Comedy Preview: Edinburgh Previews 17-23 July

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 113 months ago
Comedy Preview: Edinburgh Previews 17-23 July

The marvellous Daniel Kitson
With just a couple of weeks left until Edinburgh, the comedians are busy honing and whittling down their best material. It's a great time to check out the new shows, so take your pick of these.

Daniel Kitson is perhaps one of the most highly regarded and publicity shy comedians around. His low-fi, high brow mutterings have a hardcore audience and you may well have to fight for a ticket to one of his previews. He's got two shows at Edinburgh this year - The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church is a theatre show, previewing at the Battersea Arts Centre for the next week before moving into full-blown 'proper' shows, and his stand up show is previewing at The Hob in Forest Hill. Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill SW11, previews until 25 July 6pm, £3 / £2; 'fully realised performance' 27 July-1 August 8pm, £5 / £3. The Hob, 7 Devonshire Road SE23, 19 July 4pm, 20 July 9pm, £5.

Adams and Rea are Sarah (Adams) and Leisa (Rea), who regale audiences with dry witted songs. (Fact: Leisa is a member of the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain.) Chuckle your way through a preview of their show Blissfully Unaware on Monday. Hen and Chickens, 109 St Paul's Road Islington, Monday 20 July 9.30pm, £8.

You probably already know by now not to be fooled by Lucy Porter's sweet appearance. For a chirpy show with some brilliant filth you can't really go wrong, and she's on at the Chapel Bar on Tuesday. Appearing alongside is Scot Stephen Carlin, a firm favourite of Stewart Lee. The Chapel Bar, 29a Penton Street Islington, Tuesday 21 July 8.30pm, £7 / £5. Lucy Porter also at Hen and Chickens, 109 St Paul's Road Islington, Wednesday 22 July 9.30pm, £6.50.

Speaking of Stewart Lee, he's playing the Water Rats with Tim Key and the wondefully affable Stephen K Amos on Sunday. You can also see Amos finessing his show The Feelgood Factor - which sounds perfect for these rubbish recessionary days - in Greenwich with Phil Nichol if you don't fancy trekking into zone 1. Let him do the travelling for you. Monto Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Road Kings Cross, Sunday 19 July 7pm, £10 / Up The Creek, 302 Creek Road Greenwich, Sunday 19 July 7.30pm, £6 / £4.

Last Updated 16 July 2009