The week in comedy – feat. Simon Amstell, Kevin Bridges, Milton Jones

Looking ahead to the week’s chuckle forecast, including strong showings from the Knock2Bag mirth franchise, pun-based comedy, videogame-based comedy, and plents more

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Booking ahead
• Jock wit Kevin Bridges (above) is returning to the live scene, he has a couple of gigs in tiny venues by his standards, as he warms up for an Oz tour. He plays Hackney Picturehouse on Tuesday, 4 March and Cecil’s in London Bridge on Wednesday, 5 March.
• And TV presenter-turned-confessional comic Simon Amstell is has announced a run of work-in-progress shows at the Invisible Dot (Kings Cross) for March-April – tickets here.
• Next week sees a sh#t hot charity fundraiser in aid of youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker of “The Last Leg”, plus Jon Culshaw and Kerry Godliman, are among the performers at the Palace Theatre next Monday. Tickets are a massively bargainous £11.

And onto this week’s offerings …

Monday
Just 4 Laughs Showcase – A bumper line-up at the Comedy Store, including Carey Marx, Zoe Lyons, James Acaster, Alex Horne, Carl Donnelly and LOADS more. Cracking night by the looks of it.
Outside the Box – Over in Kingston there’s a rare chance to see one of the UK’s finest ever stand-ups – Milton Jones – in a tiny venue.

Tuesday
We Love Comedy – Belting line-up in Liverpool St, where you can drink in this lot: Al Lubel, Tom Allen, Sara Pascoe, Holly Walsh, Lenny Sherman and MC Sean Brightman.
Go 8Bit – One for gaming geeks, Go 8Bit is “like GamesMaster off the telly, but in a cupboard”, plus with comedians, we hasten to add.
Skitsophrenia – Sketch fans wend your way to Piccadilly Circus, where you can see hosts The Real MacGuffins present John Kearns, That Pair, Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets and more.

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Wednesday
• The first of two comedy-variety offerings from the Knock2Bag team, this one looking particularly chucklesome, with Brian Gittins (above), Daniel Simonsen and Aisling Bea.
• Plenty of the good stuff going on at Soho Theatre this week – including Arthur Smith’s Leonard Cohen tribute, top character comic Catriona Knox, and must-see musical comics Rubberbandits.

Thursday
Marcel Lucont’s Cabaret Fantastique – To Brixton now for the imperious, brooding Fwwwenchman Marcel Lucont, who introduces acclaimed poet Murray Lachlan Young, hilarious US comic Al Lubel, Tina T’urner Tea Lady and more.
Always Be Comedy – Or if you prefer, Kennington, for a more trad night of stand-up. Jeff Innocent and Tom Rosenthal are supported by some highly promising newer comics.
Pun Run – A groan is as good as a laugh at Pun Run, where, yes, it’s heavy wordplay only. Always fun, make sure you book in advance, it’s £7 cheaper that way.
Max and Ivan: The Reunion – This show by sketch storytellers Max and Ivan was nominated for the Fosters Comedy Award last year, now it comes to Waterloo’s Vault festival. Definitely worth a look.

Friday
Popcorn Comedy – A night of stand-up and comedy videos in Hackney, and this time it’s a Canadian comics special including Tony Law and Mae Martin.
Two killer comics – Ian Stone and Pete Firman (of the comic-magician kind) – play Headliners in Chiswick this weekend.

Saturday
• Another impressive offering from Knock2Bag – Nick Helm, currently starring in BBC Three sitcom Uncle, headlines.
• Good one at http://www.sohocomedy.com/ this weekend, with Josh Howie and Holly Walsh on the bill.

Sunday
Weirdos – A night of outrageous silliness beckons, even by the standards of comedy anarchists the Weirdos. This is their “experimental” show, where anything goes.
Sunday Special is a reliable source of mirth of a weekend, and this one is now different.

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