Comedy Slices #34

Art & Culture

Oh hello second bank holiday of the month, just casually creeping up giving us sticky sugary kisses and leaving promises of longweekends and four day weeks. Not saying we arent grateful its just wed like you around more often rather than flitting in twice then leaving us for months. But its OK, well cope, weve got a slab of top comedians this week to celebrate the arrival and then commiserate the desertion of the three day weekend.

Friday 24 – Luke Wright: Your New Favourite Poet – Leicester Square Theatre – 10  

End what seems to be the longest week ever with a spot of wordplay and bawdy ballads with the poet Luke Wright. Curator and host of The Latitude Poetry Arena, with sell out shows including six consecutive solo shows, a few short films, TV and books Wright is a seriously prolific poet that might make you question what youve been doing with your time (definitely puts this weekly jumble of words to shame) but it also emphasises that the stuff this poet-machine is churning out has mass appeal. Its good stuff.  His seventh solo show introduces a cast of greedy politicians, schoolboys, French coopers and the first ever B movie set in Brentwood. A melting pot of observational comedy and politics a show that is destined  to enjoy the same success as its predecessors.  See it before it sells out or risk having to go to Scotland to catch it at the Fringe.

Monday 27th – Wil Anderson: GoodWil – Soho Theatre – 15 

Wil Anderson always creates show titles that pun on his first name and this show doesn’t deviate from this genius. GoodWil will sure to be classic Anderson blend of self-analysis, politics and less loftier topics that have won him a mass following across the globe as well as his homeland Australia.  The man has an award list that is fighting to be longer than Kerouacs manuscript including a GQ Media Personality of the Year and People’s Choice Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. See it and despair less that the last bank holiday until August is nearly over.  

Thursday 30th – McNeil & Pamphilon’s Sketch Night –  St James Theatre –  15

This is a night dedicated to sketch. A night to lose yourself in the silly laid back world of award-winning sketch duo McNeil and Pamphilon who present a collection of top sketch acts. This week is crowded with a line up consisting of quintet and trio sketch troupes. The first quintet are the stars of BBC Radio 4s Sketchorama – The Beta Males, followed by the second troupe of five Chortle and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees Late Night Gimp Fight (and yes there sketches do live up to their gimpish name).  And finally on the bill are the trio Jigsaw, stars of the self-titled Radio 4 show and BBC 3s Live At The Electric.  An jam-packed line up with something for all, unless of course you have a massive aversion to sketch acts then best to sit this one out.

Holly Hyde Smith