STOP TRYING TO MAKE SKETCH HAPPEN

The nation’s favourite sketch night * returns for a bit of November fun.

Join us yet again for another superlative night of the best sketch and character comedy around.

  • citation needed ** ** in our defence, we’re really just rounding up

Hosted by:

MCNEIL & PAMPHILON As seen on Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit (Dave) ★★★★★ Three Weeks ★★★★ Chortle ★★★★ The List ★★★★ Fest

And featuring:

LATE NIGHT GIMP FIGHT Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees Chortle Award winners Huge disappointment to their parents “Sketch comedy doesn’t get much better than this” ★★★★ Scotsman

I AM WARIO Sketch comedy from Matt Winning, ‘an attractively impish spirit’ (Guardian), and Stuart Laws, ‘chronically funny stand up’ (Time Out “It’s stupid, but it works.” Time Out

PATRICK TURPIN ‘A gifted comedic voice’ (Skinny) ‘A comic on the crest of a wave’ (Fest) ‘Intriguingly clever’ (List)

LOLA & JO “Elevating the sketch genre beyond most other practitioners” – The List ★★★★ ‘Lola and Jo are fantastic’ (ShortCom.co.uk) ★★★★

DARREN HARRIOTT: Work-in-Progress

After his run at the Edinburgh Fringe with his debut show Defiant Darren Harriott (Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central) presents his newest work in progress.

“A likeable and charismatic performer” – Paul Sinha

“Darren Harriott had the biggest beard and got some of the biggest laughs of the night… Harriott, is definitely going to make an impact.” – Bruce Dessau

WORKSHOPS: Finding the Funny

Finding the Funny in a Personal Story: Including Acting through Comedy, the importance of Improv, Physicality, Heightened Characters, Narration and Prop making taught by some of the best in the business.

This popular course taught by Beth Vyse and special guests is back!

Do you have something to say but find it difficult? Do you think it’s funny but you don’t feel sure? Do you want to create a show but have no idea where to start? These are all skills you can learn in this unique series of intimate workshops on acting through comedy, retaining the self while playing heightened characters, physicality, narration and turning a solo story into something funny.

Beth Vyse is a performer, director and practitioner. She has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Arcola, Sheffield Crucible to mention but a few. She’s also been in TV shows such as Spooks, A Touch of Frost, Holby City and on BBC Radio 4 and the Dr Who *series. She has created three critically acclaimed Edinburgh Shows all with transfers to Soho Theatre, Latitude and New Zealand Comedy Festival, she begins a National Tour this Autumn with *“As Funny As Cancer” her most recent show and she is still “The queen pin of weirdos comedy” Chortle. She has directed and taught at LAMDA, Manchester Met, Rose Bruford, The Urdang, The Centre and Soho Theatre.

Classes will be on Sundays from 2-5pm running from the 24th September running until the weekend of 3rd December (with the 29th October off) including a live showcase.

The course lasts 10 weeks and each session runs at 3 hours long. In the tenth week Beth will hire a venue in the centre of London where you will all perform 10 mins of the work you’ve created. She will invite all her industry contacts, you have guest speakers throughout the course, and she will give you all the tools to create a funny, and perhaps moving, piece of theatre.

The 10 week course will be available for only 20 people at £250 each

The course: Runs weekly at Camden Comedy Club on Sundays from 2 – 5pm (with Oct 29th off) A showcase

Guest Lecturers: To be announced

Applications: To apply please send us a reason to blvyse@hotmail.com about why you want to do the course including how long you have been working in the arts and bit of background about yourself. Any clips of your work. You favourite comedian/performer and why. A funny short story about yourself. No more than a half a page.

SATURDAY NIGHT COMEDY

TICKETS: £10/£8.50

24th fantastic year of this high value, fully professional comedy night brought to us by the Time Out recommended Hampstead Comedy Club.

Any telephone enquiries about Saturday night shows only please call 07722 832635

LINE UP: Juan Robertson – Russell Hicks – Quincy – Lenny Sherman with Ivor Dembina as compere.

Ivor Dembina

OLD JEWISH JOKES

TICKETS: £5.00

Written and performed by Ivor Dembina.

Old Jewish Jokes’ tells the story of a modern Jewish comedian invited to perform at a synagogue benefit function, but upon arrival at the venue for the show, he is given a shopping list of subjects he mustn’t joke about.

In Old Jewish Jokes’ we enjoy the predicament of an ethnic comedian being censored by his own community. Its a fun, revealing and truthful story which also provides an excellent opportunity to hear once again some of the world’s favourite old Jewish Jokes.

THE RAT PACK STAND-UP COMEDY

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

STAND UP & SLAM!

TICKETS: £5.00

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…

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

TICKETS: £5.00
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”

THE LADY’S & GENTLEMAN’S CLUB

TICKETS: Free
Polish your sword cane, adjust your monocle with perfect precision and make sure your corset is tightened to within an inch of its life in preparation for this reinvention of the Victorian Club for the 21st century. Join Paul Duncan McGarrity and Ben Van der Velde and a host of guests as they introduce tales of daring-do, marvellous inventions, musical curiosities and laughs aplenty.

Club rules and constitution read at 8pm, AOB and National Anthem at the end.