The entire capital weeps today, as Londonist presents its final round-up of the week's best Edinburgh Festival previews. You can show your respect by going to these shows and seeing some great comedy at super-cheap prices:
Monday 21st: A free gig tonight, from four superlative new comics. In their show Homework for Heroes, they discuss acts of heroism in everyday life, and play with interactive games to create a heart-warming night of comedy. The show features Broderick Chow, Tom Goodliffe, Helen Arney, and Nat Luurtsema, who we interviewed at length a few weeks ago. If you like feel-good, thoughtful and experimental comedy, definitely go to this show. (Broderick on YouTube). Lord Palmerston, 33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5. 8pm, free entry.
Tuesday 22nd: Come now, you don't really need us to tell you why you should see Stewart Lee and Simon Munnery try out new material for £6, do you? Simon will be trying new ideas for his Annual General Meeting, a regular Edinburgh fixture and essential entry in any comedy fan's diary. Meanwhile, Stew's show, Scrambled Egg, plays with old and new ideas for a TV show. Nights like this are truly what make London the best city in the world for live comedy. (Stew on YouTube, Simon on YouTube). Chapel Bar, 29a Penton St, Islington N1. 8.30pm, £6.
Wednesday 23rd: A delightful double-bill tonight. Londonist favourite Richard Sandling (who we interviewed a few months back) puts the finishing touches to his show Video Nasty, a show made for true movie lovers, packed full of geeky film references and belly-laugh comedy. Joining him is Tom Bell, who will explore why so many great rock stars die aged 27. Tom is getting a big following on the indie scene for his feel-good surreal thoughts, so make an effort to see him tonight. (Richard on Google Video). The Red Hedgehog, 255-257 Archway Road, Highgate N6. 8pm, £7.
Saturday 26th: Theatre in Kennington tonight from Gerry Howell (yes, the same one we interviewed. Our finger is all over the pulse!), who takes a break from stand-up to preview his most recent play, an amusing tragedy called Butter No Parsnips. Two lovers are forced to confront some uncomfortable truths - thanks to an Avon Lady. Gerry's theatre work is always tender and thoughtful, and we're 100% sure that this show will be a triumph. (Gerry on YouTube). White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, Kennington SE11. 4.30pm, £7.50.