The Cavendish Arms in Stockwell is one of the best places in the capital to see new comedy talent. Their regular Comedy Virgins nights allow experienced comics and complete beginners to get up on stage in front of a room of people to try their material out.
Every year they hold a contest to find the best comedian from the regular performers. It's called The Max Turner Prize in honour of a regular performer at the pub who died about 3 years ago. I've been a few times and it's a great night out. Clearly the quality of the acts is variable, but they all try to do their best for the competition.
It starts on Monday 9th, with 4 people going through from each of the 5 heats, to reach the final on Saturday 14th. Generally it gets busier as the week goes on, and the Saturday final is standing room only.
When - Monday 9th - Saturday 14th January
Where - The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Rd, Stockwell, SW8 2HJ
Link 1 - The Cavendish Arms
Link 2 - A list of the acts