It's that time of year again. Yes, Phoenix Fringe, the comedy fringe festival that's perfect for Londoners who don't want to go to Edinburgh, is back for a ten day extravaganza of super stand up.

To find out more about what's happening this time, I spoke to that nice Tiernan Douieb, festival organiser, about Phoenix Fringe, but also a bit about his own show and plans for the future. And you can read that interview here.

Phoenix Fringe runs until 8 Aug. See this page here for a list of events and visit Tiernan's website to buy his video.
FRIDAY 31 JULY 2015 >>
COMEDY: Aisling Bea - Plan Bea | The Phoenix | 31 Jul (pictured)
Aisling Bea previews her latest show at the Phoenix Fringe. It's a show "which, in March, was loosely supposed to be about childhood dreams, death, confidence and success". What's it about now? Well, I think you know how to find out. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Nish Kumar - Long Word... Long Word... Blah Blah Blah... I’m So Clever | The Phoenix | 31 Jul
If you're already at the Phoenix to see Aisling Bea, it would be foolish not to catch Nish Kumar as well. You don't want to be considered foolish by a faceless writer of cultural tips, do you? No, of course not. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Stuart Bowden | Battersea Arts Centre | 31 Jul

Stuart Bowden's latest show promises "live music, vigorous dance moves, understandable words and a fair bit of profound (probably life changing) body movement". Can he deliver? I would wager that he can. Details and tickets here.
SATURDAY 1 AUG 2015 >>

COMEDY: Iain Stirling and Adam Hess | Battersea Arts Centre | 1 Aug
A great double bill at the Battersea Arts Centre tonight. Iain Stirling presents his new show 'Touchy Feely', about post-referendum Scotland, and Adam Hess previews his long-awaited debut hour. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Jonny And The Baptists - The End Is Nigh | The Phoenix | 1 Aug
Musical comedy at the Phoenix Fringe tonight, with the excellent Jonny And The Baptists. Last year Jonny mistakenly told his four year old niece that climate change would bring about the end of the world. To stop her crying, he promised to fix it. This show details his and partner Paddy's efforts. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Katherine Ryan and Harriet Kemsley | Cutty Sark Studio Theatre | 1 Aug (pictured)

I can only apologise for the dilemma I've just put you in, because somehow you're going to have to choose between these three shows tonight. Finishing our line-up is another double bill, this one featuring Katherine Ryan and Harriet Kemsley who will preview their Edinburgh shows down in Greenwich. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 2 AUG 2015 >>

COMEDY: Andrew Maxwell – Yo Contraire | The Phoenix | 2 Aug (pictured)
Andrew Maxwell is heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe for the 21st time this August, but just before he goes he has time to show off his latest hour closer to home at the Phoenix Fringe. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tiernan Douieb - The World's Full Of Idiots, Let's Live In Space | The Phoenix | 2 Aug
Also previewing his latest Edinburgh show at the Phoenix Fringe tonight is Tiernan Douieb, who you may have heard interviewed on the ThisWeek London Podcast last year. If not (or indeed if so), go and have a listen now. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: We Know Where You Live | Finborough Theatre | 2-18 Aug
The world premiere of a new production commissioned by the Finborough looking at London's housing crisis, 'We Know Where You Live' is written by Steven Hevey and directed by John Young. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 3 AUG 2015 >>
CHILDREN'S SHOW: Whale In A Bathtub | London Welsh Centre | 3-22 Aug
It's the first day of the Camden Fringe today, and here to kick things off is a piece of children's theatre that uses puppets, movement and music to tell a story of three teenagers who find a whale washed up on a beach and decide to take it home and keep it as a pet in a bathtub. Amazingly enough, this is based on true events. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Milton Jones - Work In Progress | The Phoenix | 3 Aug

The Phoenix Fringe is still on too, you lucky Londoners. Among tonight's shows, you can catch fabulous one liner merchant Milton Jones trying out new jokes. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Nathan Cassidy - Back to the Future I, II and III | Camden Comedy Club | 3 Aug (pictured)
Back at the Camden Fringe, Nathan Cassidy presents three solo shows back to back, all loosely based on the 'Back To The Future' films. Take in one, two or all three. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 4 AUG 2015 >>

COMEDY: Andrew O’Neill – Mindspiders | The Phoenix | 4 Aug (pictured)
Tonight at the Phoenix Fringe, stand up comedian Andrew O'Neill uses his latest show to answer all the questions you were afraid to ask about heavy metal and its fans, with musical examples performed live. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Phaedra | The Cockpit | 4 Aug

One of tonight's Camden Fringe performances is 'Phaedra', a solo dance piece based on 'Hippolytus' by Euripides, performed by Eirini Apostolatou and directed by Christiana Ioannou. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Penny Woolcock - Utopia | The Roundhouse | 4-23 Aug
Filmmaker, writer and artist Penny Woolcock takes over the main space at Camden's Roundhouse with an installation created in partnership with Block9. 'Utopia' is a cityscape built form the stories of the lives of Londoners. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Am I Not Pretty Enough?!!!?!?!??? | The Phoenix Artist Club | 5-9 Aug
A comedian and an opera singer go head to head on glitter, gender stereotypes, speculums and lack of respect for polite society in this show on the Camden Fringe tonight. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Shappi Khorsandi - Because I'm Shappi | The Phoenix | 5 Aug (pictured)

Over at the Phoenix Fringe, Shappi Khorsandi is tonight's big draw, kicking off a run of London shows throughout August, presenting here her latest show, 'Because I'm Shappi'. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: This Language | The Cockpit | 5-8 Aug

For some theatre action, head back to the Camden Fringe and the Cockpit for 'This Language', which follows a group of students from different corners of the globe thrown together into the melting pot of multiculturalism and brought together by music. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 6 AUG 2015 >>
COMEDY: Stand Up aLive – Norway’s Top Comedians Come To London | The Phoenix | 6 Aug
How's your knowledge of the Norwegian stand up scene? Whatever you just answered, this is the night for you, as it brings a selection of the country's finest comics to London as part of the Phoenix Fringe, including Henrik Farley, David Varnvatn, and Ole Aagenæs. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Their Dark Materials | Etcetera Theatre | 6-9 Aug (pictured)

Over on the Camden Fringe there's stand up comedy from Ashley Haden and LJ Da Funk, who are described at being like "Bill Hicks and the Ultimate Warrior but less sympathetic and not dead". Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Let's Not Still Be Friends | RADA Studios | 6-7 Aug

A comedy about what happens when you realise that the only thing you and your best friend have in common is that you are friends. It could be time to call time on the friendship, but how does that work in these more connected times? Details and tickets here.
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