December Gig Guide

Tash Snaith

Tash Snaith

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Happy festive month of December to one and all, or, to those that don’t celebrate any holidays this month, happy month of chillier mornings, dragon breath (if you know you know), mind-boggling varieties of coffee flavourings (Panettone Latte, anyone?), and obviously, fantastic comedy shows to warm up your cockles, or, laughing muscles. This December there is loads to see, from drag, to stand-up tour shows, to newer work in progress shows, and you can find them all here wrapped up in a bow. 

1. TOUR SHOWS AND WIPS

 © Janine Harouni

JANINE HAROUNI: MAN’OUSHE

Tues-Sat 5-9 Dec @ 7:30 PM, Soho Theatre, London

After sell out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2023 and a Best Show nomination, UK based American comedian Janine Harouni brings her show Man’oushe to Soho for 5 nights in December. Her last stand-up hour Stand Up with Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated) was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Fringe, selling out venues across the UK and US before being released as a special for Amazon Prime UK… need I say more to convince you?

You can grab a ticket here

 © Bridget Christie, Iliza Shlesinger

BRIDGET CHRISTIE & COMEDY FRIENDS

Mon 4 Dec @ 7:30 PM, Leicester Square Theatre, London

Bridget Christie is headlining a night of comedy with some special guests in aid of Women and Children First, a charity that set up health community groups for women and newborns in rural and remote areas. There isn’t much Bridget Christie hasn’t done – telly, (recently, Taskmaster), radio, written a book, won the Edinburgh Comedy Award and toured her stand-up shows all over the world, so this is bound to be a night to remember. The star-studded special guest line-up includes: Felicity Ward, Celya AB, Issy Sutie, Nina Conti and Amy Anette. 

Grab your tickets here

ILIZA SHLESINGER: HARD FEELINGS TOUR

Wed-Fri 6-8 Dec @ 7:00 PM, Eventim Apollo, London

Following a world tour and multiple Netflix specials, US based comic Iliza Shlesinger stops off at the Eventim Apollo in London for 2 nights. Expect stand-up sprinkled with social satire.

You can grab tickets here!

© Sarah Keyworth, Sindhu Vee

SARAH KEYWORTH: WIP

Fri 8 Dec @ 6:00 PM, The Bill Murray, London (plus more dates and venues)

The brilliant Sarah Keyworth (as seen on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and in our opinion most notably, Funny Women Awards runner up 2015) brings their work in progress show to The Bill Murray this month. After sell out runs of their previous one hour stand-up show Lost Boy, you would be silly not to get a sneak peek into their next hour while you can.

Nab a ticket here!

SINDHU VEE: ALPHABET (WIP)

Sat 16 Dec @ 3:15 PM, The Bill Murray Comedy Club, London

Appearing on pretty much all the panel shows on telly (QI, Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You and The Last Leg to name a few), and an Amazon prime special of her acclaimed hour show Sandhog which toured the UK in 2018 under her belt, Sindhu Vee brings her hour show Alphabet to The Bill Murray, warming up for her next stand up special. A guaranteed hoot and a half.

You can grab tickets here!

© Flo and Joan, Lara Ricote

FLO AND JOAN: WIP

Sun 17 Dec @ 3:30 PM, The Bill Murray

All-singing all-joking musical comedy double-act Flo and Joan bring their new work in progress show to London this December. Previously, Flo and Joan have toured 3 shows around the UK, with one streamed on Amazon prime (Alive On Stage), so it’s safe to say they are a hit. If you’re a fan of musical comedy, this is definitely one for you.

You can grab tickets here!

LARA RICOTE: A WROK IN PROGRESS

Mon 6 Nov @ 6:30 PM, The Bill Murray Comedy Club

We can’t and won’t shut up about 2021 Funny Women Award Winner (and Best Newcomer Award winner 2022 at Fringe) Lara Ricote, who is performing her wrok (…no I didn’t spell that incorrectly) in progress at The Bill Murray this month. Beg borrow or steal a ticket!

Tickets here! And you can read a Q&A with Ricote here.

2. FUNNY WOMEN LIVE!

And of course, we’ve got some more fantastic events for you this month. No matter where you’re based in Europe, we have something for you.

Funny Women Open House – Patreon’s Exclusive here! Monday 4 Dec @ 6:00 PM

Comedy Crash Course here! Monday 6 Nov @ 2:00 PM

Live in Amsterdam here! Saturday 16 Dec @ 8:00 PM

3. VARIETY NIGHTS AND COMEDY SHOWCASES:

© Pecsmas

PECSMAS

Tues-Fri 12-22 Dec, @ 9:15 PM, Soho Theatre

Pecs Drag Kings return to Soho Theatre for 11 nights of festive queer comedy cabaret Pecsmas. Pecs Drag Kings are an all-female/non-binary cabaret theatre company, celebrating inclusivity with songs, dances and comedy, who have performed at festivals and venues across the UK.

You can buy your tickets here.

© Unfortunate

UNFORTUNATE

Sat 8 Dec, @ 7:45 PM, Southwark Playhouse

For all you fans of musicals, drag and Disney in the ’90s (hint: But daddy I love him), get yourself down to see Unfortunate, the parodic re-telling of the famous mermaid’s tale, from Ursula’s perspective. Expect raucous songs, flare and pizzazz to the highest degree.

You can grab tickets here!

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Join us at The Big Comedy Conference

It’s one month to go until The Big Comedy Conference 2024 and we’ll be there to talk to you about comedy writing, creating and more. Organised by BCG Pro, the London-based event will focus on comedy writing topics on Saturday 16th March.

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March Gig Guide 

What better way to enjoy the lighter evenings than booking in some fantastic live comedy. We’ve rounded up our recommendations for this month’s funnies, from some new, some not-so-new tour shows, to our very own International Women’s Day event, to variety nights and more.

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