Jon Richardson: This Guy At Night, York, London
Fans of his Sunday morning shows on BBC 6Music will already have some idea about Jon Richardson's skills, but he's got the talent to light up a Saturday night as well as successfully nurse you through the ensuing hangover. While he at first comes across as a conventionally matey, young alpha-male comic, there are darker, more interesting currents flowing under the surface. A lot of material in this Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show is inspired by Richardson's battles with obsessive-compulsive disorder; this doesn't result in disturbing or tear-jerking autobiography, but it does make for a more thought-provoking hour than many young comedians can manage. Richardson finds his condition manifests itself in a kind of perfectionism, with even the smallest glitches and disappointments causing him major angst. While his resulting worldview is thoroughly individual, the passionate indignation he generates for his menagerie of pet hates is something we can all relate to.
Hyena Lounge, York, Sun; Soho Theatre, W1, Thu & Fri
Big Screen Big Laughs, London
It would be a gross insult to the profession to suggest that most stand-up comedians spend their days sitting on the sofa in their pants eating crisps and watching budget DVDs, but it would at least explain why kitsch cinema is such a popular theme for today's comedians. This new club night provides a comedic double punch, as some of the strongest performers on the circuit do a set before introducing a screening of one of their favourite funny movies. It's sketch group Pappy's Fun Club who'll be taking us back to the days of poorly tracking VHS tapes and facing their own personal El Guapo this month as they present a big-screen showing of the Steve Martin-Chevy Chase-Martin Short triple-threat classic Three Amigos. Another example of the quirky progressive thinking increasingly prevalent on the London circuit, this mixed-media show is the latest offering from comedy fanzine the Fix, and helmed by evangelising film buff-cum-stand-up Richard Sandling.
Shortwave Cinema, SE1, Wed
Dylan Moran: What It Is, London
The title of this show refers to one of Dylan Moran's regular verbal tics; it's the vocalised throat-clearing ("You see, what it is"), that leads off another entry in his endless series of complaints about the state of the world. While he may be on the cusp of his 40s, Moran's peevishness isn't a result of advancing age; it's something that's been an infectious part of his delivery throughout his career; few comics have his skill at mixing such irritability with explosions of surreal imagery. Part of an extensive UK tour (with a DVD in the shops next week), this residency provides another chance to enjoy his righteous fire and outré mastery of language. It's arguable that his creative highpoint came with sitcom Black Books, but it's still enthralling to see him turning out stand-up work of this perfectionist calibre, even after so many years at the top of the heap.
Apollo Theatre, W1, Sat & Mon to Fri, to 5 Dec
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