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Summer laughing: The best comedy in London this August

summer Comedy Higlights

It may seem that every comic has packed their trunks and run off to the circus that is the Edinburgh festival, hell even Laugh out London will be sitting in an armchair with their pipes and slippers (we actually we will be trudging round Edinburgh instead, but at least we won’t be checking ticket sales every 2 minutes).

Anyone stuck in London maybe worried that they may have to see another art form to entertain them BUT WAIT! Don’t reach head to those dodgy theatre ticket booths in Piccadilly just yet! Laugh Out London have some recommendations to help you Londoners survive the month with some humour injections.


maxresdefaultIliza Shlesinger
Mon 17 – Sat 29 August, Soho Theatre
While we lose a whole raft of our best comics we can take comfort in the fact that we have one of America’s hottest properties coming over to fill the void. In 2008 Shlesinger won NBC’s Last Comic Standing (which is a bit like ITV’s short lived “Show Me the Funny”, except people actually watch it) becoming the youngest winner of the show and the first female winner. She has gone on appear at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has filmed two Netflix specials.
Full details here

drawnou-sam-fletcher-image1-lst120964The Camden Fringe
3rd -30th August, Various locations
With the cost of going to Edinburgh ever spiralling the Camden Fringe is a decent alternative for acts wanting to practice their hour. Located in several bars “in-and-around” Camden (Aces & Eights, Camden Comedy Club, The Hen And Chickens), The Camden fringe offers a selection of shows that can be seen in Edinburgh or are about to head up there. Including Mike Wozniak, the ever smooth David Mills, The anarchic and silly Comedians Cinema Club, Edinburgh Comedy Award best newcomer nominee Sam Fletcher and one of our favourite up-and-comers Joe Davies.
Full details here

ardal_o_hanlon_headThe Phoenix Fringe
30th July – 8th August, The Phoenix, Cavendish Square
Similar dissatisfaction with having to pour your life savings into taking a show to Edinburgh has lead to the formation of the Phoenix fringe. Kicking off with a few last minute previews (from the likes of Bec Hill, Nish Kumar & Aisling Bea) the Phoenix fringe pulls in it’s fair share of big names after this in the shape of Ardal O’Hanlon, Kerry Godliman, Andy Zaltzman and Elis James.
Full details here 

PD61672658_IMG_122_2481273bRichard Herring
Fridays and Saturdays from 7th August – 12th September, Leicester Square Theatre
The king of Edinburgh is no more. Well, maybe that’s me being dramatic, he’s just not there this year. Instead Richard has given himself the challenge of reviving his 11 past shows for one off performances at the Leicester Square Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer into the early autumn. Starting on Friday 7th August with “Christ on a Bike” and culminating in a brand new show “Happy Now?” on 12th September.
Full details here 

Soho-theatre-bar-008Soho Theatre
Various dates
IIliza Shlesinger isn’t the only comic you can catch at the Soho this summer, many acts are looking to start polishing material for next year’s shows and tours such as Josh Widdicombe, Simon Evans, Shappi Khorsandi, Kerry Godliman and Colin Holt. There is plenty to keep you entertained in our absence.
Full details here

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