Preview: The Week Ahead Dec 22 - 29

Luisa omielan

If you are looking for laughs this week the comedy circuit has not quite shut down for the holidays. There is plenty to enjoy at the Soho Theatre, where Tony Law continues his run of Nonsense Overdrive. This hour of nuttiness is maybe not quite as well-crafted as his 2012 breakthrough show Maximum Nonsense, but it is still a fine introduction to one of the most beautifully off-kilter minds in modern comedy.

Later this week at the same venue Luisa Omielan returns with yet another run of her distinctive storming set, What Would Beyonce Do? This is a real fairy tale success story – Omielan started doing her feisty autobiographical piece about her chaotic love life as a free gig in Edinburgh. It didn't win any major awards but it was picked up by Eddie Izzard's promoter and has been entertaining fans around the UK seemingly non-stop ever since. It's not your typical stand-up show but for all the single ladies and fans of high-energy storytelling with a bit of twerking thrown into the mix just for good measure it is hard to beat.

Elsewhere if you want a big blowout this week Edna Everage is still bidding her fans a gladioli-tinged goodbye at the Palladium. A frond farewell if you like. For anyone who has not seen Barry Humphries before this is a must. At 79 he is still as sharp as a tac, picking his front row apart with impeccable style. Although for me the highlight of the night was the opening, with Humphries as Les Patterson drooling over his beef on the barbie. If you are seated in the front ten rows take an umbrella - Humphries has tremendous range, both in terms of character comedy and how far his saliva can reach…

 

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