In preparation for next years Olympics festival, East London will be laughing it’s head’s off in preparation with the Scimpylo Festival. With music and film to come in the future, it’s the turn of comedy to make it’s first appearance here. Here are the top ten acts to watch this September:

1. Ed Byrne, September 17th

Irish comedy superstar Ed Byrne is one of the biggest acts to play this years festival. Normally at home playing to millions on mock the week or packing out theatres, he will be playing a relatively intimate gig at the Shoreditch Town Hall. Definitely not one to miss, Ed is one of those rare comedians who everyone seems to like, and this is sure to be a hilarious set.

2. Andrew Maxell, September 17th

Also at the Shoreditch Town Hall, Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell will be brining his well received Edinburgh show, ‘The Lights are on’ to close the festival. Confrontational, but in a nice way, this is one show which is sure to be a talking point for anyone lucky enough to get a ticket.

3. Stephen K Amos, September 9th

Fresh from his BBC series, Stephen K Amos will be taking a step down from his usual theatres, to play a sure to be brilliant set at the Shoreditch Town hall. Ably supported by Political Animal’s Andy Zaltman, this gig will no doubt feature much crowd interaction. You have been warned!

4. Milton Jones, September 8th.

Another Mock the Week regular, Milton Jones will be bringing his own brand of surreal and dark one-liners to the Scimpylo this year. Quick of the mark, yet constantly looking befuddled, expect a quick fire and funny evening.

5. Magic and Mischief with Paul Daniels and Friends, September 16th

One of three magic nights, this night is sure to be one of the bigger crowd pleasers. Paul Daniels will be playing a rare London date, showing everyone whether or not he still has ‘it’. I’m sure that he will prove to all that he most definitely still does!

6. The Boy with Tape on his Face at the Chortle Awards, September 14th

Also playing this evening will be previous chortle awards winners and nominees Kevin Eldon, Andrew Lawrence and Abandonman. However, the highlight could well be the Kiwi silent comedy star. Literally doing his set with tape on his face, he manages to astound every audience with his unique brand of comedy. Well worth giving a go.

7. House with a Heart Comedy Benefit, September 13th

This night will be raising money for a charity that provides a home for abandoned children, a training center for destitute women, and an outreach program for needy families in Kathmandu, Nepal. A worth cause, with Jo Brand, John Moloney and Simon Munnery no doubt bringing the laughter!

8. Phil Nichol, September 14th and 15th

Two appearances here from the award winning Canadian comic, Phil Nichol. Moving away from his previous character comedy with Bobby Spade, Phil will be bringing his back to basics ‘A Simple Hour’ show to East London for two evenings. Consisting of just jokes and songs, this is sure to be a night not to forget.

9. Carl Donnelly, September 16th

Youngster Carl Donnelly will be showing everyone at the festival what the fuss is about with his third Edinburgh show, ‘Carl Donnelier’. With an excellent strain of observational humour present, this will be a great set from a rising comedian.

10. Sean Hughes, September 16th

Irish legend Sean Hughes will be bringing his brand of low key, dark humour to the festival, after returning to comedy after a hiatus. Sure to be whimsical but dark at the same time, this will be a rare chance to see this comedian.

The festival is shaping up to be a great preview for the cultural future the Olympics are sure to bring, For more details on the acts playing and to buy tickets, go to