Something to tickle your funny bone

Mark Thomas

The nights may be drawing in and with the clocks turning back we all need a laugh before the festive season so it is great news that Derby LIVE is bringing us four amazing comedians to entertain us in November.

First there is Mark Thomas with Bravo Figaro on November 7  at the Assembly Rooms in the Darwin Suite.

This is a show about love, death and the search for peace in an imperfect world… with some gags thrown in for luck and told by one of the finest storytellers in the country.

After walking the wall in the West Bank, becoming Guinness World Record holder for political protests and chasing arms dealers around the country Mark Thomas turns his attention to matters closer to home with a show about his father. First commissioned by the Royal Opera house Bravo Figaro is the true tale of a self-employed builder’s love of opera, degenerative illness and how to put opera on in a bungalow in Bournemouth. It starts at 8pm and tickets are £18.75

Next up is Andi Osho with All The Single Ladies at the Guildhall Theatre on November 10 at 8pm.

Award winning comic Andi  (Live At The Apollo, Mock the Week and Stand Up For The Week) is back on tour with her second stand-up show. In it she presents a brutally honest dissection of the perils and pitfalls of dating, reporting her findings to the audience in this hilarious and heart-warming show. Tickets are £16.25, concessions £14.25.

Out of Our Sheds, by John Shuttleworth, is being performed in the Great Hall of the Assembly Rooms on November 14 at 8pm.

The Sony and Perrier nominated Shuttleworth ventures beyond the garden gate to tread the mean streets of Britain after a long absence. Which is better: city life or country living? Supermarket or village shop? Or is it better to sit in your shed and count the cobwebs? Star of Radio 4’s The Shuttleworths, TV’s 500 Bus Stops and It’s Nice Up North. Tickets are £18.25, concessions £16.25.

And last but not least is Rob Rouse with Life Sentences in the Darwin Suite of the Assembly Rooms on November 23 at 8pm.

Go along and see Rob do what he does best – honest, frank, seriously funny stand-up. A father for the second time, to a baby girl, Rob is now a radical feminist -but this is not a show about men vs women, more humanity vs insanity.

WARNING: Not suitable for children or your prissy Aunty. If you don’t fall into either of these categories, you should love it. Tickets are £16.25, concessions £14.25

Tickets for all of the above shows are available through the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at