LiF's top 20 comedy shows – February
With Jackie Mason, Michael McIntyre, Adam Riches, Chris Addison, N20 Festival, Banana Cabaret, Comedy Store, Piccadilly Comedy Club, and more ...
• Feb 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20, 22, 24 & 27 – Michael McIntyre work-in-progress
McIntyre performs at Pleasance Theatre for just £5, the only way to get tickets is to check online at 4pm each day, when more tickets tend to be released for that evening. Jon Richardson is also doing new material nights there on Feb 10, 11 & 14.
• Feb 1-4 – Frank Skinner and Friends
Skinner's West End run continues with guests such as Brendon Burns, Doc Brown, Lee Nelson, Alun Cochrane and Andy Zaltzman.
• Friday 3 – The Boat Show
Classic line-up from a consistently ace club: the unashamedly middle-class Hal Cruttenden, Jeff Innocent, the mischievous Josh Howie and MC Craig Murray.
• Saturday 4 – Live at the Chapel
With man/comedy mountain Greg Davies, the thoroughly well-bred Miles Jupp, raving storyteller Paul Foot, Alun Cochrane MC and more. Take a woolly.
• Sunday 5 – Roffle Club
One for sketch/character comedy fans, with Cariad Lloyd, Clever Peter, Nick Helm, the Three Englishmen and Max and Iván.
• All month – The Pajama Men
Physical comedy geneii Pajama Men continue at Charing Cross Theatre.
• Monday 6 – Happy Mondays
Quality wee pub gig, with a brilliant line-up: Welsh rogue Elis James, bruised romantic Nick Helm, sinister musical duo Ginger & Black and Mock the Weeker Milton Jones.
• Monday 6 – The Monday Club
A very special secret guest hosts, who's worth the entrance fee himself ... plus Sean Hughes, Carl Donnelly and Chris McCausland.
• Feb 8 – Knock2Bag (Shepherd's Bush)
With "the British Seinfeld" Josh Widdicombe, Edinburgh Newcomer Award winner Humphrey Ker, LiF favourite James Acaster, audacious newcomer Ben Target, superb stand-up Diane Morgan and Russ Powell.
• Friday 11 – Best In Stand-up, Comedy Store
Vintage bill at the Store, with Argumental's Rufus Hound, Roger Monkhouse, Ben Norris, Milton Jones plus special guest (early show) and charismatic Kiwi Jarred Christmas (late show).
• Feb 13-March 17 – Jackie Mason (pictured)
Comedy event of the year? Catch one of stand-up's most revered acts, Jackie Mason (pictured), in his last-ever UK tour.
• Feb 15-25 – N20 Festival
A gem of the London arts scene, Battersea Arts Scene, is back with its N20 comedy festival this month. James Acaster, Dan Antopolski & Jigsaw, and Carl Donnelly come particularly recommended.
• Saturday 18 – Banana Cabaret
Visiting Balham will be one of the best in the business Ian Stone, Henning Wehn, Carl Donnelly and Show Me the Funny's Cole Parker.
• Saturday 22 – Laughing Boy London Bridge
Comedy behemoth Off the Kerb begins a new night in London Bridge, kicking off with Josh Widdicombe, Rhod Gilbert's sidekick Lloyd Langford, Charlie Baker, plus a special secret guest.
• Friday 24 – The Horne Section
Alex Horne's jazz and comedy party, one of the finest comedy creations of the past few years, hits the Hackney Empire. Tim Vine and the Pajama Men are among the guests.
• Saturday 25 – Amused Moose Soho
A long-established club with an ace bill this weekend – Ian Stone, circuit form horse Carey Marx, Diane Spencer and Kishore Nayar.
• Tuesday 28 – Sketchercise
The Ginglik in Shepherd's Bush hosts another top sketch/character night, with Colin Hoult, E4 stars Cardinal Burns, Nick Mohammed, Catriona Knox, resident hosts Allnutt & Simpson, PhoneShop star Miranda Hennessey and more.
• Wednesday 29 – Chris Addison
The Thick of It/In the Loop star Chris Addison hits the Hammersmith Apollo hard with his new show. Look out for an interview with Chris coming soon ...