April Gig Guide

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Tash Snaith

April’s back baby, and we are thrilled to hear it. Refreshed and chocolate-stuffed after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, you should be in a prime state to enjoy some cracking comedy (promise that’s not an Easter egg pun). And we’ve got all the top recommendations for you in a neat list here so you can do just that. How kind of us.

1. TOURS, WIPS AND DEBUTS

 © Jessie Cave, Ria Lina

JESSIE CAVE: AN ECSTATIC DISPLAY

Thurs 4 April @ 6:30 PM, The Bill Murray, London

You might know Jessie Cave as the actor who plays Lavender in Harry Potter, or from her 2018-19 tour show Sunrise (which is now also a book), or as an illustrator of her viral doodles on Instagram. Either way, we recommend getting yourself a ticket to her new show An Ecstatic Display which in true Cave fashion will include puppetry, stand up with stories about relationships, reunions and her family.

You can grab your ticket here

RIA LINE: RIAWAKENING

Thurs-Sat 4-20 April-July @ Multiple Times, Multiple Venues

Ria Lina has extended her national tour show Riawakening due to popular demand! Lina is a whip smart stand up comedian (and not to mention doctor of Virology), who has performed on Mock The Week, and bagged multiple awards for her stand up. In this show, Lina delivers mile-a-minute jokes about navigating a post pandemic world, dating and motherhood. Grab a ticket while you can!

You can grab your ticket here

© Rachel Parris, Jackie Fabulous

RACHEL PARRIS: POISE

Sat-Sun 20-20 April-Oct @ Multiple Times, Multiple Venues

Hosting satirical segments on Late Night Mash, founding cast member of improv musical Austentatious, a Live at the Apollo set and a book out last year, Rachel Parris‘ unique brand of musical comedy has taken her from stage to screen to book writing. Catch stand up, songs and general merriment and hilarity in her newest tour show Poise.

Grab a ticket here

JACKIE FABULOUS: FULL CIRCLE

Fri 19 April @ 6:00 PM, The Bill Murray, London

As a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent, Jackie Fabulous has made even Simon Cowell laugh. Bravo Jackie. In London this month with her show Full Circle, Jackie covers embarrassing moments, hard lessons and love, in her relatable and aspirational stand up style.

You can grab a ticket here

© Laura Smyth, Esther Manito

LAURA SMYTH: LIVING MY BEST LIFE

Thurs 4-27 April-Oct, Multiple Times, Multiple Venues

Laura Smyth brings her stand up show across the UK, kicking off this April in Winchester. Fresh from her run as tour support for Jack Whitehall, in her new hour Smyth covers the madness of social media, motherhood, work, chasing her dream, answering the ultimate question of ‘how to live your best life’. Grab your ticket now.

You can grab tickets here

ESTHER MANITO: HELL HATH NO FURY

Thurs 17-9 April-May, Multiple Times, Multiple Venues

Esther Manito‘s show Hell Hath No Fury looks at the reasons why Manito is furious; the state of the world, Instagram comments, why women are tarnished as ‘hysterical’ when they are angry, all in her signature brand of immaculate observational comedy. If this isn’t enough to convince you, Manito has previously performed a Live at the Apollo set in 2021, won Leicester Comedy Festival Award for Best Show, and was a Funny Women Award Finalist.

Grab a ticket here.

© Grace Campbell, Sophie Duker

GRACE CAMPBELL & SOPHIE DUKER: WIP

Sat 20 April @ 2:30 PM, The Bill Murray, London

Catch the iconic Grace Campbell and Sophie Duker for a split bill of stand up. Sophie Duker most recently won series thirteen of Taskmaster, and less recently was a finalist in the Funny Women Awards. Duker has a Live at the Apollo set, and has appeared on multiple TV panel shows including Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Grace Campbell has published a book Amazing Disgrace, debuted a critically acclaimed show at the Fringe A Show About Me[n] and has appeared on Comedy Central in Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains.

You can grab a ticket to her show here

© Micky Overman, Lulu Popplewell

MICKY OVERMAN: WIP

Sun 14 April @ 8:00 PM, The Bill Murray, London

Another Funny Women Awards finalist, Mickey Overman brings her WIP show to The Bill Murray this month. You may recognise Overman from her viral social media content, from appearances in sketches on ITV2, Channel 4 and BBC3, or from her last show The Precipice which she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (you can read our review here). Overman’s show is about how she has outgrown her old coping mechanisms (to buy a plane ticket and leave the country), and navigating life in her thirties.

You can grab a ticket to her show here

LULU POPPLEWELL: YUCK (WIP)

Tues 16 April @ 6:30 PM, The Bill Murray, London

Lulu Popplewell, previously Leicester Square Comedian of the year nominee and Chortle Student Comedy Award Finalist, brings her newest WIP show Yuck to The Bill Murray. Expect wry observations and dry punchlines. Grab a ticket while you can!

You can grab a ticket to her show here

2. FUNNY WOMEN EVENTS

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

Funny Women Open House – Patreon Exclusice here! Monday 1 April @ 6:00 PM

Funny Women Live in Brussels here! Friday 5 April @ 8:00 PM

Funny Women Live in Rotterdam here! Saturday 6 April @ 8:00 PM

Funny Women Live in Montreal here! Sunday 7 April @ 8:00 PM

How To Have Fun At Work Webinar here! Thursday 18 April @ 12:30 PM

Funny Women Live in Amsterdam here! Saturday 20 April @ 8:00 PM

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

3. VARIETY NIGHTS

© Unfortunate

UNFORTUNATE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF URSULA THE SEA WITCH

Mon-Sat 1-14 July @ Multiple Times, Multiple Venues

Catch the story of Ursula the Sea Witch, the untold tale of the everybody’s favourite villainous character from the Little Mermaid. Expect catchy tunes, dark humour and a riotous show.

You can grab a ticket here.

No images owned. All images copyright Ria Lina, Jessie Cave, Rachel Parris, Jackie Fabulous, Laura Smyth, Esther Manito, Grace Campbell, Sophie Duker, Micky Overman, Lulu Popplewell, Unfortunate

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April Gig Guide

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