It’s that time in the year when everyone starts to show off their WIP’s and air their new jokes.

Funny or not.

Get ahead of the game and see the hottest shows around before everyone else knows they are hot!


Shappi Khorsandi - WIP

Shappi is a star of radio, TV and, most recently, "I'm A Celebrity". She's back at Red Imp Comedy Club with her new show taking you on a journey of the 90's comedy scene, breaking through on telly and then letting it all slip away. A brand new hour of sharp tongued gags, cultural observation and whatever else is in her easily distracted mind this time around. 

"She has plenty to say and says it with pointedness and potency" The Guardian 

"Makes live comedy thrilling" Evening Standard

Supported by Paul McCaffrey.

8.30pm, Wednesday 6th February   

 Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Bar


Robert White - Tour Warm-Up Show

Star of Britain's Got Talent (he came second), the only gay, quarter-Welsh, aspergic, musical genius comedian in the UK is hitting the UK with a big touring show. Join him for an intimate peek at his show before the tour kicks off - there will be quick-fire gags galore, witty ditties and innuendo abounding.


 ‘Pitch-perfect delivery… Just brilliant’ Chortle ★★★★

‘Jaw-dropping riot’ The List ★★★★

8pm, Tuesday 22nd January

Backyard Comedy Club


Annie McGrath & Tom Parry: WIP's 

These two comics have got some funny good stuff to share. 

Annie McGrath

2018 Funny Women Awards Finalist

As seen on BBC3’s Quickies, Channel 4’s Girls Go Trolling, ITV2’s @elevenish & Sky Sports’ Soccer AM. 

“Smart and smutty” London Evening 

Tom Parry

2015 Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer Nominee

“A thoroughly joyous romp- guaranteed to make you feel better” Chortle ★★★★ 

7.30pm, Tuesday 15th January

Aces and Eights


Joey Page & Caroline Mabey: Works (in Progress)

Two brilliantly unfinished shows from a pair of brilliantly original comedians. 

Joey Page: An Idiot Explains The Afterlife (and other material that he has only just written) 

★★★★ The Scotsman 

‘Fans of the surreal and ridiculous will love this’ ★★★★ Chortle 

Caroline Mabey Leaves The Room Slowly

‘Mabey is thoroughly enjoyable company... the slightly deranged offspring of a menage a trois between Vic Reeves, Harry Hill and Floella Benjamin’ Evening Standard 

7.30pm, Monday 14th January

The Albany


Sara Pascoe New Material Fun House

Sara is hosting a monthly new material night at the Backyard Comedy Club, trialling sections of her upcoming show and inviting some of the best comedians in the biz to share their funny stuff too.  

You never know who is going to turn up, but look at Sara's instagram and you'll see the comedy circles she swims in. 

14th January - SOLD OUT

11th February - SOLD OUT 

8th April, 13th May, 10th June, 8th July, 12th August 

Backyard Comedy Club


Objectively Funny Previews 

Delicious chunks of brand new shows from a couple of Edinburgh Best Show nominees and some up-and-coming smashers! 

Jordan Brookes 

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 

The Guardian ★★★★ 

Glenn Moore 

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 

Evening Standard ★★★★

Plus David McIver, Freya Mallard & Martin Willis

7.45pm, Tuesday 22nd January 

The Albany


Fern Brady: Power and Chaos (WIP) 

Fern has been seen on Live from the BBC, Live from the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour, and Live at the Apollo.

She is one of the most unique and fearless voices in stand up and is about to head out on a major 2019 tour.

Catch her new show Power and Chaos before you have to queue round the block for a ticket.

'Top five young comedians to watch'    The Telegraph

7pm, Wednesday 30th Jan



 Pierre Novellie & Jarlath Regan: WIP's

It's double bill fun with Pierre Noveillie & Jarlath Regan!

Jarlath Regan: Organ Freeman 

As seen on Tonight At The Palladium (ITV), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC), Standup Central (Comedy Central), Last Comic Standing (NBC) and Goggle Box (Channel 4).

‘Side-splitting stuff’ ★★★★ Metro         

“A very funny man at the peak of his powers” Irish Post

Pierre Novellie: See Novellie, Hear Novellie, Speak Novellie 

★★★★★ Metro  

2016 & 2017 Best Club Comedian Nominee 

'Dawn of a major talent' The Guardian 

9pm, Sunday 27th January