ARG Comedy: most people’s response when you invite them to see some ‘up and coming’ stand-up.
ARGComFest: The ‘Actually Really Good’ Comedy Festival, which is returning to London in July after a two-year hiatus.
The hilarities will be held over the first weekend of the month across three stages in Shoreditch Town Hall, with 48 shows from a mix of comic legends and in-demand newcomers readying their best material before Edinburgh Fringe. Since its inception ten years ago, the festival has served as a ‘rather good’ precursor to what you see on stage at Scotland’s main event.
While the weekend is guaranteed to give your stomach muscles a nice workout, the line-up organisers have put together is no joke – it’s looking seriously good. Some of the marquee acts include:
Rosie Jones: Unapologetic | Jones finds the funny in turning 30, talks life after Covid and more in her brand-new riot of a show.
Phil Wang: The Real Hero in All This | Fresh from his smash-hit Netflix special Philly Philly Wang Wang, Wang returns with a side-splitting reflection of his life from the past few years.
Sophie Duker: Hag | The latest from the rising comedian currently making everyone chuckle on Taskmaster; featuring amusing takes on age, sex, politics and everything in between.
Josie Long: Re-enchantment | The three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee spends a hilarious, optimistic hour on being humane and hoping for better, in her newest, lauded show.
Jordan Brookes: This Is Just What Happens | His first show since winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2019, Brookes is back to defend his title with a new bag of observational jokes, poking fun at human interaction and vulnerability.
In addition, for the first time in the festival’s history, the gags get going on Friday with a bumper one-night-only show, made up of Phil Wang, Rosie Jones, Josie Long, Kemah Bob, Isy Suttie, Rhys James, Sarah Kendall, Nabil Abdulrashid, Olga Koch and Kiri Pritchard-McLean, who’s been tasked with hosting duties.
They’ve named it The Friday Night Show.
NOTE: ARGComFest is taking place over the weekend of the 1st – 3rd July. Friday tickets are £18, either weekend day is £32, and Saturday and Sunday combined will be £49. You can book tickets HERE.
Shoreditch Town Hall | 380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT
Words by Rupert Hohwieler
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