Our selection of London’s alternative, clever and offbeat comedy gigs this week.
Part of a seriously eclectic festival line-up, satirist Andy Zaltzman and stand-up plus one-third-of-sketch-group-Jigsaw Dan Antopolski come to Alleyn’s School on 17 May, with Mark Smith doing the MC duties. £10, 8pm.
Aussie Celia Pacquola headlines The Good Ship in Kilburn on 19 May, with four other acts on the bill as well: Pete Otway, Mark Silcox, Brennan Reece and Richard Soames. And all for just a fiver on the door / £4 in advance, doors open at 6pm for an 8pm start.
The Yard Laughs
The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick has put together a series of comedy double bills, three days in a row, once a month. This week the shows run 20-22 May, featuring Bec Hill and Clever Peter, Thom Tuck and The Beta Males, and an evening of surreal whimsy with John-Luke Roberts and Ben Target. It’s £11 per double bill, which is top value. 8pm start.
Raise cash for Refuge UK with this comedy show at The Book Club in Shoreditch on 21 May, with a fantastic all-female line-up. See Holly Walsh, Bridget Christie, That Pair, Rachel Parris, Lou Sanders, Luisa Omielan and Ellie White, with Aisling Bea doing the introductions. £8+bf, 8pm.
Jonny & The Baptists
UKIP really didn’t like musical duo Jonny & The Baptists naming their current tour the ‘Stop UKIP’ tour (and probably are even less amused by their UKIP song, see below). The tour hits the Soho Theatre on 22 May, which is election day so make sure you vote before heading out (other candidates and parties are available). £15 / £12.50, 7.30pm
The Norwegians Of Comedy
The Norwegians of Comedy are Martin Beyer-Olsen and Lars Berrum and they’re hosting two nights of comedy on 22 May and 23 May at Aces and Eights in Tufnell Park. Special guests include Kevin Eldon, Tony Law, Paul Currie and more. £9, 7.30pm