Laugh Out London Comedy Festival
July is prime time to find some cheap laughs as a load of funny sorts try out their material before Edinburgh Fringe. Laugh Out London Comedy Festival provides six days of work-in-progress shows for far less than you'd normally pay, so if you enjoy laughing and having fun and not paying a lot for that pleasure, this could be for you. Each night is a double-bill of top comedic talent, and on Saturday 16th July they present a whole day of new shows from four of the best acts on the circuit. You want names? Ivo Graham, Sarah Keyworth, Lolly Adefope, Rose Matafeo, Nish Kumar & Ed Gamble.
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