Where to find funny next week
Sunday: A check of the Leicester Square Theatre website reveals there are occasional tickets available for Stewart Lee shows. Usually single seats scattered about the auditorium, but better sit alone than not see him at all (4.30pm, £23. Until 10 February).
Monday: Old Rope has an excellent line-up at the Phoenix tonight: Isy Suttie headlines, plus new stuff from Shappi Khorsandi, Carl Donnelly, James Acaster, Markus Birdman, Robin Ince, Nish Kumar and Tiffany Stevenson, with Tiernan Douieb keeping it all together (8pm, £5).
Tuesday: Ever thought what it would be like to go to your own wake? Steve Pretty (pictured) did, after a newspaper reported his death. See his show about the mixtape he played, how the wake came about and the importance of music at the Leicester Square Theatre (7pm, £8 / £6).
Wednesday: We ended up laughing out loud at this clever and sweet little sketch by The Real MacGuffins, so we have no problem recommending their show at the Leicester Square Theatre (7pm, £10). That venue has a lot of good stuff on this week.
Thursday: The Soho Theatre is also rammed to the rafters with excellence at the moment, to the point where we're spoiled for choice. This is all happening tonight (other dates are available): Andi Osho (7.45pm, £15 / £12.50), Max & Ivan: Are Holmes & Watson (8pm, £10), Doctor Brown (not to be mixed up with Doc Brown; 9.30pm, £15 / £12.50), Kerry Godliman (9.30pm, £10) and Rich Fulcher doing his Tiny Acts of Rebellion (9.45pm, £15 / £12.50).
Friday: Former Perrier nominee Sarah Kendall previews her new show at Islington's Hen and Chickens (9.30pm, £6.50).
Saturday: We can't choose between these two nights, so we'll leave the decision making to you. There's hip hop/comedy Dong at Rich Mix (7.30pm, £15 / £10), where Andrew Maxwell headlines alongside Ginger & Black, Ed Gamble (of podcast fame), all MC'd by Sorry I've Got No Head's Fergus Craig plus Big Ted on the decks. Or go to the Thames and board the Tattershall Castle (8pm, £13 / £11) with the aforementioned comedian/rapper Doc Brown, Paul Tonkinson, Keith Farnan and Rob Beckett.
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