Where to find funny next week
Sunday: The utterly brilliant Andrew O’Neill (pictured) headlines An Event of Some Kind (6.30pm, £7) at Camden’s Black Heart. Never seen him? We have and we like him lots. Also on the bill, and very much keeping up the quality, are Helen Arney, Thom Tuck, Luke Benson, Tim Shishodia, Sam Fletcher and your host H Anthony Hildebrand.
Monday: New Born Comedy at the Leicester Square Theatre is the place to see new gags from hosts Ruth Bratt, Pippa Evans, Cariad Lloyd and Lucy Trodd. Their guests are Sara Pascoe and massively famous Sarah Millican (8.30pm, £8).
Tuesday: Tall Tales in Kilburn has been quietly producing material for Radio 4 and Edinburgh shows for two years (Warhorses of Letters, Before They Were Famous, John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme, The Brandreth Papers). Tonight it’s a ‘best of’ (8pm, £5) with Robert Hudson, Marie Phillips, Mike Westcott, Susannah Pearse, Toby Davies, Gareth Edwards and the aforementioned John Finnemore and Benet Brandreth.
Wednesday: Humphrey Ker is doing his Edinburgh Best Newcomer winning show, Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher, at the Soho Theatre until Saturday (9.30pm, £10). And then they’ve added more dates 13-18 February due to popular demand.
Thursday: We’ve just spent half an hour watching Cardinal Burns sketches and can’t decide whether we’re more appalled by the ideas or by ourselves for laughing at them. Catch these sick puppies at Comedy Calling (7.30pm, £5), plus Joe Wilkinson, Gemma Whelan, Eric Lampaert and Marc Burrows.
Friday: Rich Hall is at Club Senseless, below the King’s Head in Crouch End (8.30pm, £10 / £8), but possibly more exciting is the chance to see comedy legend Barry Cryer and his mucker Ronnie Golden (watch the video below, from a 2010 Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People, for a taster).
Saturday: Sardonic Greg Davies headlines the Union Chapel in Islington (7.45pm, £16); perfect for if you never got a ticket for Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog (or for second helpings if you did). Paul Foot, Tony Law and Miles Jupp from Rev are in support, with Alun Cochrane MCing.
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