I admit it there were warning signs – the carols in the top, the sudden appearance of gold chocolate coins, the twinkling lights in the trees down the high street. But I am pretty sure they were all there at end of October. Did November not happen this year? As I begin to recover from my shock that Christmas is pretty much here, and the festive season spirit begins to creep into my frost bitten toes – I give you this week’s Christmassy Comedy slice …
Sheeps (Daran Johnson, Alastair Roberts and Liam Williams) are the fresh faces of sketch-comedy and they will get you into the Christmas spirit with their one-off blow-out evening of festive entertainment at the Union Chapel Islington. Coming from Cambridge Footlights and runners-up in the So You Think You're Funny awards, and if that list of their credentials is not enough to make you leave the side of your radiator then Sheeps's special guests are bound to do the job. Joining the festive fun will be David O'Doherty, Tim Key, Mark Watson, children's entertainer Jeremy Lion, Oyster Eyes, Jamie Demetriou as Michael Eggwater and Kieran and the Joes. A line up so good that it might even get me in a paper hat from a cracker and warbling Christmas songs…
Monday 17th December, Union Chapel, £16.50
Besides the opportunity to eat mince pies 24/7, Christmas provides the perfect excuse to do something you really want to do in the guise of being generous, like taking someone to see Bill Bailey's new show Qualmpeddler for their Christmas present. No guilt for treating yourself in the month of giving and with the added bonus of bathing in the gratitude lavished upon you from the lucky person you decide to take. The Black Books and old Never Mind The Buzzcocks star previous stand up shows such as Dandelion Mind have been bizarre and wonderful journeys through Bailey’s concerns. This time Bailey’s has qualms about the world which he expresses with the help of Religious Dubstep, his folk bouzouki and Horntallica. Basically, it boils down to a glorious evening of classic Bailey, musical mash-ups, films, songs and philosophising – all in tow. The perfect early Christmas present (and a sneaky treat for you too).
Tuesday 18th December, Hammersmith Apollo £25