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Cheap laughs: wallet-friendly January comedy gigs

Posted at 1:15 pm, January 9, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife
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It’s January. You’re skint. You’re sad about the cold etc. We’re here to help! What better way to beat the January misery than a good, hearty laugh-fest? ‘One that doesn’t cost much money?’ we hear you cry? Deal. Here are six wallet-friendly stand-up shows that’ll keep you LOLing till February.


Bill Bailey – Work-in-Progress. £13.

Okay, anything over a tenner doesn’t sound ​that cheap. But when you consider it’s to see arena-filling surrealist and musical deconstructionist Bill Bailey in a tiny theatre, testing new jokes, it’s pretty top value. Leicester Square Theatre, Thu Jan 22 and Wed Jan 28. 

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Always Be Comedy. £8.

There are no dud acts on this Kennington line-up, which features triple Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee James Acaster, magical maestro Pete Firman, sharp youngster Rhys James and cheeky stand-up Tom Toal. The Tommyfield, Thu Jan 22. 

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Cheaper still

Happy Mondays. £6, £5 adv.

Another south London treat. This time in New Cross, with Holly Walsh introducing ‘The Last Leg’ regular Josh Widdicombe and British Comedy Award-winner Aisling Bea. Amersham Arms, Mon Jan 12. 

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Even cheaper

Suspiciously Cheap Comedy. £5, £3 concs.

​Clue’s in the title, really. The line-up here is ridiculously good. Sketch troupes Goose and Gein’s Family Giftshop (Gein’s are playing Soho Theatre at £12.50 a pop) host proceedings, and there are spots from US physical comedy masters the Pajama Men, understated stand-up James Acaster, and Ellie White and Tash Demetriou’s double-act, the Sexy American Girl Cousins. Backyard Comedy Club, Sun Jan 25. 


Getting ridiculously cheap, now

Lolitics. £3.

​Chris Coltrane’s Tory-bashing night is super friendly, and the ticket price is less than a Boots meal deal. Satirical master Andy Zaltzman headlines this month, plus Bec Hill, Nish Kumar and more. The Black Heart, Tue Jan 20. 

Come on, now. This is just silly. No entry fee at all?

The Comedy Grotto. Pay what you want.

​That’s right! Pay nothing to get in, but give what you think the show was worth as you leave, yeah? But don’t worry, the comics – including slick character act Will Franken, madass performer Holly Burn and smart joker Adam Hess – won’t be upset if you can’t afford much. Star of Kings. Tue Jan 13. 

Take a look here for the top ten comedy shows this month.

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