London Stand Up And Sketch Comedy: 24-30 June

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 107 months ago
London Stand Up And Sketch Comedy: 24-30 June

Our pick of this week’s comedy gigs – plus Edinburgh previews

Sunday: The Working Men's Club is preparing for its Edinburgh debut; cheer 'em on at the Leicester Square Theatre (12pm, £6). If you're more of an evening comedy person head to Chelsea's Drayton Arms (8pm, £6 / £3) for Paul F Taylor and the unstoppable Phil Nichol.

Monday: Regular new material night Old Rope at the Phoenix features hilarious German – no, that's not an oxymoron – Henning Wehn (pictured), plus Rich Hall, James Acaster, Mike Wilmot, Paul Sweeney and Al Barrie (8.15pm, £5).

Musical previews from hiphop improvisers Abandoman and sciencey songstress Helen Arney at the Good Ship in Kilburn, plus Taylor Glenn investigating psychotherapy (8pm, £4 / £5).

Tuesday: We really enjoyed last month's Do The Right Thing podcast recording, and thoroughly recommend you try it out yourself. Regulars Danielle Ward, Michael Legge and Margaret Cabourn-Smith are joined by guests Angelos Epithemiou, Katy Brand, John-Luke Roberts, Dan Schreiber, Alice Arnold and Jim Bob (7.30pm, £6 / £4).

Matthew Crosby of sketch group Pappy's and actual sketch group WitTank preview (see video below) at the Camden Head (8pm, £3).

Wednesday: We snarfed with laughter when we saw Austentatious, an improvised 'unseen' Jane Austen novel. Catch them yourself at the Wheatsheaf (8pm, £5).

Richard Herring and Andrew O'Neill try out their Edinburgh shows at the LOL Comedy Club in Kensal Green (8pm, £5). We don't often see a line-up and yelp with glee, but we did at that one.

Thursday: How great an idea is this? A comedy gig at Foyles, and entry is simply a receipt for any book worth at least £4.99 (from Foyles, obv). The acts are appropriately whip smart, being Bridget Christie, John-Luke Roberts, Nat Luurtsema, Tiernan Douieb and hosted by Chris Coltrane (7pm).

We also have to mention Chat Show Roulette at the Soho Theatre, where comedians are interviewed as a character whose traits are determined by the audience. Tonight's guests are Matt Lucas, Katy Brand, Adam Riches and Dave Schneider, hosted by Justin Edwards (9.15pm, £12.50). Also on Tuesday – book fast, Wednesday's already sold out.

Friday: Knock 2 Bag at Rich Mix has a brilliant line up: Frisky and Mannish, Doctor Brown, Elis James, David Elms and Josie Long headlining (7.30pm, £10 / £15).

2011 Edinburgh newcomer nominees Totally Tom test out new material at the Hen and Chickens (9.30pm, £7.50).

Saturday: New York's Found Footage Festival makes its UK debut at the Soho Theatre. Hosted by writers from The Onion and David Letterman, they'll take you through the odd things they've found on VHS tapes in charity shops and car boot sales down the years (9.30pm, £15 / £12.50).

There are previews from Lucy Porter at the Leicester Square Theatre (4pm, £10 / £8) and Seann Walsh at the Canal Cafe Theatre (7.30pm, £6 / £5).

Tip us off to friendly, intelligent, alternative comedy around town and read our guide to watching live comedy in London.

Last Updated 23 June 2012