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Mirth-in-progress: Edinburgh previews in London

Get one jump ahead of the Fringe, without leaving town

As comics frantically pull together their Edinburgh Fringe shows, Londoners have the chance to catch big name stand-ups and rising stars workshopping material for ridiculously cheap prices.

There are hundreds of Edinburgh Fringe previews in London throughout June and July (see our full list here), but here are some comedy clubs and venues we particularly recommend for good value first-sees.


Susan M
Susan M

WALTHAMSTOW BEST PREVIEW LINE UP IN LONDON July 3- 17th Andrew Maxwell, Paul Sinha, Mark Thomas, Richard Herring, Shappi Khorsandi, Mark Steel, Robin Ince, Lucy Porter, Simon Munnery, Tiffany Stevenson, Sam Gore ( the man behind Facebook sensation "I See You") Greg Davies, Zoe Lyons, Stephen K Amos, Ed Byrne, Sara Pascoe, Elliot Steel, Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden, Davey Johns ( Star of "I, Daniel Blake) full details can be found at http://www.redimpcomedy.com/


These all look fantastic and it is an exciting time of year, as seemingly everyone in the world of comedy prepares almost feverishly to invade Scotland in August. The common thing here is that you'll see two (possibly unfinished) hour long shows a night, as comedians get themselves together for the big push. Watch as much as you can I say! Now, I am slightly biased here, as a performer and curator of a lovely wee club called 'We Love Comedy'. Are we doing Edinburgh previews this year? Why yes, LOT's of them! But after a lot of research (OK, mainly sharing a couple of beers and a chat with some comedians and our audiences), we decided to try something a little different. You see, sometimes two previews a night is a great thing, but sometimes it can be a bit of a long winded thing to sit through, as notes are shuffled through and shows are workshopped. So, what we decided to do is have three Edinburgh previews a night at our club! 'THREE?!' you say? How is that going to work? Well, instead of hour long shows, we're having three slots of between 30 and 45 minutes – more than long enough to test drive a lot of a show and more value for audiences (as well as potentially less numbness in the posterior!). Coming up we have Terry Alderton, Ed Aczel, Tony Law, Sara Pascoe (tonight actually), Bridget Christie and, well, you'll have to just search for 'We Love Comedy' to find all the details. Hope to see you at one soon and do let us know what you think.