Looking ahead to the week’s chuckle forecast, including the 99 Club, Amused Moose, a Bill Hicks memorial gig, Live at the Chapel Booking ahead
• The Channel 4 Comedy Gala monster arrives in town on May 16 for its annual fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital. As ever the line-up is frankly ridiculously starry, including Alan Carr, Michael McIntyre, Jo Brand, Sean Lock and Kevin Bridges. Tickets are £40-£150, call 0844 856 0202 or hit the ticket link above at 9am on Friday.
• And as you may have read this morning, Dawn French has unveiled a debut stand-up tour. 30 Million Minutes tours much of the UK between June and August, though no London dates yet (they are surely imminent).
• Those Richard Herring podcasts at Leicester Square Theatre are bashing out some very impressive guests, so get booking as they sell out. In the coming weeks you can see Harry Shearer, Danny Baker, Alexei Sayle, Greg Davies and Nick Helm. And onto this week’s offerings …
• Centrepoint Homelessness Fundraiser – This one just keeps getting better: Nick Helm and Mark Watson have now been added to this already awesome line-up, and tickets are just £11. Get stuck in!
• Happy Mondays – New Cross’s finest welcomes the flippin’ brilliant comedy-rapper Doc Brown, Suzi Ruffell and Tiff Stevenson.
• Old Rope – Another humdinger at the Phoenix in Oxford Circus, with the hugely under-rated Carey Marx headlining, plus Hal Cruttenden, Tony Law and Robin Ince.
• 99 Club Leicester Square – John Robins is arguably the best MC we have at the moment, he hosts tonight with an impressive line-up besides.
• Mark Thomas – “Mischievous bad behaviour with a purpose” is the name of the game for Thomas’s latest show, which has a two-week run at the Leicester Square Theatre.
• Bill Hicks Lives! (sort of) – A tribute to Hicks 20 years after the iconic and still-revered stand-up died. Among the guests in Camden are Brendon Burns, Robin Ince and Bill’s brother, Steve.
• Comedy Bar – Long-running
Angel club Comedy Bar is doing the bizzo again, this time with Hal Cruttenden, Holly Walsh, Adam Hess and more.
• Gorgeous Bastards – Something a little different … a TV show work-in-progress where comedians are set tasks with only an hour to complete it. Takes place at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.
• Robin Ince – Mayfair seems an incongruous place to see Robin Ince, but that is where one of our most astute topical comics kicks off his UK tour. The lad rarely disappoints.
• Soho Theatre – This week’s good stuff at the Soho includes the superb debut show from Ivo Graham (left), Brett Goldstein and Ahir Shah.
• 99 Club Leicester Square – Two nods for the 99 Club this week, and this one looks like a vintage, with Jo Caulfield, Robert White an
d Joe Lycett.
• Live at the Chapel – A particularly charismatic bunch will have them laughing in the nave this weekend: Bridget Christie, Jarred Christmas, Ardal O’Hanlon and plents more.
• Amused Moose – Quality pure and simple; Phil Nichol, Joe Lycett, Ben Norris.
• Crack Comedy – CC’s Southbank outpost looks particularly strong, including James Acaster and old-school cockney Jeff Innocent.
• Rise of the Idiots – A welcome return for Balham’s RotI, which features on this occasion comedy curiosity Brian Gittins and ace support.