We talk to Will Pointing, stand up comic, promoter and creator of London based comedy night Point and Laugh. Will has been a stand up comic for over 3 years and has attended over 50 comedy nights both sides of the mic. So we're pleased to get tips from Will on where to go for top laughs.
"The London Comedy Scene is thriving at the moment and the increasing popularity of comedians on TV shows has contributed to this. You can watch live comedy every night of the week in London at all different levels: from open mic to Professional line up nights. London is renowned for breeding the best comedians in the world with over 100 venues every year supporting 1000 + comics."
"The biggest nights are in the West End (Westminster) including the infamous Comedy Store, Soho Comedy Club, Leicester Square Theatre, Amused Moose and even The Boat Show Comedy on the Thames! Outside the West End, big nights include Up the Creek in Greenwich, Downstairs at the King’s Head in Crouch End and the Hampstead Comedy in Primrose Hill. You regularly can see top comics like Andy Parsons, Ian Stone to even impressionist Alistair McGowan. Cost ranges from £10 - £20."
"Cheap laughs, there are plenty and every night of the week. They include free entry nights to around £5 entry. The main locations for comedy include, Farringdon, Old Street, Angel, Camden, Hammersmith and the West End. The comedy standard varies from new comedians doing their best five minutes to pro comics trying new material."
I've been lucky to get Tom Rosenthal (Plebs and Channel 4 Friday Night Dinner star) and TV presenter Ellie Taylor (Snog, Marry or Avoid) down. Each month, we normally get 2 TV headliners and top up and coming comedians. The night is usually themed depending on the month and is gaining popularity. I am also am a regular on the open mic scene and regularly perform around London, check out my blog to find out when I am next on."
That's great, so no surprise to hear that the comedy scene is thriving in Central London, hosting smaller cosy nights right up to the top TV names pulling in huge crowds. I must thank Will for his time and insight into London's comedy scene.
Have you seen any good comedy acts you'd like to recommend? Or maybe you have seen MC Will Pointing or his Point and Laugh night? Maybe you are a comedian and know a good comedy night? If so please leave a comment below to share your thoughts.