Comedy Slices #15

Art & Culture


It is the second week in January when the determination to stick to new year’s resolutions is beginning to fray, the pub looks more appealing than the gym and cutting down on smoking rather than quitting was the aim anyway….let’s forget that niggling knowledge that by next week all resolutions will be forgotten and focus on the glorious wave of January comedy shows with this week’s comedy slice.
And what is more likely to banish the January blues than emerging yourself in a 50 hour improvathon! In its sixth year The London Improvathon deprives it’s cast of sleep with the aim of  producing an improvised comedy soap opera set in 1920s Egypt. Each episode is 1 hour 45 mins (with a 15 minute break) so you can pop in for one or two or stay for the whole marathon. The big decision you have to make is when is the right time to go? The start when they are geared up but perhaps not warmed up? In the middle? Or at the end? My choice is the end, just to see how the actors are holding up and then the look of relief when it is all over…
Continue the charitable Christmas feeling into January with the Stand up for Women gig in aid of Eaves for women, a charity that supports vulnerable women. James Mullinger the self-proclaimed feminist as well as writer and comedian has brought together a huge line up for the night that includes Shappi Khorsandi, Sara Pascoe, Holly Walsh, Isy Suttie Shazia Mirza amongst others. Seeing top-notch comedians for a charitable cause is guaranteed to cause warm fuzzy feelings of joy. 
Chris Ramsey is on a roll. He has had sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival and the Soho Theatre as well as being nominated for Edinburgh Comedy Award and starring in BBC Two's new sitcom Hebburn (his stand up is a must see while the sitcom is missable).  His show Feeling Lucky suggests that Chris knows he is striking comedy gold, and surely this is not just down to luck? The Geordie has a knack of making himself instantly likeable with a host of lively stories to entertain. A feel good comedy show to help you stare January dead in the face.