Lots of live comedy in Chiswick

Image above: Simon Brodkin’s show, Theatre at the Tabard

Chiswick now has three venues putting on live comedy regularly – a comedy explosion!

There suddenly seems to be lots of live comedy to choose from in Chiswick. The Tabard has retained its position as a go-to location for stand-up comedians to try out material before either recording a new TV series or going on tour.

The Old Packhorse pub is starting a monthly comedy night on the last Saturday of the month – next one Saturday 25 February – and Headliners is still going strong, having celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, bringing us stand-up comics well-known on the circuit and on TV every weekend in the Boston Room of George IV.

Theatre at the Tabard presents Simon Brodkin performing his show Screwed Up, previewing ahead of a national tour. The comedian who famously pranked Theresa May on live television, interrupting her Tory Party Conference speech in 2017 to hand her a P45, is now the most viewed British comedian on TikTok.

‘Fresh from his sold-out, critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run’ he is performing three shows at the Tabard, billed as “outrageous”.

‘In Screwed Up Simon rips into celebrity culture, social media, the police, Putin, Prince Andrew and Jesus. Nothing is off limits in this hilarious show, including his own mental health, his family, his five arrests and how he once found himself at an underground sex party.’

Catch him at the Tabard on Monday 6 / Wednesday 8 / Tuesday 14 February.

Image above: Ahir Shah; Bella Hull

Two ‘up and coming’ artists from Avalon comedy

Later in the month TV comedy production company Avalon showcase two of their ‘up and coming’ talents: Ahir Shah and Bella Hull.

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award ‘Best Show’ nominee Ahir Shah is “one of the fastest-rising comedians of his generation and is known for his sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up featuring a blend of philosophical inquiry, political vigour, and sweet gags.”

Ahir is a regular on television and radio and has performed stand-up on Live At The ApolloThe Now Show and Stand Up Central. Outside of stand up, Ahir has been seen on shows including Have I Got News For YouFrankie Boyle’s New World OrderMock the WeekThe Mash Report/Late Night MashGuessable, Rob Beckett’s Undeniable and Catastrophe.

Bella Hull is a London-based stand-up comedian and writer, billed as ‘one of the UK’s most exciting young comedians.’

Bella regularly plays to sell-out crowds across the UK and has appeared on BBC’s Stand Up for Live Comedy and ITV’s The Stand Up Sketch Show. She recently performed at the Utrecht International Comedy Festival and her writing has been featured on BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack, in Flux Magazine and she is the advice columnist for Quadra magazine.

A former member of the Cambridge Footlights, Bella begun finding success on the competition circuit, winning the Yellow Comedy Young Comedian of the Year 2019  and placing in the 2NorthDown New Act Competition 2020.

Ahir and Bella will be performing their new material on Monday 20 February and there will be a second Avalon comedy night on Monday 27 March, acts to be confirmed.

Book tickets for Theatre at the Tabard shows on their website.


Images above: Marc Burrows; Harriet Kemsley

New monthly comedy club at the The Old Packhorse

The Old Packhorse has just started a monthly Comedy Club on the last Saturday of the month. They have held four so far. The next is on Saturday 25 February, with Marc Burrows and Harriet Kemsley performing, alongside two other comics as yet to be confirmed.

Marc is an author, music and film critic, comic and musician from London. He published his first book as an author, a biography of Sir Terry Pratchett, to much acclaim in 2020, and is currently working on two books, a look at the relationship between Marc Bolan and David Bowie, and a guide to the albums of the Manic Street Preachers.

As a journalist, music and film critic and essayist he has written regularly for the Guardian, where was he full time staff for five years. He has been performing stand up comedy since 2009, and has entertained audiences at comedy clubs, Fringe events, conventions and music festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Green Man and the Lincoln Steampunk Weekend. He has written five one-man shows, taking each to the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond.

Harriet appears regularly on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, and 8 Out Of Ten Cats Does Countdown. She started stand-up in 2011 and within months won the Funny’s Funny contest. In 2012, she won Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year and Brighton Comedy Festival New Act of the Year and was named by Rhod Gilbert as one of the Ten Must See Comics of 2012.

As an actress, she has appeared in the film Bonobo and on TV on Damned and Doctor Foster. She hosts a podcast,Why Is Harriet Crying? with fellow comedian Sunil Patel.

You can book tickets to their show at the Old Packhorse here: designmynight.com

And do not forget The Old Packhorse is a member of The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card scheme, offering 10% off all food and drink (lovely Thai menu).

Images above: Paul Tonkinson; Steve Hughes; Richard Morton


What can I say about Headliners? It is one of my favourite nights out in Chiswick. We went there for New Year’s Eve to see three stand-up comics and engage in a spot of dancing to see the new year in with family over from Australia and they couldn’t believe we had live comedy of such a high standard within walking distance of home, in the suburbs.

They never fail to entertain with high calibre acts, all very experienced and successful on the comedy circuit. This weekend coming ((Friday 10 and Saturday 11 February) the line-up is Paul Tonkinson, Steve Hughes and Richard Morton.

Paul Tonkinson was winner of the 1992 Time Out New Act of the Year Award, he was Time Out Stand Up Comic of the Year in 1997 and has been honing his act ever since. He toured with Michael McIntyre on his “Happy & Glorious” tour and regularly takes shows to the Edinburgh Festival.

Steve Hughes has also been known to the world for the last two decades as the cutting edge stand up comedian who pulls no punches when it comes how he sees the state of current events, but once upon a time he was one of the leading lights of the early heavy metal scene in Australia.

Richard Morton is also multi-talented – a stand-up comedian, singer/songwriter, TC/radio presenter and documentary maker, Time Out Comedy Award winner and founder member of the London Comedy Store’s long-running Cutting Edge show.

When you go to Headliners, in the Boston Room of George IV pub, you know you will be in good hands. Every Friday and Saturday night. Book tickets on Headliners’ website.


George IV is also a member of our Club Card scheme, ofering our subscribers 20% off all food and drink.

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