London Stand Up And Sketch Comedy: 15-21 July

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 106 months ago
London Stand Up And Sketch Comedy: 15-21 July

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

Sunday: At the Greenwich Comedy Festival (7.30pm, £18.50-£24), Mark Watson headlines with David O'Doherty, Elis James and Seann Walsh – who's also appearing round the corner at Up The Creek with Josh Widdicombe (7.30pm, £6 / £4).

Ruth Bratt and Lucy Trodd usually improvise, but this is their first character show. You'll note on the We Got Tickets page that we've previously called them "wonderfully silly", so if that sounds like your thing get to the Hen and Chickens for 7.30pm (£8). Meanwhile, at the Pleasance, Helen Keen tests out new material about robots and Richard Herring's talking cock has a second coming (7.30pm, £10).

Monday: Jo Brand hosts a fundraiser for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust at the Comedy Store: guests include Jenny Eclair, Norman Lovett and Sol Bernstein (8.30pm, £30 / £15 students and nurses).

In Kilburn, Celia Pacquola, Bec Hill and Yanni Agisilou preview at the Good Ship (8pm, £4 / £5). Chris Coltrane previews his Edinburgh show, all about activism and Tory smashing, at the Camden Head, alongside the brilliantly silly Jigsaw  – individually known as Dan Antopolski, Nat Luurtsema and Tom Craine (7.30pm, £2). Watch them in action below.

Tuesday: Sean Lock, Danny Bhoy, Tony Law and Ed Gamble are in a tent at the Greenwich Comedy Festival (7.30pm, £24).

We saw a preview of Sheeps's (pictured) Edinburgh show a few weeks ago and loved its slick silliness. See their sketches for yourself at the Leicester Square Theatre (10pm, £5). In Putney, Andrew Lawrence, Thom Tuck, Sarah Callaghan, Tom Davis and Harriet Kemsley preview at Gits and Shiggles (8pm, £5). Or catch Tony Law's Maximum Nonsense and Bridget Christie's War Donkey at the Monarch in Camden (8pm, £4).

Wednesday: Storytellers' Club welcomes Emmy the Great and Elizabeth Sankey for a Sweet Valley High tribute, plus John Robbins and James Dowdeswell, at the Pleasance (8pm, £10 / £8).

Invisible Dot do another of their BBQ previews in Camden (free burger or hot dog in the interval, mmm) with Nick Mohammed, whose brilliantly realised characters are a cut above the rest, and Ben Target (pronounced Tar-jay) – the last time we saw him he wore literally all his clothes and crowdsurfed (7.45pm, £7).

Thursday: The ever popular Pun Run (7.30pm, £2.77) returns to the Camden Head, with a load of comics messing with words. Bec Hill introduces Sara Pascoe, John-Luke Roberts, Steve Hall, Chris Coltrane, Sy Thomas, Juliet Stephens, Neil McFarlane, Andrew West, Ali Brice and Sophie Johnson. Guaranteed punny (and better than that).

Simon Evans and Neil Delamere make up a preview double bill at Jackson's Lane (7.30pm, £10).

Friday: Rhys Darby, perhaps best known as Murray from Flight of the Conchords, starts four nights at the Shepherds Bush Empire (8pm, £21.50 + bf).

If you've got the afternoon off, head to Camden to see Jessie Cave preview her show Bookworm at the Etcetera Theatre (4pm, £5). Later, Jess Fostekew is making a Brave New World at Hen and Chickens (9.30pm, £6).

Saturday: Joe Lycett, Toby Hadoke (who you may have seen a few years ago doing a show about Doctor Who) and Pete Johansson are at the 99 Club's Islington outpost (8.15pm, £10 online).

Sean Hughes tries out new material at the Soho Theatre (9.45pm, £7.50 / £5).

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

Last Updated 14 July 2012