Tis the treason to be jolly

Wednesday, May 30 2012

The pick of the weekend's live comedy if you can't be arsed with the jubilee

It's a LONG WEEKEND and that means EXTRA FUN is to be had. Thanks to Queen Elizabeth having spent 60 years on the throne (piles?), us commoners have been granted an extra two days off toiling our fields and entering our data.

In theory we should spend this bonus 48 hours writhing around in bunting or scratching out the national anthem on a recorder you found in the loft. However, comedy stops for no one, and if you get bored, or are a raging republican desperate to avoid getting sucked into it, here are LiF's JUBILEE WEEKEND COMEDY TIPS!

• Saturday – Live at the Chapel
Brilliant monthly show at the Union Chapel, tonight featuring top comic-ventriloquist Nina Conti, Tim Key, Kevin Eldon, Liam Williams and charismatic Kiwi Jarred Christmas MC.

• Saturday – the Boat Show
One of our most reliable clubs welcomes Frisky and Mannish, the camp and cutting Hal Cruttenden, Andrew Lawrence and MC Jim Smallman.

• Sunday – Showstopper! the Musical at Udderbelly
One of the big hits of the circuit over the past five years – Showstopper! the Musical parodies musicals in this night of improvised comedy based on audience suggestions.

• Sunday – Max and Ivan's Roffle Club
A top quality sketch and character comedy nights at Leicester Square Theatre.

• Sunday – Laughing Horse New Act Final
See tomorrow's stars today and all that ... this is a new act final that always has a quality final.

• Monday – Simon Munnery
Another one at Leicester Square Theatre, this time alternative comedy hero Simon Munnery performs a preview of his 2012 Edinburgh show.

• Monday – Piccadilly Comedy Club
A good one at this central London show – with the no-nonsense Jeff Innocent, one of the best in the business Paul Sinha, Ava Vidal, ace newcomer Tom Toal and MC Mike Manera.

• Mon-Tue – Todd Barry at Soho Theatre
A solo show by Todd Barry, as seen in Flight of the Conchords, Louis CK’s Louie and in Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler.

• Tuesday – Ben Target and Liam Williams
Two very different but very good young comics work towards their Edinburgh Fringe shows.


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