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Steen Raskopoulos – Character Assassin
Aussie solo sketch artist Steen Raskopoulos made a big impression at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, receiving a Best Newcomer nomination at the Foster's Awards for his silly debut show, 'I'm Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business'. Now he's back in London with a brand new show – 'Character Assassin' – which has been going down a storm Down Under. Raskopoulos's Adam Riches-style skits, using audience interaction, are joyfully upbeat and totally stupid. He's is a skiful performer, too.
Robin Ince's (Almost) Farewell Show
Erudite comedy wonder Robin Ince – master of intelligent stand-up, tackling everything from quantum physics to the world's worst books – is retiring from stand-up. Well, at least for a bit. He'll probably never quite retire, but he's going to stop touring till 2017 at least. This gig will be his last in London until them, mixing his new show 'Reality Tunnel' with some Ince highlights from over the years.
Under One Roof
This week-long mini comedy fest features triple-bills of Edinburgh Fringe previews each night. There are some impressive acts workshopping their shows – James Acaster, Tim Key, Bridget Christie and more. Each show costs £7 or £15 for all three shows that evening. Check 'dates and times' for the full schedule.
Laugh Out London Comedy Festival
Laugh Out London – one of our very favourite comedy clubs in the capital (here's why) – is going all out for Edinburgh Fringe preview season. The gang are taking over the Old Queen's Head pub in Islington for a week-long mini-fest of work-in-progress shows, including a Saturday all-dayer. Across the week you can catch Stewart Lee, Katherine Ryan, James Acaster, Aisling Bea, Bridget Christie and so many more. Click 'dates and times' for the daily line-ups.
Dave Chappelle Live
It's been nearly a decade since 'Chappelle's Show' ended. So what's Dave Chappelle been up to since the mid-2000s? Apart from hitting the gym hard, your guess is as good as ours. But after keeping a low profile for years, the US comedy superstar returned to stand-up in 2013 to headline the Oddball Festival tour across the States. And, despite the odd rocky gig, he's been on top form. Now the 41-year-old comic has announced his first ever full-length London shows, and we cannot wait. He's one of Comedy Central's '100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time' and, more importantly, Ahchoo from Mel Brooks's 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights'. Support comes from 'Chappelle's Show' writer and performer Donnell Rawlings.
Balham Comedy Festival
Now in its fourth year, the Balham Comedy Festival is back with a bang for 2015. Taking place in the various rooms of the Bedford pub, over the course of the nine-day festival you can catch solo shows from big-name comics, as well ace line-ups in the 'Best of Banana Cabaret' bills. Across the festival you can catch Harry Hill, Ardal O'Hanlon, Tim Vine, Robert Newman, Sara Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan, Ed Byrne and even Paul Daniels. Yes, Paul Daniels! For the full details, see 'dates and times'.
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