one of the industry’s most controversial comics.

Performing at the New Theatre, Jimmy Carr knows that terrible things happen in life but he believes the best way to cope is to make jokes about those events, so here’s hoping 2020 has given him plenty of material to joke about!

This highly anticipated show from one of the biggest names in the industry was originally scheduled for April, but thankfully comedy legend Frank Skinner has rescheduled his latest UK tour and will be bringing his critically acclaimed stand-up show Showbiz to Peterborough for one night only.

Performing at the New Theatre, the show has previously sold out a five-week run at the West End’s Garrick Theatre, and prior to lockdown Frank had also performed sold-out runs of the show at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, the Edinburgh fringe, and a 45-date national UK tour.

Critically acclaimed comedian Chris Ramsey will be continuing his biggest ever stand-up tour at the end of the year, which includes a November date at the Cresset.

Chris was a fan favourite when he performed on Strictly Come Dancing last year and he is also the co-host of podcast ‘Shagged Married Annoyed’ with his wife Rosie, which as of writing has been downloaded over 25 million times. Described as “a brilliantly engaging natural storyteller” by the Evening Standard, this show has nearly sold out so make sure you book your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

Sarah Slack

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