The wait is over. Time Out’s writers and editors have named their 20 most influential figures of 2011. Ranging from the creative to the most innovative, these people made a significant difference to London in the past 12 months.
‘At a time when comedy’s popularity is continually on the increase, character comic (and this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner) Adam Riches proved there’s still an audience looking for alternatives to observational stand-up. The magic of his audience-interactive show, ‘Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches’, would be lost in an arena: it’s designed for an intimate environment where no one in the crowd quite feels safe. Highly inventive and gloriously silly, it’s one of the funniest shows we’ve seen all year. But Riches also shows aspiring comics that panel shows aren’t the only route to success in the comedy business.’ Ben Williams, Comedy editor
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