Where to find funny this week
Sunday 19 May: Daniel Simonsen, Paul Rickett, Edward Hedges, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, Simon Caine, Luke Graves, Laura McClenaghan, Paul Duncan McGarrity and MC John Hastings make up the packed bill at Twice as Nice Comedy in Hammersmith (8pm, £5).
Monday 20 May: Remember Going Live? Then head to the Udderbelly where Trevor and Simon are the guests of Tom Allen. If you don’t remember Going Live then this may be your first ever chance to properly swing your pants, you lucky whippersnappers (7pm, £15.50).
Tuesday 21 May: Simon Munnery, Aisling Bea, Ben Target, Kieran Boyd and Beasts are the guests at Monster comedy at Leicester Square Theatre – a great line-up, and all for charity (8.30pm, £8).
Wednesday 22 May: If you like Jane Austen then Austentatious is an absolute must: a team of comedians including Cariad Lloyd and Rachel Parris improvise an Austenish novel before your very eyes. Often standing room only in venues above pubs, there’s a seat each at the Udderbelly (9pm, £12.50).
Thursday 23 May: Radio 4 series like Warhorses of Letters, Before They Were Famous and parts of John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme got their starts at Tall Tales in Kilburn’s Good Ship. Find out what Helen Arney, Toby Davies, Gareth Edwards, John Finnemore, Viv Groskop, Ian Leslie, Susannah Pearse and host Robert Hudson have come up with this time, plus the latest adventures of Copenhagen and Marengo (8pm, £5).
Friday 24 May: Sketchfest starts and carries on through the weekend at The Victorian Vaults in Shoreditch. Acts include Allnut and Simpson, The Pin and the very wonderful Robin and Partridge. There are two double-billed shows a night, tickets are £12 / £9 for a single show, £20 / £15 for a day ticket and £50 for a weekend pass.
Saturday 25 May: Mark Thomas has spent the last year committing 100 minor acts of dissent and the results will be his new Edinburgh show. See a preview at Hen and Chickens (9.30pm, £6.50).
Book ahead: Adam Buxton is trying out new stuff at the relatively wee Invisible Dot on 28, 29 and 31 May as well as July (7.45pm / 8.45pm, £8).