Our pick of this year’s Great Yorkshire Fringe, which really does boast some terrific and varied acts, from comedy to cabaret.
Richard Herring’s Great Yorkshire Fringe Podcast Comedy - 26 July at The White Rose Rotunda
The "Podfather" (Guardian) and "King of the Internet" (Time Out) brings his award winning Podcast to York, in which he chats with the biggest names in comedy. Winner of Bronze Award for Best Comedy at the 2013 Sony Radio Academy Awards and the Chortle Internet Award 2013.
Previous guests include Stephen Fry, Stewart Lee, Russell Brand and Tim Minchin.
Each episode appears on iTunes and the British Comedy Guide. But it’s much better live, with the chance to interact with your favourite comedy stars and even ask your own questions!
Baby Loves Disco Family - 17 July at The Turn Pot
After over a decade of family dayclubbing events across the globe including 6 consecutive sell-out seasons at Edinburgh Fringe, the original family dance party makes its York debut.
Baby Loves Disco’s resident club DJs spin and mix feelgood chart floorfillers with nostalgic pop classics from the years before parenthood struck – for parents and babies, toddlers and young children to enjoy together. At this summertime special there’s facepainting, crafts, balloons and more all included in the price as well as a toddler chill out zone, dress-up area and selfie booth. With a licensed bar for parents, free ice lollies for little groovers and 2 hours of festival dancefloor fun with games and giveaways galore, it won’t just be the little ones going gaga!
John Pendal: International Man of Leather Comedy - 15 July, 16 July at The Tea Pot
This solo comedy show is the true story of how a shy Baptist boy from Watford became an unlikely international sex ambassador when he won the 25th annual International Mr Leather contest in Chicago in 2003. Armed with a love of spreadsheets he set out to tour the world representing every kink and fetish – regardless of whether he liked them or not.
Along the way he set out to discover the answers to various questions including what exactly does “being kinky” mean? Do different countries favour different kinds of kink? And is it possible to describe kinky sexuality by plotting co-ordinates in three dimensional space?
Bilal Zafar: Cakes Comedy - 19 July at The Tea Pot
Cakes is the highly anticipated debut show from Bilal Zafar, the Hackney Empire New Comedian of the Year 2016 (NATYS), Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year runner up and Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the year finalist.
Join Bilal as he takes you on a fascinating and hilarious journey of how he was mistaken for a ‘Muslim Only cake shop’ and became a prime target for the furious far right around the world.
Canned Laughter: How Yorkshire Invented the Movies Comedy - 26 July at The Tea Pot
Special screening of documentary feature The First Film, followed by a personal appearance of director David Wilkinson for a Q&A and signing of this book Made in Yorkshire.
The First Film is David Nicholas Wilkinson’s decades long quest to prove to the world that a Frenchman Louis Le Prince made the first films in 1888 and that the birthplace of motion pictures was not America nor France but in fact the city of Leeds in the county of Yorkshire, England.
Juliette Burton: Decision Time Comedy - 15 July at The Tea Pot
Award-winning docu-comedian Juliette Burton has to make a BIG decision.
Join Juliette as she chooses her own adventure. Can a single choice change a life? Can looking back help us move forward? It’s time to make some good life choices.
Winner: Argus Angel Award (Brighton Fringe 2015)Tickets and Full Lineup