The Phoenix Fringe comedy festival in London – this week

PF picks

It’s a pretty horrible time as comedy fan being  stranded in London when all the comedians have migrated north for the Edinburgh Fringe.

Thankfully the Phoenix Fringe is back for another year to help fight the summer time blues with a remarkable line up of acts. It’s taking place at The Phoenix on Cavendish Square (home of some of London’s  favourite comedy nights including Old Rope and The Pun Run) from Saturday August 2 until Saturday August 9.

Tickets start from around £8 (less than the average Edinburgh Fringe show without the travel and accommodation costs).

The line up includes: Frankie Boyle, Milton Jones, Ed Byrne, Al Murray, Frankie Boyle, Aisling Bea, Nick Helm, Jarred Christmas, Joe Lycett, McNeil and Pamphilon, Mike Wozniak, Andy Zaltzman, Tiernan Douieb, Brian Gittins and more.

Here are a few Laugh Out London picks for the Phoenix Fringe.

Mike Wozniack: Work In Progress

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee from last year is shaping up his next show following the success of 2013’s Take the Hit. He’s also appeared in Greg Davies sitcom Man Down and BBC3’s Badults.

Aisling Bea: Work in Progress

Another award nominee from the Edinburgh Fringe last year (Best Newcomer this time)  Aisling looks destined to be one of the future stars of stand up.

Do The Right Thing

This edition of the excellent comedy podcast hosted by Dannielle Ward has a cracking line up with guests including Isy Suttie (Radio 4’s Love Letters, C4’s Peep Show), Matthew Crosby and Ben Clark (Pappy’s, BBC3’s Badults).

Nick Helm

Already a firm favourite with comedy fans, the star of Uncle and the upcoming Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment has built a reputation of unpredictable and electric live shows.

Brian Gittins: Vagina Monologues 2

The fact that he’s been described as “One of the best comedy characters of the decade” (Ricky Gervais) and “the world’s worst stand-up comedian” (The Brighton Argus) gives you an idea of the room splitting lunacy of Brian Gittins. Once seen never forgotten. In a good way.

Gemma Whelan: ‘Chastity Butterworth and The Spanish Hamster’

Gemma Whelan may be best known for her role in Game of Thrones but has been performing as the wonderfully unhinged character of Chasity Butterworth for years.

All Phoenix Fringe listings can be found here

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