The week in comedy – feat. Bill Hicks, Bridget Christie, Rubberbandits

Looking ahead now to the week’s chuckle forecast including Rubberbandits, Jewish stand-up and a Felix Dexter fundraiser, plus the return of Red Bastard


Monday Club – the exquisite Tom Allen introduces a humdinger of a show at the Tattershall Castle including Kerry Godliman, Lee Hurst and rising star Kwame Asante.
Rubberbandits (above) / Seann Walsh at Soho Theatre – musical comedy like you’ve never seen it before, Irish duo Rubberbandits made their name with their daft YouTub smash Horse Outside, now the kings of bad taste are back with a new show. Meanwhile, boozey observational stand-up Walsh is a man on form with this Fosters Comedy Award-nominated show.

It Might Get Ugly – The show that shakes things up by asking comics to be “honest to the point of regret”. Among the truthtellers are Bridget Christie, Josie Long and John Kearns.
We Love Comedy – Eastwards to Liverpool Street now, with the small but perfectly formed We Love Comedy at the Pipeline pub, where you can see anti-comic Edward Aczel, Fosters Best Newcomer winner John Kearns, sing-song surrealist Pat Cahill and the self-deprecating Luke Toulson.
Gits and Shiggles – Another excellent pub gig, this one in Putney and on the bill are Buzzcockser Holly Walsh, Fosters Award nominee Mike Wozniak and super-chilled Canadian Chris Betts MC.

Old Jewish Jokes – Circuit veteran Ivor Dembina plunders his vast archive of Jewish stand-up for this hour-long show, which gets a four-night run at the Leicester Square Theatre.

Clapham Comedy Club – Great line-up at the Bread & Roses, with the classy Chris McCausland, star in the making Dane Baptiste and much more.
Stand Up To Reduce Extreme Poverty – Camden’s Lock 17 is the venue for this frankly outstanding-looking charity fundraiser. You can see Bridget Christie, Josh Howie, Dane Baptiste, Joel Dommett and plenty more.

The Boat Show – Back to the Tattershall Castle for a classic weekend line-up: Dan Nightingale, Carl Donnelly, Kerry Godliman and MC Dave Ward.

Up the Creek – Greenwich’s lively UTC plays host to brilliant headliner Ben Norris, Holly Walsh, Dane Baptiste and local boy Rob Beckett.

Comedy Carnival – And Mr Norris pops up again in Clapham for this superb-line-up that also features the king of arch duke of disdain, Marcel Lucont.

Sunday Special – Once again to Greenwich for BBC star comic-magician Pete Firman, Joe Lycett and Nish Kumar.
Stand Up For the Felix Dexter Foundation – Following the untimely death of Felix Dexter this fundraiser for a foundation being formed in his name has been organised at the Hammersmith Apollo, with a suitably starry line-up: Sean Lock, Jo Brand, Dara O’Briain and Jack Dee are among the guests.

3 shows to book ahead for
1) Not often the name Bill Hicks pops up in LiF’s listings emails, but to mark the 20th anniversary of the incendiary stand-up’s death, a night of comedy and a Q&A with Bill’s brother takes place in Camden. Brendon Burns, Robin Ince and Jeff Innocent will be providing the laffs.
2) Dave Gorman has announced a run of monthly shows at the Hackney Picturehouse, ahead of his autumn tour. He’ll be performing new material and picking the guests, too.
3) One of the most talked-about shows in recent years (plus fully 9 five-star reviews at last year’s Edinburgh), give yourself over to the outrageous Red Bastard and you’ll not forget the night in a hurry. He plays a run of shows at the Pleasance Theatre.

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