Preview: The Comedy Week Ahead – Nov 24 - Dec 1

Aziz Ansari

This is one of those weeks when the comedy circuit is relatively quiet for a few days and then it suddenly goes off with a bang. If you want to catch comedy during the week the best places are the Soho Theatre where Sara Pascoe and Sam Simmons are highly recommended. 

Otherwise the big guns arrive at the weekend, with John Bishop bringing his Supersonic tour to the capital with three nights at Wembley's SSE Arena from Friday. With Lee Evans announcing his retirement Bishop could arguably claim to be the biggest man-of-the-people stand-up in the UK. He may not sweat as much onstage as Evans, but his charity work has proved that he is more than prepared to work his socks off for a good cause offstage.

Then on Sunday Aziz Ansari is in town for two back-to-back shows at the Eventim Apollo. The Parks & Recreation star was here last June and didn’t disappoint with a sharp set about his likes and dislikes. We are promised an all-new show this year, but sadly not the Michael Jackson tribute act that opened for Ansari at Madison Square Gardens last month.

If you want something different, there's another "soiree" event – Soiree Subterranea, hosted by Phil Kay on Saturday. Read more about it here. And starting this weekend is what is claimed to be the UK’s first-ever Jewish Comedy Festival at the JW3 Centre in North London. Live shows include Ruby Wax (Dec 1), Arnold Brown (Dec 4) and David Baddiel doing a one-off of his acclaimed Fame: Not The Musical (Dec 6) and there is also a Jewish Comedian of the Year Competition. Full details here.


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