Here’s what’s coming on in March at the Canal Cafe Theatre, in London’s Little Venice, and home (of course) to The News Review.
Tue 1st, 7.30pm
On the first Tuesday two teams of intrepid improvisers battle to the death (…well, till the end of the show) proving their worth through a series of punishing impro games. The prize: their audience’s respect! Who will be victorious? who will fall? This is no joke.
Comedy just got nasty.
Thu 3rd, 7.30pm
After an award-winning, sold-out run at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival, ‘Bad Bread’ bring their fast-paced, original sketch-comedy, to the Canal Cafe Theatre for a new monthly show (the first Thursday of every month). With each show including a different (hilarious) special guest, Bad Bread present an hour of side-spiltting comedy for your entertainment!
Mon 7th, 7.30pm
SPARK London is the capitals first true storytelling night – http://www.sparklondon.com Sit back and listen to other people’s stories or if you have a story to tell get in touch with us at email@example.com
Fri 11th, 7.30pm
In this impressive and brilliantly funny show, four of the country’s finest improvisers create an hilarious story in a variety of styles and genres informed simply by the title and ending of a real book.
Created by Humphrey Ker and Carrie Matthews. Featuring: HUMPHREY KER (BBC2′s Fast and Loose, The Penny Dreadfuls) DAVID REED (The PennyDreadfuls) JESS RANSON (BBC1′s The Armstrong and Miller Show) ANDREW PUGSLEY and JUSTIN EDWARDS http://www.featurespot.co.uk/working-title
Mon 14th, 7.30pm
TEST TUBE COMEDY
TIME OUT RECOMMENDED Very friendly comedy night at the Canal Cafe, featuring the best up and coming stand ups on the London circuit. Next show MONDAY 14TH MARCH. Featuring: IAN STONE, GEORGE RYEGOLD, BEN TARGET AND MORE.
Fri 18th, 7.30pm
THE FIX PRESENTS JOHN KEARNS DINNER PARTY John has some news. For friends, loved ones; there is news. Not knowing how to tell you, he invites you all round for dinner. After past Dinner Parties, he is now legally obliged to state there may not actually be any dinner, and if you do die from food poisoning, let that be a lesson to you. Support, as ever, from Patrick Cahill and the stupendous Joel Dommett, he’s been on Skins, is only the bloody star of BBC 2′s Popatron and is really very, very good. Too good actually.
Don’t trust him.
Sat 19th, 7.30pm
SCOTT CAPURRO/ANDREW DOYLE
Perrier award-winner Scott Capurro has been variously described as “the most fearless and technically perfect stand-up on the circuit”
(The Guardian), “one of the few genuinely challenging acts out there”
(Tim Arthur, Time Out) and “evil” (Daily Mirror). Andrew Doyle has been described as “one of the funniest, sharpest, cruellest comedians out there” (Johann Hari, The Independent), “slick, sharp and confident” (BBC.co.uk) and apparently writes “excellent one-liners”
(The Times). For this show, they’ve joined forces to present their brand new material. They want you to be their guinea pigs. That’s why it’s so cheap. Get on board, bitches.
Sun 20th, 7pm
THE SILKY PAIR
Meet a couple of television journalists devastated by their ex-boyfriends successes, a balloon modeller looking for You Tube fame and couple of ‘ootreprenurial’ businesswomen whose product could take the world by storm. Made it big. Made it up. Made it to the Moon and back. Character sketches, songs and 100% silk with female musical comedy duo The Silky Pair. Hope you can make it!
Tue 22nd, 7.30pm
Young comic Raphael Perahia begins his monthly residence at the Canal Cafe presenting a night of Stand up comedy from some of London’s finest comedians. March 22nd: SCOTT CAPURRO, DANE BAPTISTE and SOOZ KEMPNER
Wed 23rd, 7.30pm
CLEVER PETER: BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS
Clever Peter: Blood, Sweat & Tears The award winning and Radio 4 Commissioned sketch group Clever Peter bring their 2010 sell out Edinburgh Show to London’s Canal Cafe Theatre. Don’t miss chance to see one of the Top Ten Laughs of 2010 (The Telegraph) ‘A terrific, tightly scripted sketch-show at the Fringe, brimming with fresh-faced invention and lunacy. If they don’t go very far, soon, there’s no such thing as British justice. Clever? Not half.’ – Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph.
Fri 25th, Sat 26th, Sun 27th, 7.30pm
LATE NIGHT GIMP FIGHT
Late Night Gimp Fight begin their 2011 residency at the Canal Cafe Theatre! Last year their run of new monthly shows culminated in a complete sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Nomination for Best Newcomer. In 2011 they’re set to build on their position as one of the most exciting and inventive sketch groups in the country with a run of brand new hour-long shows each month. This hour of fast-paced sketch comedy combines song, dance and the occasional gimp with their trademark off-the-wall sketches that’ll leave you feeling violated, but in a good way.
Mon 28th, 7.30pm
London’s new writing just got more exciting! Calling all writers, theatre makers and general creatives – Rogues’ Gallery has expanded.
Rogue Writers is our monthly scratch night, set up to showcase new writing and theatrical talent.
Tue 29th, 7.30pm
THE THREE ENGLISHMEN
Following their 5 Star Edinburgh Fringe show, comedy sketch group The Three Englishmen (TimeOut Critic’s Choice) return to the Canal Cafe Theatre this Autumn to continue their monthly London residency, The Three Englishmen and Friends. Carrying on from the success of their previous twelve-month long, sell-out residency, the Englishmen will be presenting a host of brand new sketches and songs to split your sides, amaze your eyes, and make your heart sing!
Wed 30th, 7.30pm
THE LONDON CHAT SHOW – FEATURING CELEBRITY GUESTS Watch them on TV, listen to their radio interviews and buy the magazines or newspapers they feature in but it is time to get up close and personal with some of the most high-profile names in the UK and hear their real life stories in a live theatre setting. The London Chat Show allows an audience to experience the side of the interview they don’t usually get to see. Famous faces will be sharing their tales in front of an intimate crowd and some may even be happy to answer burning questions from audience members. http://www.londonchatshow.com
Thu 31st, 7.30pm
THE SMILEY SHOW
Planet Ramsden Productions are making their London debut with their new Comedy sketch show ‘THE SMILEY SHOW’. ‘THE SMILEY SHOW’ is a chat show with a difference, from the cheesy and sleazy host Clive Smiley through to the wonderful but deranged characters that appear on the show. Planet Ramsden Productions promise a night of laughter and fun and, having already sold out shows in Wales, hope to have a great run in London before conquering the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this year.