Finally. Finally it looks like this long dark winter is coming to an end. But the novelty of commuting in daylight and not wearing a scarf only lasts so long – you deserve more fulfilment and joy in your spring, and luckily we have the answer. We’ve a number of top stand-up comedians performing here at Southbank Centre in the coming months; plenty for you to get your laughing gear round.
Stewart Lee: Content Provider
One of the most recognisable names on the british stand-up circuit Stewart Lee started out as a stand-up in 1988, winning the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year in 1990. Though he became known to many for his television double-act with Richard Herring, Lee has continued to perform solo stand-up throughout his career.
His most successful full-length show ever, Content Provider has been touring to sold out theatres throughout divided Brexit Britain for nearly two years. The comedian turns 50 this year, and has intimated that he intends to take a break from stand up at the end of this five night run, starting on Thursday 19 April, so catch him whilst you can.
Sandi Toksvig’s Mirth Control: Art Over Tit
An annual highlight of our WOW - Women of the World festival; comedian, writer and presenter Sandi Toksvig takes inspiration from pioneering women who have made iconic and empowering music for a raucous night of comedy and music performed by great women.
This year’s event, on Sunday 11 March, features Josette Bushell-Mingo with extracts from her show Nina: A Story About Me and Nina Simone, along with Alice Russell and Zara McFarlane and more to be announced. So make sure you don’t miss out on this fun-filled night.
Marc Maron: A Few Parts of the World Tour
Averaging seven million downloads each month, the podcast WTF with Marc Maron is a global phenomenon and has seen Maron interview iconic personalities ranging from Robin Williams and Julia Louis-Dreyfus to former US President Barack Obama.
But Maron is much more than simply a prominent podcaster – he’s a stand-up comedian with three decades of performances under his belt. Maron brings his raw, honest and thought-provoking live stand-up to Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 18 April; his first time in the city since his critically acclaimed sell-out shows in 2015.
Tez Ilyas – Teztify
Tez Ilyas has enjoyed something of a stratospheric rise into and through the world of stand-up comedy since he decided to move full-time into comedy just three years ago. In that time he has appeared on BBC’s Mock The Week and Channel 4’s The Last Leg, and presented his own BBC Radio 4 programme Tez Talks.
A slick, smart and subversive stand-up, Ilyas performs in our freshly reopened and refurbished Purcell Room as part of Alchemy festival, on Monday 7 May.
Iliza Schlesinger Live
Iliza Schlesinger burst onto the comedy scene a decade ago, first as winner of MySpace’s So You Think You’re Funny contest and then, in 2008, as the only female – and the youngest comedian – to hold the title of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
Schlesinger’s one hour comedy specials have topped the iTunes chart, and seen her named one of the top working comedians today by Esquire Magazine. This one night only performance on Tuesday 17 April is her first London performance since her sold-out and critically acclaimed run at Soho Theatre in 2015.
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Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I’m 50!
Referred to as the ‘Podfather’ by the Guardian, for his pioneering comedy podcasts, Richard Herring has been a staple of the British comedy scene since his early 1990s double act with Stewart Lee. Herring has written and performed thirteen one-person shows, whilst his award-winning and critically acclaimed Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, in which he interviews other comedians, has just begun its thirteenth series.
On Friday 4 May, Herring follows on from Oh F***, I’m 40! to bring the second instalment of his once-a-decade series to our newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall.