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Gag House Comedy Festival @ The Union Theatre

SEEN is looking forward to witnessing the Gag House Comedy Festival in its debut year Gag House Comedy have gone all out in securing a week’s programme of comedy that is not to be missed. The Gag House Comedy Festival runs from Monday to Saturday, July 23 to 28 at one of London’s most popular Fringe theatres, The Union Theatre in Southwark.

The line-up includes comedians that have performed on Live at the Apollo (BBC1), Loose Women (ITV), The Graham Norton Show (BBC1), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2) and The Mad Bad Ad Show (Channel 4). All acts that are taking part in this mini festival are showcasing their work before heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, so this is a great opportunity to see them all without travelling the 400 miles!

Kicking off the week of comedy is Josh Pugh. Josh is “consistently funny” (EdFestMagazine) and is “instantly likeable” (TicketMaster). After winning multiple comedy awards over the past 5 years he is a regular at comedy clubs all over the UK. His new show These Things is being performed on Monday 23 July at 7:30pm. On the same evening we have Tania Edwards and her show Not My Dog. Not My Dog is a hilariously dark exploration of modern life and our need to (mis)represent it from stand-up Tania Edwards, who has written for Mock the Week (BBC 2), Stand Up For The Week and Twit of the Year (Channel 4).

On Tuesday 24 July Tom Toal: Mask Your Lunacy is opening the evening at 7:30pm. Tom is one of those guys with ‘funny bones’ and is completely delightful to listen to. This show talks about his nine years behind the meat counter of a Morrison’s. A show about liars, class and the struggle with emotion versus expectation. Following on from Tom and direct from his performance on Live at the Apollo is Larry Dean. A preview of his Edinburgh Fringe show, hot on the heels of his UK Tour Larry is on top form and ready for his 9pm show on 24 July at The Union Theatre.

Alistair Williams

Award-winning Jewish comedian Joe Bor retells the story of the friendship between his grandad (world-renowned architect Walter Bor) and his grandad’s best friend (world-renowned comedy actor Herbert Lom) and their journey from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to the UK in The Story of Walter and Herbert. Joe performs at 7:30pm on Wednesday 25 July. “Explosively abrasive and buttock-clenchingly funny” (3 Weeks) comedy duo, The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue close the night on 25 July at 9pm. This is the double act’s first ever, full, one-hour long show which is well overdue!

Alistair Williams is one of the hottest acts on the circuit right now and very much in demand. Great White Male is on Thursday 26 July at 7:30pm and is set to be yet another Edinburgh Fringe success for this up and coming comedian. Taking a lesson from Donald Trump, Carey Marx has decided to become arrogant, certain, and unapologetic in his new show Contrary Carey. Carey has had an incredible career in comedy which includes performing on The Stand Up Show (BBC1) and Loose Women (ITV) as well performing numerous one-man shows at Edinburgh Fringe since 2003. He’ll be at The Union Theatre on 26 July at 9pm.

Archie Maddocks

Leading us into the weekend of Gag House Comedy Festival we have musical comedian Jon Long with his show, Troubadour. If jokes, stories, songs and sing-alongs are your bag then there is no better troubadour than Jon Long. Jon’s show will take place on Friday 27 July at 7:30pm. Direct from his West End performance in the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Phil Nichol takes the 9pm performance slot on 27 July. When Phil bursts onto the stage you can expect fast, fierce and furious joy.

Tania Edwards

To close the week of wonderful comedy on Saturday 28 July is Archie Maddocks and Mark Dolan. First of all, at 7:30pm is Archie with his show Matchstick. This will be an hour of biting, provocative, unflinchingly funny comedy where he explores his deepest and darkest thoughts, exposes his flaws and interrogates his personal connection to Grenfell Tower. The final act of Gag House Comedy Festival is Channel 4’s funny man Mark Dolan. Asking for a Friend asks the big questions no one else dares to ask – is infidelity acceptable? Is war good? And most importantly, is it ok to use those big blue IKEA bags just for everyday use? Mark’s show will begin at 9pm and will close this festival of comedy perfectly.

Gag House Comedy Festival @ The Union Theatre runs from July 23-28 and tickets are on sale now. Each show is only £8 and tickets can be purchased from or by calling 01483 361101. The venue is very intimate, so early booking is advised for all shows.

The Union Theatre
229 Union Street