The week in comedy – feat. Simon Amstell, Rhys Darby, Henry Paker

Your weekly mirth almanack. This week’s ‘gigs of the week’ include strong showings from the 99 Club, Gits and Shiggles, Tom Stade, a pancake day special, and more.


Booking ahead
Rhys Darby make sure you’re – HA! – “present” for his new show, Mr Adventure, which comes to the UK this July.
• Still a one-off after all these years, Simon Munnery has a run at Leicester Square Theatre with Fylm, a show like no other that “stabs at the void between dead film and live theatre”.
• The stars are coming out for the GQ Comedy Extravaganza at Hammersmith Apollo next Monday – Russell Howard, Milton Jones, John Bishop, Lee Mack, Greg Davies and plenty more.

And onto this week’s offerings.


The Monday Club – A vintage from this hardy reliable, featuring Hal Cruttenden and Andrew Lawrence.
Old Rope –Mark Watson and John Robins star at the finest new material night in town.


The Goodfather – Phil Kay is in charge tonight, which should guarantee some degree of chaos. Simon Munnery headlines.
It Might Get Ugly – The show where comedians are “honest to the point of regret” – Carl Donnelly, Aisling Bea, Trevor Lock and Romesh Ranganathan put themselves through it for your entertainment.
Pancake Day – A themed show at Invisible Dot, Kings Cross, featuring James Acaster and two-thirds of Sheeps, Al and Jonno.


Henry Paker at the Soho Theatre – One of LiF’s favourite shows of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, this is your ONE CHANCE to see a virtuoso blend of observational comedy with an oddball edge. Also on at the Soho this week is fabulous storyteller Brett Goldstein.
99 Club – At the 99 Club’s flagship Leicester Square venue will be Hal Cruttenden, Carey Marx and Luke Benson.
Tom Stade at Crack Comedy – Big-shot Canadian comic Stade (below) warms up for his tour with a special small show on the South Bank.


Foul Play – A one-off comedy show at Waterloo Tunnels’ Vault Festival. It’s a night of dark and dirty stand-up featuring grizzly Canadian Tom Stade and rising star Bobby Mair.
Always Be Comedy –A cracking little club in Kennington, Joel Dommett and James Acaster will make sure it’s business as excellently usual.
Gits and Shiggles – An absolute beaut in Putney this Thursday – Bobby Mair, Tom Rosenthal, James Acaster and Phil Kay. Get stuck in!
Joz Norris & Friends Present … Before They Were Famous!!! –This one looks fun: John-Luke Roberts, Trodd en Bratt, The Grandees, Mark Dean Quinn and Sofie Hagen travel back from their wildly successful future to tell us “before they were famous” tales.
Kevin Bridges: work-in-progress – There are still tickets left for Mr Bridges’ new material nights.


Soho Comedy Club – Carey Marx and Luke Toulson will be delivering the funnies at SCC.
Boat Show Comedy – At the paddlesteamer of mirth you can see Ian Stone, Holly Walsh and ace MC Craig Murray.


Amused Moose –Superb line-up in Soho, including Rhys James, Tom Stade and Carey Marx.
99 Club Leicester Square – 5 Live regular Bob Mills, Canadian maverick Tony Law and king of low-key whimsy James Acaster star.
Crack Comedy Southbank – Performing by the Eye is this excellent threesome: Chris McCausland, Tom Webb and Loretta Maine.


Simon Amstell: work-in-progress – Amstell is swotting up for a new tour, and the only way to get tickets to this Sunday 3pm show is via the Invisible Dot mailing list (see the home page), and tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, March 3.
Austentatious – You only need one period-improvisation show in your life, and Austentatious is the one, catch it now at the Leicester Square Theatre.


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