Comedy Preview: Edinburgh Previews July 3-9

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 110 months ago
Comedy Preview: Edinburgh Previews July 3-9

StewartLee.jpg More Edinburgh previews in our very own London town...

Holy crap. If, like us, you are of 'a certain age' (i.e., over 30) then you'll be wetting your pants with joy at the prospect of seeing Stewart Lee and Simon Munnery on the same bill. It's a joyous thing to see Stewart Lee back in the bosom of popular consciousness and the campaign to get Simon Munnery's fierce surrealism back on the telly starts here. You can get your fill of both if you get down to the Chuckle Club very early on Saturday (unsurprisingly, tickets are limited). Chuckle Club @ Macadam Building, LSE, Surrey Street, Saturday 4 July 8.30pm, £15 / £13.

We like Andrew O'Neill very much. We caught the early stages of his new show Occult Comedian a month or so back and laughed so hard our faces hurt. We can only speculate what an improved version will do to your health. Why not find out? It'll be a funner way to go than swine flu. See him on Sunday. The Old Crown, 33 New Oxford Street, Sunday 5 July, 7pm, £3.

If you like music based comedy (and in these days of Flight of the Conchords, who doesn't?), you might like, er, Now That's What I Call Music Based Comedy!, the new show from award-showered Tom Basden. Have a look at some of his older songs (you might recognise the one about Zara Phillips and the horse) and if you take a fancy to what you see, head off to Islington on Monday. Hen and Chickens, 109 St Paul's Road, Islington, Monday 6 July 7.30pm, £6.

Hopefully Robin Ince has managed to get some sleep after his brilliantly manic compering job at the Night of 400 Billion Stars last Monday, because he's got a preview at the Phoenix on Wednesday. He's up against the Moral Majority, and we've got money on him winning. The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square W1, Wednesday 8 July 8.15pm, £5.

Also making us chortle last Monday with her sidelong take on rocket science was Helen Keen. Her new show, The Primitive Methodist Guide to Arctic Survival, tells the story of the whaling ship Diana, which got stuck in an ice floe for the whole winter of 1866. The Albany, Douglas Way Deptford, Monday 6 July 8pm, £5.

Last Updated 02 July 2009