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Comedy festival in Islington – July 7-14

The Laugh Out London Comedy Festival Laugh Out London in partnership with The Old Queens Head in Islington is delighted to announce The Laugh Out London Comedy Festival.

Over seven nights Laugh Out London (ranked 3rd best comedy club in the whole of London by Time Out) will host some of the best live comedy in London from award-winning stand ups, sketch stars, TV favourites and rising stars of the comedy word as they prepare shows for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Each night is a double-bill of top comic talent at a very reasonable price culminating in a very special live record of our favourite podcast Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown.

All shows take place upstairs at The Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Road, a ten minute walk from Angel tube station.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

Tuesday July 7

Stewart Lee
Stewart return to Laugh Out London to workshop material towards the 4 series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle.

Ed Aczel
Perfectly described as “Britain’s greatest living anti-comedian” by The Guardian, Aczel is a favourite of comedy connoisseurs due to his unique brand of stand up.  “Aczel turns unprofessionalism into an artform” – ★★★★ Times


Wednesday July 8

Max and Ivan
Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award and Melbourne Barry Award nominees Max and Ivan have just wrapped their own Radio 4 sitcom. “Too good for human words” – ★★★★★ Londonist

Cariad and Paul
International improv veterans Cariad Lloyd (The Cariad Show, BBC3; Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee) and Paul Foxcroft (Drifters, E4) team up again with devastating effect. “the slickest in the business” –Chortle


Thursday July 9

Bridget Christie
Winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award 2013 Best Show and the South Bank Sky Arts Award 2014, Bridget brings her new Show “A Book For Her” to the Old Queens Head. She is one of the best stand ups in the country.

Rhys James
One of the stars to emerge from last year’s Edinburgh fringe, Rhys has had a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre and was listed in the top 20 jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe by The Telegraph. “Rhys James is a cut above his humdrum peers” – ★★★★ Independent


Saturday July 11

A whole day of Edinburgh previews from:
Mike Wozniak – Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee
Bridget Christie – Edinburgh Comedy Award winner 2013
Simon Munnery – “One of the funniest, most original comedians of the past twenty years” – The Guardian
Katherine Ryan – Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats


Sunday July 12

Aisling Bea
Winner of the British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comedian, multi-talented story teller Aisling Bea was also nominated for best newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy awards for her debut show in 2013. “hugely accomplished” ★★★★★ – The Independent

Alex Edelman
Having scooped the Edinburgh comedy award for Best Newcomer last year, Alex has had a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre and had his show recorded for Radio 4. “This American youngster inevitably has a bright future ahead of him” ★★★★– Time Out


Monday July 13

Katherine Ryan
One of the most exciting stand ups around Appearances on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo and Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, BBC2’s Mock the Week, QI and Nevermind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and more

James Acaster
Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award best show nominee in 2014, 2013 & 2012, Laugh Out London regular James Acaster returns to preview his new show “Represent”. “This is stand-up of the highest, most playful order”    ★★★★ – The Guardian


Tuesday July 14

Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown – live record with guests Phill Jupitus & Suzi Ruffell
The award winning sketch group and stars of BBC’s Badults Pappy’s bring a live recording of their anarchic podcast Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown to the Old Queens Head. Expect stupid games based on puns and special guests. “One of the finest sketch troupes of the last decade” ★★★★★ – The Guardian “One of the funniest podcasts out there… It’s miles funnier than any panel show on TV or radio” – Time Out


The Laugh Out London Comedy Festival is part of a summer of Edinburgh Fringe previews held in June and July across London

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