UK's top comedy cities ranked | And no surprise which is at No1 © Pierre Rosa / Pixabay

UK's top comedy cities ranked

And no surprise which is at No1

comedyThe UK’s most popular cities for comedy have been ranked – and no surprise that London comes first.

It’s followed by Glasgow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham in that order.

The list was compiled by Blackpool Grand Theatre, which totted up the number of comedy venues in the eighty most populous UK cities, and combined that data with the number of notable comedians born in each of those cities. 

Although as with all such surveys, the methodology will be up to debate. For example, London is listed as having just 25 comedy venues – even though Chortle currently lists 93 places in the capital with forthcoming comedy shows, and even that will not include every pub gig.

These are the top 20

  1. London: 67 famous comedians, 25 comedy venues 
  2. Glasgow: 12 comedians, 18 venues 
  3. Manchester: 11 comedians, 20 venues 
  4. Edinburgh: 7 comedians, 15 venues 
  5. Birmingham: 10 comedians, 9 venues 
  6. Leeds: 5 comedians, 9 venues
  7. Newcastle: 4 comedians, 11 venues
  8. Nottingham: 3 comedians, 11 venues
  9. Hull: 6 comedians, 7 venues
  10. Sheffield: 3 comedians, 9 venues
  11. Lincoln 3 comedians, 6 venues
  12. Swansea: 3 comedians, 6 venues
  13. Cardiff: 3 comedians, 6 venues
  14. Oxford: 7 comedians, 4 venues
  15. Southampton: 2 comedians, 6 venues
  16. York: 5 comedians, 4 venues
  17. Reading: 1 comedian, 7 venues
  18. Wolverhampton: 2 comedians, 5 venues
  19. Blackpool: 2 comedians, 5 venues
  20. Bath: 1 comedian, 6 venues

Andrew Howard, head of marketing at Blackpool Grand Theatre, said: ‘It is marvellous to see the number of comedy venues around and that have live performances planned as we head into 2022. I’m also pleased to see Blackpool has made the top 20 – as comedy is one of our most popular categories all year round.’

Published: 8 Nov 2021

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