Comedy this weekend
Get giggling this weekend with our Friday, Saturday and Sunday stand-up picks
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Lou Sanders: Excuse Me, You're Sitting On My Penis Again
Disjointed, offbeat talent Lou Sanders just keeps getting better and better – her scatterbrained stories and stupid ideas are ludicrously funny. This year’s show – the snappily-titled 'Excuse Me, You're Sitting On My Penis Again' – focuses on Sanders’s attempts to nab a place at Eton College for Boys, despite not being a boy.
We're massive fans of Doug Stanhope. This hellraising US stand-up and star of 'Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe' is the real frickin' deal, tackling hard-hitting topics with brutal honesty and drunken intelligence. Politics, sex, drugs, religion, death – Stanhope has smart views on all them in his vitriloic rants. The Arizona-based comic's rambling, alcohol-fuelled social commentaries are utterly thrilling, and no two shows are ever quite the same. These London dates will be a treat.
Stand Up for the Comedy School
This benefit gig is helping to raise money to help fight knife crime. On the impressive bill are sketch partners Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, grouchy panel show regular Sean Lock, (Sir) Lenny Henry, Andi Osho, Francesca Martinez, Simon Evans, Curtis Walker and more.
Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby
Pioneering character comic Joseph Morpurgo's latest effort was one of the most impressive comedy shows of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. So much so, it bagged a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination, and we gave it a glowing five star review. 'Soothing Sounds for Baby' is both retro and cutting edge. The set up is a faux episode of 'Desert Island Discs' (featuring dialogue from Kirsty Young painstakingly spliced together for actual episodes) and Morpurgo transforms into the characters on the sleeves of his chosen vinyls. It's a rich, multilayered comedy experience, and one that keeps whirling away in your mind long after it's finished. One of the best comedy shows of the year.
Hannibal Buress – The Comedy Camisado Tour
A one-off UK show – his first in three years – for the sharp, laconic and often very funny Hannibal Buress. Fans of US sitcom ‘Broad City’, which has found a home on UK TV over at Comedy Central, will recognise him as Ilana's goofy on-off 'boyfriend'. He's also a talented writer having written for ‘30 Rock’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’, but stand-up is where he truly shines. Expect frighteningly assured tales of life on the road, acute, sometimes surreal observations, and maybe a barbed comment or two in the direction of Bill Cosby, all delivered in his trademark drawl.
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