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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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John Kearns: “I’m being extremely truthful up there. I’m just not going down a literal path.”

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

“This wasn’t preconceived at all,” John Kearns explains.  “Some people can just walk onstage and say their deepest, darkest thoughts.  I can’t.  So I tried various ways to be honest up there, but none worked until I chucked on a daft wig and false teeth, and started acting like an idiot.”

Since finding his unusual route to the truth, Kearns has become one of the most distinctive comedians, pairing novelty props and an exaggerated South London whine with exceptionally funny – but deceptively poignant – musings.  It makes the contemplative 30-year-old hard to ignore, as judges found when crowning him Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe and awarding him the main prize the following August – still the only person to achieve the double.

This year, after an extended break, Kearns returned to the Fringe with his third solo show, Don’t Worry They’re Here, to predictably high acclaim.  He’s now performing the set, which searches for purpose amidst life’s daily frustrations, at Soho Theatre until 30th September.

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What’s On London’s Edinburgh Fringe Preview

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world’s largest arts event – officially starting today, we decided to follow the Highland herd and put together a list of the comedy shows we’re most looking forward to seeing this month and then subsequently in London.

Given the vast number of acts performing over the next month in this seventieth year of the Fringe, we can’t pretend our list is completely comprehensive, and apologise to the many worthy artists unmentioned below.  It reiterates just how spoilt for choice fans of live comedy currently are.  But we guarantee this: if you choose to see our suggested stand-up, character, storytelling, musical and sketch comedians, you won’t go far wrong.

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Bridget Christie is one of the best in the business at combining a serious message with seriously big laughs. When she’s on-form, like she is tonight, it’s easy to see why she’s been winning awards left, right and centre (or should that be left, left and left?). She’s a professional feminist, a natural enemy to UKIP and that shining beacon of political progression known as ‘The Daily Mail’. Her message is socially orientated, and handles a variety of topics not traditionally suitable for comedy (i.e. FGM). Somehow though, and this is testament to her intellect and comedic talents; she manages to convey important ideas that are thought provoking and side splitting in equal measure.

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Category: Comedy