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23 Apr 2014

They've enthralled audiences in heats across the UK. From Aberdeen to Cambridge hundreds of contestants have fought for their place in the FameLab Final. Now, with an arsenal of charm, personality and scientific expertise, ten finalists will have just three minutes each in which to communicate a chosen science or engineering topic in the most exciting, innovative way possible to a panel of high profile judges. You are invited by our host, Professor Russell Foster, Cheltenham Science Festival Chair and Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair of the British Council, to the FameLab UK grand final competition. Nobel Laureates James Watson and Peter Higgs called last year's international FameLab Final the most fun they've had in years. The question is: who will be representing the UK this year?

25 Apr 2014
Loretta Maine

Sell Out Grand Final 2009/10/11/12/13 FEATURING HEADLINE SETS FROM: LORETTA MAINE – 'A searing talent' - Scotsman JAY FOREMAN – 'Sharp and sophisticated' - Chortle MAE MARTIN – 'Audience in the palm of her hand' - Spoonfed

29 Apr 2014
Bright Club: Change

Bright Club, the comedy night where UCL researchers try their hand at stand up comedy, is back at the Bloomsbury Theatre to celebrate our fifth anniversary (FIVE YEARS!). A lot can happen in 5 years, so with 10 of the best Bright Club performers from UCL and around the country and supported by 3 incredibly brilliant comedians, we will be talking all things change.

1 May 2014
War on Want

The War on Want Comedy Gig is back with its seventh annual comedy fundraiser and this year's line up is shaping up to be more amazing than ever! Top class comedians supporting the charity include the "brilliantly funny" Stand Up for the Week star Angela Barnes; Cutting Edge team member and co-creator/writer of No Pressure to be Funny Alistair Barrie; The Now Show and Just A Minute regular Marcus Brigstocke; legendary alternative stand-up comedian Arnold Brown; Actor and comedian of stage and screen Kevin Eldon; Comic master Stewart Lee; "sharp satirist and superb comic" and co-creator of topical satire podcast No Pressure to be Funny Nick Revell; Brilliant comedian and political activist Kate Smurthwaite.

2 May 2014
Comedy Cracker For Shelter

A comedy variety night raising money for Shelter featuring some of the hottest acts from around the UK. Including: the hilarious Hattie Hayridge (Red Dwarf), Kev Orkian, Andre Vincent, Bennett Arron and many more big acts on the night!

3 May 2014
Terry Alderton

Following his critically acclaimed smash hit Edinburgh shows and national tours in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 award-winning comedian Terry Alderton is back on tour! As seen on Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre's Roadshow, Dave's One Night Stand, the Sun's 'Comedian Of The Year’ will astound and amaze with 'Seasons 1-4'. Terry will treat the audience to roller-coaster ride through his greatest hits. No two shows are the same as he delves into his substantial catalogue of extraordinary nonsense and absolute mayhem. A spellbinding combination of noises, the voices, the shoes, incredible physicality and a mind-blowing insight into the inner workings of a fantastic comedy mind. Winner of Three Weeks critics awards and twice Best International Act by the New Zealand Comedy Comedy Guild. Terry is quite simply the most exciting live act working in comedy today!

6-7 May 2014

Sold Out. YouTube's punniest women are putting together a live comedy show! Will Grace comment on comments? Will Hannah cook? Will Mamrie already be passed out by 4? Who knows! No editing, no censors, #NOFILTER. Starring Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart!

10 May 2014
Hal Cruttenden

Following stand out performances on Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1) and Mock The Week (BBC2), Hal is being strongly tipped as the next big thing. Footballers, Facebook and food are just three of the topics Hal devours with his unique mix of camp and straight, warm and catty humour.

14 May 2014
Robin Ince

Back at the Bloomsbury after his final run of 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless People, Robin's latest show prods into the human mind. What have we learnt about this "blooming, buzzing confusion" that confronts us when we enter the world? A rapid fire tour through what it is to have a human brain using his own shoddy one as an example. Robin is host of the Sony Gold award winning Infinite Monkey Cage, three times Chortle award winner, Time Out award for Outstanding Achievement and British Comedy Award nominee for Best Live Show.

17 May 2014
John Hegley

A rendition, from the new volume of animal-life verse with this title, including very wide-screen showings of the author's own drawings of camel, parrot and guillemots. Also excerpts from Keats House Residency: John Keats once sword-fenced with celery. A meditation on this and a reading of short story 'Stanley's Stick' (not of celery) with world premiere of the sequel.

20 May 2014
Laugh Till It Hurts

Ray Peacock (MC) "Future of comedy stuff...will rule the school" The Sunday Times. Paul Foot "One of the highlights of this year’s Fringe... It'll leave your sides sore and your face wet with tears without really fully appreciating why" Edinburgh Evening News. Sean Hughes "One of the best stand-ups of his generation" Telegraph. James Acaster "Acaster is an undeniable and wickedly original talent" The List. Katherine Ryan "She has perfect timing and enough attitude to stop an elephant in its tracks" Timeout. Romesh Ranganathan "His ability to produce bitingly fresh gags marks him out from the crowd" The Guardian. Aisling Bea "A masterclass in high-impact entertainment" Evening Standard.

22-23 May 2014
Richard Herring

After sorting out politics (Hitler Moustache), religion (Christ on a Bike), love (What is Love, Anyway?) and penises (Talking Cock) Herring returns to tackles the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns (apart from Jesus and that canoe bloke). Is death a tragedy or an excuse to have an extended lie-in? Are we snuffed out or forced to endure eternity without bodily pleasures? Death is inevitable, so let's laugh in its face while our hearts still beat and our jaws are still attached. "A solid hour of big laughs" Chortle The show on Friday 23rd May will be filmed for DVD.

30 May-1 Jun 2014
Imagination Movers

Having performed around the world including recent stops in Italy, Spain, Japan and the United Arab Emirates the Imagination Movers are making their long-awaited UK debut, bringing their wildly popular live concerts to England for the first time. This is the only planned concert in the UK so don't miss it!

2 Jun 2014
British Humanist Association

A comedy benefit for the British Humanist Association in advance of this year's World Humanist Congress, in Oxford 8-10th August, hosted by Stewart Lee (BBC2's Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle). Stand-up from Richard Herring (Have I Got News For You?), Robin Ince (Radio 4's Infinite Monkey Cage),Shappi Khorsandi (BBC1's Live At The Apollo), Lucy Porter (Have I Got News For You?), and Paul Sinha (Comedy Central's Alternative Comedy Experience).

10 Jun 2014
Museums Showoff

Museums Showoff is the cabaret-style night where people who work in and love museums reveal behind-the-scenes stories and intriguing insights into their work. Come and hear curators, conservators, volunteers and visitors give the low down on museum life! This event is part of Universities Week 2014.

18-19 Jun 2014
Arts Emergency

After a sell out show to mark their launch in 2013, The Arts Emergency Service is back as Josie Long curates TWO NIGHTS of comedy and curiosity at The Bloomsbury Theatre this June. "legendary Arts Emergency gig" Viv Groskop, The Independent "Good show, good cause" Michael Deacon, The Telegraph "Sometimes if you want something to exist, you have to invent it yourself" Josie Long, Arts Emergency

11 Jun 2015
Stewart Francis

The star of 'Mock The Week', 'Michael McIntyre's Roadshow' and 'Live At The Apollo', embarks on a brand new stand up tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show! "A brilliant comic brain... this stand-up cracks some of the best one liners I've ever heard" – Guardian "Perfectly crafted gags" – Sunday Times Presented by Live Nation in association with MHA. @StewartFrancis1 Tickets: £19.50 (booking fee £2.50 per transaction)