As Summer rolls on, Bristol's comedy community is beavering away at a fantastic pace! Comics everywhere are writing jokes, practicing funny faces in the mirror, and packing their bags for the last big Festivals this year. 

July is usually your last chance to see most comedians and improvisers, before they jettison off to this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We've put together a list of some of the best gigs left before they desert us, and it's a cracker!

Returning as part of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2017, Impromptu Shakespeare create an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play every show!

From audience suggestions, the plot, characters, and jokes, all improvised on the spot. Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, power struggles, mistaken identities, the supernatural and everything in between – this show will delight Shakespeare nerds and novices alike.

Join the cast for an hour of riotous fun as they buckle on the Bard’s britches to bring you the plays he never wrote.

Theatre Jam is The Bristol Improv Theatre's performance and social night, where anyone is invited to get up on stage and perform improvised games (think Whose Line Is It Anyway, minus the cheese).

One of Bristol's most popular free events (most gigs tend to fill the venue's 120-seat theatre), this is the perfect chance to mingle with Bristol's vibrant theatre community, and even try improvising for yourself!

If you're feeling a little more laid back, you can also grab a drink and just enjoy the show.

Comedy doesn't get much better than this! Bubble have got two incredible previews for you this year, featuring more critics' stars than a non-polluted sky at night, and more rave reviews than Fabric in the 90's. Give it up, ladies and gentlemen, for FIN TAYLOR, and GEIN'S FAMILY GIFTSHOP.

Top notch comedians, for a bargain price in a beautiful venue. What's not to like?

A sunny Sunday in Bristol is the perfect chance to toddle down to Bristol Comedy Garden, and catch one of stand-up's fastest rising stars!

Kiri Pritchard McLean is a Welsh stand-up and writer, whose solo show Hysterical Woman recently finished a popular run at London's Soho theatre.

Funny, filthy, and feminist – Kiri is a great addition to a stand-up bill that also includes Channel 4's Adam Hill, Live at The Apollo's Shappi Khorsandi, and Bristol favourite Mark Oliver.

Another gem from The Bristol Improv Theatre, this is a hilarious new show that blends improvised storytelling and courtroom drama to create the most bizarre trial you'll ever witness.

Headline act The Cartel are a fearsome comedy collective, and one of the original House Teams of London improv school The Free Association.

The quick-witted cast features a Funny Women award winner, performers from BBC Radio 4, Channel 5's Borderline, and even ITV's Emmerdale.

With justice in their hands, what could go wrong?

Published -3rd July 2017