24 May 2023

It’s all laughs at The O2: ‘2023 is the year of comedy’


  • With over 30 comedy events booked at The O2 arena in 2023 alone, it’s the biggest year for comedy ever at the world-famous venue
  • Peter Kay joins The O2’s coveted ‘21 Club’ this month following his monthly residency at the venue, selling over 300,000 tickets to date
  • Micky Flanagan performs an impressive 9-show run at The O2 arena this May, adding to a superstar comedy line-up at the venue this year


Programming at the world’s most popular live entertainment, leisure and retail destination goes from strength to strength with what’s set to be the biggest year on record for comedy at The O2, with headline performances from comedy superstars including Peter Kay, Micky Flanagan, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah and more.


Following Peter Kay’s record-breaking monthly residency, which runs all the way through to April 2025, this month he becomes the newest member of the venue’s ‘21 Club’, which was launched following Prince’s record-breaking 21 consecutive, sold-out run at The O2 in 2007. Since then, only seven other artists or performers have been inducted into the 21 Club and presented with ‘keys to the venue’, including: Michael Bublé, Take That, One Direction, Drake, Young Voices, Micky Flanagan and Michael McIntyre. These keys are displayed on the walk to stage at the world-famous venue, in recognition of the impressive achievement of reaching 21 shows at The O2, and to inspire other artists performing at the venue. Peter’s key now hangs proudly alongside the other 21 Club members backstage at The O2.


With comedy now making up 15% of the venue’s overall programming slate for 2023, The O2 is bringing more laughs than ever to London with 9 nights of Micky Flanagan this May, alongside recent performances from Kevin Hart, and the inaugural Just For Laughs LONDON – a cross-campus comedy festival hosted at multiple venues at The O2, with headline performances from Graham Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Joe Lycett, Katharine Ryan and more.


Emma Bownes (VP of Venue Programming – Europe, at The O2) said: “From cross-campus festivals, to live podcast events and stand-up shows from some of the best in the business, it really feels like 2023 is the year of comedy at The O2. We’ve seen some incredible ticket sales for comedy this year – with Peter Kay’s monthly residency continuing to be in high-demand right through to 2025, and Micky Flanagan bringing nine out of this world shows to us in May and June of this year. We’re really thrilled to welcome so many of the best comedians in the world to The O2 and looking forward to shows still to come this year with Jack Whitehall, Trevor Noah and Gabriel Iglesias”.


The jokes show no sign of stopping at the iconic London venue, with plenty of comedy still to come in 2023 including three shows each from Jack Whitehall and Trevor Noah, and Michael McIntyre and Romesh Ranganathan already scheduled to headline the arena in 2024.


Adding to The O2’s strong line-up of global superstars taking to the stage this year, the venue will also host headline performances from Madonna, SZA, Shania Twain, Blink-182, UFC, S Club and many more.


An ever-evolving, day out destination, The O2 is also home to the roofwalk experience Up at The O2, Outlet Shopping with over 60 designer brands at up to 70% off RRP, London’s largest Cineworld, over 30 bars and restaurants and much more. Located just 15 minutes from central London, there’s plenty to enjoy pre and post show, all under one iconic roof.