Find something to laugh about at one of London’s hilarious comedy venues. London is full of hysterical comedy events all year round, with plenty of venues devoted to providing laughs for eager audiences.
Highlights this year include Michael Palin: Writer, Actor, Comedian, which can currently be seen at the British Library until 25 November 2018, exhibiting a huge collection of scripts, diaries, photographs and ephemera from the actor and comedian’s many years at the forefront of British comedy. Fans won’t want to miss the chance to read unpublished material and script ideas from classics such as ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ and ‘Life of Brian’.
The Museum of Comedy hosts an immersive and interactive exhibition of over six thousand props and artefacts from Britain’s rich comedic history. There is an array of side-splitting performances to look forward to in the venue’s Comedy Crypt, including Hancock and Co: One Man, Many Voices (16 September 2018), in which James Hurn voices the entire cast of the classic radio programme ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ in a recreation of three episodes in front of a live audience.
Paul Merton and Suki Webster will also take to the Comedy Crypt stage for their Impro Night (28-29 September 2018), bringing fast and funny games, scenes, stories and laugh-out-loud surrealism based on audience suggestions. As well as this, Tony Slattery’s Crimes Against Improv (9 September and 4 November 2018) is a brand-new headlining show from the star of ‘Who’s Line is it Anyway’, featuring plenty of famous guests and fresh comedy talent.
Top Secret Comedy Club has come from humble beginnings as a weekly stand-up night and developed into a firm favourite for some of the best-known comedians, including Jason Manford, Eddie Izzard and Katherine Ryan, who have utilised the intimate setting as a platform to try out new material. Look out for secret special guests listed among the club’s regular line-up of exciting newbies and comedy circuit veterans.
Article written by George Curtis