In the run up to the Fringe in August it seems that there are Edinburgh preview shows everywhere. But, there are few smaller festivals as widely acclaimed as the Balham Comedy Festival.
With a mix of full length shows and short snippets of comedian’s material, the Balham Comedy Festival allows the people of London to experience the Edinburgh Festival right at home.
With a long list of comedy giants already confirmed it won’t be long until this festival is firmly on the comedy map.
Over three days starting on July 5, The Bedford (just around the corner from Balham Underground Station) will host some of the UK’s greatest comedy talent. Here’s our pick of what not to miss:
The hero of Saturday night TV is performing two shows in what promises to be an exciting evening of badger-filled frolics. Hill has been entertaining us for 20 years, and is a veritable veteran of slapstick comedy.
Star of Channel 4’s Stand of the Week, Paul Chowdry will be trying out some of his new Edinburgh material. If you want the chance to see some exclusive, maybe never seen again material, then come along to this one.
This award winning Irish comic and star of Father Ted will bring his unique brand of comedy to the festival. As part of his latest tour, this will be a full length show you won’t want to miss.
The nation’s favourite pub landlord returns with a preview of his Only Way is Epic Tour, set to begin later this year. Murray will entertain with his own take on old school British humour.
Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo star Milton Jones will provide his signature humour laced with deadpan puns and one liners. This comes after his massive sell out tour in 2011.
Stephen K Amos
With his smooth style and relaxed attitude, Stephen K Amos is set to wow the crowd as he closes the Saturday night. Having just returned from a successful stint in Melbourne, Amos will bring the goods for a cracking end to the night.
Having been compared to Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican, expectation are high for this comedienne. With her dark autobiographical humour and unfaltering honesty, she is one to watch for the future.
An established staple of the stand-up scene in the UK, Ed Byrne has been touring around the world, and recently performed a stand out show in New Zealand. He has proven his worth, and is considered one of the most popular comedians around today.
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