The subterranean juggernaut comedy venue in the West End has a comprehensive Edinburgh Preview selection of events including the latest from Iranian stand-up and award-winning star of The Infidel, Omid Djalili (five shows from 5th to 20th July). The brilliantly dour don of deadpan anti-comedy Edward Aczel previews his new hour of uncomfortable ribaldry (with emphasis on the bald), Lives in a Meaningless Shed (Saturday 22nd July), while sleight-of-hand supremo Alan Hudson stuns the audience with Magician or Superhero (Wednesday 19th June & Thursday 11th July). More mirth comes from youngster Matt Richardson's hotly anticipated debut solo show Hometown Hero (Saturday 22nd June), pithy Welsh gagsmith Lloyd Langford with his latest, Galoot (Wednesday 26th June) and the smart and political John Gordillo with Cheap Shots at the Defenceless (Monday 1st July & Monday 8th July). Other Edinburgh preview shows include Max and Ivan, Ivo Graham, Croft & Pearce, Simon Evans, Paco Erhard, Tony Law, Amy Hoggart (as Pattie Brewster), The Pin, Rory & Tim, Gyles Brandreth and Simon Munnery. Tickets cost as little as a fiver. Visit www.leicestersquaretheatre.com for more details.
Edinburgh Festival London Preview Shows
Omid Djalili, Edward Aczel, Alan Hudson & More | 19th June to 27th July | From £5
6 Leicester Place, Soho, London, WC2H 7BX
Events at Leicester Square Theatre
20th March to 20th September 2014 | £6
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - 7.30pm | £5
Edinburgh Festival's first Russian stand-up ever. Igor ruins the stereotypes about Russia and discovers stereotypes about Britain and the West. Igor tells about his childhood in the Soviet Union, life in modern Russia and internationally.
19th July to 3rd August 2014 | £15 & £21.50, VIP Package £35
"Aliens love underpants, of every shape and size, but there are no underpants in space, so here's a big surprise!". Based on the on the book and fantastic rhyming story by Claire Freedman and Ben ...more
24th, 25th and 26th July 2014 - 7pm-8pm | £7, concs £5
Social observations and critique of German issues and affairs.
Thursday 24th July 2014 - 10pm | £10
David Baddiel, Nick Helm, Russell Kane, Richard Herring & More | 10th June to 27th July | From £5
Carpenter's Mews, London, N7 9EF
Tube: Caledonian Road Station
The sister venue of the Pleasance in Edinburgh, the Pleasance Theatre Islington is the kind of place you'd expect a steady flow of Fringe previews - and with over 50 shows from as little as £5 a pop, the Pleasance London Edinburgh Preview Season will not let comedy lovers down. Whether you're into the dry wit of David Baddiel or the bombastic bellows of Nick Helm, there's something for everyone at the Caledonian Road venue in N7. Stand out stand-up shows include querulous oddball and 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Russell Kane's Smallness (Friday 12th July, Wednesday 24th July), cerebral comic Richard Herring's We're All Going To Die! (Sunday 21st July, Thursday 25th July) and Countdown champion-cum-comedian Alex Horne with Lies (Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th July). There's also that man Helm with his new show One Man Mega Myth (Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd June) and Baddiel with his thought-provoking Fame: Not the Musical (Sunday 7th July, Wednesday 17th July). Also look out for sketch troupes WitTank (Wednesday 10th July & Friday 26th July) and Jigsaw (Sunday 14th July & Thursday 25th July) as well as some theatrics with Laugh Your Farce Off (Sunday 21st July), Outside on the Street (Thursday 23rd July) and The Three Lions (Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th July). Visit www.pleasance.co.uk for a full Edinburgh Preview programme.
Events at Pleasance Theatre
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - 2pm | £5
A family-friendly puppetry adventure following the intrepid journey of an unlikely little hero.
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - 7.30pm | £8
Cheeky wit and gags from one half of podcast duo Peacock & Gamble, plus sharp, dry wit and interactive humour from the 2008 Chortle Student Comedy Award-winner.
Thursday 24th July 2014 - 7.30pm | £8
Warm wit and ad-libs from Manchester-based stand-up, Ellis, and inventive sketch and character comedy from Kieran Boyd, Mark Cooper-Jones and Naz Osmanoglu.
24th and 25th July 2014 at 8pm & 26th July 2014 at 4pm and 8pm | £5
Action To The Word presents the premiere of the much-anticipated steampunk adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel. This thrilling reworking of the infamous Gothic horror drags you to hell and back.
Friday 25th July 2014 - 7.30pm | £8
Hayley Ellis presents her debut hour of stand up about love, loss and a little Lhasa Apso dog called Kevin. Mark Cooper-Jones a new comedian is the support.
Friday 25th July 2014 - 7.30pm | £8
Dry wit and comedy songs from ukulele-playing stand-up and 2010 Chortle Student Comedy Award-winner, Wang, and warm ad-libs from Manchester-based stand-up Hayley Ellis.
Alex Horne, Carl Donnelly, WitTank & More | 10th-22nd June | £10
2 Bath Road, London, W4 1LW
Tube: Turnham Green Station
The Tabard Theatre in Turnham Green is putting on a fortnight of Edinburgh Fringe Festival previews in association of Alavon Promotions, the agency behind Al Murray, Russell Howard and Chris Addison. There's a whole host of top talent on display - from established names such as Carl Donnelly and Alex Horne to some of the hottest new acts on the circuit, including the sketch troupe WitTank. Tickets cost £10 and each show starts at 8pm. The full line up is as follows: Tom Deacon and Jarlath Regan (Thursday 13th June), Ahir Shah and Gareth Richards (Friday 14th June), David Trent and Iain Stirling (Saturday 15th June), Grainne Maguire and Matt Forde (Monday 17th June), Carl Donnelly and Jimmy McGhie (Thursday 18th June), Alex Horne and Tom Craine (Wednesday 19th June), Grainne Maguire and Joel Dommett (Thursday 20th June), WitTank and Adam Drake (Friday 21st June) and Tommy Rowson, Matt Winning and Iain Stirling (Saturday 22nd June). Visit www.tabardtheatre.co.uk for more details.
Events at Tabard Theatre
22nd to 26th Jul 2014 - Various Times | £16, concs £14
Jack Thorne's play about two distinct moments in the life of child killer Mary Bell.
31st August, 1st September and 2nd September 2014 - 7.30pm | £15
The character comic returns as the opinionated pub landlord performing observational humour and cheeky banter.
Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Ardal O'Hanlon, Sara Pascoe & More | 2nd-31st July | £6-£10
Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Tube: Clapham Common Station
Throughout July the Battersea Arts Centre is putting on a comprehensively riotous month of Edinburgh Comedy Previews from some of Britain's brightest comedic talent, including the king of deconstruction and nonchalant delivery Stewart Lee, with his show Much A-Stew About Nothing (2nd & 3rd July), Lee's former comedic partner in crime Richard Herring (19th July) and rising stars Sara Pascoe (19th & 24th July) and Ahir Shah (26th & 27th July). Other highlights include Father Ted favourite Ardal O'Hanlon (30th & 31st July), big-haired cricket satirist of The Bugle podcast fame Andy Zaltzman (29th July), bearded brainiac Alex Horne with his new show Lies (15th & 16th July), gimmick-free Carl Donnelly (17th July) and bespectacled optimist Mark Dolan (25th July). Sketch shows come from Peacock & Gamble (17th July), Max and Ivan (18th & 19th July), Abandoman (18th & 20th July), Joy and Wonder (22nd & 23rd July) and New Art Club (26th & 27th July). With tickets costing just £6 to £10 for some of the best acts in the business, these one-hour work-in-progress shows are the biggest bargain in Battersea. Double up with the Centre's burger and beer offer for a tenner at the Scratch Bar and these shows prove both frugal and funny. Visit www.bac.org.uk for more details.
Events at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - 7pm | £10, concs £8
Sketch comedy duo comprising of Sarah and Lizzie Daykin.
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - 9pm | £10, concs £8
Surreal wit and character comedy as the stand-up tries out new material.
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - 9pm | £1
The sketch and character comedy troupe invite you into the ostentatiously furnished corridors of The School.
23rd, 24th and 25th July 2014 - 7.30pm | £12, concs £9
Sharp and intelligent satire inspired by mis-hearing the lyrics to a well-known hymn.
5th February to 30th August 2014 - Various Times | £15
20th January to 27th August 2014 - 3.30pm-6pm | £55
Thursday 24th July 2014 - 7pm | £12, concs £9
Character comedy as the two stand-ups try out new material.
Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th July 2014 - 9pm | £10, concs £8
Whimsical and intelligent storytelling as the twice Fosters Comedy Award nominee and 2006 Best Newcomer Award winner tries out new material.
24th, 25th, 30th and 31st Jul 2014 - 9pm | £12, concs £9
A storytelling show from Molly Naylor (BBC Radio 4s Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You) and musician Iain Ross (Bearsuit, Mega Emotion). Part autobiography, part fictional story about 15-year-old Jane's battle to ...
23rd January to 25th September 2014 - 5pm-6.30pm | £2
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July 2014 - 7pm | £12, concs £9
Will Dickie's interactive performance, exploring the male attitude to team sports, in which he dons an American football helmet and sets out into the landscape with 10 intrepid audience members.
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July 2014 - 8pm | pay what you can
A show about the legends of country music, internet fan forums, guitar lessons, and dying of a broken heart. It is about multiple affairs, cancelled gigs, falling to pieces and line dances.
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July 2014 - 8.45pm | £10, concs £8
Experimental humour and incisive observational wit as the stand-up tries out new material.
Friday 25th July 2014 - 7pm | £12, concs £9
Inventive humour and video-assisted stand-up from the Best Newcomer nominee at the 2012 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
25th Jul, 1st Aug, 8th Aug, 15th Aug, 22nd Aug and 29th Aug 2014 - 7.30pm-8.30pm | £12
Tom Wrigglesworth, Tony Law, Jigsaw & More | 24th June to 23rd July | £5
66-68 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY
Tube: Old Street Station
Shoreditch mecca for mirth, Comedy Café Theatre, has a whole month of Edinburgh Previews to unleash on the joke-seekers of East London, with highlights including the big haired bespectacled radio maestro Tom Wrigglesworth (9th July), Canadian bearded buccaneer Tony Law (Thursday 18th July) and the latest work-in-progress from Jigsaw, the sketch trio of surreal stand-up Dan 'Hedgehog' Antopolski, winner of the Best Joke award at the 2009 Fringe Festival (Thursday 27th June). Other shows include Luke Benson and Grannie McGuire (Monday 24th June), Matt Green and Joe Bor (Monday 1st July), Joe Rowntree (Tuesday 2nd July), Nat Luurtsema and Patrick Morris (Thursday 11th July), Paul Pirie (Friday 12th July), Romesh Ranganathan and Joel Dommet (Monday 15th July) and Ellie Taylor and Paul Sweeney (Tuesday 23rd July). With tickets setting you back just a fiver these nights are a no-brainer for anyone looking for laughs. Visit www.comedycafetheatre.co.uk for more details.
Events at Comedy Cafe
Friday 25th July 2014 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, £20 inc meal
Witty observations, gags and banter from Rob Mailloux. With Nick Wilty, Milo McCabe and MC Jimmy James Jones.
Friday 25th July 2014 - 8pm | £14, adv £12, £22 inc meals
Witty gags and banter from Rob Mailloux. Plus Nick Wilty, Milo McCabe and MC Jimmy James Jones.
Saturday 26th July 2014 - 8pm | £14, adv £12, £22, inc meals
Observational gags and banter from Rob Mailloux. With Nick Wilty, Milo McCabe and MC Jimmy James Jones.
Friday 1st August 2014 - 8pm | £12, adv £10, £20, inc meals
Observational gags and banter from Martin Davis. With Jim Grant, Julian Dean and MC Jimmy James Jones.
Saturday 2nd August 2014 - 8pm | £14, adv £12, £22, inc meals
Observational humour from Martin Davis. Plus Jim Grant and MC Jimmy James Jones.
Paul Chowdhry, Nick Helm, Marcus Brigstocke & More | 5th-31st July | £5-£10
302 Creek Road, Greenwick, London, SE10 9SW
Greenwich's favourite comedy club, Up The Creek, is presenting four double-bill Edinburgh Preview Shows on Wednesdays in both June and July ahead of two headline acts - Nick Helm and Paul Chowdhry - at the end of July. Most tickets are a mere fiver with the most expensive coming in at £10, which is excellent value for money. June's highlight sees Chortle best newcomer from 2009 Seann Walsh team up with Marlon Davis (Wednesday 19th June) while July sees lofty satirist Marcus Brigstocke share the stage with Neil Delamere (Wednesday 10th July). Late July one-man show headliners feature loud but melodic bearded slob Nick Helm with his brand new show One Man Mega Myth (Wednesday 24th July) and a work-in-progress evening with TV regular Paul Chowdhry, who made comedic ripples with his last show, What's Happening White People? Visit www.up-the-creek.com for more details of the whole Edinburgh Preview Shows programme at Up the Creek.
Events at Up the Creek
Thursday 24th July 2014 - 7.30pm-11pm | £4
Fifteen comedy acts perform five minute sets.
Friday 25th July 2014 - 8.45pm | £10
Offbeat and surreal humour from the 2010 winner of the Malcolm Hardee Award For Comic Originality, Robert White. Also featuring MC Maff Brown.
Saturday 26th July 2014 - 7pm-2am | £14
Offbeat and surreal humour from the 2010 winner of the Malcolm Hardee Award For Comic Originality, Robert White. Also featuring Ash Frith and MC Maff Brown.
Thursday 31st July 2014 - 7.30pm-11pm | £4
Fifteen comedy acts perform short sets.
Phil Jupitus, Sam Savage, Kieran Hodgson & More | 22nd June to 29th July | From £6.50
109 St Paul's Road, London, N1 2NA
Highbury & Islington's tiny 54-seat fringe theatre Hen & Chickens is a wonderful spot to watch a play or a stand-up show - and the intimate venue is putting on an interesting array of Edinburgh Preview Shows from little known sketch troupes to heavyweight comedy regulars. Talking of which, Deborah Frances-White's fringe hit Voices In Your Head returns to London, but this time with special guest Phil Jupitus taking to the stage ahead of a run in Edinburgh (Monday 8th July). Sam Savage: Princess Savage (Saturday 29th June) features quirky gags and stories from the Funny's Funny Winner 2012 and New Act Of The Year Runner-up 2013. Kieran Hodgson's Flood (Saturday 22nd June) is a character comedy about the Lincolnshire town of Gainsborough as its inhabitants struggle to survive the biggest flood in the town's history. Also on the programme is some offbeat humour from Ingrid Dahle and Paul Jones in Dahle and Jones On A Plate (Wednesday 26th June) and some sketch show funniness with In Cahoots on Sunday 14th July and The Leeds Tealights on Monday 29th July. Tickets start at £6.50. Visit www.henandchickens.com for more information.
Events at Hen & Chickens Theatre
Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th July 2014 - 7.30pm | £7.50
The sketch group present a preview of their Edinburgh Fringe show.
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 - 9.30pm | £6.50
Surreal and musical stand-up.
Thursday 24th July 2014 - 9.30pm | £6.50
Cheeky wit and gags from one half of podcast duo Peacock & Gamble.
Thursday 24th July 2014 - 7.30pm | £5
Character comedy as Jones previews his Edinburgh Fringe show.
Saturday 26th July 2014 - 2.30pm | £5
He's admitted to smoking crack. He's been drunk in public. He's the mayor of Toronto and his supporters adore him. But when one woman's passionate defence of the world's most scandalous politician goes horribly (and ...
Josh Widdicombe, Seann Walsh, Mark Thomas & More | 17th-27th July | £10
21 Montreal House, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 2XU
Managed and programmed by The Albany, South East London's leading performing arts centre, this cultural space in Canada Water has a range of Edinburgh Preview Shows in July, including belly laughs from the likes of Seann Walsh and Josh Widdicombe. A double bill of shaggy haired Brighton jokesmith Walsh and the round-faced ball of energy Marlon Davis gets the series under way on Saturday 13th July. Other solo preview shows come from Mark Thomas with 100 Acts of Minor Dissent on Wednesday 17th July and Best Newcomer nominee Widdicombe, who will perform his new show Incidentally... alongside a very special guest on Saturday 27th July. A fourth show, Och Aye The New (Friday 26th July), showcases a bunch of up-and-coming comedians looking to make a splash at Edinburgh, including the easy going crowd charmer Luke Graves and the musical comedian Vikki Stone. All shows cost £10 and start at 7:30pm. Visit www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk for more information.
Events at Canada Water Culture Space
Saturday 9th August 2014 - 2pm-3.30pm | Free
Discover the story of the Japanese kylin, then create your own mythical creatures to take home and bring you good luck.
Monday 22nd September 2014 - 7pm-11pm | £12.50
The ten-piece Safricanto is led by founder and vocal director, Joyce Moholoagae, with their unique musical harmonies, vivid melodies and rhythmic grooves conjure up the rich tapestry of Southern African culture.
Tuesday 23rd September 2014 - 7pm-11pm | £12.50
Sona Jobarteh is the first female kora virtuoso from the prestigious West African Jobarteh Griot family. With her seven-piece band she performs music from her current CD Fasiya.
Wednesday 24th September 2014 - 7pm-11pm | £12.50
A London debut for the singer from Mali as she plays songs from her new album Kanou (World Village). A recording that allows her voice to interweave with the ngoni of virtuoso Moriba Koita and ...
Thursday 2nd October 2014 - 7.30pm-10pm | Free
A very special showcase of queer spoken word. Join Aoife Mannix, Jack Rooke and Anna Kahn for an evening of funny, gritty, life-affirming poetry, hosted by Rosie Wilby.
The Yard Laughs | 9th, 10th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 23rd & 24th July | £6 online / £7 on the door
Queens Yard White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN
This July, The Yard theatre, located two minutes from Hackney Wick rail station, brings a collection of the finest and funniest Edinburgh Festival comedy shows to East London - before they go to Edinburgh. These exclusive preview performances include comedy bingo, Ellievision from Ellie Taylor, the girl with big teeth you may have seen on Snog Marry Avoid?, silly sketch outfit WitTank, the Birthday Girls - Beattie Edmondson, Rose Johnson and Camille Ucan - whom The Telegraph called "Britain's funniest women", and the effortlessly funny Alexis Dubus who wraps up the month-long The Yard Laughs series on Wednesday 24th July with his musings on 'Cars and Girls' though he doesn't claim to be an expert on either.
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Comedy Café Theatre
Up The Creek
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