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, called The Max Turner Prize (geddit?) in honour of a regular performer at the pub who died about 4 years ago. You get 20 comics a night from Monday - Friday, and then the best 20 from the heats perform on the Saturday. 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.
"This year Comedy Virgins has gone from strength to strength in supporting new and emerging comics perform on our vintage vibe stage in front of busy audiences and professional hosts!
Tim Shishodia won the Max Turner trophy in 2010, Pat Cahill in 2011, Dave Green in 2012… Who will win in 2013?
Hosted by Gemma Beagley & Paul Langton - 100 Comics will perform in the heats, with YOU the audience voting which funny 20 will be in the final on Saturday 12th January. A guest judge panel will vote in the winner of the Comedy Virgins Max Turner prize! Who will it be?
Entry to the Heats and the Final is totally FREE! Please arrive early to get the best seats as this will be a sell out every night! The bar is Open from 5pm – Midnight selling food and booze till close! So come early to get your Dinner! Have you tried our Disco Fries?
Plus cocktails in Tea Pots, Little Nan’s Mulled apple juice, Old fashioned sweets from the Jar, real log fire and loads of Ales, Ciders and Lagers on draft and by the bottle."
When - Monday 7th - Saturday 12th January 2013
Where - The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Rd, Stockwell, SW8 2HJ
Link 1 - The Cavendish Arms
Link 2 - A list of the acts