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
Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more bloody excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (okay, maybe not the last one), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.
Last month I decided to try clubbing again. I don’t quite know what came over me, but I actually (brace yourselves) enjoyed it. I went to Body Hammer’s monthly party in Manor House and I’m here to tell you to go too, whether you love clubbing, hate clubbing, or really couldn’t care either way. #notspon
Rich, fried, buttery, potato-y vessels loaded with flavor combinations that go down rather well with craft beer, late nights and good times. Ha, who am I kidding, EVERYTHING goes down well with beer. You heard that right buddy, loaded potato skins are back with a bang (and a generous portion of bacon) and are currently being served at Old Street's The Magic Roundabout by street food pop-up Skins and we could not be any happier. Well, unless they were to stuff it with, say, Mac and Cheese or risotto. Oh, that's exactly what they do? Well paint me green and call me a cucumber.
Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loathe it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.
Alright guys, it’s happening. The frosty charm of December is, once again, being beaten to a pulp by the capitalists’ wet dream: Christmas. The hideous twinkling of artificial outdoor lighting is starting to appear, with tourists flocking from far and wide to watch D-list celebrities press a button. Invitations to Christmas parties flood in from your multiple part-time jobs, ensuring you make bad decisions bi-weekly til next year. Supermarkets are selling 12-day advent calendars containing confetti, cookie cutters and candles for a flawless £50. And oh, how the mulled wine flows.
Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do. Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Wait, there’s freebies involved too!
By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.
Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.
Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!
Brush the cobwebs off your sexy banana costume; it’s that time of year to make a tit of yourself in fancy dress again. We’ve rounded up the most spine-chilling Halloween happenings in North London and, trust us, they sound horrendous. Be afraid, be very afraid.
God bless the Queen... of Hoxton. Or, more specifically, their rooftop - which happens to be one of our favourites in this here city of London. These guys are well known for creating beautiful, seasonal pop-ups which have included the Nordic Viking themed 'Skye Halla' and the Neverland inspired 'Bangarang'. This winter make way for 'The Moroccan Medina', a sky high hideaway inspired by the romanticism of the beguiling ancient city of Marrakesh.
Next time you need a caffeine hit why not take it from a cup brewed from Jamaican beans grown under a canopy of rainforest-preserving trees, whilst eating a home made vegan banana bread as you sit among an array of sweetly scented blooms. Welcome to Mento, Finsbury Park.
Pilgrim, the newest kid to Hackney's pop-up scene, is a unique dining experience inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This six course tasting menu includes regional dishes with a contemporary twist not yet seen before in London.