Comedy Giants at Derby Arena

Bondholder Derby LIVE is bringing audiences five giants of British comedy to Derby Arena this year, with John Bishop, Ed Byrne, Russell Brand, Sarah Millican and Jason Manford all making Derby a stop on their tours.

Comedy superstar John Bishop will be kicking off  the year of comedy with two nights of his brand new show Winging It on Saturday 17 at 7:30pm and Sunday 18 March at 8:30pm. His last tour Supersonic was watched by more than 500,000 people and received huge critical acclaim. This latest show, his fifth UK tour, promises to be the biggest, best and funniest one yet! 

Next up Derby Arena will be hosting award-winning comedian and writer Ed Byrne on Friday 20 April at 8pm. In his latest show, Spoiler Alert, Ed Byrne asks the question ‘Are we all spoiled?’ and audiences can watch Byrne take the question, turn it upside down and shake until the funny falls out. His live work has built up legions of fans and he remains the observational stand-up to see and is not to be missed.

On Wednesday 9 May at 8pm Derby can see successful broadcaster, actor, author, columnist and comedian Russell Brand in his latest show Re:Birth. Brand explores the questions brought about by parenthood, unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death. Audiences can join one of comedy’s fiercest talents as he tries to make sense of life having just made a new one.

On Sunday 1 July, at 8pm Sarah Millican will perform in front of a sold-out crowd at Derby Arena. Her fifth tour, Control Enthusiast, will mark ten years since Sarah established herself as one of the leading lights of the British Comedy scene by winning the Best Newcomer Award at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe.

Jason Manford will be bringing his new show Muddle Class to Derby Arena on Saturday 24 November at 8pm, following a busy few years for the comedian. This new tour promises to features a wealth of material about growing up ‘working class’, the finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’. Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating with, this is not a show to miss.

Tickets can be purchased through the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at They can also be purchased at the Sales and Information Centre, on the Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AH.