Stand-up comedians have become some of the most prominent entertainers in the last ten years or so and you can enjoy jokes from some of the country's leading funnymen in London next month at the Balham Comedy Festival.
Now in its fourth year, prepare to have your ribs tickled by the likes of Stephen K Amos, Marcus Brigstock , Reginald D Hunter, Paul Daniels, Milton Jones and London's premier comedy club, the Banana Cabaret.
The event is held in the Bedford pub in Balham, which is recognised as being one the country's most critically-acclaimed venues but also retains an atmosphere that makes it feel like a local.
As well as the aforementioned names, the festival will provide a platform for up-and-coming performers to make a name for themselves. Therefore, this is your chance to see some of the stars of the future today.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banana Cabaret, who for the last 30 years have played a prominent role in promoting the UK's best comedic talent. They will mark three decades in the business with some side-splitting stand-up with guest comics Loretta Maine, Jeff Innocent and Paul Tonkinson.
Many of those performing over the eight day spectacular will be familiar to many people. Stephen K Amos, Marcus Brigstock and others regularly appear on television in shows such as Have I Got News For You, QI and Mock the Week. Therefore, if these are names you are unfamiliar with, you can easily access their material online and see for yourself just how clever and funny they are and after doing so, you are sure to want to get a seat at their shows for the comedy festival.
Given the intimacy of the venue, you will be able to get closer to the performers than at any of their stadium performances, so expect plenty of banter between the comedians and audience members, making it a great event for one and all to enjoy.