Top 20 comedy gigs of September

Sunday, September 02 2012

Including the Pajama Men, the return of Peter Cook's The Establishment, Amused Moose, Tooting Rhubarb, Kevin Bridges, Daniel Kitson, charity fundraisers and more ...

Pajama Men

Sept 3-15 – Pajama Men Improv Show
Amazing US duo the Pajama Men (above) perform without pyjamas for once, and without a script, at Soho Theatre.

Tuesday 4 onwards – Austentaious: An Improvised Novel
Another ace improv show, this time with a Jane Austen theme, returns for an autumn residency in Fitzrovia.

Thursday 6 – Tooting Rhubarb
One of London's best provincial comedy clubs is back with another cracking line-up, including form horse Elis James and rising star Liam Williams.

Saturday 8 – Comedy Cabaret at the King's Head
Crouch End's long-running club has a particularly good line-up, including Henry Paker and Andy Parsons.

Sunday 9– Jon Richardson: The Greatest Hits So Far
Star of 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Stand Up For The Week performs the best bits from his previous four shows.

Sep 10-22 – Mark Thomas: Bravo, Figaro
An excellent, poignant new show from Mark Thomas about being the son of a brutal father, which culminates in an opera taking place in a Bournemouth living room.

Tuesday 11 – Cutting Edge
A particularly strong line-up at the Comedy Store's long-running topical show, with Ian Stone, Alistair Barrie and Hal Cruttenden among others.

Monday 10 – Channel 4's Comedy Showcase
Another Comedy Store special, this one only a tenner, with a bumper bill including Josh Widdicombe, Tom Rosenthal, Suzi Ruffell and David Trent.

Sep 14-24 – Idiots of Ants: Model Citizens
Master sketchers Idiots Of Ants continue to tour their excellent 2011 show. Also check out wonderful stand-up Hal Cruttenden's new show at the Soho this month.

Sunday 16 – Comedy at the Rosendale
The new-ish club in Dulwich has another excellent bill.

Keith Allen

Sep 16-19 – Simon Amstell: Numb
Amstell performs his latest solo show in an intimate venue, the Invisible Dot, as he warms up for a TV recording. Also at the Invisible Dot is David O'Doherty's wonderful "Antarctic explorer" show from September 24-29.

Sunday 16 – 99 Club Leicester Square
With James Acaster and Elis James among others. Also check out 99 Club's new Covent Garden club on Saturday 15th.

Monday 17 – Jim Jefferies, Fully Functional
No-holds-barred Aussie stand-up Jefferies performs his critically acclaimed new show.

Fri/Sat 19/20 – The Establishment
Peter Cook's "The Establishment" is reborn at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, with Keith Allen (pictured) hosting, Victor Lewis-Smith, "hardcore comedy and cabaret acts" and a jazz band playing Dudley Moore compositions.

Friday 21 – Highlight Camden
Michael Fabbri, The Noise Next Door and Rob Carter should make for an excellent night.

Saturday 22 – John Shuttleworth and Friends
Vic Reeves is the stand-out comedy act at this musical and comedy fundraiser for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, hosted by John Shuttleworth. Other top-notch charity fundraisers at the Bloomsbury Theatre include Laugh Till It Hurts on Sep 26 and Stand Up For Animals on Sep 12.

Friday 28 – Laugh For Leukaemia
King's Place hosts a charity fundraiser that includes Daniel Kitson MC, Adam Riches, Jonny Sweet, Nick Mohammed and more.

Friday 28 – Kevin Bridges, The Story Continues
Classy observational comic Kevin Bridges performs his new one.

Saturday 29 – Dave Gorman's Screen Guild
Strictly speaking a work-in-progress night for Gorman, but it's still well worth a look, not least because he has excellent taste in guests and venue.

Saturday 29 – Amused Moose Soho
A cracking bill for a Saturday night.


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