Comedy this weekend
Get giggling this weekend with our Friday, Saturday and Sunday stand-up picks
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Kim Noble interview
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Sunday Special Tenth Birthday
This weekly Sunday night gig at legendary Greenwich club Up the Creek features consistently stunning line-ups of comics – including big-name headliners and short spots from up-and-comers – all for just £7. For the latest line-ups see the dates below.
10 Years On – The Malcolm Hardee Show
It's been ten years since the late, great Malcolm Hardee – dubbed the godfather of alternative comedy – died. Hardee was a maverick comedy legend. As owner of the anarchic (and terrifying for comedians) Tunnel Club, and later Up the Creek, he spotted future comedy greats when they were just newbie comics, often introducing them by saying, 'This next act's probably a bit shit'. This gig at Up the Creek is both to celebrate his life and raise funds for a Hardee documentary. The line-up includes a revived version of comedy troupe the Greatest Show on Legs (which Hardee used to be part of), plus Clare Hardee's Can Can Troupe, Terry Alderton, Martin Soan, John Robertson, Jayde Adams, Bob Slayer, Owen O'Neill, Joz Norris, Candi Gigi, Darren Maskell, Cheekykita and The Widow (half of Kit and the Widow). And don't be surprised if a few big-name special guests make a surprise appearance.
Josie Long – Cara Josephine
Josie Long has spent three years shrugging off her reputation as the queen of quirk with a trilogy of passionate, angry but ultimately optimistic political shows. It’s done her good, too – two of them received Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations. Well, she’s changed tack again. ‘Cara Josephine’ is a heartfelt, introspective piece of stand-up about break-ups, family and romantic ideals. It’s her most personal show yet, and it’s another feelgood triumph. And don’t worry, Nick Clegg still gets a kicking. The show was officially the best reviewed comedy offering at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, and now Long’s bringing ‘Cara Josephine’ back to London.
Susan Calman – Lady Like
Glaswegian comic Scot Calman – a regular on Radio 4's 'The News Quiz' and as seen on 'Have I Got News For You' and 'QI' – brings her latest solo show to London following a sell-out run at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. Calman's always wonderfully funny, mixing silly (often cat-related) thoughts with political jabs. But 'Lady Like' is more honest and personal than her previous offerings. Radio 4 listeners: she does swear – you have been warned.
Bush Hall presents...
Every so often the Show and Tell team take over this beautiful music venue in Shepherd’s Bush with intelligent, all-headline bills featuring some of the most erudite comics in the land. On February 6 you can catch unashamedly posh actor-comedian Miles Jupp, who you might recognise from 'Rev', 'The Thick of It' or, er, 'Balamory'. He's an ace stand-up. Support comes from Simon Munnery, James Acaster and Aisling Bea.
Laugh Out London presents A Comedy Roast
Comics Stuart Laws and Matt Winning put their spin on popular US format the comedy 'roast', where stand-ups rip the piss out of their peers by saying the most insulting, cruely funny things they can think of (but all in good cheer, of course.) Being 'roasted' tonight are Edward Aczel, Joey Page, Sunil Patel, Tommy Rowson, Eleanor Morton, Paul F Taylor, Mark Restuccia, Darren Maskell, Beth Vyse and Bobby Carroll.
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