Gig Watch – Live Dates For All Of The Best Comedians Around

gig watch 2All the latest news about the best forthcoming stand up gigs and tours.
Latest Update: 21/03/2020

Because of the current situation with the Coronavirus all of the gigs in March and April have been cancelled, and it is unknown if those in May onwards will be taking place. As soon as we have further information we will post it here, along with any rescheduled dates.

Previous Update: 12/03/2020

Jack Barry – Critically acclaimed comedian Jack Barry is set to embark on a UK tour with his latest hour of razor-sharp, whimsical comedy with ‘Alien’ from 5th April to 11th July, including a run at London’s Soho Theatre from Thursday 9th July to Saturday 11th July. Alien tackles the vital importance of communication in an immigration-obsessed political world. Your best friend (and celebrated stand-up) Jack has fallen in love with someone from a completely different culture, and now he wants to help the world do the same. This brand-new hour looks at the humour in what unites and separates people from different cultures, drawing on Jack’s experiences growing up as an English boy in China and his present day struggles of trying to convince Her Majesty’s border control not to deport his girlfriend. Directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Mae Martin, the celebrated show was highlighted as one of only 8 comedy shows in the Sunday Times’ Best of What’s on at the Edinburgh Festival 2019. The self-titled ‘most famous comedian no one’s heard of’ is the first ever comic to create an entirely ASMR stand-up special, the hit show Tango was released on 15th October 2019 with Turtle Canyon Comedy. Jack is no stranger to tackling the controversial topics in life, his 2017 show ‘High Treason’ explored drugs, his 2018’s ‘Tango’ examined sex, so naturally his latest hour ‘Alien’ delves into Parliamentary border control and Immigration Policy. Tickets can be found at jackbarry.co.uk

Bendelacreme Is… Ready To Be Commited UK Tour – After years of people asking the aggressively effervescent queen if she “can please settle down,” BenDeLaCreme is finally ready to tie the knot in something besides her corset. Now all she needs is a potential spouse. And a dress. And a cake. And the ability to consider others. Join the blushing bride as she tackles the pitfalls of love, marriage and romance. It’s a relay race to the altar as DeLa dodges pervy Grindr suiters, bitchy wedding cake toppers, and a visit from cupid himself in a limited engagement about the limitations of engagements. Written, directed, and produced by BenDeLaCreme, “BenDeLaCreme is…READY TO BE COMMITTED” showcases the superstar’s brilliance at its best, leading to sold-out residencies of the show in New York City and Provincetown in 2019. Tickets for Manchester, London, Hove, Newcastle and Glasgow are here: https://sohotheatre.com/events/bendelacreme/

Gabby Best – 10,432 Sheep – Is at the Soho Theatre Upstairs on Wed 20 – Thu 21 May, 9.30pm. Best hasn’t slept properly in years, which is why she feels like a ghost and looks like a shoe… A whip-smart, animated hour for anyone who’s ever stared wild-eyed at a ceiling or stood very still in their kitchen. Debut stand-up show from Funny Women Award winner. As seen on BBC, Channel 4, Netflix, Sky Arts and Radio 4. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/gabby-best/

Ken Cheng – To All The Racists I’ve Blocked Before – Is at the Soho Downstairs from Mon 1 – Wed 3 Jun, 7pm. Star of BBC Radio 4’s Chinese Comedian, Ken Cheng is back with a complete treatise on racism. Using racism he’s received from Twitter trolls as a jumping-off point, Ken explores racism in all its forms from the unique position of a British-born Chinese, ex-Cambridge mathematician dropout and professional poker player. From BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and BBC Three’s Top Tens. WINNER: Dave’s Joke of the Fringe 2017. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/ken-cheng-blocked-before/

Crybabies – Danger Brigade – Is at the Soho Upstairs from Mon 25 – Wed 27 May, 9.30pm. Join Ed Jones (handsome), James Gault (tall), and Michael Clarke (?) for Crybabies’ debut hour of surreal comedy, action, friendship, father issues, rats, crisps, and concerns of the heart. Buckle up for an offbeat adventure through the seductive waters of World War II, truly the Godfather Part II of world wars. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/crybabies-danger-brigade-2/

Huge Davies – The Carpark – Is at the Soho Theatre Upstairs from Thu 28 – Sat 30 May, 9.30pm. From Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, Huge brings his award-nominated debut show to London. Expect dark humour, surreal songs, his one-of a-kind wearable keyboard and of course: a carpark. As featured on Comedy Central, Channel 4, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, BBC Two, BBC Three and ITV1. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/huge-davies-carpark-2/

Laura Davis – Better Dead Than A Coward – Is at the Soho Theatre Upstairs from Wed 13 – Sat 16 May, 9.15pm. A show about dogs, moths and being trapped on a double decker London bus, on Westminster Bridge, in the middle of the biggest climate strike in world history. Dark, bold and razor sharp, Australian comedian Laura Davis is internationally critically acclaimed as one of the most unique comedic voices around. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/laura-davis-better-dead-than/

Sophie Duker – Hot on the heels of multiple sold-out runs across the UK, which had extra dates added to meet huge demand for tickets, Best Newcomer Nominee 2019 Sophie Duker announces a special final performance of the critically-acclaimed hit show Venus at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room on Saturday 18th April, and tickets are on sale now. Sophie Duker is your Venus, she’s your fire, your desire. Or is she? Silly, sexy, savage stand-up from a girl who’s definitely not a goddess. In her hotly anticipated full-fat woke debut hour Sophie takes her audience on an unconventional journey of self-discovery. The celebrated show was featured as a top show to see in The Scotsman, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Stylist, Time Out, Joe.co.uk, Fest Mag, Funny Women, To Do List, I Talk Telly, and GQ featured one of her jokes in their Best Jokes at the Fringe. Further information and tickets can be found here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/142520-sophie-duker-venus-2020

Rachel Fairburn – The People’s Princess is at the Soho Theatre Downstairs from Thu 7 – Sat 9 May, 10pm. Rachel’s been described by some losers as obnoxious, rude and contrary. However, she thinks she’s absolutely adorable and the natural choice for the dormant title of The People’s Princess. Rachel Fairburn is a comedian as well as co-host and co-writer of the worldwide smash-hit All Killa No Filla podcast. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/rachel-fairburn/

Fix Us – Is at the Soho Theatre Upstairs from Mon 4 – Sat 9 May, 7.15pm. areface – a theatre company dedicated to putting artists with disabilities centerstage – present their debut production Fix Us; a semi-autobiographical comedy about overcoming preconceptions of disabilities. Fix Us is the story of three fantastically talented actors engaging with their own disabilities – Zara (CHARGE syndrome), Lee (Autism) and Kirsty (Cerebral Palsy) – as they defy the labels with which they’ve been burdened. Instead, they introduce you to their outrageous stage personas– a sex crazed diva, a drug dealing psychopath and a selfish super hero – which serve as a vehicle overturn your preconceptions; embracing the powerful force of the stage space as a vehicle to inner confidence. This funny, defiant, anarchic new show, co-written by one half of Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated Totally Tom (Tom Palmer), never shies from breaking every rule in the book and guarantees to be a truly unique experience. And whilst it hopes to make you laugh, it is also sure to make you think as these three extraordinary individuals bare their souls on stage. Watch as their real-life inner anxieties clash and combust with these flamboyant characters, and Bareface show you who they really are. Tom started working with Access All Areas (the mother charity to Bareface) four years ago. Through this organisation, in 2016, he was assigned to assist in the founding of a new independent theatre company with Zara, Kirsty and Lee – thus Bareface was formed. After sporadic short form performances, experimenting with material, the show Fix Us came to fruition in January 2019, selling out its run at London’s VAULT Festival, where it received standing ovations. Fix Us is produced by Rach Skyer, directed by Paloma Oakenfold and Gemma Smith is a creative collaborator on the project – see full biographies below. Bareface is a spin off from mother charity, Access All Areas, who have produced a wide range of successful disabled theatre. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/fix-us/

Flo & Joan – In response to major demand for tickets, musical comedy duo Flo & Joan will perform a second show at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre on 1st May and have added an Autumn extension to the UK tour of their latest show Before the Screaming Starts. This follows the recent release of Flo & Joan’s first comedy special on Amazon Prime Video, appearances on the Royal Variety Performance (ITV) and Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), a sell-out run at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a performance at Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal at The Hasan Minhaj Gala and as part of the prestigious Brit(ish) lineup, as well as a hugely successful run at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. They have toured internationally at the Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival 2020 in New Zealand, in which they won the Best Act award, and will be performing at the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and 2020 Sydney Comedy Festival. Last year, the suspiciously unsimilar sisters Flo & Joan – whose songs have racked up over 50 million views online – watched the Bros documentary. Through the tension and arguments of estranged siblings Matt and Luke Goss, Flo & Joan glimpsed a possible future waiting for them; a lot of dog portraits, male pattern baldness and the occasional argument over the use of pyrotechnics. Despite this ominous foreshadowing, they are doing their best to ignore the warning signs with more waggish songs to parade about the place in their brand new show Before the Screaming Starts. For tickets please visit floandjoan.com

Hot Gay Time Machine – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 14 – Wed 22 Apr, 9.45pm. Fresh from their sold-out, five-star run at the Edinburgh Fringe and in London’s West End, join multi-award-winning duo, Zak Ghazi-Torbati & Toby Marlow (co-writer of SIX), as they take you on a time travelling adventure through their fabulous lives as fabulous gay men. Full to the brim with outrageous dances and ‘hilarious original musical numbers’ (Stage), Hot Gay Time Machine covers all the most important moments of a gay man’s life, from coming out to your mum to navigating the naked politics of the school locker room. From the writers of West End sensation SIX, comes this indulgent, flamboyant, hilarious, multi-award-winning, humble, cabaret-comedy extravaGAYnza. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/hot-gay-time-machine/

David Hoyle – Ten Commandments – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 19 – Sat 30 May, 7.30pm. Following his smash-hit Diamond, David Hoyle returns to Soho Theatre with Ten Commandments, combining his captivating stage performance with lacerating social commentary. Rioting the wrongs of contemporary Britain, Ten Commandments promises to rebalance all the inequities and injustices that surround us. In this lighthearted antidote to the rat-infested dystopia in which we currently find ourselves, David returns the Garden of Eden to its natural state free from nuclear weapons, landfills and perpetual burning forests. We welcome the congregation to liberate themselves and others in a thermonuclear explosion of love and also hope for what remains of the 21st century. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/david-hoyle-commandments/

Travis Jay – Funny, Petty, Cool – Is at the Soho Theatre Upstairs on Fri 22 – Sat 23 May, 9.30pm. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee, Travis Jay presents his solo hour, Funny, Petty, Cool, after debuting this show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This show is will not disappoint. Funny, Petty, Cool… just exactly which is Travis Jay? From a throwback to the time Travis accidentally became leader of a Black Lives Matter protest, to delving into his South London upbringing and a raw look at the impact of his grandfather passing, this unique debut hour offers both a deeply personal and side-splitting socio-political insight in to his world to date. Having watched his mother Angie Le Mar perform her own comedy sketch show at the festival as a child in 1994, this debut show will mark Travis’ return to Edinburgh for the first time in twenty-five years. After winning the Jumpoff TV Comedy competition in 2012 Travis went on to perform on BBC 1Xtra and made an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Stephen K Amos’ Life: An Idiot’s Guide. Travis currently hosts Undefeated, a boxing podcast for casual fans, alongside KG Tha Comedian and he has recently presented on The Beat London from 2016 to 2018 where he hosted his show The Vibe. As an actor Travis has appeared as TJ the Barber in web series Brothers with No Game (London Live), and has worked with Hollywood actor Aml Ameen on the short film 12 The Damaged Race (AmeenDreem Entertainment). Travis has also recently performed alongside Dave Chappelle, Katherine Ryan, Jon Richardson, Rob Delaneyand Russell Howard. While Travis may be a Fringe newcomer, he is no stranger to the stage and is a creative, animated, and intelligent performer who has built a reputation as being an entertaining and sometimes controversial storyteller. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/travis-jay/

Marcel LuCont – No Dix – Is at the Soho Downstairs from Thu 21 – Sat 23 May, 10.15pm. Soho’s favourite Frenchman returns with his tenth live show and a live band to abuse. Expect wit sharper than a pint of English wine, poems sexier than an art déco brothel and jibes more devastating than an ill-judged referendum. Catch the Gallic symbol at the height of his imperial phase. As seen on BBC1’s The John Bishop Show, Sky Atlantic’s Set List and Comedy Central at the Comedy Store. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/marcel-lucont/

Archie Maddocks – Big Dick Energy – Is at the Soho Theatre Upstairs from Mon 4 – Tue 5 May, 9pm. It’s all getting a bit serious init? Political instability, social politics making people less social – you can’t even have a finger of Nutella no more without feeling guilty – that’s what life is now, guilt, followed by shame.  However, what is life, if nothing but a distraction until you die? Archie Maddocks returns to Soho Theatre for the fourth year running to tackle the struggles of being alive in his latest hour of provocative, exhilarating and *crucially* HILARIOUS stand up. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/archie-maddocks-energy/

Joe Mande – King Of Content – Is at the Soho Theatre Downstairs from Mon 8 – Sat 13 Jun, 8.30pm. Over the past few years, professional American comedian Joe Mande has made a heroic attempt to heal a divided nation (the USA) with his patented mix of humour and content.He now takes his King of Content tour to the UK, hoping he can bring this broken constitutional monarchy back together – with laughter. Joe Mande is a multi-talented comedian/ writer/ actor known the world over as Hollywood’s “King of Content.” His Award-Winning Comedy Special can be seen on Netflix. His acting has been featured on Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. His writing credits include The Good Place, Master of None, and Kroll Show. Now is your chance to see some of Joe Mande’s famous comedic content, live and in person. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/joe-mande/

Stevie Martin – Following her second sold-out London run opening at the Soho Theatre, Upstairs, Stevie Martin (“Hilarious,” The Guardian) announces an extra date added to her return to the capital with her second hit-hot-hour due to phenomenal demand. A must-see solo talent, it will be your last chance to catch Stevie in Hot Content – a show of absolute bangers (jokes) for anyone who likes their content hot and their bangers stone cold – at Soho Theatre, Downstairs on Monday 30th March at 8.30pm. In this lovely bit of business involving sketches, characters and “funny AF ’tent” (TimeOut), Stevie draws on her experiences as a clickbait hungry online journalist, one-time campaigner and traction-obsessed social media user. From WhatsApp groups to self-help apps and insta stories to twitter threads, the world revolves around hot content and we’re all drowning in it. Thankfully, Stevie has an excellent relationship with her smartphone and by the time you leave the room, you will too. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/stevie-martin-hot-content/

Joanne McNally – The Prosecco Express – Is at the Soho Theatre Upstairs from Thu 30 Apr – Sat 2 May, 9pm. Described as ‘hilarious and brutal’ by Lyn Gardner, Joanne is stuck, the world around her is getting married, having children and streaming off to buy slow cooker crock pots and buggies. Joanne owns nothing, has no pension, has birthed nothing and despite some ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE (incredibly minor) comedic achievements, her mother is still trying to convince her to go back and study nursing. Due to her thirties age box, Joanne spends her weekends celebrating other people’s milestones at their garden parties drinking prosecco out of jam jars. She is full of questions, her main one being, if she doesn’t have a child who will be obligated to watch her die so she doesn’t have to do it alone? She’s a people’s person, she’s just not sure she’s a raising people’s person’s person. And what if she doesn’t marry anyone, is she prepared to face her biggest fear of having to accept her mother’s offer of being buried with and her father? And once her mother reads this, will she retract her offer? Joanne tackles the trials and tribulations of modern life with hilarious, charming, deranged, irreverence. Joanne wants you to know that she wrote this herself, but stands by 80% of it. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/joanne-mcnally-prosecco-express/

Glenn Moore – Glenn Moore is set to perform the hit show Love Don’t Live Here Glenny Moore at Soho Theatre from Monday 20th – Saturday 25th April, building on the momentum of a sell-out, critically-acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and his biggest nationwide tour to date. Renowned as one of the most prolific joke writers of his generation, Love Don’t Live Here Glenny Moore debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 and explores Glenn’s previous life with his ‘proper’ job as a newsreader for LBC, having to read the news for Katie Hopkins and Nigel Farage. Packed with distinctive jokes and offbeat gags, the show was highlighted as a top show to see in The Sunday Times, The Scotsman’s critics choice, The Mirror, Beyond The Joke and British Comedy Guide, while Glenn’s razor sharp quips were featured in GQ, The I Newspaper, and Edinburgh Evening News in their Best Jokes of the Fringe selection. Glenn is a regular on Mock The Week (BBC Two) and was featured on Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), The News Quiz, and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4). Known for his original material, Glenn’s writing credits include The Mash Report (BBC Two), Mock The Week (BBC Two), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), Play To The Whistle (ITV) and being a staff writer on the CITV sketch comedy show Scrambled. Further information and ticket details are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/glenn-moore-love-dont-live/

Susan Murray – How Not To Die In A Plane Crash – Is at the Soho Upstairs from Wed 6 – Thu 7 May, 8.45pm. Fasten your seat belts for a darkly hilarious and deliciously bumpy ride. How Not to Die in a Plane Crash is the antidote to boring, life-affirming, feel-good motivational comedy. Come and listen to Susan’s sweet dark soul as she makes you laugh and cry at the same time with her useful death defying survival tips, all wrapped up in fantastic jokes. Come and have a listen if you think you’re brave enough. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/susan-murray/

Rob Newman’s Philosophy Show – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 1 – Sat 20 Jun, 9.15pm. An all-new show, the Multi award-winning stand-up comic Rob Newman weaves together Nietzsche’s sunglasses, James Bond in Toxteth, electric spiders and singing Neanderthals into a hilarious tour-de-force that offers new hopes for a changing world. Rob Newman’s Philosophy Show coincides with the release of his BBC Radio 4 series. Winner:  BBC Audio Drama Awards 2019 – Best Scripted Comedy. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/rob-newman-philosophy-show/

Peaches Christ’s Addams Apple Family Values UK Tour – They’re creepy and their kooky, mysterious and spoopy! Peaches Christ’s Addams Apple Family Values is a drag parody of the best movie sequel ever made. Featuring a star-studded cast, including not one but two RuPaul’s Drag Race season champions. In the role of Whorticia Addams, that immortal icon of ghoulish gothic glamor, is Sharon Needles. In the delicious role of deranged femme fatale gold-digging nanny Debbie JeJinkxy, it’s Jinkx Monsoon. In an amusing bit of age-blind casting, Peaches Christ steps in to play daughter Thursday Addams. The dashing Major Scales co-stars as Homez Addams, and Baby Lame will terrify audiences by going wigless & beardless in the role of Uncle Fister (that’s not a typo). Donna Trump is brother Fugsley, Miss Leigh Ding is Felch the butler, and finally award winning cabaret superstar Bourgeois of Bourgeois & Maurice in the role of camp counsellor Becky Martin-Granger. You do not want to miss this hysterical, spooky send-up! Both London and Manchester dates can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/events/peaches-christs-addams-apple-family-values-uk-tour/

Scream Phone – Is a the Soho Theatre Upstairs from Wed 15 – Sat 18 Apr, 10.30pm. It’s 1989, the girls are having a sleepover and you’re like, totally invited. Pillow fights in their underwear, singing into hairbrushes, and gossiping about their crushes, what could possibly go wrong? As long as they don’t answer the over-sized pink phone… dun dun DUUUN. Scream meets Clueless in this hilarious spoof horror musical. Based on the retro classic game Dream Phone and directed by Pappy’s Tom Parry, Scream Phone will take you on a killer journey back to the 80’s with an infectious original* soundtrack. *Disclaimer: These songs are all original, so you won’t (well, you might) recognise some of your favourite 80’s hits. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/scream-phone/

The Horne Section – A final London show has been added to The Horne Section’s biggest tour to date as the six-headed comedy band prepare to take over Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with a one-off show on Monday 13th July to celebrate 10 years of creating musical mayhem. The news arrives as the mischievous melody makers continue to tour across the UK from 16th March to 15th July, after extending their biggest UK tour to date to meet overwhelming demand for tickets to their latest show That’s How I Like My Tour. Unruly, ridiculous and surprisingly satisfying, The Horne Section are throwing a raucous party and everyone (who’s bought a ticket) is invited to the celebration of nonsense, suitable for all ages. Unearthing favourites from their legendary shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and re-visiting hits from their Dave special The Horne Section Television Programme and their BBC Radio 4 show Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section, the show is a retrospective jaunt through their classic toe-tapping tunes and stupid songs. Expect a medley of audience games, a carnival atmosphere, and 5 talented musicians being made to do silly things by bearded comedian, and creator & star of Taskmaster, Alex Horne. Tickets are on sale can be found at thehornesection.com

Joe Sutherland – Sour Is at the Soho Theatre Upstairs on Tue 14 – Sat 18 Apr, 8.45pm. Joe is confused by the state of the nation, angry about social inequality, and really identifies with Taylor Swift because like, we’ve all been burned, you know? While everyone goes bonkers for nostalgia, he asks “are 90s pop reunions the answer to our geopolitical crises”? While everyone’s looking backwards to avoid looking forwards, join Joe as he revisits the relationships, politics and hairstyles that have gone…sour. Joe is a Greggs brand ambassador and one of the most in-demand comedians on the UK circuit. Also a star of the small screen; recently seen on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and also Eastenders. Yes, really. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/joe-sutherland-sour/

Eleanor Tiernan – Enjoying The Spotlight Responsibily – Is at the Soho Theatre Upstairs from Fri 8 – Sat 9 May, 9pm. Is it wrong to sit curled up in bed, binge-watching true crime, completely insulated from the actual crime happening outside your door? How big is the gap between what you could be doing and what you ARE doing allowed to get? Eleanor’s smartphone is stolen and she’s about to discover that the real world can mock us far more savagely than any online fantasy. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/eleanor-tiernan/

Pieter-Dirk Uys – His Evita Exposed – Is at the Soho Theatre Downstairs from Mon 15 – Fri 26 Jun, 7pm, Wed matinees 4pm. Legendary South African satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys and his alter-ego Evita Bezuidenhout return to Soho Theatre with a brand-new show. For the first time, Pieter and Evita will grace the stage together with their trademark irreverence and unique insights. Performing characters alongside incredible clips from a vast archive of footage dating back to the late 1970s, Uys finds moments of Pythonesque madness where Mrs Bezuidenhout dances with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, flirts with Nelson Mandela, is flattered by Cyril Ramaphosa, not to forget the time she cavorted with apartheid’s Foreign Minister Pik Botha and then-Ambassador to the USA, Dr Piet Koornhof. Uys gives an intriguing glimpse of how South Africa’s democracy was born in 1994 with so much celebration, hope and humour. Now in th 26th year of ANC governance, apartheid might never return under the same name, but corruption, racism and hate speech are finding ways to reinvent themselves. Viva South Africa’s democracy! (Ts and Cs apply). Pieter-Dirk Uys’ Evita Bezuidenhout has been South Africa’s most famous white woman since 1981 when she stepped into the limelight of apartheid. After his plays were banned Evita became the only way Uys could speak truth to power, because she was the establishment. Although crossdressing was illegal at the time, Evita managed to seduce South Africa’s white leaders to join her in conversation and unwittingly expose themselves. Further details and tickets can be found here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/pieter-dirk-uys-his-evita-exposed/

Our A-Z Guide Of All Of The Best Comedians And Their Live Dates:

James Acaster – Info on all of James’s gigs from now until December are here: https://www.jamesacaster.com/gigs/

Edward Aczel – All of this superb anti-comic’s gigs can be found on his official site here – https://edwardaczel.tumblr.com/

Jayde Adams – The Ballad Of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face – Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, multi award-winning comic Jayde Adams brings her 5 star show to Soho Theatre. In 2019 if you want to be a ‘successful independent woman person’ you better have something to say and you better be wearing a Serious Black JumperTM. “Britain’s funniest woman comic” (Daily Mail) has packed away the sequins (for now), because it’s time to get serious… “Still fabulous, but just being real” (List). If pop stars, razors and even sausage rolls can attach themselves to important causes, why can’t Jayde Adams? https://ilovejaydeadams.com/the-ballad-of-kylie-jenners-old-face/

Will Adamsdale – Facetime – Is at the Soho Theatre from Thu 23 – Sat 25 Apr, 7pm. He won the 2004 Perrier Award in 2004 but, let’s face it, he’s hardly kicked on has he? This show will be about failures, really (his, generally). And time. And the three-year-old son who recently said, ‘let’s leave him in the woods’. Expect stories of staggering technical incompetence. Songs of the quiet hell of the gentrifier. Poor attempts to pass off his flaws as his generation’s fault. Expect a tussle between the personal and the public that could comfortably sit on the pages of one of Arthur Miller’s early teenage plays. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/will-adamsdale-facetime/

Stephanie Aird – Lols Live can be caught at the following venues: https://www.wegottickets.com/stephaniesshow

Steve N Allen – Steve’s current gigs can be found on his site: https://www.mrstevenallen.co.uk/2014/01/solo-tour.html

Enissa Amani – Live In London – is at the Soho Theatre from Enissa Amani makes her Soho Theatre debut, performing her solo show for the first time in London. Enissa is a multilingual stand-up comic, writer and actress. Born in Iran, she was raised by left-wing intellectual Iranian parents in Germany, where she studied Law and later pursued a passion for novel writing. She began stand-up comedy in 2014 and her television debut, a five-minute stand-up performance on a German late-night show, generated over five million views in its first days. Fluent in German, Farsi, English and French, Amani has been cited as the voice of a new German generation, with politics, the immigrant story and inclusion featuring heavily in her material. Enissa began touring in 2015, winning the German Comedy Award for Best Newcomer that year, and her tours now sell out the biggest venues that Germany. In 2018, Amani became the first woman in Europe with a Netflix Original Comedy Special with the release of Ehrenwort. Doubling down on her success, Netflix released a second special from Amani only eight months later titled, Comedian Goals. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/enissa-amani-live/

Kojo Anim – The Britain’s Got Talent is going on tour in March 2020. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/06/24/43394/first_tour_for_bgt_comedian_kojo_anim

Eshaan Akbar – Infidel-Ity – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 7 – Sat 11 Apr, 9.15pm. What does it take to be a man these days? After #MeToo, incel attacks and man buns, Eshaan Akbar explores masculinity and his relationship with men, women and himself. Love and loss can teach you a lot about who you actually are. Fresh from successful runs at Edinburgh 2017 and 2018, Soho Theatre and appearances on BBC Two, Sky and Channel 5 as well as appearances on BBC Radio 4, BBC Asian Network, talkSPORT and Love Sport Radio. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/eshaan-akbar-infidel-ity/

Athletico Mince – Bob Mortimer and Andy Dawson are taking their podcast on the road, with all of the details you’ll need here: https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/8086/athletico-mince-tour

Austentatious – Are on the road, and playing London over the forthcoming months. http://www.austentatiousimpro.com/shows/

Rob Auton – The Time Show – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 4 – Sat 16 May, 7pm. The Time Show is the latest comedy/theatre/spoken word show by writer and performer of some of what he writes Rob Auton. Following on from his critically acclaimed shows about talking, hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, “the Fringe’s comedian laureate” (British Comedy Guide) now turns his attention to time. He will be asking questions such as “What time is it?” and “What is it time?”. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/rob-auton-time-show/

Bill Bailey – Is back on tour once again with his latest show. https://billbailey.co.uk/live/

Danny Baker – In somewhat odd news, Baker is going on tour with “Whispering” Bob Harris where the two will discuss their careers. https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/danny-baker-tickets/artist/2301971?irgwc=1&utm_source=1301096-Beyond%20The%20Joke&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=1301096&awtrc=&clickId=3LrT9XVm1xyJWOiwUx0Mo3EzUknUWtRNm02uRc0

Harry Baker – The slam champ has turned 10,000 days old and in his new solo show he celebrates numbers, words and life itself . From winning his school’s Battle of the Bands competition with a Jay-Z maths homage, to his prime number poetry TED talk being watched by millions online, Harry’s love of language and logic has got him through literal marathons, seen him rap battle in front of Ice Cube, and now has him analyzing the technical accuracy of So Solid Crew’s 21 seconds. He’s got 99 problems but maths ain’t one. Harry Baker’s poem about prime numbers has been shared on TED.com and has been translated into 21 different languages with a combined viewership of over 5 million along with his other 5 TEDx talks. Harry has been acclaimed for his blistering wordplay (★★★★★ Three Weeks) “with not one syllable out of place” (★★★★★ Wee Review) which seen him coined as ‘a champion’ by Ed Sheeran, and Scott Mills described a performance on his BBC Radio 1 show as ‘the greatest thing I’ve ever seen’. Harry will perform an additional show at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre Studio on Monday 27th April in response to tickets completely selling out, while he is set to tour across the UK from 18th February to 31st May. Tickets can be found at harrybaker.co

Dane Baptiste – The Chocolate Chip – Baptiste is back on international tour with a brand new stand-up show. Dane is now a Grown Ass Black Man. Too old to be concerned with chicken or trainers. Too young to be considered a peer of Trevor McDonald. Has he got a chip on his shoulder? Yes. A chocolate one. Join one of the nation’s most exciting stand up stars as he presents another brilliantly hilarious and boldly provocative show. Star of hit podcasts Dane Baptiste Questions Everything and Quotas Full. As seen on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Sunny D, Live at the Palladium… pretty much all over your TV screen. https://danebaptiste.co.uk/

Sara Barron – Enemies Closer – Sara’s blistering 5-star show was one of the major hits of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival, garnering critical and audience acclaim and playing to capacity crowds. Unrelenting and hilarious, Sara examines kindness, meanness, ex-boyfriends, current husbands, all four of her remaining friends, and two of her twelve enemies. One of the top reviewed shows at the Fringe, do not miss this fast-rising star. As seen on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC) and Dave Gorman: Terms and Conditions Apply (Dave). https://sarabarron.com/

Tom Basden – Is returning to stand up, and will be at the Soho Theatre for six nights next year. https://sohotheatre.com/

Helen Bauer – Little Miss Baby Angel Face – Helen enjoys a drama. She’s her mother’s daughter, taking a small situation, blowing it up, then getting upset that it’s out of her control. Just like all the best reality TV. At the same time, she dreams of being a sweet angel handling any drama with grace. Who doesn’t overthink everything and plan for how she will have all eyes on her at the right moment. As seen and heard on ITV2, BBC Two, BBC Three, CBBC, Comedy Central, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 4. Basically all the channels. Nominee: Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2019. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/helen-bauer/

Cally Beaton – Is playing gigs across the country right now. https://callybeaton.com/

Jack Berry – This superb comedian has live dates fairly often which are on his site. http://jackbarry.co.uk/

Alasdair Beckett-King – Alasdair’s forthcoming gigs can be found here: http://www.abeckettking.com/gigs/

Schalk Bezuidenhout – South African White Boy – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 14 – Sat 18 Apr, 8.30pm. Two-time SA Comic’s Choice Award winner, Schalk Bezuidenhout is bringing his hit Edinburgh Fringe 2019 debut hour South African White Boy to the Soho Theatre in Spring 2020. One of South Africa’s best and most exciting young comedians, Schalk returns to the UK after previous sell out runs at London’s Soho Theatre and Leicester Square Theatre. As seen on Comedy Central, Die Ware Naarheid Met Schalk Bezuidenhout (TV Series), Hotel (TV Series) & Kanarie (Feature Film). Tour support for Trevor Noah. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/schalk-bezuidenhout/

Andrew Bird – This fantastic comedian is on tour right now, so go see him! http://www.andrewbirdcomedian.com/#live-dates

John Bishop – Is doing an intimate work in progress tour until December, with more info on his site: https://www.johnbishoponline.com/

Christopher Bliss – The Man Who Turns Wives Into Widows – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 23 – Tue 24 Mar, 9.30pm. Rob Carter’s cult hit creation is back with a glossy revamp of his debut show. Christopher Bliss is Shropshire’s greatest drivel-merchant. He’s tackled novels (Writing Wrongs), he’s conquered theatre (I Spy With My Little Eye Something Beginning With Why Have You Been Sleeping With My Wife), now he’s back to show you his most ambitious project yet: live cinema. Expect party popper pyrotechnics, spooky villains and a whole load of raunch, as Christopher’s spy thriller takes us all over the world, from darkest Russia to the world-famous Las Vegas Beach. This is an action-packed tale of wives, widows and everything in between. Christopher Bliss is the creation of actor, writer and performer Rob Carter – as seen on Peep Show, Fresh Meat (Channel 4) and Siblings (BBC). Originally developed with Lucy Danser. Co-directed by Amy Lord. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/christopher-bliss-widows/

Boar – Is at the Soho Theatre from Wed 11 – Sat 14 Mar, 8.45pm. Welcome to the Kingdom of Skadi. A distant land and place of adventure where pirates, bounty hunters and thieves do battle in a world on the brink of destruction. Boar and orphan Ylfa are on a quest for revenge until captured by the King and sent on a journey to rescue his daughter from the evil dragon Gorn. Who will survive in this Game Of Thrones-style quest of epic proportions, formidable consequences, and dark magic? Armed with just himself and a chair, after critical success and a sell-out run of his one-man debut thriller Wolf, Lewis Doherty presents Boar. Prepare for arrows to roll and heads to fly in this action-packed comedy of swords, sorcery and swill. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/boar/

Vic and Bob – Are doing a short tour which is an “An Audience With” style format where there’ll talk about their careers and also do a Q&A. Tickets can be found here: https://www.aneveningwithvicandbob.com/

Catherine Bohart – This sublime comedian gigs regularly, and info is here: https://www.catherinebohart.com/

Kieran Boyd – Crashing The Party – Is at the Soho Theatre on Mon 16 Mar, 8.45pm. A lot of people wake up at 30 and wonder what they did with their 20’s. Kieran knows exactly what he did with them – threw them all into an incredibly fun, occasionally successful, frequently reckless and often disapproved-of sketch group. Now the group has disbanded, he’s making sense of the present while having flashbacks about the past. Crashing the Party showcases Kieran as an infectious storyteller, canny joke-writer and brilliant company. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/kieran-boyd/

Frankie Boyle: Work In Progress – Can be seen at the Soho Theatre on various dates from Tue 10 – Thu 19 Mar, 5.30pm. Frankie is back at Soho Theatre doing some shows to try out some brand-new jokes. With support. Frankie will be on stage for approx. 30-40 minutes. Please note there will be no re-admittance when Frankie is on stage. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/frankie-boyle-wip/

Fern Brady – All of Fern’s live dates, including her forthcoming run at the Soho Theatre, are here – http://fernbrady.co.uk/live/

Jen Brister – Under Privilege – is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 10 – Sat 15 Feb, 7.30pm. Brister has it all: a wife, kids, a house and a job she loves (sometimes) so what the hell is she moaning about? Join Jen as she takes an irreverent look at the often-controversial subject of ‘privilege’. Who has it? Who doesn’t? And why does no one like to admit they have any? http://www.jenbrister.co.uk/

Jordan Brookes
– I’ve Got Nothing – is at the Soho Theatre on various dates between Mon 10 Feb – Sat 11 Apr, 9.30pm/10pm. No tricks. No gimmicks. No plan. Just an hour in my company as we reach the end. Things will be over soon. We’re nearly there everyone! Great work. But before we go, I’m making one last attempt to find connection in the here and now, to snuffle out any remaining joy in this rapidly crumbling world, before it’s too late. WINNER – Chortle Comedian’s Comedian Award 2018 – Best Show. WINNER: Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2019 – Best Show. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/jordan-brookes-got-nothing/
while the show is also on tour, and details can be found here: https://www.jordanbrookescomedy.com/live

Michael Brunstrom – Michael’s preparing a new show and forthcoming gigs can be found here: http://www.michaelbrunstrom.co.uk/#intro

Wank Buddies – By Cameron Sharp and Jake Jarratt, is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 24 – Wed 26 Feb at 7.15pm. University. A house party. One dances to Britney, the other alone having a few in the kitchen. But, they are both heading for the same bed. Discussions of identity, class, sexuality, and masculinity collide in a mix of pints, heels, dads, school, relationships, gay bars, and dance routines. Witness a moment in which two different sexualities come together in conversation for the first time as they look at their manhood and the world outside of the duvet, asking what are boys really made of? Having being awarded the Live Theatre 2018 Bursary and debuting to sell-out audiences as part of Elevator Festival 2019, W*nk Buddies is Cameron Sharp’s (Drag Me to Love and And She with Bonnie and The Bonnettes) and Jake Jarratt’s (Blokes, Fellas, Geezers and Two Heads, One Shirt) first work as a duo. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/wnk-buddies/

The Buffalo – Work In Progress – Is at the Soho Theatre from Wed 11 – Sat 14 Mar, 10.15pm. Nina Conti (in a buffalo suit) and Pajama Men’s Shenoah Allen (as Roy) stare into your souls with their own, ultimately exposing their cracked world view and f*cked up relationship. This high-wire comedy act will hilariously teeter on the edge of chaos in the safe hands of these two multi award-winning comedians. Roy and the Buffalo’s hearts are in the right place, but their heads should probably be examined. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/roy-buffalo-wip/

An evening Without Kate Bush – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 18 – Sat 6 Jun, 8.30pm. After its smash-hit Edinburgh run, the chaotic cabaret cult comes to Soho. Howl with The Hounds of Love and dance on the moors with Wuthering Heights. Kate’s not there, but you are. Over a career spanning five decades, Bush has always attracted loyal and devoted followers. This unique and mind-blowing new show celebrates their stories. Performer Sarah-Louise Young joins forces with theatre maker Russell Lucas to explore the fans and music of one of the most influential voices in British pop culture. Edinburgh Evening News – Best of Festival #1 Cabaret Pick, Stage – Top 18 Shows at the Fringe 2019. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/evening-without-kate-bush/

Adam Buxton – Is going on tour to promote his new autobiography, where he’ll read from the book and do a Q&A afterwards – http://adam-buxton.co.uk/

Ed Byrne – Following his biggest ever tour last year and yet another sell-out Fringe run this August, one of the UK’s finest observational comics embarks on an EVEN BIGGER brand-new tour for 2019/2020. Join him as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children. Further information and ticket details are here: http://edbyrne.com/

Jason Byrne – According to Beyond A Joke, Byrne is back for more comedy chaos, celebrating 25 years of touring. Audience Precipitation is a new fun, happy and joyful show from ‘the outright king of live comedy’ (The Times). The 31-date UK tour kicks off in Brighton on 24 September 2020 and culminates in Canterbury on 28 November. https://www.jasonbyrne.ie/

Grace Campbell – Why I’m Never Going Into Politics – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 17 – Tue 18 Feb, 7.30pm. Grace Campbell is a force to be reckoned with. From a very young age, Grace has been taking on powerful men. She started with her father Alastair Campbell and his ex-boss Tony Blair, when she was growing up in and around Westminster. Since then Grace has challenged the patriarchy with her feminist collective The Pink Protest. And now, she wants to have a friendly fight with the world she grew up in; politics. In Grace’s debut stand-up show, you can expect vagina jokes, why she thinks she caused Brexit, anecdotes of hanging out with Putin’s kids, plus trying (and failing) to bring the Labour Party back together – Grace is rude, laugh-out-loud funny and wildly outspoken. As seen on Channel 4 & BBC Politics Live. Complete Sell-Out Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019. https://www.disgracecampbell.com/

Scott Capurro – Scott’s currently on tour and can be seen across the country, info is here: https://scottcapurro.com/tour/

Alan Carr – Is doing ten work in progress shows at small venues in Scotland later this year, further details are here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/comics/a/104/alan_carr/tour

Jessie Cave – The Harry Potter star is performing regularly, more info is here: https://www.jessiedoodles.com/gigs and she’s also part of Cave Women: Work In Progress – At the Soho Theatre until April, this sees the Two Cave sisters in a dark place, working out how to work together. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/cave-women-wip/

Roisin And Chiara – Get Nupty – is at the Soho Theatre from Wed 5 – Sat 8 Feb,10pm. Bringing their new hit show fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, cult-in-the-making duo Róisín and Chiara cavort in a whirlwind of synchronised, audience-tickling, surreal character observation, mash-up musical madness… and a wedding. Confused about what true love really is and where to find it? Look no further, Róisín and Chiara have untangled the mystery and guarantee a lifetime of romantic bliss or your money back. Like nothing you’ve seen before. A spine-tingling, spirit-lifting and thirst-quenching voyage through the ups and downs of being in (or nearby) love. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/roisin-and-chiara-get-nupty/

Daliso Chaponda – The Britain’s Got Talent star is on the road until March with his new show. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7278/tour-daliso-chaponda/page/0/1

Ken Cheng – Live dates for this accomplished comedian are on his site right now. https://www.kencheng.co.uk/tour-dates

Bridget Christie – Work In Progress – is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 3 – Wed 5 Feb, 7.15pm. Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose D’or and South Bank Arts award winner, Bridget Christie drops in at Soho Theatre for three work-in-progress nights of new material – ahead of her highly-anticipated new stand-up show. Star of her own Netflix stand-up special and award-winning Radio Four series. http://www.bridgetchristie.co.uk/gigs/

Police Cops – Badass Be Thy Name – Multi award winning comedy trio Police Cops bring you their brand new 90’s inspired comedy blockbuster, Badass Be Thy Name. In a gritty northern town in 1999, complete with a 90’s rave soundtrack, a kitchen sink drama turns into a vampire-slaying horror epic. Supercharged physical comedy with more vampires than you can shake a stake at, this latest hour from the acclaimed trio promises to be a rip roaring hour of raucous physical comedy. http://www.policecops.co.uk/

Crybabies – Danger Bridage – Join Ed Jones (handsome), James Gault (tall), and Michael Clarke (?) for Crybabies’ debut hour of surreal comedy, action, friendship, father issues, rats, crisps, and concerns of the heart. Buckle up for an offbeat adventure through the seductive waters of World War II, truly the Godfather Part II of world wars. Nominee: Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2019. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/crybabies-danger-brigade/

Vir Dad – Loved UK Tour – Top Indian comedian and Netflix superstar Vir Das returns to the UK for an exclusive run of his hit international tour show Loved. Following acclaimed Netflix specials Abroad Understanding and Losing It, Vir seeks to discover what it truly takes to love. In a world of friends, partners, parents, God, fellow man… and iphones, it’s not that straightforward. They say before you can learn to love someone else, you have to learn to love yourself. Here’s a comedy show for those who are on the fence. As seen on his own Netflix specials Abroad Understanding and Losing It. The dates are:  Glasgow, Glee Club, Sun 7 & Mon 8 Jun, 8pm, box office 0871 472 0400
Nottingham, Glee Club, Tue 9 Jun, 8pm, box office 0871 472 0400
Leicester, Curve Studio, Thu 11 Jun, 7.45pm, box office 0116 242 3595
Birmingham, Town Hall, Fri 12 Jun, 8pm, box office 0121 780 3333

An Audience With Yasmine Day – Is at the Soho Theatre on Thu 20 – Fri 21 Feb, 10.30pm. After a hugely critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe, this glorious cabaret-comedy hybrid comes to its spiritual home in Soho. Failed 80s diva and Dorking’s most successful pub singer Yasmine Day boldly attempts to revive her flagging career with a last ditch concert extravaganza. Expect unique renditions of 80s power ballads, world-famous originals you’ve never heard of and (definitely true) celebrity anecdotes. Debut character comedy from Jay Bennett. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/yasmine-day/

Francesco De Carlo – Winning Hearts And Minds – Is at the Soho Theatre from Wed 15 – Sat 18 Jul, 7pm. Francesco’s brand new hour covers love and populism. Winning Hearts And Minds is a show a journey through his Italian family and personal experiences, literature, architecture and other words he cannot pronounce properly. Contains accent. Tour support for Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran & Eddie Izzard. As seen on Netflix, Dave and BBC2. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/francesco-de-carlo/

Omid Djalili – A Strange Bit Of History – Work In Progress – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 17 – Sat 22 Feb, 7.15pm / Sat matinee 4pm. Comedian Omid Djalili returns to one of his earliest stage creations, an enthralling and hilarious storytelling piece recounting mystical experiences, astonishing claims, adventures and tragedies set against the backdrop of tumultuous expectation for a Promised One in Persia, 1844. Omid portrays a rich diversity of tragic and comic characters in this revival to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the Prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith. A Strange Bit of History was first performed at the 1993 Edinburgh Festival, where it won the Spirit of the Fringe Award. Over the next four years it was performed 109 times in 12 different countries. Omid Djalili is an actor and stand-up comedian. Theatre includes Fiddler on The Roof (Chichester) The Shawshank Redemption (Edinburgh), What the Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre) and Fagin in Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Television includes His Dark Materials, Going Forward, Lucky Man, Dickensian and two seasons of The Omid Djalili Show and on US network television One Night Stand HBO Special, Whoopi and The Paul Reiser Show. Films include Gladiator, the Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Mummy, Sex and the City 2, The Infidel, Casanova, Mr Nice, Grow Your Own, and Spygame. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/omid-djalili-strange-bit-wip/

Myra Dubois – Dead Funny – Is at the Soho Theatre from Wed 16 – Sat 26 Sep, 10pm. Myra is dead; long live Myra. Realising she stands to miss out on the most attention she’ll ever receive, the ‘acid- tongued and funny to the bone’ (Time Out) Myra brings forward her funeral to make sure people get it right. An irreverently sardonic side-eye at death, dying and the theatrics of grief. Get ready to R.I.Pee your pants… As seen on The John Bishop Show (BBC1), Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (Channel 5), and soon to appear in the feature film Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/myra-dubois-dead-funny/

Harriet Dyer – After a break-out year for the utterly chaotic and lovable fool, Harriet Dyer will be taking her critically revered Edinburgh Fringe show The Dinosaur Show on tour to some of the UK’s major cities. Harriet Dyer is at her best when roaming free with the whimsy and constant stream of consciousness and that’s exactly what this is. A feel good show creating her very own Jurassic World, with a whole heap of guests (spoiled alert: they’re all just her) and all the dinosaur ditties you can shake a Stevens at. It’s probably about time you learned what ready happened to dinosaurs and she’s more than happy to provide you with all the relevant FACTUAL information. Throw away that poignant possum and reside yourself to just having a very fun time whilst her very large catacomb of chaos implodes your very being. Get ready to be percolated! More info and tickets are here: https://www.harrietdyer.com/

Alex Edelman – The US comedian is on tour in the UK and the dates can be found here: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/alex-edelman-tickets/artist/2073318?irgwc=1&utm_source=Beyond%20The%20Joke&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=1301096&utm_content=1136448_7559&awtrc=&clickId=3LrT9XVm1xyJWOiwUx0Mo3EzUknwHcz9m02uRc0

Phil Ellis – Au Revoir – Au revoir mes amis …. Funz and Gamez creator, star of BBC Radio 4’s Phil Ellis is Trying and Edinburgh Fringe Panel Prize winner (still counts) Phil Ellis is saying goodbye (again) in the only London run of his five-star sell-out (and last) Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Au Revoir, on at the Soho Theatre, Downstairs from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th April at 10.00pm. An award-winning comedian who has entertained all ages with his amalgamation of off-beat observational material and physical comedy, Phil has had his shows gorged on by audiences and critics alike for years without them earning him a TV show or family of his own. Prepare to hear hard truths about his past and the industry whilst laughing along the way. Give this swan a stage and a mic because he’s about to sing his final song. His swansong. Again. At this year’s BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020, the second series of Phil’s popular radio sitcom, Phil Ellis is Trying, (BBC Radio 4) was nominated for Best Scripted Comedy (Longform). Written by and starring Phil himself, the star-studded cast also includes Lolly Adefope, Johnny Vegas, Sean Lock and Lee Mack. Phil first became a ‘Fringe legend’ (The Scotsman) when he won the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award’s panel prize in 2014 with his undisputed cult hit kids’ show (not a kids’ show) Funz and Gamez. After meeting great critical acclaim, Funz and Gamez was broadcast as part of Fresh from the Fest (BBC Radio 4), as well as part of BBC Comedy Feeds (BBC Three). The show went on to have further runs at the Soho Theatre as well as at the Udderbelly on Southbank. His swansong. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/phil-ellis-au-revoir/

Mat Ewins – Info on all of Mat’s gigs, podcast appearance and work in progresses are here: http://www.matewins.com/gigs

Tape Face – Is taking his latest show on the road – http://tapeface.tv/

The Guilty Feminist – This great podcast can be seen live regularly, with all the details here: https://guiltyfeminist.com/

Bristol Comedy Festival – A brand new Festival is to take place on Sunday 26th of April where the likes of Rosie Jones, Stuart Goldsmith, Mark Simmons, Bobby Mair, Sarah Keyworth, Marlon Davis, Olga Koch, Kai Samra, Catherine Bohart, Sara Barron, and Harriet Kemsley will perform. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bristol

Glasgow Comedy Festival – Takes place in March, and the full line up is now up on the website – http://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/shows?utf8=%E2%9C%93&title=&date=&venue=&genre=8

Henley Festival – The UK’s only Black Tie festival (which suggest it’s awful) has announced it’s comedy line up, with Shappi Khorsandi, Rory Bremner, Al Murray, Robert White, Lost Voice Guy, Sophie Duker, Matt Forde and Craig Hill all set to perform at the festival which runs from July 8 – 12. http://henley-festival.co.uk/

Vault Festival – A superb selection of comedians are presenting shows at this year’s Vault festival, including Jamali Maddix, Sofie Hagen, Olga Koch, Glenn Moore, Thanyia Moore, David McIver, Peter Fleming, Kat Bond & Freya Parker and many others. Further details can be found here: https://vaultfestival.com/

Paul Foot – Paul gigs all the time and dates can be found here: http://www.paulfoot.tv/show-diary/

Matt Forde – Brexit, Pursued By A Bear – On tour at a venue near you (possibly), join Britain’s leading political comedian as he once again promises his last show as an EU citizen (maybe). As seen on Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, The Royal Variety Performance and Unspun. https://www.mattforde.com/

Jessica Fostekew – Hench – Absolute powershed and regular host of The Guilty Feminist, Jessica Fostekew explores her big strong strength. Have you ever watched a feminist try and take ‘hench’ as a compliment? It’s like watching a snake eat, but funny. You’ve seen Jess in BBC sitcoms Motherland and Cuckoo and BAFTA Award-winning drama Three Girls. She’s also in forthcoming feature films: Gavin Hood’s Official Secrets and Michael Winterbottom’s Greed. She writes for 8 out of 10 Cats. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/jess-fostekew-hench/

Jena Friedman – Miscarriage Of Justice – As America slips into fascism, Jena celebrates free speech while she still has it, in this unapologetically political hour of comedy. Fresh from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, Miscarriage of Justice is the US comic’s long-awaited return to the UK after her critically-acclaimed 2015 hit American C*nt. Having appeared on multiple top US shows including Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jena brings her unique insight and acerbic wit back to Edinburgh at a time when politics in America and worldwide has become more contentious and divisive than ever. http://www.jenafriedman.com/

Hannah Gadsby
– Hannah’s follow up to Nanette, entitled Douglas, is currently being performed, and more info and tickets are here: http://hannahgadsby.com.au/

Ed Gamble – You can find all of Ed’s gigs here. http://edgamble.co.uk/gigs/

Rhod Gilbert – The Book Of Rhod is on tour until the end of July 2020. http://rhodgilbertcomedian.com/#LIVE-TOUR

Mo Gilligan – Is going on a world tour in May, October and November 2020 – https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/mo-gilligan-tickets

Glamrou – From Quran To Queen – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 16 – Mon 23 Mar. Drag sensation Glamrou battles to merge their queer identity and Islamic heritage. In this blisteringly funny and political debut, Glamrou serenades their lover, Allah, with love songs, break-up songs and minaret-sized wigs. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/glamrou-quran-to-queen/

Kerry Godliman – Bosh – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 11 – Sat 16 May, 8.30pm. Kerry’s back on tour after what she thought would be a little ‘she’ time. No chance. Her bosh-like nature will never let her rest. Well, that and a needy cat, a constantly disappointing camper van, ever-raging feelings of mum guilt and bewilderment at the phasing out of thimbles. All will be explained. As seen on Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Taskmaster, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, After Life, Save Me and Call The Midwife and heard on The News Quiz, The Now Show and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/kerry-godliman-bosh/

Loyiso Gola –Pop Culture – Is at the Soho Theatre from Wed 19 – Sat 22 Feb, 7.30pm. Fresh from an incredible Edinburgh Fringe 2019, South African comedian Loyiso Gola dives into pop culture through the years and the way they have shaped our lives. The two-time Emmy nominee takes us on a hilarious journey exploring the differing impact of pop culture moments around the world. As seen on Netflix: Comedians Of The World, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and Late Nite News With Loyiso Gola. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/loyiso-gola-pop-culture/

Ivo Graham – The Game Of Life – The tie for faff is over: has Big Daddy Graham got the skillz (anecdotes / banter / topical asides) to pay da billz (gas / water / electric)? More hilariously anxious blather from one of the most hilariously anxious blatherers in the business. As spotted on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Live From The BBC, Cats Does Countdown, Richard Osman’s House of Games, Roast Battle, Hypothetical, The Stand Up Sketch Show, The Now Show, and Fighting Talk. https://ivograham.com/

Lloyd Griffith – Not Just A Pretty Face – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 7 – Sat 11 Apr, 8.30pm. Lloyd is back on the road for his third UK stand up tour. It’s been a busy few years for Grimsby’s favourite (for now, anyway) comedian/choirboy. He’s recently been supporting Jack Whitehall on tour, and you may have also seen him in on 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Can You Beat The Bookies? (BBC), Soccer AM (Sky One), Flinch (Netflix), Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Songs of Praise (BBC2) ((lol)). https://lloydgriffith.com/

Sofie Hagen – Has announced the tour dates for her new show, The Bumswing, which she will be performing across the country. For more info, please go here: http://www.sofiehagen.com/liveshows/

Stavros Halkias – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 31 Mar – Sat 4 Apr, 8.30pm. Stavros Halkias is a stand-up comedian and co-host of the popular podcast Cum Town. He is also widely known for his body-positive Instagram account. Stavros has made appearances on Comedy Central, IFC, and the MSG Network, where he wrote and performed on the Emmy-nominated People Talking Sports and Other Stuff. He’s been featured in Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball, the New York Comedy Festival, and toured nationally with Wham City Comedy, Tom Papa, and Robert Kelly. He’s very sorry that the word “Cum” was in the first sentence of this biography. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/stavros-halkias/

Andy Hamilton – Apparently the UK just cannot live too long without spending An Evening with Andy Hamilton and so he’s back for another short run of his ‘up close and personal’ show this summer, just to keep us happy. In an evening of reminiscence and revelation, one of the most noted comedy writers and directors of the last few decades looks back over his forty years in comedy and sixty(ish) years on the planet. Audiences will have the opportunity to ask Andy questions on any topic as he takes a look back at his very extensive professional career in comedy. Beginning in 1976 as a contributor to Radio 4’s Weekending, Andy went on to pick up a raft of awards for co-writing and co-directing such household TV classics as Drop The Dead Donkey and Outnumbered. His TV satires turned up the heat on Westminster with Ballot Monkeys and Power Monkeys, and he and his co-writer Guy Jenkin also penned and directed the hit British comedy feature film What We Did On Our Holiday. In the spring, their latest sitcom Kate & Koji, starring Brenda Blethyn and Jimmy Akingbola, will air on ITV. Andy’s numerous TV and radio credits include Have I Got News For You, QI, Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers, The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Old Harry’s Game. Andy’s debut novel, The Star Witness, is available via Outbound, and his handwritten (yes, handwritten!) epic novel Longhand will be available in June. Further details are here: http://andyhamiltonontour.co.uk/

Darren Harriott – Darren Harriott: Good Heart Yute is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 4 – Sat 8 Feb, 7.30pm. Now he’s 30 and he’s never been in love. Can it always be someone else’s fault? Learning more about himself and realising maybe he’s never actually been happy with who he is, join Darren for his trademark passion and insightful wit as he tries to work himself out. As seen on BBC’s Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Comedy Central’s Stand Up Special, Comedy Bus, Dave’s Hypothetical, Ultimate Worrier and heard on BBC Radio 4’s Darren Harriott’s Black Label. NOMINEE: Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2019 – Best Show
https://darrenharriott.com/tour-dates/

John Hastings – 10 John Hastings I Hate ABout You – is at the Soho Theatre from Thu 6 – Sat 8 Feb, 9.30pm. Comedy Central’s John Hastings started from the bottom (Canada), then moved to the bottom (Britain), and has found a new bottom (America). Currently bottoming out, John is back to talk about the highs (read: none) and lows (read: many) of the past year. From losing his grandfather to open relationships to borrowing money from his mom, come watch John hit rock bottom. TW(ats welcome): Mega LOLz and most likely toilet humour. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/john-hastings-hate-about-you/

Jacob Hawley – Faliraki – Faliraki sees Jacob dissect the class divide with ruminations on love, relationships and mental health. The Stevenage soft-Lad ponders the disparity between his working-class family’s traditionalist views with the ideals of his newly found liberal elite life. Jacob’s highly anticipated follow up show to 2018’s poignant and politically charged show Howl promises politics for idiots, feminism for lads, love stories for louts, self-care for those who don’t. ‘The distinctly millennial rising star of the Edinburgh Fringe’ (New Statesman) is the presenter and creator of BBC Sounds’s Jacob Hawley: On Drugs which has been featured in the iTunes Top 50 Shows, highlighted in Cosmopolitan’s Top 55 Podcasts and earned him and ARIA (Audio & Radio Industry Awards) 2020 nomination for Best New Presenter, while a second series has been commissioned by BBC Sounds. Jacob is also the creator and star of BBC Radio 4’s Welcome to Britain, a solo show based on his critically-acclaimed debut stand-up hour Howl, and he can be regularly heard on BBC 5 Live’s Sarah Brett Show. His short films have been showcased on BBC Three, his work with UniLad has reached more than 3.5 million viewers, and BBC’s Top Ten Gag’s from Edinburgh have highlighted his jokes. Jacob has rapidly generated interest as one of the boldest new voices on the circuit with his astute observations and political passion. “With the comedy world at his feet, Jacob Hawley looks like making a serious impression on the Fringe with his sensitive and joke-busy hours. He’s already shaping up as a must-see staple in the years to come” ★★★★ The List, Brian Donaldson. Jacob is set to perform his second solo show at Soho Theatre from Monday 2nd – Wednesday 4th March, tickets can be found at jacobhawley.co.uk

Nick Helm – Nick has extended his latest tour (which we hear is a must see) in to 2020. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/8141/nick-helm-tour

Adam Hess – My Grandad Has A Fringe – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 28 Apr – Sat 9 May, 8.30pm. As seen on Tonight at the Palladium, Live From The BBC and Live From The Comedy Store, Adam Hess is one of the UK’s hottest comedy talents. Prepare to laugh for an hour and not think once as Hess brings to you his award-winning show (Theatre Weekly’s Best Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Show) and see the comedian who critics regularly describe as having ‘more laughs per minute than any other act’ (Skinny). One of his jokes is about the face you pull when the person opposite you on the train accidentally touches your leg. Great stuff. WINNER: Theatre Weekly Best Of The Fest 2019 – Best Comedy Show. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/adam-hess-grandad-fringe/

Bec Hill – The astonishingly talented comedian (who I saw do a killer set at Quantum Leopard recently) is going out on tour in 2020, and is a must see. http://www.bechillcomedian.com/tour-gigs

Hivemind – This improv group are performing two different shows at the Museum of Comedy over the next couple of months, Improvengers: Pretendgame and Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones, for details of all of their shows please go here: https://hivemindimprov.com/

The Horne Section – The six-headed comedy band The Horne Section have extended their biggest UK tour to date due to overwhelming demand for tickets after their latest show That’s How I Like My Tour enjoyed a sell-out run in 2019. Unruly, ridiculous and surprisingly satisfying, The Horne Section combine music and comedy in a typically unpredictable way, blending stupid songs with a carnival atmosphere and plenty of puns. Expect a mixture of toe-tapping tunes, exceptional musicality, and 5 talented musicians being made to do silly things by bearded comedian, and creator & star of Taskmaster, Alex Horne. The extension runs from 16th March to 15th July 2020, with two special shows at London’s iconic jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s on 27th and 28th April, marking the band’s ten year anniversary in the place where it all began. The tour is on sale now and tickets can be found at thehornesection.com.

Colin Hoult – This superb stand up and the man behind Anna Mann regularly tours and performs in London, further info is on his site: https://www.colinhoult.net/

London Hughes – To Catch A Dick – From ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show, BBC2’s Mock the Week E4’s Celebs Go Dating, join Edinburgh Comedy Award 2019 nominee London Hughes at Soho Theatre. She explores how as a woman, you can be incredibly awesome and successful yet incredibly single, and how f*ckin’ ridiculous it is. Also seen on BBC Three’s Fleabag, ITV1’s All Star Musicals, ITV2’s Don’t Hate The Playaz and Channel 5’s Celebrity Game Night. ‘The new female face of British comedy (Daily Mail). ‘Needs to settle down and find a man’ (London’s mum). https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/london-hughes-tickets

Eddie Izzard – His latest show, Wunderbar is on the road until the end of the month. https://www.mickperrin.com/tours/izzard-wunderbar-autumn/

Joe Jacobs – Performs regularly in London and sometimes further afield – dates can be found here: http://joejacobs.website/#gigs

Jimeoin – Is on tour in early 2020. https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Jimeoin-tickets/artist/1119749?irgwc=1&utm_term=431519&utm_source=1301096&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=1136448&utm_content=7559&clickId=1n0VlCzHaxyJUO60GqR-LRvzUklz0aR5H0NLQ80

Rhys James – The Mock The Week star is doing a national tour for the first time and all the venue details are here: https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7213/tour-rhys-james/page/0/1

Milton Jones – Is currently performing his show Milton Impossible in 2020. http://miltonjones.com/live-dates/

Ruth Jones – Gavin & Stacey star Ruth Jones will be embarking on a UK tour to celebrate the publication of her brand-new novel Us Three. Spend the evening in the company of award-winning TV writer, BAFTA-nominated actor and bestselling author Ruth Jones as she heads out on the road to celebrate the publication of her brand-new novel Us Three. Packed with all the heart and empathy that firmly established Ruth as one of the greatest TV writers and performers of her generation, Us Three is a moving and uplifting novel about life’s complications, the power of friendship and how it defines us all. The tour will take in 7 dates across the UK, beginning at London’s Alexandra Palace on 10th May and concluding at Sevenoaks Bookshop on 19th May. Tickets are available at 12pm on Tuesday 3rd March via www.fane.co.uk/ruth-jones-booktour.

Spencer Jones – The Things We Leave Behind – Edinburgh Comedy Award and double BAFTA-nominated professional idiot Spencer Jones is back with his brand-new show. The Things We Leave Behind is an absurd mash-up of comedy styles, mixing looped music, props, stand-up, turbo clowning and puppets for your eyes, ears and face. Star of the upcoming BBC series Mr Winner and The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk, his live dates are here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/comics/s/34213/spencer_jones

Alex Kealy – Rationale – How stink bombs can make you right wing & other stories, it’s the debut UK tour from a writer of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show and BBC Two’s Mock The Week. “‘A storming show from the whimsical funnyman’. Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times. Political comedian and ‘marvellous stand-up’ (The Skinny), Alex Kealy is embarking on his debut UK tour with an hour of comedy about the emotional roots of our rational thoughts. All served with ‘a reservoir of memorable gags’ (The List). We prize rationality in life, in argument and in politics. But that’s not really how we think – we’re all prejudiced, sentimental bell-ends who see politics through emotional prisms and personal connections, and then tack on a rationale for those gut decisions after the fact! Rationale reveals that, among other things, stink bombs and German classical music can, subconsciously, impact our political choices. And who better to explore all this than Alex Kealy? A man with strong political convictions undermined in any argument by his massive cowardice and need for absolutely everyone to like him all the time, always. Fortunately, ‘this is clever comedy…one of those shows where you come out feeling like you’ve done yourself some internal damage from laughing so much’ (★★★★ Shortcom). https://www.alexkealy.com/tour-dates.html

John Kearns – Double Take And Fade Away – Two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award winner and four-time Chortle Award nominee John Kearns returns. Still a slave to dairy, the Gregorian calendar and Greenwich Mean Time, he is flesh and blood after all. A funny man, not for everyone of course, but remember this mustn’t be mistaken as an invite rather a heads up. Based on the theory that the most interesting places on maps are the empty spaces, John has booked a tour, stopping by at some places that look like people share hot water bottles with their landlords. The show implores you to learn lessons from your ceiling and realise Fred Astaire actually knew very well what he was doing. https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/john-kearns

Luke Kempner – The comedian and impressionist is taking his show across the country until the end of the month. https://www.mickperrin.com/tours/izzard-wunderbar-autumn/

Harriet Kemsley – All of Harriet’s forthcoming shows are here – https://harrietkemsley.com/

Micky P. Kerr – The Britain’s Got Talent star gigs regularly and details are here: https://www.mickperrin.com/

Sarah Keyworth – Sarah’s new hour is about the little things, the smallest details, the fixed and distinct aspects that make up what we definitively are, how we expressly think and who we unambiguously love.
https://www.sarahkeyworth.co.uk/

Comedy Club 4 Kids – is at the Soho Theatre on 22 Feb, 21 Mar, 12pm – Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families…but without the rude bits. It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?”. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/comedy-club-4-kids-4/

Daniel Kitson – If you want to find out about all of his forthcoming performances we’d recommend signing up for his mailing list: https://www.danielkitson.com/mailing-list

Olga Koch – If/Then is at the Soho Theatre from Wed 12 – Sat 15 Feb, 8.30pm. A brand-new hour by the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee. Following her BBC Radio 4 special, the acclaimed stand-up tells a love story through the medium of computer programming (which she studied at university, and, like, barely ever brings up). In her feminist investigation into what happens when we can’t separate love and technology, Olga will teach you how to code and explore what happens when our expectations for love, happiness and Michael Bublé no longer compute. As seen and heard on Mock The Week, Pls Like, The Now Show, and BBC Arts Hour. Directed by Charlie Dinkin. https://www.rocknrolga.com/

Yuriko Kotani – Somosomo – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 24 – Tue 25 Feb, 9pm. They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease. But Yuriko, born and raised in Japan, has spent her life making sure she doesn’t stick out. Watch her walk the tightrope of cultural differences as she embraces her individuality in her hit debut hour. As seen on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and BBC Three’s Pls Like. WINNER: BBC New Comedy Award 2015. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/yuriko-kotani-somosomo/

Jake Lambert – Never Mak The Same Mistak Twice – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 31 Mar – Wed 1 Apr, 9.15pm. Following on from his sold-out, “solidly entertaining debut” (Scotsman), Jake Lambert returns with an hour packed full of “brilliant one-liners” (Chortle.co.uk). Never Mak The Same Mistak Twice is a show about learning from your mistakes. (I was going to do a show about my successes, but neither of them were very funny). As seen on Comedy Central, writer for Mock The Week, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and The News Quiz. Tour support for Michael McIntyre and Romesh Ranganathan. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/jake-lambert/

Ian Lane – All of this accomplished comedian’s gigs, whose show from last year, Paperweight, we enjoyed an enormous amount can be found on his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IanAvenueLane/

Stewart Lee – After taking some time out Lee is back with two new hour long shows, Snowflake and Tornado, which he is performing at the Leicester Square Theatre right now, and which we’ll be seeing at the beginning of December. More info’s here: http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/live-dates/

Legs – Are at the Soho Theatre from Wed 4 – Sat 7 Mar, 10.30pm. Legs* are what most humans stand on. They also allow humans to walk, crouch and lunge. If at any point in your life you have used your legs, thought about legs or if you know someone with legs, then this is the show for you. Legs. *Warning: this show may contain legs. Directed by Dan Lees. WINNER: Malcolm Hardee Awards 2019 – Comic Originality. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/legs-2/

Laura Lexx – After two sell-out Edinburgh shows in two years, star of Live At The Apollo and double winner of The Comedian’s Choice ‘Best Performer Award’, Laura Lexx is going on her first UK tour with Knee Jerk. Knee Jerk shines a hilarious light on how hard it is to be a good person these days. The world seems furious at the moment, whether that is over Brexit, carbon emissions, gender, plastics in the sea, nationality or whether or not we should be aiming for the future or the past. Maybe Laura is projecting, but, is all this arguing and fighting down to the fact we’re absolutely terrified? In Knee Jerk, Laura uses the tricks she learned to cope with her eco-anxiety to try and soothe the world’s temper and calm down our various phobias. The dates for the tour are here: https://lauralexx.seetickets.com/tour/laura-lexx

Josie Long – Tender – Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and very-hard-to-pin-down-indie-underdog-nightmare Josie Long is back with a brand new show after a brief hiatus, during which she had a baby and so on. It’s about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, but mostly about kindness, gentleness, and joy – all in all, the edgiest thing you will see this year. The aim is for you to come out of it feeling optimistic about the future, although that is a big ask. At the very least there will be some really silly voices in it, and that’s not nothing. You can see the show at the Soho Theatre Monday 11th to the 20th, and then in 2020 – https://www.josielong.com/

Lovecraft (Not The Sex Shop In Cardiff) – Is at the Soho Theatre from, Thu 27 – Sat 29 Feb, 7.15pm / Sat matinee 2.45pm – Award-winning Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff) is a one-woman science-comedy-musical about the neuroscience of love and loneliness. Combining heartfelt tales of relationship highs, lows and the downright confusing, this personal show is told with plenty of sass, chocolate, hugs and bangin’ tunes too.Come and discover how love works within all of us, why it makes us do crazy things and why hugging is the answer. Co-produced by Carys Eleri and Wales Millennium Centre. WINNER: Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019 – Critic’s Circle Award. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/lovecraft/

Frisky & Mannish – Details for all of their gigs are here: https://www.friskyandmannish.co.uk/

Dimitri Martin – Has cancelled his UK dates due to illness, but hopefully will reschedule soon.

Paul Mccaffrey – Lemon – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 21 – Wed 22 Apr, 7pm. As seen on Live at The Apollo. In this hilarious new stand up show, McCaffrey struggles to get to grips with technology, being spied on by the Chinese, idiotic self-help books and setting fire to his oven gloves. The man is an absolute Lemon, funny though. Most recently Paul has performed to over half a million people in supporting Kevin Bridges and Sean Lock on nationwide tours. Star of Live at The Apollo, BBC3’s Impractical Jokers and Russell Howard’s Good News and Comedy Central’s Stand Up Central. An accomplished radio presenter and guest, Paul has recently been heard on: talkSPORT, Absolute’s The Alternative Vote, Rob Beckett’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Football and BBC Radio 2’s Russell Kane’s Whistlestop Tour. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/paul-mccaffrey-lemon/

Chris McCausland – Speaky Blinder – Star of Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for You and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, multi-award-winning comedian Chris McCausland is taking his smash hit stand-up show, Speaky Blinder, back on tour for a series of extra dates. He’s blind. He’s a dad. He’s a husband. He’s third in command. And that’s just the half of it. From hilarious tales of the marathon birth from hell that Chris and his wife thought would never end, and their experience of having to pay actual money to a mad lactation consultant (yes that’s a real job), to the central heating battles that arise when a pasty white Scouser is married to a hot-blooded Brazilian woman, Chris McCausland delivers big belly laughs and razor-sharp observations. One of the circuit’s best-loved and most prolific stand ups, Chris also gives an insight into life and parenthood in the dark, from his inevitable shortcomings as a husband who can’t do his share of the driving to the total farce of playing hide and seek when you can’t see where to hide or where to bloody seek! A proper stand-up show with a real unique perspective on life and relationships, Speaky Blinder will definitely leave you thinking as well as laughing! “Devilish wit and gags aplenty.” **** The List – Details of the tour can be found here: http://chrismccausland.com/tour/

Annie McGrath – Deadpan comic Annie McGrath is currently performing her critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe stand-up show, Shepherd, directed by Steve Hall (We Are Klang, The Russell Howard Hour). Dark and charmingly offbeat, Annie tackles issues of male toxicity, consent and sheep herding. Expect dry jokes, silly anecdotes and some potentially serious underlying themes from a young(ish) comedian, cynical beyond her years. The show is “Packed with gags – as relatable as it is funny” Chortle. Annie is renowned for straddling the worlds of art and comedy, and Shepherd features an original painting of hers. Host of successful new podcast, Secret Artists, Annie also curated a recent exhibition of art by comedians, Art is the Best Medicine, which raised over £3,500 for Mental Health UK and was featured in various national newspapers including The Guardian, Financial Times, i news and London Evening Standard. Annie’s artwork sold and was on offer alongside the likes of Vic Reeves, Harry Hill, Josie Long, Jenny Eclair, Jessica Hynes, Joe Lycett, Alex Horne and Tim Key. Info on her live dates are here: https://www.anniemcgrath.com/gigs

Sean McLoughlin – Details of all of his dates are here: http://seanmcloughlincomedy.com/tour-2019/

Chris McGlade – Forgiveness – Is at the Soho Theatre from Wed 26 – Sat 29 Feb, 9pm. Following the murder of his father, hard hitting and critically acclaimed northern comedian Chris McGlade is attempting to lay to rest the ghosts that have haunted him ever since.This show, whilst telling the story of his dad’s horrific murder, is also a funny, sincere, un-PC, no holds barred and touching homage to the man who shaped his life and humour. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/chris-mcglade-forgiveness/

Annie McGrath – Shepherd- Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 17 – Tue 18 Feb, 9pm. Dark and charmingly offbeat, Annie McGrath tackles issues of male toxicity, consent and sheep herding. The big three…Dry jokes, silly anecdotes and some potentially serious underlying themes from a young(ish) comedian cynical beyond her years. Directed by Steve Hall (We Are Klang, The Russell Howard Hour). As seen on Channel 4, Comedy Central, BBC Three, ITV2 and Sky Sports. Annie is host of Secret Artists podcast and is a Funny Women Awards Finalist 2018 & 2019. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/annie-mcgrath-shepherd/

James McNicholas – The Boxer – Is at the Soho Theatre from Wed 19 – Sat 22 Feb, 9pm. James’ grandad, Terry Downes, became world middleweight champion in 1961. By contrast, James’ school PE teacher once told him he was so unfit he’d be dead by the time he was 23. This is a heart-warming, hilarious true story about fighting and family. Directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Tom Parry. The Boxer is an Amused Moose Award Best Show Nominee. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/james-mcnicholas-the-boxer/

Gary Meikle – His new show is The iBrow Guy and dates for it are on his site: https://www.garymeikle.com/

Garrett Millerick – Smile – “Last year I wrote this bit for my flyer and promised that I’d deliver an hour of pure comedy, no gimmicks, no sad stories. That all went out the window a few weeks before the festival when my wife nearly died, and I had to rewrite the show. It made a complete mockery of everything I’d promised on the flyer. The show ended up being very successful, so it turns out people never hold you to what’s written on flyers anyway. In the last twelve months my wife has resolutely refused to nearly die, so it’s going to be missing the emotional impact of last year. There’s nothing I can do about that, I’ve tried. I messed with the brakes on her car, put stuff in her food, no dice. But then again, it’s 2019, everyone is depressed and anxious, the planet is dying and Boris Johnson is Prime Minister. So that’s probably dark enough to be getting on with. This is my best effort at a defiant battle cry against the gloom.It’s called Smile.” https://www.garrettmillerick.com/

Shazia Mirza – Coconut – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 8 – Sat 13 Jun, 7pm. When Shazia was left to starve to death on a deserted Island by Bear Grylls with nine other ‘celebrities’ she didn’t know, the Island became a microcosm for the world and everything going on outside. “What’s going on? Why is everyone fighting? What is a strong woman and does she really exist? And why are there no women left with real eyebrows?” Shazia explores loyalty and what makes the best leader, masking our dislike for other people and why there is no such thing as an alpha male. Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of Brexit, burqas and butt-plugs through the lens of The Periodic Table, and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia is taking on the burning issues of our time in her latest show for 2020. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/shazia-mirza-coconut/ And details of her other dates are here: https://www.shazia-mirza.com/

Evelyn Mok – Details on Evelyn’s new work in progress are here: http://www.evelynmok.com/wp/live/

Jinkx Monsoon And Major Scales -Together Again – It’s been forty-five years since Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales have set foot on stage together. The long-endured cabaret duo have long since gone their separate ways; Jinkx becoming a faded TV movie starlet, and Major fading into musical obscurity— each of them clinging onto what scraps of fame they still have. Now, after decades of anticipation, the two of them have come together for one final reunion upon the stage. They’re together again, again! The RuPaul’s Drag Race Star and musical prodigy Major Scales return to the UK with their most outrageously raucous show yet! Jinkx Monsoon is a hard-working single mother with ambition. Since winning Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, she has toured the world performing her original cabaret shows with her music partner, Major Scales. The duo have also released two albums: The Inevitable Album & The Ginger Snapped. You may recognize her voice from Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe and Mighty Magiswords. Her webshow, Cool Mom, co-starring her comedy partner Nick Sahoyah, can be seen exclusively on WOW Presents Plus.Major Scales is the evil twin of Richard Andriessen, a musician, writer and performer based in Seattle. He has written everything from award-winning New York shows on the east coast to music for amateur adult films on the west. https://sohotheatre.com/events/jinkx-monsoon-and-major-scales-together-again-again-uk-tour/

Robin Morgan – What A Man, What A Man, What A Man, What A Mighty Good Man (Say It Again Now) – Welsh stand-up, Robin Morgan (CBBC’s The Dog Ate My Homework; BBC One’s Stand Up At BBC Wales, writer on BBC Two’s The Mash Report and the BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show) has announced a 2020 spring tour. What A Man, What A Man, What A Man, What A Mighty Good Man (Say It Again Now) premiered in Edinburgh last August and will now travel across the UK, over 12 dates. The tour starts in London on Wednesday 5th February and finishes at the Glee Club in Cardiff on Sunday 31 May – the venue where Robin used to work at behind the bar . Robin Morgan is a father to his son and a son to his father. But what makes a good male role model? What A Man… is about being a ‘young woke dad’ (not Robin’s words, the words of a drunken audience member in 2018), calling out the double standards that set the bar so low to be a ‘good dad’ and exploring the gender roles forced on our children from conception. What A Man… also explores how male friendship can be improved by occasionally kissing your best friend, and how men need to do better. “Robin is one of the smartest, nicest and most importantly, funniest people in the biz.” – Rachel Parris. https://www.robinjmorgan.co.uk/tour

Sean Morley – Soon I Will Be Dead And My Bones Will Be Free To Wreak Havoc Upon The Earth Once More – Is at the Soho Theatre from Thu 2 – Sat 4 Apr, 9.15pm. Inside my skin is a rattling beast and when I breathe my last it will emerge. Free me from the enemy within. This is a show about fear, acceptance and bones. Cult comedian and Cherub of the Northern Alternative Comedy Scene, Sean Morley makes his Soho Theatre debut with his critically acclaimed high-concept comedy show. Listed by Time Out and Scotsman in their Best Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2019. NOMINEE: Malcolm Hardee Awards 2019 – Comic Originality. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/sean-morley/

Daniel Muggleton – The acclaimed comedian and CTW favourite is back in Australia for a while, and dates for his live performances are here: https://www.danielmuggleton.com/

Simon Munnery – Alan Parker Urban Warrior Farewell Tour – Multi award-winning comedian Simon Munnery reprises his notorious alter ego, the bedsit anarchist Alan Parker Urban Warrior. Once the most radical, now the only radical, Alan returns with the old gold, the old truths, and some new truths (based on the old truths). For over 35 years, Munnery has performed around the world, experimenting with and innovating the stand-up form. In the 1990s, his Alan Parker: Urban Warrior character took the comedy circuit by storm, garnering Munnery his own BBC Radio 1 series, which Time Out London called ‘the funniest thing on Radio One’ and a residency on ITV’s Saturday Live. 1996 saw him collaborate with Graham Linehan and Stewart Lee for BBC2 show, London Shouting, in his Alan Parker guise, and the character also become a regular contributor to NME magazine. Simon Munnery is a British Comedy Award nominee, Perrier Award nominee, Sony Radio Award winner and Chortle Award winner and he’s been described as “Gloriously inept radical anorak” by The Times while The Guardian said “Marx, Engels and Sid Vicious would all have died laughing!”. The show is at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre on Friday 17th April, tickets for which are here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/139698-simon-munnery-alan-parker-urban-warrior-farewell-tour-2020 and other dates can be found here: http://www.simonmunnery.com/

Al Murray – Is taking his Pub Landlord character back on the road for a thirty date tour. https://thepublandlord.com/

Nigel NG – Culture Shocked – In his debut show, Nigel Ng takes you on a joyous romp through his life in the UK as a Malaysian immigrant. Can he retain his cultural identity under the seduction of the Western world? Or will he succumb to it and start enjoying the bland food served at Wagamama’s? Nigel made his TV debut in 2018 on Comedy Central’s Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central, shortly followed by Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. He had an incredible debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year with this show, and to top it off, he was nominated for the prestigious Best Newcomer Award. http://www.nigelngcomedy.com/

Trevor Noah – Has announced even more UK tour dates, which are here: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/trevor-noah-tickets/artist/1741923

Ross Noble – Is going on tour with a new show from April 2020, dates and further info is here: https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7257/news-mega-tour-ross-noble/page/0/1

Geoff Norcott – Taking Liberties – Geoff Norcott’s acclaimed Taking Liberties tour has been doubled in size, with 25 new dates added in 2020. “There’s been a lot of talk about extensions”, says Geoff, “well, despite my political allegiances I’m delighted with this one. It’s time the people were given another say…on whether or not they want to see my show.” Beyond left/right party politics and Brexit, Geoff Norcott has realised the main thing that motivates his political persuasion is that he hates being told what to do. Whether it’s Eurocrats, ministers, cultural icons or his wife of 15 years, Geoff just can’t stand anyone having power over him. It’s a bad time to feel this way. With rising ‘Nanny State’ legislations coming from a supposedly right-wing government and ever greater controls on food, lifestyle and language choices, ‘Taking Liberties’ is both a statement on what Geoff fears is happening and his intent to playfully push the envelope. “He’s a class act with a mature, sharp take on modern politics.” Sunday Times. https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/geoff-norcott-tickets

Pierre Novellie – You’re Expected To Care – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 19 – Sat 23 May, 7pm. Existing is exhausting. Endless empathy and engagement is expected of everyone. You’ve got to be aware of all the complicated, horrific things in the world, don’t you? Even if they’re absolutely nothing to do with you? The only thing worse than trying is not trying, and vice-versa. Watch award-winning, five-star comedian Pierre Novellie bring some intellectual levity to various absolutely appalling subjects. This is a ‘rather laugh than cry’ show, not a ‘laugh then cry’ show. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/pierre-novellie-expected-to-care/

Michael Odewale – #Blackbearsmatter – Fresh from a total sell out run and Best Newcomer Nomination at the Edinburgh Fringe – Join the fast-rising star as he tries to figure out what really matters, and what’s just noise, in his smash hit debut show. A fresh new voice known for delivering sharp, slick and beautifully executed stand-up, Odewale is taking the comedy world by storm. Winner Best New Show Leicester Comedy Festival 2019. As seen on Stand Up Central for Comedy Central, Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2). As heard on Audible and BBC Radio 4. BBC New Comedy Award finalist. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/michael-odewale-blackbearsmatter/

David O’Doherty – Is often on the road, and always superb value. https://davidodoherty.seetickets.com/tour/david-o-doherty

Micky Overman – Presenting Miss Micky Overman – Is at the Soho Theatre on Mon 9 – Tue 10 Mar, 8.45pm. This brand-spanking-new hour by the 2018 Chortle Best Newcomer nominee finally answers the question no one is dying to have answered: Where is she from?! It also covers: the value of friendship, the power of perception, the importance of agency and how to deal with terminally ill toys. Come watch as she takes you on a journey through the jungle of silly boys/creeps of her past, and watch her make a complete fool of herself as she celebrates her roots. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/micky-overman/

Henry Paker – I’ve been a fan of the man since 2008 and his latest show is on tour now. https://www.comedy.co.uk/live/tours/2019/henry_paker_man_alive/

Anuvab Pal – Democracy And Disco Dancing – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 27 Apr – Sat 2 May, 7pm. Anuvab Pal is trying to understand a thousand years of this bewildering isle through an Indian lens covering critical socio-cultral events like; William The Conqueror, The Magna Carta, Hugh Grant and Chicken Tikka Masala and is just confused. As seen on BBC’s Big Asian Stand Up & BBC World Service’s New Year’s International Comedy Show. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/anuvab-pal-democracy-disco/

The Parentheticals – Details about this improv group can be found at their site here: https://theparentheticals.co.uk/

Tom Parry – Parryoke! – Is at the Soho Theatre from Wed 25 – Sat 28 Mar, 9.15pm. CAPS ON. TOPS OFF. Fresh from his Best Newcomer Nomination in 2015 Parry is back at the Soho Theatre with his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show, celebrating life, love and going tops off.Join the largest (girth, height) third of the legendary sketch team Pappys as he sweats, shouts and explains everything he loves about a wedding. There will be stuff, there will be nonsense, there might even be a bit of karaoke. IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT A MUSICAL SHOW. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/tom-parry-parryoke/

Sara Pascoe – Sara’s upcoming gigs are here: http://www.sarapascoe.com/gigs.html

Rachel Parris – Work In Progress – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 2 – Wed 4 Mar, 9.30pm. Bafta-nominated comedian Rachel Parris, is returning to Soho Theatre with a work in progress show as she prepares for her nationwide tour. Join viral sensation and star of BBC’s The Mash Report as she performs stand-up and songs about sudden love, the highs and lows of relationships, family, weddings, kids, going viral, going mental, and the baffling state of play in society right now.
http://www.rachelparris.com/

Jonny Pelham – Off Limits – Is at the Soho Theatre from Fri 20 – Sat 21 Mar, 7.15pm. Jonny has something to say that’s usually off-limits for dating, family gatherings, hanging out with mates and most social situations really…So what better place to talk about it than in a comedy show with a bunch of strangers? Off Limits is a personal, provocative and hilarious hour that should not be missed. As seen on Russell Howard’s Stand-up Central and Live From the BBC and Live At The Apollo. WINNER: Herald Angel Award 2019. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/jonny-pelham-off-limits-2/

Kiri Pritchard-McLean – Empathy Pains (Work In Progress) – is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 10 – Sat 15 Feb, 10pm. Multi award-winning comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Have I Got News for You, Live at the Apollo, 8 out of 10 Cats, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Would I Lie To You) is back with her fourth full-length show. Previous shows have seen her tackle structural racism, sexism, child grooming, adoption and emotional abuse so what seemingly unfunny subject has she picked to turn into laughs this year? Chernobyl? The shrinking size of creme eggs? No, empathy. Which sounds fine actually but maybe not the way Kiri tackles it. Kiri thinks that we live in a time where empathy is seen as a weakness like asthma or being first to pull away from a handshake. But why is that? Surely what we need in these divided times is more empathy? So Kiri is off on a search to find a group of people who she struggles to empathise with, what could this mean…..? Well, it means she’s spent the last year talking to non-offending paedophiles on the internet. Yup, her search history is a disaster. So, come and see her make the impossible hilarious or possibly get arrested
http://www.kiripritchardmclean.co.uk/gigs/

Greg Proops – The Smartest Man In The World – Is at the Soho Theatre on Mon 4 May, 8.30pm. Greg will record the podcast with the usual mix of drinking, so-called jokes, singing, poor dancing and boring preachy parts. Then meet and touch all you kittens. Everyone wins and then we go for Chinese food. Sexy people only. Part professorial, part crazed comedian, Proops forms the show around his talent and passions. The show flows like a love letter to tangents. The Proopcast has been to Australia, Stockholm, New Zealand, Montreal, London, Edinburgh, Austin, Paris, San Francisco off the coast of St. Martin in the Caribbean and somehow Cleveland. Now you must fall. Be there and experience joy for once in your life. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/greg-proops-smartest-man-2/

Children Of The Quorn TM – Is at the Soho Theatre from Fri 8 – Sat 9 May, 10.30pm. Megan from HR presents Children Of The Quorn™, a new sketch comedy show, complete with seance. From a ‘super-slick double-act…with razor-sharp timing’ (ThreeWeeks), this an intelligent, original and high-energy hour of comedy that will raise the roof and the dead. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/children-quorn/

Chris and Rosie Ramsey – Following the instant success of Chris and Rosie Ramsey’s podcast Shagged. Married. Annoyed, which launched early last year, regularly hitting No. 1 on the download charts and reaching a staggering 18 million downloads worldwide to date, the time has come for the lovable Geordie duo to leave the comfort of their South Shields living room and bring their hit podcast to live stages around the UK, including their home town of Newcastle at the Utilita Arena, which will break the record for the biggest live podcast! Performances start on Thursday 3rd September at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre and finish on Sunday 27th September at London’s Adelphi Theatre. In the same vein as their weekly podcast, Chris and Rosie will be chatting all about life, relationships, arguments, annoyances, parenting, growing up and everything in between, but all in front of a live audience. Chris said, “We are absolutely over the moon that people enjoy listening to us talk nonsense, so we thought why not let them WATCH us talk nonsense… live! It’ll be a joy to take it out of our house and into such wonderful venues, but mainly, it’ll be a nice change not recording it on a table covered in bits of that day’s breakfast.” https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/shagged-married-annoyed-with-chris-rosie-ramsey-tickets/artist/5334769?irgwc=1&utm_source=1301096-Beyond%20The%20Joke&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=1301096&awtrc=&clickId=1EUxCPWjKUKkVRVXkfUXQWecUknVZfwhn0siX80

Steen Raskopoulos – Another one of our favourite comedians, Steen’s live dates are here. http://www.steenrasko.com/shows/

David Reed – Penny Dreadful’s star David can be seen live on his own, as part of the Comedy Store Players and creating podcasts, with all the info you could ever need here: https://www.mrdavidreed.com/gigs

Jon Richardson – Is going out on tour later this year with his new show The Knitwit, and plans to visit at least 35 different venues – Full details can be found here: https://www.jonrichardsoncomedy.com/

John Luke-Roberts – AFTER ME COMES THE FLOOD (BUT IN FRENCH) DRIP SPLOSH SPLASH DRIP BLUBBP BLUBBP BLUBBPBLUBBPBLUBBP!! – Is at the Soho Theatre from Thu 20 – Sat 22 Feb, 9.15pm. The critically acclaimed idiot John-Luke Roberts returns to the road with another ridiculously long titled show this autumn. In a brand-new hour of extraordinary daft-hearted comedy, expect to not know why you are laughing once more… even when he gives you the punchline first. Jokes about staring into the Nietzschean void, the stupid decisions of kings and how Pinocchio can save the world all might make appearances in this hour of absolute silliness. But then again, maybe they won’t. Who knows what could happen… https://sohotheatre.com/shows/john-luke-roberts-comes-the-flood/

Jack Rooke – Love Letters – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 11 – Sat 15 Feb, 3pm, 7.15pm. Dear reader, you may know me from such tragedies as Dead Dad (BBC Radio 4’s Good Grief) or Dead Friend (BBC Three’s Happy Man) but this Valentine’s week I’m dead chuffed to perform comedy about shagging blokes. No one dies and it’s set to a beautiful live harp. Straight people welcome so long as they don’t fidget. P.S. your dad reckons you’ll love it (he’s just in my shower, says he’ll call in the week). https://sohotheatre.com/shows/jack-rooke-love-letters/

John Robertson – Is playing across the country in the coming months, you can find out if he’s gigging near you here: https://www.thejohnrobertson.com/livedates/

John Robins – John gigs regularly, and if you want to see him (which you should) you can find his dates here: https://www.johnrobins.com/gigs

Jess Robinson – If you wish to see the Britain’s Got Talent star, check out her site for live dates. https://www.jessrobinson.co.uk/

Tom Rosenthal – Manhood – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 16 – Sat 21 Mar, 9.15pm. Let the beaky boy from Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4) and Plebs (ITV2) tell you the story of how he spent his life trying to avenge the theft of his foreskin. Previous winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and nominated for Best Breakthrough Artist at the British Comedy Awards. https://www.tomrosenthal.net/

Suzi Ruffell – Dance Like Everyone’s Watching – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 24 – Sat 29 Feb, 7.30pm. Suzi Ruffell has made a name for herself by turning tragedy and anxiety into big laughs. This year she is actually happy. This show answers the question: are all stand-ups at their best when they are miserable? Fingers crossed no. Of course, the world is still completely f**ked – so don’t worry, it won’t be too joyous. A mix of storytelling, observations, a dash of social politics and a lovely routine about a smear test. This show has everything. The last twelve months have been massive for Ruffell; a smash hit UK tour, heaps of television appearances including; Live At The Apollo, Hypothetical, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and she has learnt how to make the perfect lemon cake. Come and see what all the fuss is about… https://suziruffell.com/

Lou Sanders – Critically-acclaimed stand-up and star of Taskmaster (Dave), 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), and QI (BBC Two) Lou Sanders announces a one-off performance on her brand-new solo show Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy building on the momentum of a sold-out, critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Fringe run which had extra shows added due to popular demand, a sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre in September, a 45 date nationwide tour, four shows in New York and Los Angeles, an upcoming run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Lou also made her U.S. television debut performing on The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS) on Tuesday 11th February 2020. The (self-titled) Face That Launched a Thousand Dicks’ latest hour of characteristically frank and confessional stand up examines relationships (all kinds, baby), mental health (other people’s, she’s fine) and perverts (that one is her, actually). With plenty of oversharing and wanging on about spirituality, Lou is ready to give everyone some much unwanted advice. Consistently a critic’s favorite, Lou’s celebrated show Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy was selected as a top show to see in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The I Newspaper, The Evening Standard, The Mirror, Time Out, and Joe.co.uk. Tickets are on sale now and can be found at http://www.lousanders.co.uk/gigs/

The Delightful Sausage – Ginster’s Paradise – A surreal sketch comedy nightmare that’ll tear your soul apart. Ginster’s is a holiday camp unlike any other. Offering the hard graftin’ folk of Yorkshire the opportunity to kick back, relax and forget the stresses of everyday life. As the new Salmon Coats, Chris and Amy’s job is to keep the guests entertained, medicated and obedient. There’s no need to ask questions or start poking around – you wouldn’t want to upset Colonel Whippy… https://www.thedelightfulsausage.com/

Alexei Sayle – Is going on tour for the first time in seven years, and the dates are here: https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/alexei-sayle

Iliza Shlesinger – To meet overwhelming demand for tickets, an extra show has been announced for U.S. stand-up Iliza Shlesinger as she makes an exclusive UK appearance at the Eventim Apollo with her brand-new show ‘Iliza: The Forever Tour’. The Netflix star’s hotly anticipated return to the UK follows multiple sold-out, critically-acclaimed runs across the country. Iliza, whose dedicated fan base show their loyalty by creating their own Iliza inspired swag to wear to her shows, is set to perform her latest straight-talking and provocative material with two performances at the Eventim Apollo on Saturday 2nd May at 8pm, with an extra matinee show at 4pm. The news arrives as her 5th Netflix stand-up special Unveiled, which delves into her journey of getting married, was released globally in November. Iliza’s debut one-hour comedy special, War Paint, reached number 1 on the iTunes charts and was named one of its Top 10 Albums of 2013. Her follow-up Netflix specials Freezing Hot (2015) and Confirmed Kills (2016), sealed her title as one of the hottest touring acts in America. Her previous special, Elder Millennial, was the subject of her Fan-U-mentary Iliza Shlesinger: Over & Over which gives fans an inside look into what goes in to making a stand up special. Tickets can be found at iliza.com

Seayonce – Deja Voodoo – Is at the Soho Theatre from Thu 14 – Sat 16 May, 10.15pm. The legendary Ghost Whisperer Séayoncé is lubed up to mystic it to you in this dragtastic séance. Enter the depths of the spirit world to see how far Séayoncé will go to get what’s needed. Hell-bent (what did you just call me?) on finding truth, this clairvoyant will take you places you’ve never been. Are you brave enough to let the devil come inside you? Séayoncé is… https://sohotheatre.com/shows/seayonce-deja-voodoo-2/

David Sedaris – The humorist, radio star and best selling author is doing three dates next year, two in London and one in Manchester. https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/search?q=david+sedaris

Ahir Shah – Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for “Best Comedy Show” in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah is set to record his HBO Max stand-up comedy special Dots at the Southbank Centre on Tuesday 31st March, which will be captured over two performances at 7pm and 9.30pm. Tickets will go on pre-sale on 6th February and on general sale on 7th February. Featuring Shah’s signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and sweet gags, Dots is his critically acclaimed new stand-up show about the necessity, utility, and absence of certainty. Topics include Mexico, culture, politics, cigarettes, depression, adulthood, funerals, religion, children, love, and dead German sociologists. It is considerably funnier than it sounds. Ahir is currently touring with Dots, which made best of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe lists including The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Scotsman. An internationally acclaimed comedian, Ahir has performed comedy across the world including tours of the UK and India and runs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Further information and tickets for the Southbank recording can be found here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/142084-ahir-shah-dots-2020 and Shah’s other live dates are here: http://ahirshah.com/

John Shuttleworth – Is going on tour in 2020 which includes over 50 dates, and a new radio show is being made too. http://www.shuttleworths.co.uk/

Aaron Simmonds – Disabled Coconut – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 14 – Wed 15 Apr, 7.15pm. Join 2017 BBC New Comedy Award finalist & wheelchair enthusiast Aaron Simmonds as he tells you about how his first paid gig led to him performing on the BBC a year later, & what happens when you are being trolled online for not being disabled enough in his critically acclaimed show. As seen & heard on BBC Two, BBC Three, ITV2, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/aaron-simmonds/

Paul Sinha – Paul’s live dates are up on his site here: https://www.paulsinha.com/comedy/

Frank Skinner – Is touring from now until December. https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Frank-Skinner-tickets/artist/34150

Daniel Sloss – Acclaimed stand-up comedian Daniel Sloss has announced new tour dates, following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe – he will be taking his brand new show HUBRIS on the road. https://danielsloss.com/

Alice Snedden – Absolute Monster – Multi-award nominated New Zealand comic Alice Snedden makes her Soho Theatre debut with her latest hour of no-nonsense, sharp stand-up with Absolute Monster from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th April at 7:30pm. Who are we? What are we doing here? Do you like me? And what are you saying behind my back? Let’s all gather together and find out, or just reach no conclusion and be as confused as we were at the beginning. Step into Alice’s existential crisis and get ready to laugh as she tries to answer the eternal question, “Who am I?”.Best Newcomer nominee at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and Billy T Award nominee, Snedden has established herself as a leading stand up in the New Zealand comedy scene and has toured with the likes of Rob Delaney. The rising star’s writing credits include being head writer of the NZ sitcom Golden Boy and head writer of numerous series of Jono and Ben and Funny Girls for TV3, while she has enjoyed regular appearances on TV3’s 7Days, hosting TVNZ’s OnDemand series Alice Snedden’s Bad News and co-hosting hit podcast Boners of the Heart with regular collaborator and Comedy Award winner Rose Matafeo. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/alice-snedden-monster/

The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society – We’re big fans of this group of eclectic comedians and they regularly gig in London, further details can be found here – https://noblefailure.org/

Andrea Spisto: Butch Princesa – Is at the Soho Theatre from Thu 19 – Fri 20 Mar, 10.15pm. Andrea Spisto presents their genre-smashing Edinburgh hit, Butch Princesa. Character comedy, dance and Latin beats guide you deep into a surreal queer immigrant wonderland. Butch Princesa is an unflinchingly emotional art explosion. Honest to the teeth and under the skin fun. Brave, joyful, and fiery. A show full of insights into gender boundaries, politics and human magic. NOMINEE: Broadway World Awards 2019 – Best Cabaret Show, NOMINEE: Lukas Awards 2019 – Performer Artist of the Year, NOMINEE: Lukas Awards 2019 – Theatrical Production of the Year. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/andrea-spisto/

Doug Stanhope – This American comedian is heading over to London and then on to Dublin in October. https://www.eventim.co.uk/artist/doug-stanhope/?affiliate=HAL / https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/doug-stanhope-dublin-11-10-2020/event/1800577BE2787ED0

Beth Stelling – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 7 – Sat 11 Apr, 7pm. A star on the rise, Ohio-born, LA-based stand-up, writer and actor Beth Stelling makes her UK debut at Soho Theatre. Named by Time Out as a ‘Comic to Watch’ in 2016, Beth writes for Judd Apatow’s HBO series Crashing and has recorded her own Netflix special. Beth’s many TV appearances include Showtime’s SXSW Special, Conan, Chelsea Lately, Last Call with Carson Daly and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. She most recently performed stand-up on Jimmy Kimmel Live, after Jimmy saw her at perform at Upright Citizens Brigade and approached her personally. Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/beth-stelling/

Iain Sterling – BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling (Taskmaster, Love Island, CelebAbility) has added a 28-date Autumn extension, including a second London show at the newly restored Alexandra Palace Theatre after selling out the Queen Elizabeth Hall, plus The Aberdeen Music Hall and Salford’s The Lowry, before starting his biggest nationwide tour to date in response to a major demand for tickets. Iain will now tour his new stand-up show exploring topics including his inability to function in the most basic of public settings, social media’s constant pressure to “live your best life” and that one time a man stole his shoes, Failing Upwards over 76-dates from 6th March to the 22nd November 2020. Two hometown performances at Edinburgh King’s Theatre on the 29th March will be recorded for his first hour long filmed special which will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 200 countries and territories worldwide later this year. More info and tickets at iaindoesjokes.com

Tiff Stevenson – brings her solo show ‘Mother’ to venues across the UK later this year. The show premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe last August before heading to the USA for several shows in Los Angeles, New York & San Francisco. The tour starts on 4th September in Aldershot’s West End Centre and culminates on 6th December at Coventry Warwick Arts Centre. Mother is a show about the extreme sport of being a woman. Tiff takes us through conception to delivery on topics such as step parenting, class, reproductive rights, Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle, men under general anaesthetic and political top trumping. Within it all she seeks the nuance, with as usual a few characters along the way Ben Fogle, Joanna Lumley, The Queen and girls with vocal fry. She delivers the personal, the political and the passionate always and without the help of an epidural. Further info about the tour is here: https://tiffstevenson.co.uk/

Andy Storey – Gigs all the time, so you’ve no excuse not to see him. Details are here: https://www.andystorey.co.uk/gigs/

Count Arthur Strong – Is on the road this autumn – https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Count-Arthur-Strong-tickets/artist/2052614

Tarot – Are at the Soho Theatre from Fri 29 – Sat 30 May, 10.15pm. The twisted minds of Gein’s Family Giftshop (“Brilliant” – Reece Shearsmith) and sweaty bodies of Goose (“Brilliant” – Guardian) combine to bring you something brand new: Tarot. In the heart of Soho, between the twin horrors of Ripper tours and gentrification, a live tarot reading is held. Sketches spin out of the cards and, as the show nears midnight, the significance of the reading as a whole begins to come into focus. Come to have your faith restored in a dying art. Sketch, not Tarot. An interactive, fast-paced sketch show inspired by and based on a love of tarot reading. What will the cards hold for you? Further information and tickets are here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/tarot/

Ellie Taylor – All of Ellie’s forthcoming dates are here: https://www.ellietaylorcomedy.com/

Mark Thomas – Thomas has just announced two more podcasting recording dates at the Museum Of Comedy, with tickets available here: https://museumofcomedy.ticketsolve.com/shows/873612875 – And you can find out when this masterful comic is performing elsewhere by going here:  https://markthomasinfo.co.uk/tour-dates/

Twonkey’s Ten Year Twitch – Is at the Soho Theatre from Mon 16 Mar, 7.15pm. Twonkey’s 10th show is about grotesque cake decorating shop in the Dordogne that has been secretly making fake weather since 1982. Mr Twonkey says, ‘Last week I knocked on the door licking my lips in anticipation. The shopkeeper appeared, a tiny woman who was all baggy eyes with a hard miserable face and fast little legs. I had made a horrible mistake? The show features puppets, songs and laughs in a one man variety showdown. Features a cameo from experienced character actor Simon Jay as the old hag. In the past Paul Vickers aka Mr. Twonkey fronted the cult rock act ‘Dawn of the Replicants’ for ten years, releasing five studio albums and recording five John Peel sessions for Radio One. Paul has kept his hand in with latest project Paul Vickers and The Leg. Their fourth album, Jump, was released over Christmas 2019. WINNER: The Malcolm Hardee Awards 2016 – Comic Originality. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/twonkeys-ten-year-twitch/

Sh!t Theatre – Drink Rum With Expats – International Tour – Celebrating their final year as Europeans, island-monkeys Becca and Louise got invited to the 2018 European Capital of Culture in Malta. Lads on tour and ‘the rising stars of performance art’ (Telegraph) Sh!t Theatre went to drink rum with Brits abroad but found mystery and murder in the fight to be European. Here it is, another excuse for the multi-award winning Sh!t Theatre to get drunk on stage. Content warning: distressing themes/images. If you need more information before the show, please feel free to contact the box office. Original version commissioned by Charlie Cauchi for Valletta ECC. Note: Dates for which full details are not displayed are going on sale soon – please check back later. The dates are:
Adelaide, Holden Street Theatres, Tue 11 Feb – Sun 15 Mar, 6pm/7.30pm/9pm/ 1.30pm/2pm mat box office 0061 8 8223 1450
Reading, South Street, Wed 8 & Thu 9 Apr 8pm, box office 0118 960 6060
Liverpool, Unity Theatre, Fri 1 & Sat 2 May 7.30pm, box office 0151 709 4988
Salisbury, Salisbury Playhouse, Tue 2 Jun
Leeds, Leeds Playhouse, Thu 4 – Sat 6 Jun 8pm, box office 0113 213 7700
Belfast, The MAC, Fri 12 & Sat 13 Jun
Nottingham, Nottingham Playhouse, Thu 18 & Fri 19 Jun
Poole, Lighthouse, Thu 25 Jun 8pm, box office 01202 280 000
Portsmouth, New Theatre Royal, Tue 30 Jun 7.30pm, box office 023 9264 9000

Sindhu Vee – All of Sindhu’s live dates can be seen on her site. http://www.sindhuvee.com/#Home

Johnny Vegas – Is making a return to stand up, as he works towards a new show by doing some special gigs at Just The Tonic – https://www.justthetonic.com/

Tim Vine – Plastic Elvis – Vine’s latest show is on tour in the UK in May and June, and all the dates and links to the venues are here: https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/8221/tim-vine-elvis-tour/page/0/1

Trygve Wakenshaw – Only Bones V1.34 – “Make a show with No story, No language, No set, No props, and only ONE light’. Rubber-limbed Trygve Wakenshaw takes on the challenge set by fellow New Zealander, Thomas Monckton, creator of the original Only Bones (v1.0) described by The Times at LIMF17 as ‘spare but not slight… painfully hilarious’. Trygve Wakenshaw’s Only Bones v1.4 raises a finger, as well as most other limbs, to the rule books and the people that write them. This is a hilarious new minimalist extravaganza. It skewers the rule makers, the enforcers, the abiders, and screams “wake up sheeple!” as it politely waits for the traffic lights to change. This is micro-physical comedy unlike anything you’ve seen (unless you’ve seen Thomas Monckton’s Only Bones v1.0). Oozing with whimsy, dripping with charm, master of the risqué and magnificently mad, Trygve trained at the Gaulier School in Paris. His previous, award-winning solo shows and duo with Barnie Duncan have been popular sell-outs at LIMF and around the world. A World Premiere, part of 2020 London International Mime Festival. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/trygve-only-bones-v1-4/

Seann Walsh – Is going on tour from April to June 2020 – https://seannwalsh.com/

Phil Wang – Is on tour early next year, with tickets available here: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/phil-wang-tickets/artist/2039436?irgwc=1&utm_source=1301096-Beyond%20The%20Joke&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=1301096&awtrc=&clickId=3LrT9XVm1xyJWOiwUx0Mo3EzUknUWqwJm02uRc0

Felicity Ward – This superb comedian is mostly in Australia for the next couple of months but hopefully will regularly be back in the UK soon. https://www.felicityward.com/

Chris Washington – Raconteur – Is at the Soho Theatre from Tue 24 – Wed 25 Mar, 9.15pm. Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee, Chris Washington returns to the Soho Theatre with his new show Raconteur. If you like your comedy hard hitting, boundary pushing, genre-defying, jaw dropping, eye watering, Brexit-berating then this is definitely not the show for you. However, if you fancy a laugh as a lad from Wigan tells you some funny stories for about an hour, buy a ticket and take the ride. As seen on Live from the BBC (BBC1). Mock The Week (BBC2), Quickie (BBC3), Jason Manford Tour Support and Milton Jones’s Tour support. British Comedy Guide Recommended 2018. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/chris-washington-raconteur/

Henning Wehn – Is touring for the entire year, so surely must be at a venue near you soon. http://henningwehn.de/tour/

Rich Wilson – Death Becomes Him – Is at the Soho Theatre from Fri 20 – Sat 21 Mar, 8.45pm. We’re very sorry to announce that stand up veteran, father, bus driver, gay sauna worker and beloved ‘Pudding’, Rich Wilson has died; but that’s only the beginning. Join “a very very funny man” (said Frank Skinner) in purgatory, where Rich will dissect his earthly behaviour to find out if he deserves to go to Heaven or Hell. Rich Wilson’s “tour de force” (Leicester Mercury) performances have earned him a win for Best International Guest at the 2016 New Zealand Comedy Awards, followed by a sell-out run in 2017 which saw him nominated for the same award again. Rich is also the host of wildly popular podcast, Insane In The Men Brain. A podcast in which Rich talks to funny and interesting people about their experiences with men’s mental health. Previous guests have included; Scroobius Pip, Rob Beckett, Phil Ellis, Jen Brister, Dane Baptiste, Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer The Opera) and Simon Evans. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/rich-wilson-death-becomes-him/

Ali Wong – American stand-up Ali Wong is heading to London as part of her Milk & Money 2020 tour and she will play the Eventim Apollo on June 10, further info and tickets can be bought here: https://www.eventimapollo.com/events/detail/ali-wong

Andy Zaltzman – The Certifiable History – Andy Zaltzman, host of the long-running worldwide hit satirical podcast The Bugle, returns to Soho Theatre with the fourth edition of his stand-up review of the global year. 2019 has been another classic 12-months-of-mayhem effort by Planet Earth, as a frankly bizarre decade spluttered stroppily towards its end. As one of more than 7 billion people to have lived through the entirety of 2019, Zaltzman is uniquely qualified to reflect on, for example, the ongoing nation-sundering Brexit squabblings in Britain, humanity’s breakneck progress and equally breakneck regressions, and how the world’s inhabitants are (a) dealing with, and (b) skilfully ignoring, the various challenges looming over them. Andy toured the USA with The Bugle Live this year, and spent much of the summer snout down in the Cricket World Cup, partly due to his role as a cricket statistician for BBC Radio’s iconic Test Match Special, partly in a deeply scientific research project on the extent to which the human brain can shut out all relevant forms of reality. Armed with this knowledge, and assisted by his Bugle co-star Alice Fraser, Zaltzman will pass his unarguable, definitive historical verdict on the year even as it is still warm and twitching, and consign it to the history books, where it undoubtedly belongs. https://andyzaltzman.co.uk/shows/

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Alex Finch.
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