The world famous Royal Albert Hall is launching a season of comedy shows later this month in its 150-capacity Elgar Room.
Late Night Laughs, which starts on Friday 11th September, will see both established and up-and-coming comics taking part in double-headers at the Royal Albert Hall.
The season includes stand-up from comedians who return from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with glowing reviews, for example Liam Williams, Nish Kumar, Felicity Ward and John Robins; plus sets from circuit favourites such as Holly Walsh, Marcel Lucont, Luisa Omielan, Mike Wozniak, Aisling Bea and Andy Zaltzman.
Mehdi Aoustin-Sellami, Head of Programming at the venue, explains: "We're delighted to announce the first major comedy festival in our 144-year history. From Andy Zaltzman's biting satire to Luisa Omeilan's empowering comments on body image, there's something for everyone, and even the biggest comedy nerds should find a new and exciting act to discover alongside the host of established names. The only thing these stand-ups have in common - they're all ridiculously funny."
Richard Herring (pictured), who will be hosting seven of the gigs, says: "I am really looking forward to compering at the Royal Albert Hall's Late Night Laughs shows and bringing my own cerebral brand of filth to the refined Elgar Room. I had to study Enigma Variations for my O-level, so see this as a fitting revenge.
"It's a chance to see some great new young comedians before they become famous and at least one gnarled old comedian who will give them a bitter foretaste of where it's all going to eventually lead."
Ed Gamble, who will hosting some of the gigs in October, is also looking forward to the shows - especially playing in the unusually plush surroundings. "I can't wait to come back to the Elgar Room to perform. I don't usually get to be in such nice rooms and hopefully the surroundings will add a touch of class to my nonsense," he said.
The gigs start at various times, most after 9pm. The opening night of the season is scheduled to coincide with the launch of the Night Tube, with the Underground set to run around the clock from South Kensington.
Tickets are priced from just £14, including fees. For the full programme and more details go to www.royalalberthall.com
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