Photo Source: Courtesy of BFI/Monty Python
With the sunshine gone, we all need a bit of cheering up ‚Äď and what better way than to laugh at funny people saying funny things. Brace yourselves, people: here‚Äôs October‚Äôs round-up of comedy happenings‚Ä¶¬†¬†¬†
OPEN MIC NIGHTS
Stockwell‚Äôs Cavendish Arms hosts one of London‚Äôs best-established Open Mic nights, the Comedy Virgins. It takes over ‚Äúthe Cav‚ÄĚ on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and it‚Äôs a bringer ‚Äď so bring a plus-one in order to perform.¬†¬†¬†¬†
GIGS AND EVENTS
All hail the cinematic nerds over at the British Film Institute who have launched a brilliant new season of funny films called Comedy Genius. Not only are there screenings of stone-cold classics like 9‚Äď5, Some Like It Hot and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but there‚Äôs also the chance to listen to legends like Jane Fonda, Jennifer Saunders and John Landis talk comedy in person. Kicks off 22 October and is not to be missed. (¬£10)¬†¬†
Fancy a trip to the UK‚Äôs second city? Well, dreams do come true! On 5-14 October the Birmingham Comedy Festival hits Brum, offering comedy from talent as diverse as Joanna Lumley, Rich Hall, James Acaster and Robin Ince. Ten days of Midland-based comedy gold. (Free)¬†
If Birmingham isn‚Äôt exotic enough for you, what about a jaunt over to Ireland? The Galway Comedy Carnival starts 23 October and features a great gaggle of top comedians. Sean Lock, Dylan Moran and Gina Yashere are all playing.¬†¬†¬†¬†
Set a phone alert ASAP: 15 October, 8pm at the Comedy Store is Shake With Laughter, a night with some top stand-ups in aid of Parkinson‚Äôs UK. More names to be announced nearer the time ‚Äď so why not do some laughing for a worthy cause? (¬£18)
Check out the competition at the semi-finals of the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2018. Past winners of the award include Rhod Gilbert, Russell Kane and Jack Whitehall, who have all gone on to make their mark elsewhere. (¬£6)
BBC Radio 4‚Äôs topical radio comedy Newsjack needs you! They want talented new writers to send sketches and one-liners. It‚Äôs a great opportunity to get your first broadcast credit.
And here are a couple of upcoming online comedy writing opportunities:
Firstly there‚Äôs NewsThump, a spoof news site in the vein of the Onion. They‚Äôre after funny articles, and if you‚Äôre picked you get a share of any advertising revenue they earn. If that doesn‚Äôt sound like your kind of thing, you could give SkyeBear a go. They‚Äôre after anything funny ‚Äď from comic strips to poems.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
Hitting the road this month is stream-of-consciousness stand-up Ross Noble. His show is called El Hablador, and you can expect elongated riffs on random subjects.¬†
Playing in venues across the country is top stand-up Sara Pascoe and her new show, Ladsladslads. The material is all about break-ups, heartbreak and everything in between.
This October, Radio Four-favourite Marcus Brigstocke crisscrosses the UK with his Devil May Care tour. He takes on what he sees as society‚Äôs increasing divisions and enlists Satan to decide what is evil and what isn‚Äôt. Fun.
Check out Backstage‚Äôs London audition listings!