London Stand Up And Sketch Comedy: 13-19 May

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 80 months ago
London Stand Up And Sketch Comedy: 13-19 May

Where to find funny this week

Sunday: Likeable puppy Spencer Brown is on at the 99 Club in Leicester Square tonight, alongside Mowten and Ed Gamble (8pm, £10 online, more expensive on the door).

Monday: If you time it right, or are prepared to sneak out a bit early (note of warning: the Lounge at Leicester Square Theatre is very small) you could see both these shows tonight. Edward Aczel is roadtesting new material downstairs at 7pm (£7 / £5) and then from 8pm upstairs, Richard Herring's guest for his latest podcast recording is Jonathan Ross (£12.50).

Tuesday: These days we're more used to seeing Ed Byrne (pictured) in massive theatres, so it's a treat to find him headlining So Comedy at the Soho Theatre. Also on the bill are Patrick Monahan, Shirley & Shirley and Mark Nelson (7.30pm, £15 / £12.50).

Wednesday: Comedy Gold at the Old Queen's Head has two very strong comics confirmed – Tony Law and Joe Lycett – plus a special guest who they're not naming on the website, but they've told us it's Phill Jupitus (7.30pm, £8).

Thursday: One of our favourite poets, Liz Bentley, and one of our favourite improvers, Cariad Lloyd, are two of the Femmes by the Thames at Battersea Barge (8pm, £5). Joining them are Tiffany Stevenson, Holly Burn, Susan Harrison and music from Mary Leay.

Friday: Alfie Moore used to be a policeman before moving into telling jokes about it. At Finchley's artsdepot he'll be talking about riot and protest (8pm, £16).

Saturday: Another double at the Leicester Square Theatre, this time both in the same room. The wonderful, the brilliant, the surreal Simon Munnery is experimenting with a small camera and a big screen at 7pm (£8) followed by Gemma Arrowsmith at 9pm (£7 / £5), saving the earth through character and sketch comedy.

Book ahead: A couple of big names to snap up tickets for: Alan Davies previews his Life is Pain show at the Pleasance (21/22/24 June, 6pm, £12.50) before going to Edinburgh, and Harry Hill is testing out new material at the 100 Club on 3 and 4 July (7.30pm, £12).

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Last Updated 12 May 2012