January. The most depressing time of year. Christmas is over, it’s cold out and every advert feels like it’s yelling at you to get fit or find love online. The ideal time for a good laugh then, eh? There are plenty of funny happenings in London this month, even if you’re watching the pennies.
Firstly, if you’re suffering from post-Christmas skintivitis, these cheap stand-up gigs could be the cure. Six shows, all with excellent line-ups, ranging from a tenner to zero pounds. Bargains.
But even the ten very best comedy shows in January aren’t going to cost you an arm and a leg. All of the top ten are taking place in intimate venues, including Frank Skinner’s first solo stand-up show in six years at the 400-seat Leicester Square Theatre, and Irish comedy legend Tommy Tiernan in the Soho Theatre’s 150-seat space.
If it’s new talent you’re after, Soho Theatre is showcasing all but one of last year’s Best Newcomer nominees at the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards (Matt Okine is based in Australia so can’t make it. Selfish, eh?). Winner John Kearns and nominees Liam Williams, Aisling Bea, and Romesh Ranganathan are all worth checking out.
Finally, these shows are closing soon, so it’s your last chance to catch ’em. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Barry Humphries hangs up the purple wig, and performs as Dame Edna for the final time in London, until Sunday January 5.
Two more weeks of Stewart Lee’s work-in-progress shows at the Leicester Square Theatre, until Sunday January 19.
Canadian loon Tony Law’s extended his run at Soho Theatre until Saturday January 11.
Bile-spitting comedian and magician Jerry Sadowitz shows off his sleight-of-hand skills at the Leicester Square Theatre, until Saturday January 18.
And if you missed her sold-out five-week run last year, 2013’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Bridget Christie’s back at the Soho Theatre for the final performances of ‘A Bic for Her’, Monday January 6 to Saturday January 25.
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