This image: Nina Conti
There’s a feast of mirth, gags and surreal laughs in store in Cambridge
There are plenty of chances for a chortle in Cambridge during October, kicking off with Mark Watson at the Corn Exchange on the 1st. He’s bringing his new show, I’m Not Here, to town, in which a minor problem at the airport spirals into an examination of identity in the digital age: expect chaotic gags and plenty of audience interaction.
The very next night at the same venue, the mantle is passed to award-winning ventriloquist Nina Conti, whose astounding act the Daily Telegraph described as “gut-bustingly funny”.
On the 13th, it’s king of camp Julian Clary’s turn at the Corn Exchange. He brings his Joy of Mincing show, in which he regales the audience with his best anecdotes from 30 years in showbiz, including the time when he saved Dame Joan Collins’ life…
On the 14th, it’s over to Cambridge Junction for the October instalment of their Jesterlarf Comedy Club. On the bill are improv troupe The Noise Next Door, who build their entire act around spontaneous suggestions from the crowd. They’ll be joined by Noel James and Phil Dinsdale.
Described by The Guardian as “unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation”, Seann Walsh hits the Junction on 24 October. Known for his ability to spot the absurdities lurking in everyday life, you’ll probably recognise him from TV shows such as Live at the Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Celebrity Juice.
Rounding off our month of laughs is the king of deadpan, Rich Hall, who’s at the Junction on 31 October. Known for his perma-grouchiness, you can expect bilious rants and quick-fire gags aplenty.