THE JEST & GUESTS

WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH – 8:00PM

Stars of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama and 2016 Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off winners The Jest host their monthly night at Camden Comedy Club accompanied by a selection of special guests. Come check out some of the best sketch and character acts on the circuit (with the occasional stand-up thrown in) for only a fiver. Previous acts have included Lolly Adefope, Birthday Girls, Holly Burn, Andrew Hunter Murray, Luke Kempner, LetLuce and Massive Dad.

STOP TRYING TO MAKE SKETCH HAPPEN!

MONDAY 20TH MARCH – 8:00pm

Some people just want to watch the world burn. We just want to watch sketch comedy. STTMSH returns with yet another bonkers good line-up. It’s on like Donkey Kong.

Hosted by BEC HILL! As seen on DC Fancast (Sky) ★★★★★ “I adored it.” – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ★★★★ “Lovably engaging.” – The Mirror ★★★★★ “Non-stop laughs.” One4Review

With:

TWO EPISODES OF MASH Diane Morgan (TV’s Philomena Cunk) and Joe Wilkinson (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Have I Got News For You). Need we say more?
“Very funny, inventive and engaging” – The Daily Telegraph “Surreal genius” – Radio Times

JORDAN BROOKES 2016 Chortle Award Best Newcomer nominee. Boundary-pushing, high-wire stand-up act. “Breath-taking, hugely original” – ★★★★★ Fest ‘Highly inventive, a compelling performer, who doesn’t sacrifice laughs for the sake of artistic stretch’ – ★★★★ Chortle “Under-rehearsed & overthought, this bumpy stand-up act lags w/ tedious tangents & self-pitying pandering.” ★ Fringe Biscuit

PRINCES OF MAIN London SketchFest finalists 2016. Really nice boys.
“Fresh, crafty sketches full of gags for the Y-generation” – Time Out “Apologies but I never made it to the show, because the previous one overran” – Chortle

SAM PLUS TOM Rambunctious sketch urchins. Their words, not ours.
“Delightfully unusual” – The Skinny

SATURDAY NIGHT COMEDY

SATURDAY 18TH MARCH – 8:30PM

23rd fantastic year of this high value, fully professional comedy night brought to us by the Time Out recommended Hampstead Comedy Club.

LINE UP: Luke Benson, Leo Kearse, Steve Hill, Damian Kingsley, and Compere Ben Van Der Velde.

WORKSHOP: COMEDY COMPERING

SATURDAY 18TH MARCH – 1PM

Whether you’re an open mic comic wanting to learn the basics of compering or a more seasoned pro keen to extend your skill set, join accomplished compere Ben Van der Velde for this four-part workshop focussing on the skills of hosting and crowd work. Learn how to keep the audience on their toes and in the palm of your hand with useful shortcuts for effective crowdwork, original methods to warm-up a room, how to deal with hecklers and how to host non-comedy events.

Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter who, over the past few years has spread joy and nonsense to all four corners of the British Isles, as well as Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Norway.

He is a regular host and act for respected British comedy clubs such as The Stand, Komedia, Just the Tonic, The Backyard, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Outside the Box, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Off the Kerb and The Comedy Café, as well as hosting stages for Bestival, Festival No.6 and Sunday Papers Live. He also has experience of performing at RAF Bases, large corporate events, hosting comedy workshops and doing audience warm-up for Deal Or No Deal. On top of that, he has taken commissions to perform a voodoo re-marriage ceremony, founded the Church of the Holy Kazoo with comedy legend Mark Thomas, walked the entire London Underground network for charity and even took part in experiments at The Royal Society that revealed him to have the most infectious laugh of any human, rat or monkey.

Ben is a regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival, where he has performed three critically-acclaimed shows: Chain Letter, Strudelhead and Barbarians. This summer his show received 5 and 4 star reviews, whilst several of jokes made it into lists of ‘Best Joke at the Fringe’ compiled by The Scotsman, i-News and The Huffington Post.

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR BEN:

“Whipsharp…with an air of mischievous mayhem…his hit rate is impressive, while his in-the-moment style creates a buzz of excitement in the room…a life-giving compere.” Chortle

“Highly promising…an accomplished comic.” Time Out

“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“Exquisite comic timing…wonderfully clownish physical comedy.” British Theatre Guide

THE RAT PACK PRESENTS

FRIDAY 17TH MARCH – 8PM (MAIN SHOW)

A new series of stand-up shows from the people behind critically acclaimed The Rat Pack stand-up comedy. We present the best comedians in distinct and inspiring shows at one of London’s best comedy venues, the Camden Comedy Club.

Time Out Critics Choice *’Classy stand-up show. Laid-back, cheesy, joyful fun and a wonderfully friendly vibe’ Time Out *

NATHAN CASSIDY

FRIDAY 17TH MARCH – 6:30PM (EARLY SHOW)

Award-winning writer and comedian Nathan Cassidy’s new one-man theatre show. A perfect love story in a swimming pool. It’s deep. For the perfect love story, you have to go to ridiculous lengths.

This theatre show combines Nathan Cassidy’s award winning comedy with a real life love story. At 15 years old, Nathan met the love of his life in a swimming pool, and it became a perfect love. This is their story.

Nathan’s last play ‘The Cure for the common cold’ won the Sir Michael Caine Award for new writing in theatre. As a stand-up he has won and been nominated for awards including a Malcolm Hardee Award nomination at the Edinburgh Fringe and best show win on the Buxton Fringe 2014 (and nominations for the last 2 years). ‘Cassidy seems to have a real commitment to making intelligent shows about fun ideas’ Fringe Guru ‘A great comedian’ Broadway Baby www.nathancassidy.com/deep

STAND UP & SLAM!

THURSDAY 16TH MARCH

Stand-up comedy: poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let’s find out.

Six phenomenal acts go head to head for your approval as poetry and comedy collide with unexpected and hilarious results! Our resident team captains are joined by the most exciting comedy and poetry acts from around the UK. We’re mashing up the two art forms in an epic battle of spoken word. Who wins? You decide…

This week’s guest comedians include: Captain Tom Houghton, Christopher Bliss & Jonathan Hearn.

This week’s guest poets include: Captain Dan Simpson, Daniel Searle & Madi Maxwell-Libby.

Press: ★★★★★ The Latest ★★★★★ The Argus ★★★★★ The Public Reviews ★★★★ Three Weeks Magazine ★★★★ Ed Fest Mag Fringe Review – Highly Recommended Show ‘witty, fast paced, and most importantly funny.’ – Fringe Review ‘This is a great show, showcasing some real talent.’ – Three Weeks ‘edgy, energetic comedy at its best. Far funnier than your average prime-time fare’ Sunday Express ‘The crowd were in stitches, their roars delivered a 1-0 victory for poetry over stand-up and my preconceptions were suitably challenged.’ – Mashable UK ‘The result – well, it was decided by audience participation. But it didn’t really matter – the audience were the winners.’ – The Reviews Hub

NATURAL BORN STORYTELLERS

WEDNESDAY 15TH MARCH – 8:00PM

Our shows are friendly. open, intimate and honest and the stories moving, life-affirming, shocking, captivating or just plain hilarious. It’s different to a comedy show where the expectation is laughter… here laughter comes, but it’s a part of a whole breadth of other emotions and reactions to the stories and it makes for a rich, fulfilling evening’s entertainment.

Come on down and experience one of the friendliest and most memorable nights London has to offer. We’d love you to get involved, whether it’s telling a story, suggesting a new theme or just coming down to watch the night, there is something for everyone at Natural Born Storytellers.

“You are definitely onto something here. This was one hell of an evening. Like really properly captivating stories that enthralled, moved, tickled, challenged and above all entertained. Such a brilliant event”