London Stand Up And Sketch Comedy: 20-26 May

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 67 months ago
London Stand Up And Sketch Comedy: 20-26 May

Where to find funny this week

Sunday: There's an Edinburgh preview double bill at Comedy Knights @ The Drayton Arms Theatre (8pm, £6 / £3) from Andi Osho and misanthrope Bobby Carroll.

Monday: We couldn't choose between these two, so that decision rests with you. Humphrey Ker brings his Edinburgh-winning show Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher (pictured) to the Fortune Theatre (7.30pm, £17.50-£15; this must be one of the last chances you'll have to see it), or get political with Lolitics at the Black Heart, in the company of Mark Thomas, Sarah Bennetto, Jess Fostekew, Nick Revell, Nat Tapley and your host Chris Coltrane (8.30pm, £3).

Tuesday: There's another chance to see a brand new Jane Austen novel, improvised before your very eyes, by Austentatious at the Wheatsheaf (8pm, £5). When we saw it the room was packed so try and book ahead.

Wednesday: We're quite excited about this: Andrew O'Neill's new show gets its first full UK outing at The Hideaway near Archway. Always inventive, always smart, always funny. Go.

Thursday: Last night's Have I Got News For You probably wasn't the best showcase for laid back Joe Wilkinson (though he did get a couple of killer lines in). See him in a more congenial environment at the Bloomsbury Theatre, alongside Tony Law, Elis James, the amazing hip hop improv of Abandoman, Josh Widdicombe, Deborah Francis-White and Matthew Crosby compering. It's all to raise money for the John Hartson Foundation (7.30pm, £15 / £12.50).

Friday: Not enough people appreciate the self deprecating abuse of Andrew Lawrence, so give it a whirl at Crack Comedy in Wimbledon (8.30pm, £10 / £6). Also on the bill are the sharp-as-tacks Nick Revell and Ian Stone.

Saturday: Sketch duo Totally Tom try out new stuff at the Hen and Chickens as they prepare a show to rival the successes of last year (7.30pm, £7.50).

Book ahead: Frankie Boyle is trying out new material at the (really quite small for these purposes) Hen and Chickens in Islington. Tickets are available online only at 11am the morning of the gigs – Monday 21 and Friday 25 May (9.30pm, £5) –  so get your mouse finger ready if you're interested.

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Last Updated 19 May 2012