I love going to see live comedy. And London is a great place to see some.
The city is lousy with small, intimate venues that offer cheap, exciting new comedy throughout the year - and right now is a perfect time to catch a few shows. Edinborough is approaching and pretty much all the comedians taking part are previewing and testing their material for less than half the cost of those final fringe shows. There's something fascinating and very enjoyable about seeing these shows come together at this early stage.
The Happy Mondays nights at the Amersham Arms in New Cross are just one way of seeing some of these previews. But if you want to find some comedy near you then there's a new site called London Is Funny which will help you discover where and when to go.
The site (designed by Joe Lanman) is easy to use and has some very nice illustrations on it (I think you can all see where I'm going with this...)
I illustrated a header image for the incredibly talented Josie Long's forthcoming guide to charity shops which will be on the site soon:
I also designed the logo and various icons for features on the site ("The Rant", "My First Gig", "Guide To London", etc.):
Be sure to check out the site and give it your support - it's a fantastic resource if you live in London and enjoy a spot of live comedy.