Preview: The Week Ahead May 5 - 11

Bobby Mair

It’s Canadians week at the Soho Theatre. From Tuesday night Glenn Wool brings a selection of his favourite jokes to the theatre. He was supposed to have been supported by Frankie Boyle but the scabrous Scot had to pull out. Don't worry though, Wool has plenty of yarns, all stylishly told in that distinctive laid-back drawl.

Then from Thursday there are three chances to catch Bobby’s Mair’s show. Obviously Adopted. I wandered into his show in Edinburgh last summer without knowing anything about Mair and was hugely impressed. You can read my review here. He reminded me of a young Doug Stanhope and I was interested to discover later that he had previously supported Stanhope. Expect great things from Mair.

This is also a big week for benefit gigs. On Wednesday night Doc Brown, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Miles Jupp, Sean Hughes and Zoe Lyons are among those supporting Shelter at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Also in the line-up is Kevin Eldon – I’ve just received a proof copy of Eldon’s forthcoming ‘biography’ of poet Paul Hamilton, which looks very exciting indeed. Meanwhile over at the Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday Greg Davies, Josh Widdicombe, Adam Buxton, Katherine Ryan, The Boy With Tape on his Face and Paul Chowdhry are doing their bit for Friends of the Earth. Look out in particularly for host Patrick Kielty, who is not really known as a stand-up these days, but had a storming Teenager Cancer Trust gig a couple of months ago. Read about Kielty's rebirth here.

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