We love a bit of musical comedy here at Time Out. From Bill Bailey's orchestral deconstructions, to Doc Brown's super-sharp raps about tea-making, via the Brett Domino Trio's awkward covers of Justin Timberlake hits.
The good news is, musical comedians are always popping up on the London comedy circuit, and plenty perform their own solo shows. The list below shows the next ten comedy gigs in London featuring a musical comic.
Upcoming musical comedy shows in London
‘It’s going quite well,’ says Bill Bailey, 30 minutes into his new show. ‘I think I’ll do my joke.’ Yep, Bailey is on typically bewildered form in ‘Limboland’, which has landed in the West End for a Christmas run after a year of touring. The closest the 51-year-old comic gets to a one-liner is a lengthy, meandering gag that starts ‘Lionel Richie walks into a bar…’ But quickfire jokes aren’t Bailey’s style, of course, and his trademark fanciful musings and musical deconstructions are out in force. ‘We’re in a strange time of extremes,’ he explains at the top of the show, before launching into a wonderfully playful routine about the post-election political landscape and the Labour Party’s current ‘experimental album’. As the show title suggests, Bailey feels caught in the middle; the long-time lefty’s not quite sure what to think or who to believe in. From there, the grumblingly upbeat comic moves into jokes about typical British feelings or trying to explain Skype to his octogenarian father; and in the second half, there are more long-form stories as he explores what it actually means to be ‘happy’. It’s Bailey’s beautiful turns of phrase and imaginative similes that bring each tale to life. There’s a whimsical poetry to every sentence; each observation is filtered through his fluffy brain like he’s in one long, extended daydream. But it’s when he gets behind an instrument that the musically-dexterous comic is at his best. Remixes of iPhone ringtones, German death metal cRead more
It's been twelve years since 'The Office' left our screens, but David Brent is back this year with a feature-length film. He's undoubtedly Ricky Gervais's funniest and most successful character creation, and after selling out work-in-progress shows in a matter of seconds, he's ready once again to play the Hammersmith Apollo (quite a large venue for an office middle-manager from Slough). This isn't a stand-up show. Brent will be backed by his band, Foregone Conclusion, to perform ‘Ooh La La’, ‘Spaceman Came Down’, ‘Life on The Road’, ‘Ain’t No Trouble’ and more, live.Read more
The Bonzos have been around in various forms since the early ’60s, but properly started to gain a following in 1968 when they appeared weekly on ITV’s ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’. They mix psychedelic pop, rock and trad jazz, but they’re best known for their daft, surreal humour. Don’t be surpised if some special guest vocalists join the party tonight as the Bonzos celebrate 50 years, with original members Neil Innes, Rodney Slater, Sam Spoons, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell and Bob Kerr back together on stage for this massive birthday gig. Support comes from Innes’s Beatles parodists The Rutles.Read more