Coming soon in stand-up comedy: from Adam Hills to Sarah Millican

Laugh out loud new shows on the road this autumn

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Many will know the cheery Australian Adam Hills from his late-night Channel 4 show The Last Leg, and his new show Happyism (tonight at Hammersmith Apollo in London) is touring until 23 Nov.

Also off the telly is Ed Byrne (Mock the Week), whose Roaring Forties is the latest in a long line of superbly crafted shows of observational comedy – this one is about going grumpily into middle age; it starts at Perth Concert Hall on Thursday and continues until 3 May 2014 (

More of a radio guy is Robin Ince, who is now on the road with The Importance of Being Interested, which delights in humans’ power of thought. He’s at West End Centre, Aldershot, on Wednesday and touring until 6 Dec (

Sarah Millican goes from strength to strength after winning best newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008. Her latest show, Home Bird, is about settling down in her new abode, although expect some wonderfully salacious content as well. She’s at the Albemarle Music Centre in Kingston upon Hull tonight (returns only), touring until 24 May 2014 (

Frank Skinner has done little stand-up of late, but he’s doing a hotly anticipated short run (14-23 Nov) at London’s Soho Theatre ( of Man in a Suit, a riff on fame. And there’s more autobiography from Stephen K Amos; his The Spokesman is at the Firestation, Windsor on 1 Oct, then tours until 28 Feb 2014 (

The inaugural Women in Comedy Festival in Manchester starts next month (1-27 Oct, A celebration of female comic talent, it includes debates, workshops and theatre as well as a terrific roster of stand-up. Among those appearing are Janey Godley, Gina Yashere (above), Lucy Porter, and Jen Brister.