What makes Bristol great - Comedy

What makes Bristol great - Comedy

We at Bigg are fortunate to be based in Bristol, recently voted as the Best City to live in the UK 2017. As the creative hub of the South West, the city is constantly inspiring us and our digital marketing strategies.

There are many reasons why Bristol is such a great place to live and so here we're kicking off a new feature - What Makes Bristol Great. Our first feature focuses on the Bristol comedy scene.

Bristol's comedy scene has been rapidly rising over the past few years, but unlike other cities, Bristolian comedy thrives, not in big stadiums and theatres, but in small, independent theatre spaces. Much like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bristol makes excellent use of their pubs, cafes and community spaces. Bristol is a cool artsy place to live, full of cool artsy people, which attracts a lot of performers so the city is blessed with having some of the best comedy in the country. Here is a list of some of our highlights:

Open Mic Scene

Bristol's comedy open mic nights are the lifeblood of the comedy scene. Featuring the best talent in Bristol and offering an opportunity for new comedians to learn and grow, this supportive network of stand up offers audiences and performers a unique way to enjoy comedy. There are over 20 different open mic comedy nights in Bristol and many are free to attend, so there's lots to choose from.

The Bristol Improv Theatre

Bristol is home to the UK’s first - and only - dedicated improv theatre. Improv, a relatively underground feature of the UK comedy scene, relies on the basic tenets of acceptance and support, and this forms the ethos surrounding the Bristol Improv Theatre. The cosiest community theatre in Clifton, the BIT has a wide variety of shows and a number of workshops and classes, from improv for beginners to masterclasses from international improv legends.

Bristol Comedy Garden

Every summer Queen's Square is transformed into a wonderful garden of comedy delights with fantastically good street food, bars and a majestic line-up. Previous line-ups have included the likes of Mark Watson, James Acaster, STephen K Amos and Shappi Khorsandi.

Closer Each Day

This unconventional cult comedy show takes place at the Wardrobe Theatre every other Monday. Closer Each day is an improvised soap opera and is the world’s longest running improvised narrative having been run for over 6 years and 125 episodes. Each episode of the soap opera follows the lives of the inhabitants of Newtown, and every episode is live-tweeted and features a 'previously on' portion, so any audience members who missed the last episode can catch up.


The "best and most absurd comedy event" in Bristol offers a chance for performers to showcase their freshest ideas. Be it clowning, slapstick, mime or fooling, you are never sure what to expect at this show. For absurdist, alternative comedy, you probably can't find a better line-up.


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