8 'Laugh-Your-Spanx-Off' Comedy Nights this May
Written by: Violet Myers
It’s already May and London has had approximately .027 days of sunshine, Beyoncé and Jay Z are heading for a divorce (which will inevitably result in two intolerable break-up albums) and we’re pretty sure Cornettos are getting smaller by the day.
There doesn’t seem much left to laugh about. Luckily for us, this month is filled to the brim with brave men and women putting it all on the line so that we can crack a smile and forget all our worldly woes.
Let’s hear it for London’s comedians, godspeed ye noble heroes!
1. The Comedy Bins
T-Bird, 132 Blackstock Road, N4 2DX
A fun mix of new and established comics testing original and unexplored material. Warning! The first two rows may get mocked…
2. Comedy Variety Cabaret
Downstairs at The King’s Head
May 1st, 20:30
Having been running since 1981 and boasting six performers a night, Comedy Variety works out at about 36p a laugh, in this economy can you afford NOT to go?
3. Lou Sanders + Tiffany Stevenson
May 5th, 20:00
Following a critically acclaimed show at the Edinburgh Festival, Tiffany Stevenson is back with more thought provoking comedy. She’s joined by the excellently unpredictable Lou Sanders, who has been featured on Russell Howard’s Good News.
May 9th, 20:00
Fantastic acts old and new test out unseen material in the hopes of making you laugh your socks right off*.
*Pleasance Theatre does not accept responsibility for any missing, damaged or stolen hosiery.
5. The Comedy Grotto
Star of Kings, 126 York Way, N1 0AX
Tuesday 10th and 24th of May, 7:30pm
Have a giggle, save the world! A free entry / donate-what-you-like comedy night in aid of UNHCR’s Syria appeal.
6. The Tony Law Experience
The Invisible Dots, 2 Northdown St, N1 9BG
May 13th, 20:00
Follow Tony Law as he guides you through an absurd journey of LOLs. Featuring swift sets from surprise guest comedians – it could be Eddie Izzard, it could be that guy who rips off Family Guy material and forgets his lines… You’ll never know unless you go…
7. Live at the Chapel with Josie Long + Bridget Christie
The Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
May 14th, 19:45
Probably the most beautiful venue a performer could make an anal joke in. Join Tony Law (someone’s busy), Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar, Bridget Christie and headliner / cult favourite Josie Long for a night of top notch chuckles.
8. This is Not a Cult
, 100 Camden High St, NW1 0LU
May 17th, 20:00
A fantastically cheap, cheerful and bonkers night out. Showcasing some of the best names in alternative comedy, including fresh faces and more seasoned performers. This months line-up is Helen Duff, Jess Fostekew, Joz Norris, Nick Hall, Danielle Ward and Matthew Highton.
Photo: Nicky Rowbottom
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We have been wondering whether or not to share this secret gem with you for a while now. Having walked past Cazenove Road on many a drunken occasion, we’d spotted The Lacy Nook A Board luring us inwards with a siren’s call of cocktails and beer garden. But unfortunately we’d get the timing all wrong and they’d rarely be open. “Closed at 4am! How ludicrous?” we’d holler, slurring and swaying up the road. Until now. Opening last year, The Lacy Nook is a collaboration between two friends who turned to Kickstarter to help them achieve this culinary dream . Think small and large plates of fusion Balkan BBQ, salads and carpaccio alongside
This year, Playing Up have commissioned a new play by Sophie Ellerby (HighTide First Commissions Writer and NYT REP Company 2013), Three, which will be staged at the Arcola Theatre from 20th to 22nd July. The urban and domestic drama, directed by NYT Associate Director Anna Niland follows three sisters who fight to keep track of reality as their world is turned upside down.
Tonight, on this dull yet sweaty Monday, what you may well need is to show your confectionary based fillings to the ceiling and let it all out with a huge bellowing guffaw about nothing in particular. Let the likes of quick witted Josie Long, surreal twosome Max and Ivan and the downright uproarious Tom Parry help you escape the chocolate lacking reality of 2017.
Registered charity, All Dogs Matter are a dog rehoming centre based in Archway. They use a mixture of foster homes and kennel spaces to house their dogs, who are each looking to be fostered or adopted. Occasionally we look through their profiles of beautiful singletons looking for love and feature one at random. We interviewed one newly single lady in particular called Lottie. A fun spirited character with smooth hair and a huge grin, Lottie was a right laugh.
Next Sunday it’s the Cally Road Jumble Trail, run by the community. Think a car boot sale but on the street with vintage clothing, accessories, toys, original creations and cakes if you’re lucky. The whole of the trail is set up online over at jumbletrail.com where visitors get a colour coded map to explore and discover all the hidden treasures on offer from your neighbourhood.
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Until five minutes ago I would’ve believed Pet Nat was a holistic dog food brand / veterinary business in Wood Green. I’m half right actually*, but in the boozios world it’s a fizzy wine. Pétillant Naturel is light and fizzy, usually pretty low on the alcohol scale and rather sweet. Think the opposite of a dry red wine.
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Ah Stokey. You chilled out little rebel of North London. The seemingly easy breezy, laissez-faire attitude that appears to exude from every award winning eatery and baby clothes shop of Church Street is all but an organic hessian veil over it’s anarchic and rebellious history. Nonconformists, anti fascists and dissenters built the area as we know it.
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