January Gig Guide

Tash Snaith

Tash Snaith

Happy New Year one and all! It’s January, it’s the Monday of months, we’ve already had two storms, the fence has blown over and we’re all in a bit of a post NYE frazzle. But do not panic, here to soothe you this January, there is live comedy as usual (as opposed to business as usual, obv). Read on to hear about some stand up, variety night and work-in-progress hour show recommendations to kick off 2024.

1. TOURS (& WIPS)

 © Sarah Pascoe, Sindhu Vee

SARAH PASCOE

Mon 29 Jan @ 7:30 PM, Out The Box Comedy Club, Hampton Hill Theatre

Author, comedian, actor, presenter and (arguably most importantly) Funny Women Award runner up 2008, there isn’t a lot Sarah Pascoe hasn’t done. On telly; Live at the Apollo, and recently presenting The Great British Sewing Bee, Pascoe has also written 2 books, which have taken the form of podcasts. A guaranteed evening of top stand up from a seasoned pro, get yourself down to Outside The Box comedy club in Hampton Hill Theatre.

You can grab your ticket here

SINDHU VEE, ALPHABET (WIP)

Tues 9 Jan @ 8:00 PM, The Bill Murray

Also appearing in December’s gig guide, you can catch Sindhu Vee’s acclaimed show Alphabet again this month at The Bill Murray, as she warms up for her next stand up special. What better way to enjoy the second Tuesday in January eh?

You can grab your ticket here

© Nina Conti, Jessica Fosteskew

NINA CONTI, WIP

Fri 16 Jan @ 6:00 PM, Angel Comedy, The Bill Murray

Nina Conti, the BAFTA nominated comedian, actress and ventriloquist with a monkey and sometimes giant mouth masks, is performing a WIP at The Bill Murray this month, before spending 2 months in New York performing ‘The Dating Show‘, and later on, setting out on a UK tour. Conti has performed and created various short films, stand up specials, radio and TV features. Catch her WIP before she’s off across the pond next month.

Grab a ticket here

JESSICA FOSTESKEW, POTENCH? (WIP)

Mon 8 Jan @ 7:30 PM, Angel Comedy, The Bill Murray

Jessica Fostekew, nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe Award in 2019, brings her new WIP show Potench? to The Bill Murray, after a successful stint and subsequent online special of her previous tour Hench. Fostekew also co-hosts Guilty Feminist podcast. So go on, hurry over to The Bill Murray on Monday to catch her.

You can grab a ticket here

© Louise Young, Tatty Macleoyd

LOUISE YOUNG: FERAL

Thurs-Sat 25-27 Jan @ 7:15 PM, Soho Theatre

Winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Fringe last year, and Funny Women Award finalist 2018, Louise Young is set for stardom in 2024. Feral covers sticky situations from her past and observations on growing up in working class Newcastle as a half Geordie half Turkish lesbian. You can read our review of Feral here.

Grab a ticket here

TATTY MACLEOD: FUGUE

Mon-Sat 8-13 Jan @ 9:15 PM, Soho Theatre

French english comedian Tatty Macleod, Funny Women Awards finalist 2022, brings her show Fugue to Soho Theatre off the back of a successful Fringe run last year – you can read our review of her show here. Macleod covers questions of identity and culture clashes in her set, some snippets of which have gone Tik Tok viral.

You can grab a ticket to her show here

CLAUDINE ULLMAN, MRS PERSONALITY (WIP)

Thurs 25 Jan @ 6:30 PM, The Bill Murray

Comedian, improviser and actor Claudine Ullman brings her WIP show Mrs Personality to the Bill Murray this month, before performing in Australia later on in the year. Ullman spent 2022 winning ‘Mrs Personality’ in the Ms South Africa beauty pageant, and her show explores the world of pageantry, and it’s pressures on women.

You can grab a ticket here

© Natalie Palamides, Sarah Roberts

NATALIE PALAMIDES, WEER (WIP)

Tues-Sat 16-20 Jan @ 9:15 PM, Soho Theatre

Edinburgh Comedy Award best Newcomer 2017, clown and character comedian Natalie Palamides performs her new WIP show Weer at Soho Theatre for a 5 night run, off the back of performing in Edinburgh last year. Weer follows the story of 2 lovers (both played by Palamides), on what will be their last day together on June 19th 1999.

You can grab tickets here

SARAH ROBERTS, SILKWORM WIP

Mon 8 Jan, @ 6:30 PM, The Bill Murray

Off the back of performing at Fringe last year, Sarah Roberts brings her WIP show Silkworm to The Bill Murray this month. Roberts was BBC New Comedy Award nominee 2022, and according to her show bio, is the worlds youngest, smallest and most normal comedian.

You can grab a ticket here

2. FUNNY WOMEN EVENTS

We’ve got some more Funny Women events for you to enjoy this month. No matter where you’re based in Europe, we have something for you.

Comedy Crash Course here! Monday 22 Jan @ 2:00 PM

Live in Amsterdam here! Saturday 13 Jan @ 8:00 PM

Live in Paris here! Tuesday 16 Jan @ 8:00 PM

3. VARIETY NIGHTS

© Bridget Christie & Support

BRIDGET CHRISTIE & SUPPORT

Weds-Thurs 17-18 Jan @ 8:00 PM, Big Penny Social

Back due to popular demand, Bridget Christie & Support is back in Walthamstow this month, with a fab line up of comics including Bridget Christie, Alexandra Haddow and Adam Floor, and more. A perfect stand up night to cheer you up this Jan.

You can grab a ticket here.

All images not owned, copyright: © Sarah Pascoe, © Sindhu Vee, © Nina Conti, © Jessica Fostekew, © Louise Young, © Tatty Macleod, © Claudine Ullman, © Natalie Palamides, © Sarah Roberts, © Bridget Christie

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