Our selection of London’s alternative, clever and offbeat comedy gigs this week.
Deadpan one-line merchant Milton Jones headlines Happy Mondays at the Amersham Arms in New Cross on 13 January, with other sets from Tom Allen and Nish Kumar. Holly Walsh MCs and the pub has a very fine beer selection to keep the goodwill flowing. 8pm, £5
Liam Williams And John Kearns
Runs at the Soho Theatre from the 2013 Edinburgh newcomer winner (John Kearns until 31 January, £7.50-£12.50, 8.45pm) and one of the nominees (Liam Williams until 18 January, £10-£15, 7.30pm). We saw Liam Williams a few months ago but now you can catch his comforting comedy in a more comfortable setting; and if you like absurdist comedy, then John Kearns is your man.
We Love Comedy
The We Love Comedy club night has its first anniversary at The Pipeline on Middlesex Street on 14 January with a pretty good line-up. See Sara Pascoe, Patrick Monahan, Gabriel Ebulue, Abigoliah Schamaun, James Ross and a special guest – we know who it is but can't tell you; we think you'll be happy about it, though. £5 adv / £7, 8pm
Robin Ince and Josie Long are doing their Shambles shows at Rich Mix on 16 January (£12 / £10, 8pm) and Jackson's Lane on 17 January (£16 / £14 + bf, 8pm). Expect solo bits from both, an idea of what to expect from Robin's new Dirty Book Club night and a spot from guest Grace Petrie.
Stand Up Tragedy
Comedy = tragedy + time, right? So go to Hackney Attic on 17 January for stories, songs and spoken word about tragedy from Helen Zaltzman, Jay Foreman, Emily Capell, Liars' League, Miss L, Hannah Chutzpah and Rosie Wilby. £5 adv / £7, 7.30pm