Comedy in pictures – October

Thursday, November 04 2010

Kicking off with Tim Minchin, who did a top-secret mini gig at the outgoing 100 Club

The show was put on by Feature Spot – who know how to get the big names into small venues – and Mr Minchin was warming up for his upcoming tour.

That's nice. Thanks to Edward Moore for the photography.

Tim was supported by sketch duo Cardinal Burns, here ripping into their Turkish cab driver/Kings of Leon skit

Also Colin Hoult as his ex-soldier Andy Parker who fancies himself as a bit of a screenplay writer

And Stuart Goldsmith was the grinning glue that bound it all together

Over at the Bloomsbury Theatre, Bright Club – a themed show where performers speak on a specific subject – had its biggest night to date. The theme was Hidden Treasures, and Simon Munnery MCed. Robin Ince and We Are Klang's Steve Hall also performed (pics by Hilary Jackson).

The night is run by UCL, so among the performers to a baying crowd of students were academics such as Chiara Ambrosio (Science & Technology Studies), who spoke about Picasso ...

... and Joe Flatman (Institute of Archaeology) who talked about penises

Excellent video/comedy night Popcorn Comedy visited the Tabernacle Centre in Notting Hill, where Father Ted/Big Train/IT Crowd writer Graham Linehan put in a stint

Linehan showed some videos he thought demonstrated some of the methods of comedy, such as timing (through a video of a dog pushing a man having a fag out a window) and storytelling (a black American man regaling how his school went on a cotton picking trip, which obviously isn't funny, but the way he told it was)

That's also nice. Pics courtesy of Ed Shots

Linehan was supported by Tim Key

Thirsty boy, that Key

And also Abandoman, the party starters who create improvised hip-hop tracks from audience suggestions. It's very impressive

Some big names have been touring this month, including Al Murray and his Barrel of Fun show. Here he is milking the applause at the Hammersmith Apollo

And Lee Mack continued his Going Out tour at the same venue

Off the Kerb's monthly Laughing Boy nights are spreading their tentacles around the capital, with new ones in London Bridge and Old Street. The latter was helped on its way by Paul Chowdhry

The infamous Karaoke Circus (karaoke with a live band and comedians belting out the classics) hit the Ginglik in Shepherd's Bush for a Halloween special. That's KC impresario Martin White looking devilish on the right, with punter David Whittam, who sang Ghost Town. Floating eerily in the background is house guitarist Foz

Stand-up and Karaoke Circus's other head honcho, Danielle Ward. Pics are courtesy of Isabelle Adam

Dan Renton Skinner, aka Angelos, warbled through Made of Stone by the Stone Roses. Also on the bill were Rob Deering, Phill Jupitus and ... Pappy's ...


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