Liverpool鈥檚 comedy calendar has got off to a cracking start ?with the Master of Mirthyside, Ken Dodd, being knighted in the New Year鈥檚 Honours .
But there鈥檚 still plenty of laughter coming our way over the next 12 months.
And if the festival and the many regular comedy club nights wasn鈥檛 enough, there are also a bonanza of big names making a beeline for Liverpool during the year.
Here鈥檚 our pick of the top comedy shows in Liverpool in 2017.
Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour
Philharmonic Hall ?January 21 and March 4
He never seems to be off the TV, so it鈥檚 amazing that in the past 15 years Jimmy Carr has also played nearly 2,000 shows to more than two million people across four continents.
Now all that experience is being put to good use in this latest tour, coming to the Philharmonic Hall , where you can see all the greatest material from his career in one show.
Tickets £27.50/£33.50 HERE
John Shuttleworth: My Last Will and Tasty Mint
Liverpool Playhouse ?January 21
A recent health scare (well, a mild bout of sciatica) has made Sheffield鈥檚 finest singer/songwriter focus on his mortality, and the many things he needs to do.
Can agent Ken Worthington pull out the stops and make John a star before his retirement?
In the meantime, John considers life鈥檚 major issues: the rise in popularity of hi viz protective wear, the suitability of the plastic lid on takeaway coffee cups, and the excitement he felt when sucking his first mint.
Tickets £15-£18 HERE
David O鈥橠oherty: Big Time
Epstein Theatre ?January 24 and February 21
During 2016, O鈥橠oherty was nominated for the best show awards at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and he spent the summer on tour around America with Flight of the Conchords.
Now he鈥檚 making a date ?nay, TWO dates ?with Liverpool, bringing Big Time, which is billed as 鈥渁 new show of talking and playing songs on a c****y keyboard from 1986鈥? to the Epstein Theatre .
Tickets £16 (£16 concessions) HERE
Jack Whitehall: At Large
ECHO arena ?February 5
He鈥檚 created the BAFTA-nominated Bad Education, hosted a chat show with his own dad, played a former public schoolboy JP in the hit C4 comedy drama Fresh Meat, and even made a (vocal) appearance in Frozen.
Now Jack Whitehall is back on the road and At Large at the ECHO arena as part of his new UK tour.
Tickets £29-£36.50 HERE
Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It
Liverpool Playhouse ?March 3
Last season the Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning Bridget Christie appeared at the Liverpool Everyman.
Now she鈥檚 returning to the city to perform at the Hope Street鈥檚 sister theatre, the Playhouse , with her Brexit-themed show Because You Demanded It.
Whether you voted leave or remain, regret your decision or stand by it, Christie pledges you鈥檒l find plenty to laugh about.
Tickets £15-£18 HERE
Josie Long: Something Better
Epstein Theatre ?March 13
If you missed her when she brought her show Cara Josephine to the Unity in 2015, don鈥檛 make the same mistake twice.
Comedian Josie Long returns to Liverpool, this time to the Epstein, with Something Better, a show 鈥渁bout optimism and hopefulness and about looking for people and things to look up to.?/p>
Tickets £15 HERE
Omid Djalili: Schmuck For a Night
Auditorium @ ECHO arena ?March 25
Comedian and actor Omid Djalili is currently on a 110 (yes, you read right ?110!) date tour which arrives at the Auditorium at the waterfront arena in the spring.
He promises: 鈥淚t鈥檒l be so current sometimes audiences won鈥檛 laugh until they get home and turn on the TV.?/p>
Djalili鈥檚 credits range from Hollywood movies and television to live productions on the West End stage.
He has appeared on UK and US TV, and starred in films including Shaun the Sheep Movie, Gladiator, Sex And The City 2, The Mummy and The Infidel. Oh, and he鈥檚 also just been cast in Disney鈥檚 new live-action production of The Nutcracker, which he will be filming alongside the tour.
Tickets £27 HERE
Russell Howard: Round the World
ECHO arena ?March 30
Russell Howard returns to the live stage for the first time in three years with his biggest global tour to date ?Round The World.
The 36-year-old Bristolian starts in Dublin in February, and has record-breaking 10 straight dates (in the round) at the Royal Albert Hall before he reaches Liverpool ahead of Easter.
He returns to the ECHO arena, a venue he鈥檚 played several times before, most recently with his 2014 tour Wonderbox.
Tickets £29-£36.50 HERE
Sara Pascoe: Animal
Epstein Theatre ?April 28
Are humans naturally bad? How do we become better? Do we really have to die ?and should she have a baby?
Sara Pascoe ponders all these questions and more in her new show, heading for the Epstein in the spring, where she will expound on empathy, sexuality and God.
Don鈥檛 panic though, there will also be stuff about selfies and glow worms.
Tickets £13 HERE
Count Arthur Strong: The Sound of Mucus
Liverpool Empire ?June 23
Showbiz 鈥榣egend鈥?(according to his website) Count Arthur Strong returns to the Liverpool stage this summer, bringing his The Sound of Mucus tour to the Empire .
Using stories and 鈥渙ther things that are secret鈥? Count Arthur will pay tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. Plus something else.
Don鈥檛 miss this amazing event.
Tickets £25.65 HERE
Micky Flanagan: An鈥?Another Fing
ECHO arena ?September 19-20
The luxuriantly-locked Cockney funnyman is headlining two consecutive evenings at the ECHO arena in September with his first major UK tour since 2013.
Flanagan鈥檚 previous jobs included a porter at the Billingsgate fish market, a window cleaner, chef and furniture maker.
But it鈥檚 20 years this year since he started making people laugh for a living.
Tickets £31.50/£36.50 HERE
Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast
Empire Theatre ?September 25
Another comedian who hasn鈥檛 toured in a while, in this case four years, Greg Davies brings his Magnificent Beast stand up show to the Empire in September.
The former teacher Davies has written and starred in three series of Channel 4鈥檚 Man Down but is also known for being Mr Gilbert in the hit TV series and films The Inbetweeners, the Taskmaster in鈥askmaster, King Hydroflax in Doctor Who, and was BAFTA-nominated for his role as Ken in Cuckoo.
Tickets £31.65 HERE
John Bishop: Winging It
ECHO arena ?October 20-22
Liverpool comedy superstar John Bishop is Winging It at the ECHO arena for three nights in the autumn.
The 50-year-old鈥檚 last tour, Supersonic, played to more than 500,000 people, and since then he鈥檚 had another TV show, John Bishop: In Conversation With... and has filmed a role in a new ITV drama, Fearless, among a host of other projects.
Bishop says: 鈥淚鈥檓 very much looking forward to getting back on the road. There really is nothing like performing stand-up in front of a live audience.?/p>
Tickets £28-£44 HERE
Jon Richardson: The Old Man
Philharmonic Hall - December 8
Since his last show, Richardson - star of Live at the Apollo and 8 Out of 10 Cats - has become a husband and father.
He has also seen the UK vote to leave the EU, and watched the rise of Donald Trump.
All of which leaves him asking one question. Why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher?
Tickets £20.50/£26.50 HERE