LiF's top 20 comedy shows – April
Featuring Greg Davies, Doug Stanhope, Paul Merton, Dave Gorman, the Musical Comedy Awards final, Knock2Bag, Vandella, Hampstead Comedy Club, Udderbelly, Star Search! and more ...
• Sundays – Up the Creek Sunday Special
Always a good bet, and April 1 features Inbetweeners/Ask Rhod Gilbert behemoth Greg Davies (left), Elis James and MC Ed Gamble.
• April 2-5 – Dave Gorman's Powerpoint Presentation
Gorman's latest show – which LiF gave 4 stars earlier this year – gets one last outing in London before it's sent to trash.
• Tuesday 3 – Ray Presto Memorial Gig
A night of varied stand-ups, laughter and fond farewells as Ray Presto is remembered at Deansways, Bethnal Green.
• Tuesday 3 – Marcel Lucont's Cabaret Fantastique
West London's new comedy/cabaret venue Vandella opens with condescending Frenchman Lucont hosting this excellent bill.
• Thursday 5 – Freeze!
An oddball duo like no other – see Tim Key and Tom Basden perform their skits, songs, peoms and lord knows what else.
• Friday 6 – Banana Cabaret
A classic line-up at the Banana in Balham – no-bullshit US stand-up Dave Fulton, Paul Sinha, Zoe Lyons and musical comedy maverick Robert White.
• Saturday 7 – Covent Garden Comedy Club
And a quality night is in store at Heaven, with Brett Goldstein, 5Live regular Bob Mills, Jeff Innocent and zany prop-based Canadian Wes Zahurak.
• Saturday 7 – Hampstead Comedy Club
Ivor Dembina's ace club on the Camden/Hampstead borders welcomes Pete Johansson and Kerry Godliman.
• Saturday 7 – Musical Comedy Awards
It's the final! The six acts ushered through the heats will be at the Bloomsbury Theatre, trying to hold their nerve. Acts include Rachel Parris, Bob and Jim and Tom Adams.
• All month – Udderbelly
The giant upside-down purple cow on the southbank kicks off its rather fantastic spring festival of entertainment, and April's highlights include Abandoman, The Joy of Sketch, Brendon Burns and Showstopper! the Musical.
• Wednesday April 11 – Knock2Bag Shepherd's Bush
A beaut at Bar FM thanks to Knock2Bag, with Rich Fulcher, Trevor Lock, Cariad Lloyd, Matt Rees, Will Adamsdale and Lloyd Griffith.
• Thursday 12 – Pete Firman, Jiggery Pokery
The cute one from BBC1's The Magicians is a cracking performer and his latest tour comes to Bloomsbury Theatre.
• Saturday 14 – 99 Club Leicester Square View
Quality line-up at 99 Club's Penthouse venue, with Paul Sinha, the satirical Nick Doody, affable storyteller Andrew Bird and MC Mowten. 99 Club's show at Storm on Saturday 26 is also definitely worth a look.
• April 18/30 – Andy Zaltzman
Fans of satire behemoth Andy Zaltzman should note that AZ has a solo show at Udderbelly on the 18th, and his mixed bill Political Animal show is on April 30 at Soho Theatre.
• Sunday 15 – Really Lovely Comedy Tea Party
A splendid way to wile away a Sunday afternoon – with Josh Widdicombe, sketch super group Jigsaw, ace newcomer Mark Cooper Jones, Ahir Shah and MC Ben Van der Velde..
• Saturday 21 – Doug Stanhope (above)
Outspoken, contrarian and prickly as fook, Stanhope is a big deal these days and a lot funnier than you'd think if you only know him from Charlie Brooker's Newswipe, to be honest.
• Fri/Sat April 20/21 – the Boat Show
The ever-reliable Boat Show welcomes Topping & Butch, Paul Sinha, the roguish Carl Donnelly and MC Rich Wilson.
• Thursday 19 – Star Search!, the Final
A chaotic talent show at new Bethnal Green variety venue Deansway's, Star Search has reached its zenith. Should be a hoot.
• Various dates – Soho Theatre
Another strong month of comedy at the Soho, with highlights including Edinburgh Newcomer Award 2011 nominee Thom Tuck, Canadian maverick and Buzzcocks-er Tony Law and Edinburgh Newcomer 2010 winner Roisin Conaty.