15 cracking comedy and music shows to see at York’s brand new festive Fringe

12 Dec 2016 @ 7.03 pm
| Entertainment

Glad tidings – the Great Yorkshire Fringe is returning for two weeks to put the merry into York’s Christmas.

Featuring comedy, music and cheer culminating in a sparkling New Years Eve Bash, the Off The Wall Festival takes place from Friday, December 16 to New Year’s Eve.

All events will be held in The Gillygate Shed at the Gillygate pub in York, in conjunction with the Fifth Quarter Businesses. Full details are on the Great Yorkshire Fringe website.

So what’s on? We’re glad you asked…

Tony Law

Fri Dec 16 & Sat Dec 17 @ 7pm


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Three-time Chortle Award winner, Amused Moose Best Show winner and Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee back with his new show.

Harlequins Comedy

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Fri Dec 16 & Sat Dec 17 @ 9pm

£10, conc £8

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Presenting four of the hottest up-and-coming stand-ups the UK comedy circuit has to offer. Celebrate your weekend with a memorable night of big laughs.

Off The Wall Christmas Dog Show

Sat Dec 17 @ 2pm

£2 entry per category

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In aid of the RSPCA York Animal Home. £2 entry per category, register your dog at The Gillygate from 1.15pm.

[email protected] Afternoon Feature: The Jungle Book

Sun Dec 18 @ 4pm

Adult £6, Child £3, Family £15

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A cosy afternoon in The Shed and a chance for young and old to see the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book on the big screen.

[email protected] Evening Feature: Merry Christmas Beatle People!

Sun Dec 18 @ 8pm


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A treat for Beatles fans! A screening of A Hard Day’s Night, followed by live music from Jonny and the Dune Bugs and rare Beatles Material special features.

Daniel Cainer’s Gefilte Fishe & Chips

Mon Dec 19 @ 8pm


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Join this master songwriter in a special Christmas edition of his award-winning collection of unique stories in song. Age 10+

The Incredible Hammond Band

Tue Dec 20 @ 7.30pm

£12, Conc £7

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Brought to you by the Arts Barge Collective, these are the 60s and 70s sounds of Jimmy Smith, Booker T, Alan Hawkshaw and many more.

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

Wed Dec 21 @ 5pm & 7pm

£10, Conc £8, Family £32

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The critically acclaimed tribute show returns direct from the Museum of Comedy, London; the perfect celebration of Britain’s favourite comedian.

Turntable Take Over Presents A Soulful Christmas

Thu Dec 22 @ 6pm


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Inkwell vinyl takes over the decks for The Gillygate Turntable Takeover, playing a variety of festive soul. With performances from Johnny and the Dunebugs and DJs.

Jerry Sadowitz: Close-up Card Tricks and Magic

Fri Dec 23 @ 7pm


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After a highly successful tour of Jerry’s Comedian, Magician, Psychopath! Sadowitz comes back up north for a special one night only performance of his most mind blowing close-up card tricks and magic.

Rahul Kohli: Newcastle Brown Male

Fri Dec 23 @ 9pm


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One Geordie specialising in comedy on current affairs and the world today. His jokes about society are as revolutionary as Russell Brand’s opinion on Kim Kardashian’s ass. As seen on BBC Asian Network’s Big Comedy Night. Age 15+

The GYF Working Men’s Club

Thu Dec 29 @ 7pm


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Comedy, variety and music. Darts, bingo and a meat raffle! An hour of booze, games and top turns. Ladies welcome. Southerners tolerated.

The Delightful Sausage

Fri Dec 30 @ 7pm


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The Delightful Sausage returns to York with another fantastic evening of alternative comedy shenanigans. Book your tickets now and see the most exciting acts in live comedy today. Interactive and very, very silly. Ideal for those with a daft sense of humour.

The Gillygate Gong Show

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Fri Dec 30 @ 9pm


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The good, the bad and the downright delusional compete to see who can beat the gong to survive five minutes onstage and win a place in the final of the 2017 GYF New Comedian Competition. Come along and laugh, cheer and boo. Who wins? You decide!

The Gillygate New Year’s Eve Bash

Sat Dec 31 @ 7pm

£35 before Dec 15, £40 after

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An ‘Off the Wall’ New Year’s Eve celebration including music and entertainment throughout the night from The Arts Barge Collective. There’ll be a family friendly atmosphere to see in the New Year! Included in the price is supper and midnight fizz.