London There’s something for every comedy lover, whether you like stand – ups with a big name, sketch bands or the leftmost actors in the alternative scene. We challenge you to maintain a straight face in our selections from the leading comedy venues of the British capital.
The most famous comedy hall in London opened in 1979 and actually launched the careers of many of Britain’s favorite comedians, from the duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders to Simon Peg. Anyone who is anyone has appeared here over the years, making him something of a barometer for British comedy talent. The place’s regular shows include Best in stand-up, Which includes four experienced shows and Compera, Thursday through Saturday evenings; A long-improvised sketch comedy Comedy Store actors On Wednesday and Sunday; And topical comedy from Spearhead On Tuesdays. Watch for characters like Paul Merton, who has been appearing regularly at the venue since the 1980s, Phil Jupitos and Joe Brand.
This place in central London has three spaces to choose from, with established names appearing in the Soho Theater, emerging talents appearing in
Soho Upstairs, and a combination of the two in the newest space, Soho Downstairs. Programming includes new writing theater and cabaret performances alongside comedy; Soho has a special work ethic that blurs the boundaries between these genres. So, expect tall stand-up comedians like Marcus Brigstock, musical comedy shows like The Horne Section and theatrical-style artists like the Cummings thugs to be all about the 2014 bill. . Turn around after a show and you might find yourself chatting with one of the actors.
There are at least three comedy evenings involved a week on the sister stage of this intimate Shoreditch venue upstairs, the lively Bedroom Bar. Check out free developing talents New game night On Wednesdays or book a session to see a big-name comic like Tony Law on the weekends. DJs take over when the stand-up ends, so why not make it a nightmare? The theater also hosts combined deals for dinner and performances, courtesy of an excellent Korean-style chicken buffet Jubo (located in the bar below), and curiosity as the only regular French-language comedy evening in the UK (Marcel Locont and others).
Down an unspecified side street in King’s Cross is the first comedy venue to open in London in decades. The Invisible Dot was launched in 2012, but it’s still a very industrial secret, where you’ll find some of the UK’s most innovative comedy performers working on new material and breaking their art boundaries. Stand-up comedians like Claudia O’Duharty and Josie Long appear alongside disturbed character ensembles like Sheep and Triceratops in a show that is deliberately difficult to define. Prices are low (around $ 17 US) to encourage audiences to attend regularly and try new things. Management Company Before it was a venue, The Invisible Dot runs events on other stages, such as the Atlas Atmospheric Union Chapel. A short West End season is in the works for construction this spring .
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