The Edinburgh Festival lasts for three weeks, but we Londoners get two months worth of previews with vastly cheaper ticket prices. Therefore, London wins. Take advantage of this epic victory by going to one, some, none or more of the following:
Monday 9th - Andrew O'Neill's Totally Spot-On History Of British Industry promises to be packed full of truth and facts as he re-tells the history of this glorious era. There'll be surreal and playful nonsense by the bucket load. Andrew is one of Londonist's favourite comedians, so catch this one while you can. (Andrew on YouTube) The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, W1T. 8pm.
Tuesday 10th - There's a double bill of comedy from Ivan Brackenbury and Stephen Grant in Borough. Ivan Brackenbury is the DJ behind "Disease Hour" on North Derbyshire Hospital Radio. His ramshackle approach to radio DJing and his gloriously dark material won him a nomination for the if.comedy award in 2007, and was one of the highlights of last year's Fringe. (Ivan on YouTube). Falling Down With Laughter @ Belushi's, 161-165 Borough High Street, SE1. 8pm, £6.
Wednesday 11th - Another double-bill from two top comics, Glenn Wool and Jon Richardson. Glenn's set is sharp, passionate, thoughtful and highly political, and his shows have consistently received great reviews at Fringes gone by. Jon Richardson was another if.comedy nominee last year, and also co-presents Russell Howard's 6Music show. Definitely worth a journey to Brixton to see these guys for such a cheap price. (Glenn on YouTube, and Jon on YouTube). Brixton Comedy Bugs @ The Babalou Bug Bar. The Crypt, St. Matthews Church, Brixton Hill SW2. 7.30pm, £6.
Saturday 14th - There isn't much info available about Zimbani, a show which describes itself as "The new buzzword in action, terror and adventure", and promises "Guns! Guts! A Girl! Crocodiles!". So why recommend it? Partly because it's at the Hen and Chickens, which is a pretty reliable sign of quality, but mostly because among others, it features Colin Hoult, one half of the utterly wonderful Colin and Fergus. Guns? Crocodiles? Colin Hoult? We don't need to know anything else - that's more than enough to guarantee our attendance! (Colin on YouTube). Hen and Chickens, 109 St Paul's Rd, Highbury Corner, N1. 9.30pm, £7. Tickets: 0207 7042001
Sunday 15th - A double-bill from Pippa Evans and Carey Marx, whose have bizarre wtfness in such large quantities that, if it could be harnessed, could power Luton for a week. Pippa's dark and surreal characters are some of the most original and inspired currently on the circuit, and should be seen by absolutely anyone who likes weird and wonderful comedy. Carey Marx will be a familiar name to fans of live comedy. His twisted and frightening stories are precisely what you need on a Sunday. Both of these comics are truly hilarious, so cancel whatever plans you have, and go to this instead. You honestly won't regret it. (Carey on YouTube) Laughing Stockwell @ The Cavendish Arms, Hartington Rd, Stockwell, SW8. 7.30pm £5.