Comedy slices # 5

Art & Culture


London's offering of comedy for the week ahead is jam packed with wonderfully bizarre nights, and mini festivals, top notch comics are just crawling all over our city. Below are my top picks for the week…
The Robin Williams Stand Up Tribute Act Fundraiser Night. Childhood legend Robin Williams, the star of the classic films Mrs Doubtfire and Jumanji,  and stand up comedy genius will actually not be at this night. (The giveaway is the 'tribute' in the title.) Instead the Weirdo All Stars (Ben Target, John Kearns, Mark Stephenson, Adam Larter, Holly Burn, Nick Sun and more) will be take you on a journey of Robin Williams's career through theatrical reinterpretations. There will also be  stand up from Joel Dommett, Pat Cahill, Sara Pascoe, Matt Rees, Tim Shishodia, Joey Page, and Barry Ferns will be presiding over this jam packed evening. 
And what is worthy cause is this evening fundraising for? A live stage version of Hook to take place in December. It's just brilliant isn't it? Geldof take note. 
Monday 15th October,  The Wilmington Arms, £10. 
(I should point out that any funds leftover will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital, but that's just not as fun as saying that you will funding a stage version of Hook now is it?)
What? A London Irish Comedy Festival? WHAT? Well, I don't even care who is on the bill it's bound to be good. Er,  because there are so many great Irish comics on the comedy scene at the moment and not because I believe in stereotypes about all Irish people being hilarious and telling great stories… This festival kicks off on Friday 12th with Abandoman, Neil Delamere, Fred Cooke, and Willie White MC, then continues on till Sunday 14th with the likes of Andrew Andrew Maxwell, Aisling Bea, John Lynn, Eric Lalor MC, Colm O'Regan all appearing and improv thrown in to the mix. See, told you it would be good. 
12 – 14 October 2012, London Irish Centre, Tickets range depending on the night £6 – £18
Holly Hyde-Smith