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: 02/08/2021

HowTheLightGetsIn
HowTheLightGetsIn will be returning for our first physical event in 2 years on 18th and 19th September – taking place on the grounds of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath. The debates and talks will all be live streamed as well so the event is accessible to a global audience. We’ve just announced an indecently funny cast of comics that will be attending the festival over the course of the weekend. September will play host to the Sony Gold Award winning Robin Ince, Ahir Shah’s intellectual brand of stand-up, Esther Manito, a regular fixture on the UK club and theatre circuit Ivo Graham as well as Alex Kealy, Alice Brine, Chloe Petts and Erika Ehler. We have over 100 events taking place over the course of the weekend, and September’s festival promises a weekend filled with unmissable debates, comedy, music and talks. As night begins to fall our venues will turn their attention from groundbreaking ideas to side splitting comedy. https://howthelightgetsin.org/

SOHO THEATRE:

FRANKIE BOYLE: WORK IN PROGRESS
Mon 26 – Thu 29 Jul, and Mon 2 – Thu 5, Mon 9 – Thu 12 Aug, 7pm and Mon 13 Sep, 5pm. Tickets from £17
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. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/frankie-boyle-work-in-progress-3/

TIFF STEVENSON: MOTHER
Tue 3 – Sat 7 Aug, 9pm. Tickets from £14
Tiff Stevenson (Mock The Week, 8 Out of Ten Cats, People Just Do Nothing, Game Face) squats and delivers her 2019 critically acclaimed solo show about the extreme sport of womanhood. Birthing her vision of the future before your eyes, how she hopes it will be… free from class war, poverty and consent issues. Also dragging the overdue spectre of what it is more likely to be: t-shirt feminism, Jordan Peterson and corporate wokeness from her loins. All without an epidural. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/tiff-stevenson-mother/

HUGE DAVIES: THE CARPARK
Fri 6 – Sat 7 Aug, 7pm. Tickets from £14
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. NOMINEE: Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2019 – Best Newcomer. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/huge-davies-the-carpark/

BRIDGET CHRISTIE: WORK IN PROGRESS
Mon 9 – Sat 14 Aug, 7.30pm, Tickets from £15
Star of her own Netflix stand-up special and award-winning Radio Four series. Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose D’or and South Bank Arts award winner, Bridget Christie drops in at Soho Theatre for a week of new material shows – ahead of her highly-anticipated new stand-up tour. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/bridget-christie-work-in-progress/

PHIL ELLIS: AU REVOIR
Mon 9 – Tue 10 Aug, 9pm. Tickets from £13
In 2019 Phil ellis said “au revoir” to Edinburgh, vowing never to perform this or any other hour long shows ever again. Sadly the show was a huge sell out success with 5 and 4 star reviews across the board with the lowest number of walk outs in his performing history (87 in total) Now, 2 years later he says “au revoir” again due to a lack of money and attention. Come and laugh, scream with joy and maybe even shed a tear when you realise there’s no refunds with this new and updated version of the show. Phil may be saying “au revoir” but you’ll be saying “bonjour” to hilarity. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/phil-ellis-au-revoir/

ABANDOMAN A.K.A. ROB BRODERICK: ROAD TO COACHELLA
Wed 11 – Sat 14 Aug, 9pm. Tickets from £12.
Fancy a full music festival in 60 minutes? Ireland’s finest improvising musical comedian, Rob Broderick, a.k.a. Abandoman has got your back. Rob brings his innate ability to craft songs on the spot to the world of Coachella. Combining hip hop, pop, EDM and more, Abandoman will transport you to the world’s greatest music festival and leave you high on life – without leaving Soho Theatre. Abandoman has previously won the Musical Comedy Awards, Best Comedy Newcomer at the Adelaide Fringe, headlined comedy stages at Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds, performed in the house band for Alan Carr’s Happy Hour on Channel 4 alongside Craig David, played the part of Dictionary Corner in 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as supported and toured with pop behemoth Ed Sheeran. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/abandoman-road-to-coachella/

AARON SIMMONDS: HOT WHEELS
Fri 13 – Sat 14 Aug, 7pm. Tickets from £13
Five years ago, Aaron gained a nickname based solely on being in a wheelchair. Understandably this upset him as there is much more to him than his disability. Annoyingly though it’s actually a really cool nickname. Discover the positive side of being disabled, from having a blue badge to sex in disabled toilets, meeting “Jesus” and everything in between. As seen on the Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2). https://sohotheatre.com/shows/aaron-simmonds-hot-wheels/

ROB AUTON: THE TIME SHOW
Mon 16 – Sat 28 Aug, 7pm. Tickets from £12
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-the-time-show/

BRITNEY: YIKES
Tue 17 – Sat 21 Aug, 7pm. Tickets from £13
Equal parts Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson, it’s Guardian-recommended comedy double act Britney. They’re bringing you a work in progress of a show they started writing before the pandemic and are reluctant to update. You may remember them from BBC2’s “Festival of Funny” and some of your best dreams. Critics have called them ‘hysterical’, ‘side-splitting’, ‘laugh-out-loud funny’; their agents have called them ‘a bit of a risk’; and fans of the show have called it… quits. For one week only in London’s glittering Soho Theatre, come and have a butchers at these two stunning little pigs. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/britney-yikes/

JONNY & THE BAPTISTS: DANCE LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED
Wed 18 – Sat 21 Aug, 9pm. Tickets from £13
This is a show about grief. This is a show about loss. Just not how you’d expect. Dance Like It Never Happened is the funniest, most joyful and uplifting show you will ever see about feeling totally bereaved. In 2019, we lost another election, our place in Europe and, worst of all, a dearly beloved friend. We are no strangers to grief, but it hurt. Then in 2020, we all lost the world as we knew it. Our decades-long system of “dealing with emotions” (ignore them, drink heavily and make jokes) finally broke. We finally broke. In their most honest & personal show yet, Jonny & The Baptists learn to accept and engage with their grief, telling the story of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance through their trademark blend of silly, joyful songs, deadpan stand-up and riotous storytelling. Finding meaning, humour and beauty in the hardest part of life. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/jonny-the-baptists-dance-like/

DIANE CHORLEY: MODERN LOVE
Mon 23 – Sat 28 Aug, 9pm. Tickets from £12
The Duchess of Canvey finally brings her smash hit 2019 Fringe show to London – featuring brand new songs. Join her on an hilarious journey of self-discovery as she reclaims her place in the heart of a divided Britain. Check in your (faux) fur coat, grab a cocktail and prepare to be reunited on the dance floor. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/diane-chorley-modern-love/

STRING V SPITTA (Work In Progress)
Sat 4 Sep, 9pm. Tickets from £12
A late night musical kids party, but for adults. It’s Story-time, kids. Now sit still and LISTEN: When it comes to children’s entertainment, nobody does it better than Sylvester ‘Silly’ String. A charming classical virtuoso and topdog in the lucrative West London kids’ parties market, every kid within a 5 mile radius of the Kings Road wants Silly String and his Silly Songs…until Spitta comes along. SPITTA is a Grime-obsessed maverick from East London who’s shaken up the scene and quickly become the talk of the Kensington playgrounds. Starring Kiell Smith-Bynoe (star of BBC’s Ghosts) and Ed MacArthur (Murder for Two), String V SPITTA is a musical comedy about two rival children’s entertainers, from opposite sides of the tracks, who will do anything to be number one. Think Amadeus meets Flight of the Conchords, with musical numbers directed by Dizzee Rascal. This is one party you won’t want to miss. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/string-v-spitta-wip/

OLGA KOCH: HOMECOMING
Mon 6 – Sat 11 Sep, 9pm. Tickets from £12
Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated comedian and star of Mock The Week and QI, Olga Koch comes back with her third show. With her new passport in hand, Homecoming will see Olga try to figure out who the hell she is as an immigrant and certified teen drama queen. Olga has also appeared on The Now Show, Hello America, Pls Like, The News Quiz, King Gary, BBC Sounds’s Tech Tech Boom and your little brother’s dreams. Her very own BBC Radio 4 show, OK Computer, is coming soon. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/olga-koch-homecoming/

ANUVAB PAL: DEMOCRACY AND DISCO DANCING
Mon 6 – Sat 11 Sep, 7pm. Tickets from £11. 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-democracy-and-disco/

VIR DAS
Mon 13 – Sat 25 Sept, 7pm. Tickets from £22
India’s biggest English-speaking stand-up comedian is back in London.
Vir has performed all over the world, from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Montreal Just For Laugh and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and sold over half a million tickets to his shows along the way. Now he’s heading back to the UK with another show packed full of comedy and his unrivalled charisma and showmanship. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/vir-das-2/

SHAZIA MIRZA: COCONUT
Mon 27 Sept – Sat 2 Oct, 7pm. Tickets from £10
“What have I been doing this past year? Apart from sitting on the settee in my pyjamas, squeezing my ingrowing hairs whilst watching documentaries on Ted Bundy? I have been staring into space, coming to the terrible realization that maybe my parents were right. I should have listened to them years ago. Why didn’t I? But people keep telling me I’ll be ok because I’m a strong woman. What does that mean? I survived The Island with Bear Grylls – who knew that would prepare me for what was about to come…”. Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows With Love From St. Tropez – a riot of brexit, buquas 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 (and infectious) issues of our time in her latest show, Coconut. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/shazia-mirza-coconut-2/

LLOYD GRIFFITH: NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE
Mon 11 – Fri 15 Oct, 9pm. Tickets from £15
Lloyd is back on the road with his latest 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), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), Ted Lasso (Apple TV), Can You Beat The Bookies? (BBC), Soccer AM (Sky One), Flinch (Netflix), Songs Of Praise (BBC1) ((lol)). https://sohotheatre.com/shows/lloyd-griffith-not-just-2/

KANAN GILL
Mon 11 – Sat 23 Oct, 7pm. Tickets from £13
Indian stand-up sensation Kanan Gill returns to London with a brand new show. Having left his old career as a software engineer, Kanan Gill has risen to popularity as one of the finest stand-up comedians that India has to offer. With stand up specials on Netflix & Amazon Prime Video, having toured all over the world including at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and been a judge on India’s first ever comedy reality TV show, Kanan’s return to Soho Theatre is not to be missed. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/kanan-gill-2/

SARA BARRON: ENEMIES CLOSER
Mon 11 – Sat 16 Oct, 7pm. Tickets from £12
The smash hit, sell-out stand-up show from acclaimed comedian and star of Live At The Apollo (BBC), Sara Barron, returns to Soho Theatre. A powerhouse live act and fast rising star, Sara’s previous shows have sold out to major critical and audience acclaim. Blisteringly funny and no-holds-barred, Sara examines kindness, meanness, ex-boyfriends, current husbands, all four of her remaining friends, and two of her twelve enemies. One of the stand-out hits of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival and as seen on Would I Lie to You? (BBC), 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4) and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC). Do not miss Sara Barron’s return to Soho Theatre. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/sara-barron-enemies-closer-3/

MAE MARTIN: SAP
Mon 22 – Sat 11 Dec. Tickets from £18
The co-writer and BAFTA-nominated star of Channel Four and Netflix sitcom Feel Good, and star of their own Netflix stand-up special, is on tour… In their brand new stand-up hour, Mae Martin looks at the uphill battle of trying to do the right thing in a world that sometimes seems to have lost its moral compass. With their characteristically manic self-reflection, they bounce between vice and virtue, optimism and pessimism, the urge to be our best selves versus the urge to gleefully give in to our more base instincts. But it’s not all big questions – there’s also a lot about sloths, moose, hot dogs, love, and tree sap. Along with their new Channel Four and Netflix sitcom Feel Good, Mae is a multi award winning stand-up, who’s also released two radio series for BBC Radio Four, and written the acclaimed book Can Everyone Please Calm Down? A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/mae-martin-sap/

SOFIE HAGEN
Hagen is working on a new show called “Optimistically Working On A New Show, In Case The World Doesn’t End”, where “After taking a year off because of a global pandemic, when leaving the house was illegal, and the government allowed culture to die completely, I am back with an attempt to write a new show. (WIP)”. https://event.bookitbee.com/34096/sofie-hagen-optimistically-working-on-a-new-show-i

JOHN ROBERTSON
The creator of “The Dark Room” live shows is doing a number of dates in August, October and December, a mix of stand up and his famous live show. https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/john-robertson-the-dark-room-2

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