London Stand Up And Sketch Comedy: 16-22 December

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 75 months ago
London Stand Up And Sketch Comedy: 16-22 December

Where to find funny this week

Sunday 16 December: Storytellers' Club, obviously, is Christmas themed this month. But not good-Christmas; expect crumby-Christmas tales from Lucy Porter, Sarah Bennetto, Howard Read, Sara Pascoe and James Dowdeswell at the Pleasance (8pm, £10).

Monday 17 December: Adorable sketch group Sheeps host a festive bash at the Union Chapel, with a cracking line-up of guests: Tim Key, Mark Watson, David O'Doherty, Jeremy Lion, Oyster Eyes, Jamie Demetriou, Kieran and Joe and the Horne Section Players. There will be a search for Christmas spirit. It will be found. Go, drink and be merry (7.30pm, £16.50 / £15).

Tuesday 18 December: Alternative Comedy Memorial Society are mounting a pantomime at the Pleasance, hosted by John-Luke Roberts and Thom Tuck and starring Joe Lycett, Colin Hoult, Sara Pascoe, Waen Shepherd, Howard Read and more. Expect the usual leftfield shenanigans plus tinsel (7.30pm, £8).

Wednesday 19 December: See Josie Long do her show Romance and Adventure, which we think might be her best to date, at the Battersea Arts Centre until Friday (7pm, £12 / £10).

Thursday 20 December: Like wordplay? Then get tickets (in advance, this always always sells out) to Pun Run at The Monarch in Camden (8pm, £2.77 adv / £5 on the door if there are any left. There won't be). Bec Hill is your host, with guest punning from Chris Coltrane, Ben Target, Andrea Hubert, Sophie Johnson, Chris Boyd, Frimston & Rowlett, Barnaby Slater, Juliet Stephens and Joshua Ross.

Friday 21 December: The last time Sam Simmons (pictured) was at the Soho Theatre we were slightly terrified and definitely amused. He's back with a new show running until 5 January (9pm, £12.50-£20).

Saturday 22 December: The Boy With Tape on His Face slayed crowds at Edinburgh and is now in London until 5 January (we don't know what it is about 5 January). Catch the silence at the Duchess Theatre (7.30pm, £20-£35).

Book ahead: Sarah Silverman will be at the Bloomsbury Theatre on 9 February – her first London appearance in four years. Tickets are only available through Ticketmaster and Live Nation at £28.50 inc booking fee. They're doing something terribly clever with paperless tickets to avoid re-sales so if you want to go, book now.

Tip us off to friendly, intelligent, alternative comedy around town, read our guide to watching live comedy in London and our top 10 themed comedy nights.

Last Updated 15 December 2012