Unpozzed and nonplussed
Includes dates for the rest of November 2021
Hi Ben fans!
It turns out that, according to medical science, I didn’t have Covid! I will never die, despite the machinations of my many enemies within the Chinese Communist Party and elsewhere.
After a quiet week recuperating from whatever I had, I have a lot of good gigs coming up, so let’s get to it.
Monday 15 November 7:30pm - Nice N Spiky, Islington
New material night in a nice room below a pub. I have a load of stuff that I’ve only tried once or twice; let me know in advance if you fancy coming to this and I’ll make sure I do jokes that you haven’t seen. Free entry.
The Regent, 201 Liverpool Rd Islington, London N1 1LX
Tuesday 16 November 7pm - Gap Tooth Comedy, Pimlico
Never done this one before but I’ve heard that it’s a good night. Free (I think).
Constitution pub, 42 Churton St, London SW1V 2LP
Wednesday 17 November 7ish - Groovie Comedy, Hammersmith
A fantastic line-up with Lewis Schaffer as the headliner and Ed Mulvey as the MC. Definitely worth £5. Lewis makes me look as tame as Michael McIntyre by comparison. People come to Hammersmith to see comedy shows at the Apollo all the time, so I don’t know why it’s so hard to get you to come to this place. OK, you won’t see Dave Chapelle or Jimmy Carr like at the Apollo, but then again, it’s only five quid.
Grove Bar & Restaurant, 83 Hammersmith Grove, London W6 0NQ
Monday 22 November 7pm - Groovie Comedy at The Comedy Pub, Piccadilly
New central venue for the Groovie comedy franchise. £10.
The Comedy Pub, 7 Oxendon St, London SW1Y 4EE
Tuesday 23 November 7:30pm - G & B Comedy New Act Competition, Kings Cross
I don’t know how this competition works, but I get the feeling it’s probably going to be down to which act brings the most voters. I was listening to that BBC Production Unlocked thing with Richard Herring and Isy Suttie, and they both said that they never won any competitions early on and you shouldn’t take them seriously because it’s always a committee decision. But on the other hand, it would be hilarious for me to win this. So please come along, and bring three friends.
The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 0AX
Friday 26 November 11pm - Roast Battle UK, Islington
I’m doing a roast battle against Mark O’Keefe off of This American Irish Life… This is my second roast battle after doing it against Duffy Connors a couple of months back. I know it looks bad, but it’s a coincidence that they’re both Irish. I don’t pick Irish comedians to roast battle with because I have some kind of deep-seated hatred for the Irish.
I actually wanted to roast a woman.
But none of the female comedians I asked was up for it. Apparently women don’t like doing roasts due to their ‘different conflict resolution style’ (I think this means they prefer insulting me behind my back rather than to my face). Ladies, don’t complain that you’re not earning as much as men when you could have been walking away with a sweet £20 prize for owning me.
£8 but £6 per head if you have a group of 4.
https://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/event-detail/roast-battle-uk-26th-nov-the-bill-murray-london-tickets-202111262300 - I know it’s late but there’s a show at 9pm in the same venue so you could come and see that first, then stick around for the roast battle.
The Bill Murray, 39 Queen's Head Street, London, N1 8NQ
SPECIAL ADVANCE NOTICE:
Tuesday December 7th 7pm - See You Next Tuesday, Artista Cafe & Gallery, Brighton/Hove
This will be the first time I have gigged outside London. Officially it’s in Hove. I’m not really clear on the distinction between Brighton and Hove. It looks like one town to me. Anyway if you live in Hove and/or Brighton, please come and see me.
DISCLAIMER: Double-check any details above against the official venue listings - I recently fucked up and nearly sent people to completely the wrong venue. And if you’re thinking of coming to a show, tell me - I’ll try to do jokes that you haven’t seen before (no promises). I’m not some hack who does the same 5 minutes over and over. I have a solid 7 or 8 minutes now.
This sketch is a good take on the Netflix employees demanding to control what Netflix publishes:
Series 2 of Dave is as good as the first series. Even if you don’t enjoy the comedy rap stylings of Lil Dicky, the show is worth checking out.
Running the Light is a novel by a stand-up comedian about a burnt-out stand-up comedian touring the American Southwest. The Audible audiobook version is read by an all-star cast of American comedians (depending on your taste in comedy, but I’m talking Doug Stanhope, Tim Dillon, Marc Maron, Ari Shafir and so on).
That’s it for now. According to Isy Suttie, I only need to do another 6 or 7 years of this before I become funny.