Great comedy routines don't just spring into being - they start off as a vague idea that might be worth a lighthearted chuckle, which needs to be tested on an audience, then the timing refined, a tangential riff developed, the extra punch-line added, and you finally end up with 5 minutes of material. Then again, sometimes the nascent joke is delivered to the world, and it turns out to be stillborn.
The Camden Head plays host to the "Every Other Monday" comedy night tonight (and, as you'd expect... every other Monday). For the cost of nothing at all you can forget about the horrible day at work you just had and enjoy seeing comedians at work, trying out their new ideas to see what hits and what misses. Some of it's great, but even when that new joke dies, there's still a certain schadenfreude to be enjoyed. With Broderick Chow and Tom Goodliffe sharing MC duties and an ever-changing roster of acts, there's bound to be something that tickles your funny bone.
Tonight's line-up includes: Tom Rosenthal, Daniel Simonsen, Kate Smurthwaite, Tom Webb, Tom Corbett, Chris Hogg, Nat Luurtsema, Broderick Chow and MC Tom Goodliffe.Every Other Monday, upstairs at the Camden Head, 2 Camden Walk, N1 8DY 8pm (Doors 7.45pm) Admission: FREE with voluntary contribution at end.