Looking ahead to the week’s chuckle forecast, including strong showings from Clapham Comedy Club and Happy Mondays in New Cross
• Jo Brand and Friends – Joining Brand at the Comedy Store to raise money for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust are Shazia Mirza, Ian Stone and Angie McEvoy.
• The Horne Section – Alex Horne’s very, very silly “comedy-jazz party” is an innocent joy of a show, and it is kicking off a monthly residency in Kings Cross.
• Happy Mondays – MC Holly Walsh hosts a super-duper line-up in New Cross, including Josie Long.
• Clapham Comedy Club – Two form horses in comedy at the moment – Sara Pascoe and John Robins – perform work-in-progress hour shows.
• Joke Thieves – A really fun night where comics performing each others material, at the King’s Head, Crouch End.
• Laugh Out London – Some v popular names on the bill here – including Canadian maverick Tony Law, shape-shifting duo Max & Ivan and Plebs star Tom Rosenthal.
• Two superb and completely different shows at the Soho Theatre (which are on both week, please note) – anarchic Irish musical duo and a truly MUST-SEE act Rubberbandits, also charming stand-up Mike Wozniak, who was Fosters Comedy Award for this show.
• Dave Gorman’s Screen Guild – Mr Gorman (above) gears up for another tour with a monthly show at Hackney Picturehouse featuring Gorman-selected guests and new material from the man himself.
• Always Be Comedy – Excellent Aussie stand-up Sarah Kendall performs an hour-long show in a lovely pub with cheap admission.
• Face Full of Funny – The Alexandra pub in Clapham Common welcomes some of the best young comics around, including Bobby Mair, Liam Williams and Ian Smith.
• The Sexy Valentine’s Show – A clutch of fine young comics (for that is the collective noun) take to the Invisible Dot in Kings Cross for this Valentine’s special.
• Banana Cabaret – Also applies to Saturday this one … Carl Donnelly, Ian Stone and Alun Cochrane is a heavy-weight comedy trio.
• Stewart Lee Marathon – Only return tickets available for this one but your persistence would be rewarded handsomely – at the Southbank Centre he will be performing all six of the episodes from his forthcoming Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle TV show.
• Sex Appeal III – A big fundraiser at the Bloomsbury Theatre in aid of sexual health charity Brook, featuring Al Murray MC, Robin Ince and Shazia Mirza.
• Hampstead Comedy Club – Ian Stone and Craig Murray are on the bill at Ivor Dembina’s classy weekend club.
• Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, Vol 2 – The return of the cult show in which Arthur Smith ruminates on life via the songs of Leonard Cohen.
• Experiments – As the name suggests, a night where comics throw off the shackles to do what the hell they like, just to see what happens. Rachel Parris, Tony Law, James Acaster and Mike Wozniak are joined by a special secret guest at the Invisible Dot.
• Sunday Special – Greenwich’s Sunday night one hosts another superb line-up including John Robins and amazing comic-rapper Doc Brown.