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.