London Comedy: Mark Thomas, Nina Conti, Comedy Films

Mark Thomas at Leicester Square Theatre from Tuesday.

Mark Thomas at Leicester Square Theatre from Tuesday.

Our selection of London’s alternative, clever and offbeat comedy gigs this week.

Brainwrap Comedy

Not stand up, but short comedy films screened at the Bussey Building in Peckham on 23 February. If you like laughing but are afraid a real comedian will pick on you, then a) read this b) go to this night. £5, 7.30pm

Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

Yep, Herring’s back recording his Sony (Bronze) Award winning podcast. His guest on 24 February is Robert Llewellyn, best known as Kryten from Red Dwarf. Future invitees include Greg Davies, Harry Shearer and the incomparable Danny Baker. £15, 7.30pm

Mark Thomas

At Leicester Square Theatre again from 25 February-8 March, Mark Thomas describes 100 acts of minor dissent. If your mates on social media have been sharing seen those ‘anti Daily Mail’ stickers for rail carriage windows, this is where they come from. £15 / £10, 7.15pm. If you want to make a full night of it on 26 February we recommend hanging around afterwards and seeing Sarah Kendall, £8, 9.30pm

The Secret Comedians

Elf Lyons hosts two nights this week: on 26 February at Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch, see Eric Lampaert, Gary Tro, Danny Ward, Hatty Ashdown, Rosie Wilby and Holly Burn – £3, 8.30pm. Then on 27 February head to the Bow Bells pub in, well, Bow for Adam Greene, The Dead Pony Society, Garrett Millerick, Marc Burrows and Stephen Bailey – £3 and you get a complimentary beer, 8.30pm

Cariad and Louise’s Character Comedy Night

This night of sketches and character comedy with Cariad Lloyd, Louise Ford and guests is nearly sold out online, but check with venue Drink Shop & Do if there’ll be tickets on the door because it’ll be worth it. 27 February, £3, 7.30pm

Nina Conti

Smart, sassy, self deprecating ventriloquism for grown-ups from Nina Conti at Invisible Dot on 28 February and 7 March. If you watched the recent Live at the Apollo she hosted you’ll know she’s not afraid to give the audience the power to completely railroad the show. £10, 8.45pm

Tip us off to friendly, intelligent, alternative comedy around town on hello@londonist.com, read our guide to watching live comedy in London and our top 10 themed comedy nights.

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