Stewart Francis rides off into the punset.... | The best of the week's live comedy

Stewart Francis rides off into the punset....

The best of the week's live comedy

The week's best live comedy...

Monday October 8

LONDON: It’s the Loving Linda comedy gala, in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer and honouring Linda Smith who died from the disease in 2006 at the age of 48. Lining up at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End to pay tribute are the likes of Arthur Smith, Barry Cryer, Bridget Christie, Jan Ravens, Jeremy Hardy, Jo Caulfield, Mark Steel, Mark Thomas, Ruby Wax and many more.

LONDON: The Lost Disc is a new show from one-time Perrier winner Will Adamsdale, Tom Parry and others. A quest for the holy grail of recorded music, it’s described as part gig, part play, part comedy show and an alternative history of popular music, and runs at the Soho Theatre for most of the month. Here’s a teaser:

LONDON: Former Mock The Week regular Stewart Francis has announced his retirement from stand-up, hitting the road with his farewell Into The Punset tour. There are three warm-up dates at the Soho Theatre from tonight, then the tour starts in earnest at the Bromsgrove Artrix on Thursday. Here is the full schedule.

Tuesday October 9

ABERDEEN: Phil Nichol embarks on his first stand-up tour in a while. Your Wrong, which debuted at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, tackles this opinionated world, from grammar Nazis to the ultra-woke, and wonders why why some beliefs are sacred and others aren’t. He’s at the Carmelite Hotel tonight as part of the city’s comedy festival, then hits the road. Dates

LONDON: Another over-packed bill as the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society (ACMS) returns to The Albany with the likes of Al Lubel, Alexis Dubus, John-Luke Roberts, William Andrews, Thom Tuck and many more. Bring only your permitted heckles.

Wednesday October 10

HARROGATE: You don’t see Boothby Graffoe about on the circuit much these days, but his bringing his drollery to the Sitting Room Comedy Club at The Empress tonight, as part of a strong line-up that also includes Jenny Collier, Michael Fabbri, and Tom Taylor.

Thursday October 11

HARROGATE: Yes Harrogate again, as David O’Doherty kicks off his latest tour You Have To Laugh, which will wrap up at Birmingham Town Hall on December 6. Click here for all the dates.

NOTTINGHAM: Tom Binns, creator of hapless hospital DJ Ivan Brackenbury and ‘psychic’ Ian De Montfort kicks off a brief 11-night tour, Everyman, at the Glee. Schedule

LONDON: Ciarán Dowd’s outlandish character piece Don Rodolfo – the winner of the best newcomer gong at Edinburgh and the only show Chortle gave five stars to – is at the Soho Theatre for the next three nights.

Saturday October 13

LEEDS: Whoopi Goldberg plays the first of two UK dates promising observations on current events and other topics, followed by a question and answer session. She’s at the First Direct Arena tonight and and London’s Eventim Apollo tomorrow.

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Published: 7 Oct 2018

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