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Bridget Christie: A Book for Her
2013's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Bridget Christie steps up to the Leicester Square Theatre for her latest London run. 'A Book For Her', which shares its title with Christie's first book, isn't a half-arse promotional tour. The groundbreaking political stand-up is on furious form as she tackles the Tory government, comments on civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal, and contemplates the future careers of right-wing comedians. It's another triumph.
Max & Ivan: The End
Max and Ivan aren’t just any old sketch act – their feel-good storytelling shows are like live Hollywood movies, complete with explosions, love interests and unexpected twists. Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez play all the characters, and seamlessly switch between them. It’s impressive stuff, and earned them a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination in 2013. 'The End' is another warm, touching, very funny hour from the talented pair, themed around the doomed small town of Sudley-on-Sea… KA-BOOM!
Laws and Winning's Thanksgiving (Vegan) Roast
Very silly comics Stuart Laws and Matt Winning give the popular US format of the comedy 'roast' (where stand-ups affectionately rip the piss out of their peers) a very British twist. Laws and Winning's 'roast' is less about insults, more about grazy, as comics perform short sets and then have to eat a bit of cold, microwaved roast dinner (vegan this time) as the two host 'roasters' getting increasingly pissed. Laws and Winning's last 'roast' was a lot of fun – messy, underprepared and unpredictable, just how proper comedy should be. The line-up for this thanksgiving special will be announced soon.
Nina Conti – In Your Face
Nina Conti’s BBC Four documentary ‘Her Master’s Voice’ earned her a Bafta-nom and made a whole new audience think, ‘wait, ventriloquism isn’t totally lame?’ In the British Comedy Award winner’s largely improvised new show she slaps a dummy’s mouth on to unsuspecting audience members and turns them into her puppets. The opposite of what happens to Pinocchio, if you will.
Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes
Following a mammoth UK tour, the 'French' half of 'French and Saunders' and star of 'The Vicar of Dibley' finally brings her solo show to London. Dawn French plays a West End run of '30 Million Minutes' at the Vaudeville Theatre this autumn. Expect witty anecdotes and daft jokes as French reveals the lessons life has taught her over the years. This isn't just a comedy show either, it's part-monologue, part-play, part-autobiographical slideshow, and it's directed by Michael Grandage. La-de-da. Read our interview with Dawn French
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