Your weekly mirth almanack. This week’s ‘gigs of the week’ include strong showings from Crack Comedy, Always Be Comedy, 99 Club, Frankie Boyle, Ross Noble and lots more …
• Stewart Lee (left) – Enjoying his TV show? Go check out the real thing in June. Doesn’t seem to like time off this bloke, so take advantage!
• Glenn Wool and Frankie Boyle – Wool himself is an imperious stand-up and he sneaks in a short London run in May following his European tour, with, um, Frankie Boyle as his support act.
• Jack Dee’s Helpdesk – Jack Dee tries out a new vehicle in which he plays agony uncle to the audience and their problems.
• Musical Comedy Awards Final 2014 – The annual extravaganza of musical comedy reaches the grand final at Bloomsbury Theatre on Friday, April 25. Always a good one.
And onto this week’s offerings …
• Good Ship Comedy – Satire behemoth Andy Zaltzman and the superb Mike Wozniak perform at this cracking little club.
• Old Rope – One of the capital’s finest clubs delivers new material from Hal Cruttenden, Tony Law, Aisling Bea, Joe Wilkinson and Nick Helm.
• King Gong – The Comedy Store’s monthly open mic night is brutal, but brilliant fun.
• Austentatious Presents – The acclaimed Austentatious crew shed their corsets and cravats and host a night of top-notch assorted non-Austen improv.
• The Horne Section – Alex Horne’s joyously silly comedy-jazz party is coming back to Radio 4 soon, check them out in this warm-up show at the Invisible Dot.
• Always Be Comedy – This brilliant little club in Kennington brings you a wonderfully varied and talented bunch of comedians: Nick Helm (left), Aisllng Bea, Rachel Parris and Julian Deane. Yikes. Buy buy buy!
• Shambles – The woefully under-rated Andrew O’Neill headlines this night of avant-garde comedy in Tufnell Park.
• Ross Noble – Geordie mentalist Noble has regular improvised shows at the Cutty Sark, of all places. The initial allocation is sold out for these shows, BUT additional tickets go on sale each week, so give ’em a bell …
• Crack Comedy Kingston – Tony Law and Stephen Carlin perform at Crack’s excellent Kingston gig.
• 99 Club Leicester Square – A cracking line-up at Storm: Nick Revell, Brett Goldstein and a rare club set by Lee Nelson.
• The Boat Show – Quite possibly the best MC around at the moment, John Robins, introduces a superb line-up.
• Crack Comedy – Crack plays another blinder in Kingston, AND in WImbledon too, where Scott Capurro and Jeff Innocent perform.
• 99 Club Leicester Square – More pure comedy excellence at Storm, with musical comedy maverick Robert White, Mike Wozniak, and one of the best in the business Ian Stone.