Sidekick Comedy ft Kevin Dewsbury + Steve Bugeja | Via Fossa | Mon 24 Feb | 7.30pm | £2
Comedy for nerds returns to the Village with a trio of heroic stand ups assembled for your comedic pleasure. BBC Radio New Comedy Award winner 2013 Steve Bugeja presents his awkward take on the world around him, from the anomaly of showers being filthy to the very existence of a toilet brush. Lou Conran is a circuit favourite of Sarah Millican and just about anyone else who has ever been swept away by her effervescent charm, and Kevin Dewsbury headlines the night with his mix of observation and consternation. A very quick witted human whose show ‘Out Now’ was a hit at last year’s Edinburgh festival. Or you might just know him from them Stan James ads.

Ben Target | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 25 Feb | 7.30pm | £5/3
Ben Target is a man of many hats, both literally and figuratively, and is one of the most abstract comedians currently available for human consumption, Target is a member of the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society and the even more alternative ‘Weirdos’ who have been likened to that pioneering bunch of 1980s madcappery, The Comic Strip. A prop comic who explores the space in between gags to excellent effect like a jazz great, he will be supported by Jay Foreman and Sophie Willan, with the always excellent Dan Nightingale standing in for Toby Hadoke on MCing duties.

Comedy at The Kings | Kings Arms | Thu 27 Feb | 8pm | £5/3
Ever eaten a great big comedy meal and felt let down that there was no dessert to finish you off? Well you’re in luck as Comedy at The Kings brings the greatest USP to a comedy night since prohibition was done away with. Yes, it’s cake with your comedy. And, if cake wasn’t enough to entice you then thankfully they also have an amazing line up with Peter Brush, Simon D Heaven, Dotty Winters and Lewis Charlesworth, with Ruth E. Cockburn as your MC/cake waitress. Brush is certainly worth the entry fee, especially when given the freedom to delve into more avant garde routines that will hopefully be afforded to him here.

Joel Dommett | The Lowry | Sat 1 Mar | 8pm | £12
Never has anyone looked so genuinely happy to be on a stage as Joel Dommett, beaming from ear to ear with a toothy grin that threatens to blind the audience Dommett imbues happiness in those watching with his infectious joy. He’s also very funny, which helps a lot. You may recognize him from his role in Skins back in 2010, or as the face of MTV News, if you don’t recognize either of these things as things, or just wish they never existed then this may not be the comic for you. But for fans of joyous unadulterated comedy then get down and bask in the MEGALOLZ.

Joe Lycett (pictured) | The Lowry | Sun 2 Mar | 8pm | £12
The phrase ‘next big thing’ is bandied around all too freely these days. With the aisles of Tesco being stocked by the broken spirits of those who were once ‘tipped’ to ‘make it’ ‘big’, it’s hard to believe anyone when they nudge you in the direction of someone who will one day monopolise your viewing screens so absolutely that you’ll be sick to your stomach by the very mention of them. So it is with great confidence that we point our fateful finger in the direction of Joe Lycett who is already tipped by as ‘one to watch’ by Time Out, was nominated as Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for his debut show in 2012 and has his own BBC3 gameshow about to hit screens with fellow ‘next big thing’-er Jamie Demetriou. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Sun 2 Mar
John Stansfield
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Mon 24 Feb 2014