The Week Ahead: Sept 22 - 28

John Kearns

This is a really big week for comedy, kicking off on Monday with the Funny Women Final at the Leicester Square Theatre. Unfortunately this is invite-only this year, but BTJ will be letting you know who has won as soon as the results are in. You can read a full preview here.

If you want to see some comedy on Monday and you like cricket you are spoiled for choice. Veteran pundits Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter bowl out the anecdotes at the Lyric Theatre, while fellow Test Match-lover Andy Zaltzman starts the run of his latest show, in which he answers fans' questions, at the Soho Theatre.

Then later this week at the Soho Theatre it’s time for the Edinburgh Fringe big guns. Luisa Omielan brings Am I Right Ladies?! to London from Tuesday. This high-energy sequel to What Would Beyonce Do? was a massive hit on the Fringe, but strangely was bypassed by the Foster's judges. It’s not your typical comedy show, that's for sure, but boy, is it a crowdpleaser. I wrote about it at length here.

Then from Wednesday John Kearns is in town with the Foster’s Award-winning Shtick. Kearns made history this year by being the first back-to-back winner of Foster’s Awards, having won the Best Newcomer gong last year. This year’s show feels stripped down compared to that absurdist primer, but all the better for it. I wrote about it here. One thing that will be interesting to see is how long it is. When I saw his show in Edinburgh it was pretty much the full hour, but there were grumblings from some quarters that other performances clocked in at around 40 minutes, which would have made it  too short to be eligible for the award. Get down to Soho but actually don’t bother with stopwatches, just enjoy.

Elsewhere in South London the Greenwich Comedy Festival returns after being cancelled last year. The bills are looking fantastic. Aisling Bea, Tony Law and Stewart Lee are in the line-up on Wednesday, David O’Doherty and Doc Brown are there on Thursday and on Friday there is a screening of a documentary about local hero Malcolm Hardee and the Tunnel Club. For more info have a look here

And finally if you like your comedy on a somewhat bigger scale Lee Evans starts the London run his his latest arena show, Monsters, at the O2 Arena from Thursday.

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