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What’s On London Comedy Awards 2017

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Now the New Year bells have finished chiming, it’s time to announce our Comedy Awards for the year just gone and news of where you can catch these fantastic acts in the months ahead.

There’s no shortage of talent around, so whittling down the vast forest of performers to a handful for each category has been tricky and some excellent comics have had to be overlooked.  On the plus side, that competition for bums on seats is driving artists onto new heights, constantly pushing boundaries of subject matter, delivery style and occasionally taste.

This is superb news for Londoners because, despite underlying political and economic uncertainty, its comedy scene is thriving.  While leading lights like Soho Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre and The Comedy Store will always drawn top acts and expectant audiences, it’s been fantastic to see less established venues such as 2Northdown and The Bill Murray host some of the biggest names in comedy this year, while monthly events like Suspiciously Cheap Comedy, Knock2bag and Rye Laughs regularly put on the best mixed bills in the country.

So take our advice and fill your 2018 with grins, chuckles and snorts by heading along to those venues or catching our top picks in stand-up, character, storytelling, musical, sketch and improvised comedy for 2017.

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Category: Comedy
Abandoman

Abandoman. Moonrock Boombox.

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Music and comedy have always been interesting, and slightly anxious, bedfellows. When they come together, the margins for success and failure often seem significantly heightened. If the audio possesses a vague sense of musicality, and the joke has some semblance of potency, then a good time is likely to be had by those viewing the performance. If, however, the joke lacks a punch or the sound is inaudibly naff, then the whole premise comes crashing down like a house of cards, or a shed of napkins. With that in mind, the nerve-jangling introduction of improvisation into tonight’s mix shows that, at the very least, ‘Abandoman’ have some big cojones.

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Category: Comedy