London Lite Tuesday, 4 August 2009 17 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Where has the comedy gone?edinburgh fringe The festival starts on Friday ( 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC Taking back Sunday EyElinEr at the ready for these emo favourites, right, from new york. if youre looking for a way to say i hate you to your parents, look no further. Heaven, under The Arches, Villiers St WC2 (0844 847 2351), 7pm, returns only. Tube: Charing Cross CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out Joana and The Wolf iS THiS Kate Bush-inspired singer-songwriter, right, from lithuania the new Florence & The Machine? Head to Shoreditch to find out for yourself. Favela Chic, 91-93 Great Eastern St EC2 (020 7613 5228,, 6pm, free. Tube: Old St elTon John ExpECT glitter as the extravagant dresser, right, performs favourites from the past 42 years. Wowzers! 27 Oct, Wembley Arena, Empire Way (0870 060 0870,, 7.30pm, 55-100. Tube: Wembley park JeruSalem MArK rylAnCE and Mackenzie Crook, right, star in this dark comedy from Jez Butterworth, set on St Georges day. Until 22 Aug, royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square SW1 (020 7565 5000,, 7.30pm, 10-25, returns only. Tube: Sloane Square Coming SoonTomorrowToday ghoSTS THiS version of ibsens drama stars Suzanne Burden and Harry lloyd, right, as a mother and son facing their past. Until 22 Aug, Arcola Theatre, 27 Arcola St E8 (020 7503 1646), Mon- Sat 8pm, mats Sat 15 and 22 Aug 3pm, 10-16. rail: Dalston Kingsland The mySTerieS -- yiimimangaliSo iSAnGO portobello Theatre Company presents this African version of the Chester Mystery plays. 11 Sep-3 Oct, Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross rd WC2 (0870 890 1104), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm, 20- 45. Tube: leicester Sq canadian conTenT: canuxploiTaTion THE winners, left, of the Canadian Comedy Award for best sketch group present a partly improvised show thats not suitable for children. Until 30 Aug, leicester Square Theatre, 5 leicester place WC2 (0844 847 2475), 7pm, 15-25. Tube: leicester Sq Coming SoonTomorrowToday Tony hendrikS WHiTE Jamaican Hendriks, left, is nicknamed paleface. He covers racial identity, foreign accents and satnavs in his stand-up act. Comedy Caf, 66 rivington St EC2 (020 7739 5706,, 9pm, free. Tube: Old St TWinleSS CHArlOTTE yOUnG, left, manages to weave a remarkable routine around the death of her twin and comedy partner. Sun & 10 Aug, Camden Head, 100 Camden High Street W1 (020 7485 4019,, 10.15pm, 7.50. Tube: Camden Town bar kick uke Jam THiS is the latest night, left, for lovers of tiny guitars. Buy your ukelele from specialist shop Duke Of Uke on Hanbury Street, then boogie on down. Bar Kick, 126-127 Shoreditch High Street E1 (020 7739 8700,, 8pm, free. Tube: Old Street Coming SoonTomorrowToday promiSed DJ AnD producer Michael Gray, left -- creator of anthemic house hit The Weekend -- is hands on decks, with Edd & Joe leggz and Howard Tooze. 15 Aug, pacha, Terminus place SW1 (, 10pm, 20, 15 adv. Tube: Victoria If the London comedy circuit seems a little sparse at the moment, thats because August is when practically the whole comedy fraternity decamps to edinburgh for the fringe, where careers are made and stand-ups moan about how much it costs to put on a show. Its another typically jam-packed affair this year, with all eyes on US comedienne Janeane Garofalo, who walked off stage during her gig at last months Latitude festival when her material fell flat. Lets hope that was just a one-off, because when Garofalo is on form, shes one of the spikiest American stand-ups around. One comic we can guarantee will be on form is Blightys own Stewart Lee, undoubtedly one of the finest live acts this country has ever produced. Lee will be looking to build on the suc- cess of his recent BBC2 show with the self-explanatory If You Prefer A Milder Comedian, Please Ask for One, per- formed in the intimate confines of the Stand Comedy Club and featuring a glori- ous school days anecdote about seeing Richard hammond being beaten up. Similarly first-rate is Simon Amstell, who this year is looking to deliver a dose of existentialism alongside the laughs in his new show Do Nothing at the Bongo Club. Amstell is not afraid to expose his own failings onstage, so expect this to be a very personal affair. Just as egotistical (although slightly more smug) is Ricky Gervais, who will be offending and delighting in equal measure at the edinburgh Playhouse on 25 August. those are the best of the bigger acts, but further down the scale youd be a fool to miss out on David ODoherty at the Pleasance Courtyard, while spoof hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury, aka tom Binns, is at the same venue. ODoherty and Brackenbury arent household names, but thats the real fun of the fringe -- getting a chance to hear something new. DAVID BAlDWIN deaTh diSco AT THiS weeks party The rGBs, with frontwoman Beck Jones, left, play indie power-pop, and Scar do dirty rocknroll. As always, Alan McGee is on the decks. notting Hill Arts Club, 21 notting Hill Gate W11 (020 7460 4459, nottinghill, 7pm, free. 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