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APRIL - MAY 2019


Top Pick - The highly topical Newsrevue is celebrating its 40th anniversary



Thursday to Saturday 9.30pm, Sunday 9pm every week


The world's longest running live comedy show!


A fast-moving mix of sketches and songs, NewsRevue propels you through the world's news and current events at breakneck pace - all-kicking, idol-burning comedy, updated every week by a crack team of writers.




The LOL Word

Comedy queers, The LOL Word, cast off the shadows of their respective Proms in this stand-up special.

10 and 17 April


Fresh from sell-out runs in Edinburgh, Manchester and London, The LOL Word is coming to the Canal Cafe! Described by Sofie Hagen as "my favourite comedy club in London", The LOL Word is a womentransnon-binary LGBTQ+ collective who are taking the UK by storm, with their hilarious, inclusive comedy nights.

This gang of best buds and brilliant stand-up comedians will have you hooting with laughter, as they do their award-winning material, but this time with a 00s prom twist.

Collectively, this team are a force to be reckoned with. The sell out shows speak for themselves but individually they're not half bad either. Some collective accolades:

Funny Women Finalists 2018

BBC New Comedy Award Semi-Finalist 2018

Leicester Square New Comedy Award Finalist 2018

Pleasance Reserve Member, 2018

2NorthDown Comedy Award Semi-Finalist 2019

SketchFest Finalists 2016


Jonny & The Baptists Love Canal Cafe and Hate Bastards

18 April 7.30pm


We live in a divided world, and we want to cross that divide. But how can we be popular now 'populist' means 'I'm a shit'? Answer: WE LOVE EVERYONE. Oh, excepts bastards. Everyone hates bastards, right? We agree.

Multi-award nominated* musical-activist-comedians, Jonny & The Baptists, are sick of being political and divisive. This show is about how everything is definitely fine. Everyone's happy! Let's just get along!



"Wickedly funny"



Death Becomes Her

24 and 25 April, 1 and 2 May


Sam was knocked over by a car and miraculously lived to tell the tale...feel free to laugh

'Death Becomes Her' was born after Sam bounced off the bonnet of a poorly-driven Nissan Micra. She landed in the gutter. Impulse, however, told her to look up at the stars. When her life-threatening injuries subsided, the strands of memory were pulled together a frank and hilarious account including stunts, gunts, and a disturbed performance of show tunes in the back of an ambulance.

Touching, wildly funny and imbued with humanity afforded to those who've experienced real trauma, she pulls no punches, with a searing ire reserved for those who offer words without action and a reminder of just what's really important when the chips are down.



No Such Thing As A Fish - EUROPEAN PREVIEW

3 May


The team behind multiple award-winning podcast No Such Thing As A Fish are hitting the road again in May this year with their brand new show, 'In No Particular Order'. And this time Dan, James, Anna, and Andy will be taking their fact-filled tomfoolery to Europe. For anyone with a thirst for knowledge, a taste of puns, and a need for some belly-laughs, this is an unmissable show.



Home, A Musical Revue

4 May


A collection of new musical theatre writing telling stories of love, life, adventure and, most importantly, what 'home' means to every one of us.

Leicester born composer Mark Sheppard-Bools will be bringing a revue of his writing entitled "Home" to the Canal Cafe this May. He has worked as a professional actor for over 15 years, performing in London's West End and in National Tours in the UK and beyond. In the many dressing rooms that became his home over those years, he has written various musicals.

His music has been performed in and around London and now for the first time have been brought together in a collection of songs that tell stories love, life and adventure and, most importantly, what 'home' means to every one of us. From the child-like innocence and escapism of Neverland to the varying fortunes of lonely city dwellers looking for love, the cabaret promises to be an uplifting and funny evening of new musical theatre writing. So, join our talented cast of actors as they take you all on a journey home.



The Good Russian

16 - 19 May 7.30pm


A comedy about an honest Siberian, navigating his way through modern Britain on the hunt for acting fame.

Gossiping Babushkas crowd at the window of a wooden house in the depths of Siberia. Inside, Innokenty Makarov is explaining to the policeman that the bookshelf must have fallen on his parents, killing them both. The policeman is suspicious, but for Innokenty this only means one thing: freedom. Freedom to leave a life of drudgery in Russia for acting glory in England – or so he believes. But Innokenty soon discovers that modern-day Britain is very different from the land of his beloved Victorian novels and his past threatens to catch up with him.

This is a funny and touching story about one man’s dream and his struggle to overcome the stereotypical view of his countrymen as criminals and oligarchs.



Neb - Musical Mindreader

20 May


Join Psychological Magician Neb in one final bid to resurrect his past career as a musician, combining music with powerful mindreading!

Fresh from his recent work on the BBC’s “Science of Memory”, Neb presents a truly original one hour show, showcasing both magical and musical abilities.

“Unbelieveable!“ – Dua Lipa

“Oh My God! You are good, you are REALLY good!” – Davina McCall

“Simply Outstanding” – Dame Barbara Windsor



Copycat - Naomi McDonald

30 May 7.30pm


Impressionist and singer Naomi McDonald breaks down dressing room doors and exposes all your favourite stars as you've never seen them before.

Comedian and singer Naomi is rounding up a roomful of stars for an hour of hilarious impressions and spoof songs. It's your chance to see celebs as you've never seen them before! Adele croons over custard creams, Nigella Lawson defrosts meals in her bathtub and Melania Trump hits the bottle hard. This is a fast, fun hour full of impressions, spoof songs, and full-on ridiculousness. As heard on BBC Radio 2's 'Celebrity Lip Service', Naomi is familiar to millions due to her work on Sky, Capital FM, and Cartoon Network.

'Brilliant impressions!'

Rory Bremmer



Club Glitoris

6, 13, 20, 27 June, 4 July 7.30pm



Southend Fringe Festival Presents Club Glitoris. A drag, cabaret, burlesque, comedy night for all the weird and wonderful people to come together and party the night away.

Excited about the return of Club Glitoris to Southend Fringe Festival?

Well you don’t have to wait as long as you first thought. Club Glitoris is coming to the award-winning Canal Cafe Theatre in London as one of our run-up events before the big event in Southend. Club Glitoris at the Canal Cafe is running for 5 nights and 5 nights only before the lead up to the festival.

2019’s Southend Fringe Festival begins on Thursday 11th July with the return of Club Glitoris. Club Glitoris is a spectacular night full of burlesque, drag, stand-up and cabaret.

Last years outstanding and hilarious evening was hosted by our very own director of programming and venues, Josh Wilkin, as Lady Snatch, who marveled the audience with not only nine glorious costume changes throughout the evening but also performing in rollerskates. In 2018, we helped the beautiful Flick De’Bean find her husband and received Shakespeare-inspired Insults from The Poetry Club. We heard tales of terrible Blind-Dates from Emily Woods and were honorable guests at the Dirty Women's birthday party.

Who knows what’s in store for this year’s Club Glitoris but what we know for certain is you’d be absolutely bonkers to miss this dazzlingly dramatic evening.

Get your frocks ready and prepared to get involved with this amazingly raunchy evening of glitz, giggles and glamour!



Jess Robinson: Work In Progress

12, 25 July 7.30pm


Award-winning Edinburgh favourite - Jess Robinson returns with a BRAND NEW show and her fabulous live band.

Join Jess for a fun-packed hour of comedy, music and vocal fireworks as you’re transported by the ‘human jukebox’ through improvised musical mash-ups and spot-on impressions – from TV celebs to stars of the silver screen, via Cardi B and Lady Gaga.

Star of The Now Show and The Imitation Game

“Spot on Diva take-downs… spectacular” Mail On Sunday

“Incredible talent… Mind-blowing” Scottish Sun

“A feel good, celebratory show” Observer

“Pitch-perfect” Times

Jess is celebrated for serving up a feast of musical styles and genres and is a classically trained singer, versatile in all styles. She was a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent (ITV1), wowing the judges and audiences alike with her sensational impressions, which she has also showcased on The One Show (BBC One) and The Last Leg (C4). Jess stars as the lead female impressionist in The Week That Wasn’t (Sky One), and will also guest on brand-new, prime-time comedy panel show for impressionists, The Imitation Game (ITV1). Further television appearances include Dead Ringers (BBC Two) and Rory Bremner’s Election Report (BBC Two), whilst she is a prolific performer on radio, appearing in shows such as Comedy Showcase (BBC Radio 2), Jeremy Vine: Agony Uncle (BBC Radio 2), Celebrity Lip Service (BBC Radio 2), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), Rich Hall’s Election Breakdown (BBC Radio 4) and Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 Extra).

Jess made her Edinburgh debut in 2014 with one-woman show, Jess Robinson: Mighty Voice and has returned to the festival each year since then with critically acclaimed shows, with Mighty Voice receiving a Chortle Award nomination.














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