comedy slices #31

Art & Culture

This weeks comedy slice is off. Ignoring the working days still to come and diving head first into the bank holiday weekend. This is the substance as well as the cherry to your bank holiday pie.

Thursday May 2nd – Underbelly – 15.50

Carl Donnelly’s comedy was described in The Guardian as “stand up with valium.” And unless you are actually on valium what better way to kick start the bank holiday weekend than with a high of antidotes and conversational comedy silliness? None.  Since winning the Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer Award in 2009 Donnelly has gone on to appear in the likes of Mock the week and Russell Howard’s Good News as well as appearing regularly at a host of  comedy festivals around the world. Get in the feel-good bank holiday mood with this one.  

Monday May 6 – Soho Theatre – 10. 

Ventriloquism is creepy. It always makes me think of some League of Gentlemen English seaside town where non-locals are looked at like the next delicacy. However, if it is going to be in my life then Nina Conti will be the ventriloquist for me. With a host of comedy awards to her name including the Barry Award in 2008, appearances in QI, Howard’s Good News and Live at the Apollo she is the cream of the puppet and comedy world. Besides, if Stephen Fry says its alright then I can get on board this puppet train too.  

Thursday 9th May – Leicester Square Theatre – 7

The H Club is a non exclusive members only club from the imagination of madcap comedian Holly Burn. Playing all the characters club owner, staff and club members Burn creates a surreal sketch show that has won her adoration of Harry Hill and Eddie Izzard amongst others. The fresh bizarre new talent on the comedy scene, Burn has been stickered with the one  to watch label by a host of critics. And she is, so take a trip inside her slightly deranged club and succumb to the madness.

Holly Hyde-Smith