Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Critic's Choice Top Five Comedy Shows

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Critic's Choice Top Five Comedy Shows

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Byline: BRUCE DESSAU

Fordham & Lipson

New Wimbledon Theatre, SW19

Philippa Fordham and Simon Lipson first came up with their battle-of-the-sexes sketch show, He Barks, She Bites, in the early Nineties and have now refined and revived it. Expect a mixture of instantly recognisable characters, tart observations and modish dark humour on the nature of the mating game. (0870 060 6646).Until Sat 25 Feb, 7.45pm.

The Odditorium

Lowdown @ The Albany, W1

There has been a mainstream burlesque boom in recent years but spoof Edwardian duo The Congress of Oddities push the concept to its outer limits at their monthly club. No striptease here, but possibly a vaudeville version of old Smiths hits and an encounter with a scabby vagrant with biscuits for eyes. Imagine Vic & Bob after a sex change and sent back in time by about a century. Special guests add to the lunacy. (020 7387 5706). Tonight, 8pm.

Tim Vine

Millfield Theatre, N18

If Tim Vine's relentless barrage of Tommy Cooperish one-liners does not make you smile, contact me and I'll personally refund your ticket money. Vine is the master of corny gags, painful puns and wince-making wordplay: "Velcro: What a rip off. …

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