Live stand-up comedy looks set to continue its boom in 2013. Even January, a traditionally quiet time for gigs and comedy, has plenty of comedy clubs and touring comedians at venues in and around Portsmouth.
Alongside sold-out shows from Milton Jones and Chris Addison are these rib-tickling offerings.
First up this week, the Wedge Comedy Club welcomes Dan Evans, Richard Morton and Vikki Stone tonight.
For over a decade Dan Evans has been making a name for himself with childish surrealism and the pilot for a sitcom he wrote with Milton Jones, House of Rooms, was broadcast recently.
Meanwhile, Richard Morton has spent 20 years honing his skills as a musical stand-up and was a founder member of the Comedy Store’s topical Cutting Edge show.
Vikki Stone is another musical comedian. Her Phillip Schofield Song became an internet hit and was listed in The Huffington Post’s Top Ten Viral Videos in 2012.
They’ll be joining regular compére Dinga tonight.
Then, on January 18, Dinga will be joined by George Egg, Tom Craine and another, as yet unnamed, guest.
Tickets to both shows cost £8 from (023) 9286 3911 or on the door from 7.30pm.
Then, next Saturday, January 12, Jimmy Carr returns to Portsmouth Guildhall.
He’s on TV so often, you might think you know what to expect from a night with Jimmy Carr. But he’s much more explicit in the flesh. There are still plenty of one-liners, they’re just a lot ruder.
Tickets cost £25 from (023) 9282 4355 or on the door from 8pm.
On Wednesday, January 16, Frisky & Mannish come to the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea with their pop-music parodies and mash-ups.
They became a favourite of Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills last year and their latest show, Extra-curricular Activities, introduces new material looking at Caggie Dunlop and Millie Mackintosh from Made in Chelsea, how Lana Del Rey met her mentor, which techniques help Kelly Clarkson construct such deep introspective lyrics, and why Dannii Minogue has been a great help to Gotye.
The show is rescheduled from last month. Tickets remain valid or cost £13 from (023) 9286 3911 or on the door from 8pm.
On Saturday, January 19, Andrew O’Neill comes to Havant Comedy Club at The Spring.
Andrew isn’t your usual stand-up comedian. He’s a metalhead, an amateur occultist, a cross-dresser and a musician. And you may recognise him from Saxondale with Steve Coogan.
His surrealism verges on the absurd, but it’s always inventive, intelligent and entertaining.
Also appearing are Suzi Ruffell, Helen Arney and resident MC Joe Wells.
Tickets cost £9.50 from (023) 9247 2700 or on the door from 8pm.
On Friday, January 25, Canadian comedian Tom Stade comes to the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham.
The last 18 months has seen him playing to packed houses across the UK on his 100-date debut tour and performing a storming set on BBC1’s Live At The Apollo.
Tickets to his show cost £15 from (01329) 223100 or on the door from 7.30pm.
Finally, on the penultimate day of the month (Wednesday, January 30), Arthur Smith comes to Southsea in a Cellars Comedy Club special event.
As seen on TV’s Grumpy Old Men, Q.I., Have I Got News For You and more, Arthur is one of comedy’s elder statesmen and reportedly turned down a lifetime achievement award from the Perrier Award organisers in 2005.
Tickets cost £19 on the door from 8pm or £17 in advance from (023) 9282 6249. After the first 60 allocated seats have been sold, limited standing tickets will be sold for £16.