Our selection of London’s comedy gigs this week.
This free night in Angel is putting on a week of fantastic comedians for no pounds and no pence. You can see Simon Munnery, Shappi Khorsandi, Arthur Smith and Luisa Omielan doing her hit show What Would Beyonce Do?, but perhaps the best value is 3 October when Sara Pascoe and Daniel Simonsen make up a double bill. Doors open at 7pm, shows start at 8pm.
The Soho comedy club also puts together an annual award during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Some of the winners and finalists from 2013 are at Soho Theatre this week: winner Al Lubel is Mentally Al on 1 October (9.30pm, £10), people’s choice Danny Ward also on 1 October (7.30pm, £10), then on 2 October excellent shows from John-Luke Roberts (7.30pm, £10) and musical comedy that made us breathless with laughter from Jonny & The Baptists (9.30pm, £10).
If you watched the final episode of The IT Crowd you will now be familiar with Gareth Morinan, AKA Tiny Barista. So it’s less of a leap to watching his clever full-length stand up show about dating, politics and graphs, at Leicester Square Theatre. 2 October, 7pm, £5.
Two big fundraisers on 2 October, forcing you to choose which charity you care about most. Will it be Crisis? If so, go to the Bloomsbury Theatre for Josh Widdicombe, Pappy’s, Sean Hughes, Alastair McGowan and Barry Cryer (7.30pm, £15 / £12.50 + bf). If you’re all about Mencap, then it’s Hammersmith Apollo for you to see Russell Howard, Jo Brand, Jessica Hynes, Omid Djalili, Richard Herring, Cardinal Burns, Jon Richardson, Susan Calman and more (7pm, £20 + bf). From a purely comedy POV, we’d go with Mencap.
We’ve got a lot of love for this extraordinairement French character from Alexis Dubus, playing the Bloomsbury Theatre on 4 October. Expect poised bon mots, national stereotypes and lots of wine. 8pm, £13.50 / £11.50 + bf.