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Comedy lovers will have plenty to laugh about this year; CATHERINE JONES rounds up comedy shows heading our way in autumn.

Ross Noble VERYONE knows Scousers like a laugh - and this season there's no excuse not to.

EThe city should prepare to have its ribs well and truly tickled.

Not only are there the usual range of top comedy nights at regular venues like Laughterhouse, Hot Water Comedy and Liverpool Comedy Cellar.

But the city's annual Liverpool Comedy Festival is also opening its doors, running this year from September 16 to October 2. And, on top of all that, some of the biggest and best names on the British comedy circuit are also heading for Liverpool, many of them bringing their new shows straight from this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

Here are 17 must-see comedy shows in Liverpool this autumn.

Sue Perkins Live! In Spectacles Philharmonic Hall, September 13 Sue Perkins Live! In Spectacles does exactly what it says on the tin.

One half of Mel and Sue, one half of Supersizers (the other being Giles Coren) and a quarter of the Bake Off team, Perkins brings her best-selling memoir to Liverpool for one night only.

The ticket price includes a paperback copy of the book, and she'll be doing a signing afterwards.

Tickets PS24.50/PS30.50 from the website Mark Thomas: The Red Shed Liverpool Everyman, September 16The Red Shed is the third part in a trilogy of shows, following Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed.

A story of strikes, dinner ladies and Commies, rubbish beer, great beer, burgers and burger slingers. Pickets, placards, friendship, love, history, dreams and above all remembering.

Tickets PS14.50-PS18 from the website.

Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational Philharmonic Hall, September 21 He sold out at St George's Hall earlier in the year, and now Ranganathan is back, this time at the much bigger Philharmonic where tickets are already selling fast.

Irrational sees the comedian examine the issues close to his heart - and explain why everybody else is wrong about them.

Tickets PS18.50/PS24.50 from the website.

Carl Hutchinson: The Fixer Epstein Theatre, September 22 Fresh from supporting Chris Ramsey on tour, join Carl Hutchinson as he attempts to put the world to rights. From people who obnoxiously post motivational quotes on social media to those who urge you to put your phone in rice when you get it wet, Hutchinson tackles a bunch of little, everyday issues.

Tickets PS15 from the website.

Craig Campbell: Don't Look Down Epstein Theatre, September 23 One of Canada's funniest exports, Campbell returns to Liverpool with his new show.

In addition to this third solo stand-up tour, the 46-year-old regularly performs all over the world from New Zealand to Iceland including such exotic locations as Kazakhstan and Vietnam.

Tickets PS16 from the website.

Tiff Stevenson Unity Theatre, September 30 Stevenson comes to The Unity straight from the Edinburgh Fringe, where she performs her new show, Seven.

Along with live stand-up she has appeared on The Office, Mock The Week, Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and was the UK correspondent for hit Australian show The Weekly with Charles Pickering.

Stewart Lee The Boy With Tape on His Tickets PS10 from the website.

Simon Munnery - Standing Still Unity Theatre, October 1 Multi-award-winning comedian Simon Munnery offers a new stand-up show at The Unity.

Expect an opening to die for, seven wry observations, a tone poem, four fresh skits and two new commandments from the 49-year-old.

Tickets PS12 from the website.

Jason Byrne is 'Propped Up' Epstein Theatre, October 6 On a recent tour, Byrne re-introduced his prop comedy mixed with stand-up and audience participation, and it went down a storm with people wanting more silly props.

Now they're getting their wish.

Bring your mates and family for a guaranteed laugh. You might even get a glimpse of a mouse with a moustache.

Tickets PS18 from the website.

The Boy With Tape on His Face is Tape Face Epstein Theatre, October 19 The artist formerly known as The Boy with Tape on His Face brings Epstein audiences a multiawardwinning, multihyphenated spectacle that needs to be seen to be believed.

Join Tape Face as he conjures uproarious and moving tableaux using only the most everyday of objects and the most popular of songs.

Tickets PS16.50 (concessions PS14.50) from the website.

Stewart Lee: Digital Content Provider Philharmonic Hall, November 2 Lee is no stranger to Philharmonic Hall audiences, having made the Hope Street venue his Liverpool base in recent years.

The new show is being given a first try-out at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, ahead of his live tour.

The ticket price includes a special limited edition DVD of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle series 4, and he'll be doing a signing after the show.

Tickets PS22.50/PS28.50 from the website Ross Noble: Brain Dump Philharmonic Hall, November 5 Another comedian who has made the Phil his Liverpool home, Geordie Noble - described as "everybody's favourite randomist" - returns this autumn with his show, Brain Dump.

Expect a night of madness and tomfoolery from the 40-year-old who recently appeared at the Liverpool Empire in The Producers.

Tickets PS25/PS31 from the website.

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit Unity Theatre, November 5 Lyons hits the road with a new show after a year that has seen her appear on a host of TV shows and Sean Lock: Keep It Light Philharmonic Hall, November 19-20 Every three years, the comedian Sean Lock writes a new stand-up show.

Now Sean Lock brings his new tour to Hope Street for not one but two evenings.

His stand-up is the product of a hyperactive imagination combining surreal imagery and insightful observations on the human condition.

Tickets PS23/PS29 from the website.

Josh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now Empire Theatre, November 23 One third of TV's The Last Leg, since he's been away from stand-up, Widdicombe has been working hard on other things.

But, don't worry, in his spare time he has found a lot of minor things to get annoyed about, and now he has a chance to talk about them on stage (in the form of jokes).

Tickets PS22.15 from the website.

Laughterhouse Live Philharmonic Hall, December 11 Laughterhouse steps out of its usual venues to bring a night of household names to the Philharmonic Hall.

This pre-Christmas show line-up includes Stewart Francis, Joe Lycett, The Boy With Tape on His Face and Tanyalee Davis, with Laughterhouse's Chris Cairns as MC.

There's also another headline act to be announced.

Tickets PS20/PS25/PS31 from the website.

Reeves and Mortimer ECHO arena, December 16 They were due to play Liverpool last year, before Mortimer was taken into hospital for a triple heart bypass.

Now they're back and bringing 25 Years of Reeves and Mortimer: The Poignant Moments tour to the ECHO arena for a pre-Christmas date.

Expect the duo's typical canon of absurd, eccentric, surreal and downright silly sketches, parodies, jokes and banter.

Tickets PS33/PS39 from the website.

Ken Dodd's Happiness Show Philharmonic Hall, December 28-29 Doddy celebrates the 25th anniversary of his Happiness Show with not one but two nights at the Philharmonic Hall.

Join the Squire of Knotty Ash for an evening filled with laughter and wonderful songs from him and his variety guests.

Just don't rely on public transport to get you home.

Tickets PS16/PS18/PS20/PS25 from the website.

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