Comedy Slices #33

Art & Culture

May might be turning out to be a repetition of the Winter months but there is plenty to get excited about. Firstly, two bank holidays in a month is enough to forgive this May for forgetting to bring the sun. Secondly, there is the weekly comedy slice bringing a delicious canap of the upcoming comedy. Who needs summer? 

Saturday 18th  Bring it Home for Homelessness  – Union Chapel – 15

Comedy comes in many different forms – sketch, musical, character (I could go on) and yet it is fairly rare to find a night that pulls off a fulldisplay of comedy specialities. This night is the night, it has a cracking line up of top comedians from across the range. There is stand-up from Roisin Conaty, Gemma Whelan, Aisling Bea, Grainne McGuire, character comedians Cariad Lloyd, Holly Burn and Caroline Hardy, sketch acts The Boom Jennies, Trodd en Bratt and Birthday Girls, and songs from Mae Martin and host Alison Thea-Skot.  The full package and all to raise money for the charity St Mungo’s and Margins. Oh and if you hadnt noticed it’s an all-female line up.

Friday 17th  Jessie Cave: Bookworm – Soho Theatre – 12.50

As a star of the Harry Potter films what do you do once the seventh finial film is done? Get naked on stage? Try to relaunch yourself as an indie film actress? or become a stand up comedian? Cave who played Lavender Brown has gone with the latter option. In her debut solo show she is the host of ‘Bookworms United’ – a book club that willing or not the audience are now members of. No prizes for guessing that the focus is Cave’s obsession with fiction. Wonder whether the HP books will be referenced much…

Monday 20th  Awful Animals  – The Miller  – 2.00

This has to be the most bizarre concepts for a night, a comedy night about animals, for animals. surely nothing top can top this? This is a gimmicky night with substance with a foundation of great comics. The Hosts of this surreal sketch show, Rachel Stubbings and Jessica Fostekew will be joined by Sara Pascoe, Ford & Akram, Luke Benson and Nathan Dean Williams. So, with a good line-up established there is one remaining question – will there be any actual animals there? Its only two (s)quid to find out.

Holly Hyde Smith