Previews

john bishop
For many ambitious comedians this is the most important week in comedy. The Foster's Comedy Award shortlist has just been announced and the winner will be announced on Saturday. But, believe it... more
Sam simmons
The London comedy circuit never sleeps but it does have the occasional disco nap in the middle of August. With almost everyone scarpering to Edinburgh big gigs are thin on the ground around town.... more
mark watson
The Edinburgh Festival is not the only comedy festival hitting the accelerator this week. London's Phoenix Fringe also boasts wall-to-wall wits competing for your pennies and attention. Their... more
celia pacquola
Contrary to popular opinion not quite every comedian is migrating to Edinburgh this week. Russell Brand is in London trying out material for his Messiah Complex World Tour at the Soho Theatre from... more
Daniel kitson
There is really only one game in town this week when it comes to live comedy in London. Late last week Daniel Kitson announced a short run at the Battersea Arts Centre of his latest show, After the... more
rich hall
The Soho Theatre's comedy programming policy has been consistently high in recent years but in the last couple of months they've blotted their impeccable track record with a few disappointing – to me... more
pappy's
There is no Pappy's show in Edinburgh this summer – sob – but that doesn't mean they will be keeping a low profile, oh no. Their eagerly anticipated BBC3 sitcom Badults starts later this month and... more
alexei sayle
When Alexei Sayle decided to return to the stand-up fray last year his wife was worried that he might "dilute the legacy." Sayle had been one of the original angry young alternative comedians and by... more
tape boy
This year's Udderbelly Festival in London has had a lot of great one-nighters but not many good quality comedy runs. It makes up for that this week with an extended visit from The Boy With Tape on... more
mark watson
An early Week Ahead this week, as it involves a big gig at the start of the week that might take some forward planning. Bill Bailey's recent tours have taken in venues of contrasting sizes, from... more

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