The best of 2011: comedy shows
Time Out's comedy editor picks his favourite comedy moments of 2011... and one turkey
As 2010 drew to a close we thought comedy’s popularity could grow no larger. My have the past twelve months proved us wrong. 2011 turned out to be a mightily busy (and profitable) year for stand-up with countless comics embarking on theatre tours and a total of 33 arena comedy gigs performed across London’s two enormodomes, compared to just 18 the previous year. However, there has also been a much needed surge in comedic creativity with many shows – including Adam Riches and Nick Helm’s immersive hours – being designed for intimate, inclusive venues; quite the opposite to stadium-gigs. Mainstream observationalists may be more popular than ever, but alternative comedy is still very much alive.