London Lite Tuesday, 10 November 2009 19 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Soldiering on with stand-upJIMMY CARR Jimmy Carr Telling Jokes is out on DVD. 13PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday JIMMY CARR is relieved his forthcom- ing Hammersmith Apollo dates fall on a weekend. The stand-up supremo plays the venue 11-13 December and, while he has no truck with the idea theres a great divide between supposedly warm Nor therners and frosty Southerners, hes convinced days of the week are vital. Wherever you go in the UK, a Friday audience has always had a few drinks and is a bit raucous, says the 37-year- old master of deadpan humour. On a Saturday theyre more dressed-up, theyre on dates, theyve booked a babysitter, and Sunday night audiences are trying to get the very last drop out of the weekend. And the rest of the week? They can be a bit weird. Despite the recent backlash over his controversial joke about servicemen amputees, its hard to imagine Carr playing to an unresponsive crowd. Last time that happened was a few years ago at a corporate gig in Scotland for an American company. Theyd flown in from the US, he recalls, and they didnt know who I was. I also think they were all born-again Christians. Carr himself was a practising Catholic until his mid-twenties. But I find it embarrassing talking about it now. Its like telling you I had an imagi- nary friend. Actually it was exactly like having an imaginary friend. It was around the time of his self-imposed excommunication that the former marketing man discovered a knack for stand-up. A decade later he asserts: Im still trying to get better. Ten years into any job, youre still learning it. Im now on my fifth DVD and when I look back at the first one I think Im so much better than I was. How so? I was quite staccato on stage, just banging out the jokes. Now theres a lot more audience stuff and when I do stand-up Im much more who I am in real life. Theres still a bit of a per- sona but Im definitely better at writing jokes. Its nice to see a bit of improve- ment because thats what stops it from getting boring. SIMON BUTTON Joker in the pack: Jimmy Carr is on his fifth DVD FlAMIng lIps THE Grammy Award- winning psychedelic performers, right, sing elaborately titled songs from their twelfth album, Embryonic, released last month. And Wed, Troxy, 490 Commercial Rd E1 (020 7734 3922), 7pm, returns only. DLR: Limehouse MR Hudson KANYES protg -- and Fearne Cottons not-so- secret boyfriend, right -- performs R&B following his UK tour with Calvin Harris. O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green W12 (0870 060 0100, o2shepherdsbush, 7pm, 15. Tube: Shepherds Bush KAsAbIAn LEICESTERS indie-rock lads, right, play tunes from the Mercury Prize- nominated West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. Sat & Sun, Wembley Arena, Empire Way (0870 060 0870, wembley), 7.30pm, 25. Tube: Wembley Park THe onlY Apple In THe gARden oF eden & nIggAs HAVE I Got News For You regular Reginald D Hunter, left, remains as controversial as ever in his new show. Until 21 Nov, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St W1 (0870 429 6883, soho, 9.30pm, 10. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd lewIs sCHAFFeR Is FRee unTIl FAMous AMERICAN comic Schaffer, left, won the best publicity stunt award at the Edinburgh Festival, after persuading The List magazine that he was sponsoring the Comedy Awards, formerly the Perriers. Source Below, 78 Brewer St W1 (020 7060 3610,, 8pm, free. Tube: Piccadilly Circus JIM JeFFRIes THE Aussie comic, left, who found fame when he got whacked over the head on stage in Manchester, now has his own HBO show, I Swear To God. 27-28 Nov, Leicester Square Theatre, 5 Leicester Place WC2 (0844 847 2475), 7.30pm, 15, 12.50 concs. Tube: Leicester Sq lA CAge Aux Folles THIS camp musical about a transvestite whose raunchy nightclub is threatened with closure stars John Barrowman, right, and Simon Burke. Until 9 Jan, The Playhouse, Northumberland Ave WC2 (0870 060 6631, lacagelondon. com), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm, 17.50-58.50. Tube: Embankment gReAT pReTendeRs CHRISTIAN DURHAM directs this comedy musical, right, set backstage at a West End tribute competition. Until Sun, Upstairs At The Gatehouse, Highgate Village N6 (020 8340 3488,, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mat Sun 4pm, 10-15. Tube: Highgate InTo THe Hoods IN THIS hip hop version of Stephen Sondheims Into the Woods, Little Red Riding Hood is hoodie-wearing Lil Red, right. 16 Dec-10 Jan, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre SE1 (0871 663 2500,, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Sat & Wed 2pm, Sun 5pm, 15-27.50. Tube: Waterloo ReplAY IVAN ESCURA, left, Diego CK, Anto and Steve Nocerino make Tuesday the new Friday with a succession of floor-fillers. The Den & Centro, 18 West Central St WC1, (020 7240 1083,, 10pm, 5, ladies free. Tube: Holborn MedIuM THE drum&bass, dub and electronica night welcomes Spectrasoul, June Miller, left, and Sigha on to Plastic Peoples wheels of steel. Plastic People, 147-149 Curtain Rd EC2 (020 7739 6471,, 10pm, 7, 5 before 11pm. Tube: Liverpool St pRoHIbITIon pARTY SHAKE your flapper finery, left, drink booze from teacups, try your hand at roulette and partake in other activities that were unacceptable in the Twenties. 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