London’s ‘gigs of the month’ for September!

Mics are being dusted off, spotlights switched on, chairs dutifully lined up … summer is over and the London comedy circuit is cranking back into action. All it needs is an audience, so take your pick from these top tips below

September top gigs


Greenwich Comedy Festival
GCF goes straight for the jugular this year, pick the bones out of this lot – Milton Jones, Stewart Lee, Rich Hall, Josh Widdicombe, Josie Long, Kerry Godliman, Cardinal Burns, David O’Doherty, Andrew Maxwell … (Weds-Sun 24-29)


Solo shows

Freeze! with Tim Key and Tom Basden
What a treat! This is a rare(ish) one-off show by the oddball duo, as part of Kings Place Festival. Try alongside character comic Joseph Morpugo on the same night. (Friday 12)

John Kearns – Schtick
The winner of this year’s Fosters Comedy award comes to Soho Theatre. If you’ve not seen him before, go experience the weird and wonderful joy of a Kearns show.

Elsewhere at the Soho Theatre …
Rich pickings this month, with party girl Luisa Omielan, C4 sketch heroes Cardinal Burns, satire behemoth Andy Zaltzman and bizarro chat show host John Conway for starters.

Al Lubel … I’m Still Al Lubel
One chance and one chance only to see this utterly brilliant New York Jewish stand-up at the Leicester Square Theatre. (Saturday 20)

• Lewis Schaffer: American in London
Speaking of American diaspora, lovable loser resumes his residency at the LST. (Thursdays from Sep 18 Sep)


Club nights

Laugh Out London Alternative Pick of the Fringe
LOL’s scrotum-retractingly good Fringe Pick night on Tuesday 9 is sold out (although more tickets may be forthcoming). In the mean time, if you like it bonkers and anarchic, try their Alternative Pick of the Fringe with Luke McQueen, Lou Sanders and more. (Friday 5)

Happy Mondays with David Cross
That’s right, him out of Arrested Development is coming to this reliably ace, tiny club in New Cross. Earlier on in the month, Stewart Lee headlines. Both will sell out sharpish. (Lee on Monday 8, Cross on Monday 22)

Backyard Comedy Club
It’s the 16th birthday show for Lee Hurst’s club in Bethnal Green (Saturday 6), and he hosts for the first time since it reopened last September. Failing that, the following week (Friday 12) looks top-ruddy-notch, with Kerry Godliman, Ivo Graham and Nick Doody.

The 99 Club Leicester Square
A hardy reliable, 99CLS blossoms with Suzi Ruffell, Carl Donnelly and Inder Manocha, (Weds 10) and Kerry Godliman, Sara Pascoe and Alistair Barrie (Fridays 12 and 19)

The Boat Show
And likewise on the paddlesteamer of mirth located by Embankment station. Katherine Ryan and Hal Cruttenden will be doing the bizzo. (Fri-Sat 12-13)

Up the Creek
To Greenwich, for Adam Bloom, Holly Walsh and Imran Yusuf. (Fri-Sat 12-13)

• Banana Cabaret
A classic bill of stand-ups down in Balham, including Ben Norris and Jo Caulfield. (Fri- Sat 19-20)

Over in Bethnal Green, a quality mix of straight stand-up and weird shit from the K2B team. (Saturday 20)

The Alternative Comedy Trio
Tony Law, Simon Munnery and Josie Long, all under one roof. Whose roof? Leicester Square Theatre’s roof. (Thur 25)

Sunday Special
Perhaps hole up in the park (the bandstand is always good for 40 winks) and return to Up the Creek on Sunday, for arguably the finest club night in London. (every Sunday)


Charity fundraisers

Laugh Till It Hurts
Mental health charity Mind is the beneficiary of this tip-top show at the Comedy Store. featuring Stewart Francis, John Moloney, Jeff Innocent, Barry Cryer and Katherine Ryan among others. (Monday 8)

Are You Taking the Peace?
Also at the mighty Store, Rich Hall, Matt Rees, Daniel Simonsen, Francis again and Holly Walsh will be raising money for International Alert. (Monday 22)

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