Comedy gig of the week: The Bib and Bob Show

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Bib and Bob (played by those two incorrigible scallywags, Jerry Sadowitz above, and Logan Murray) aim to shock - and generally they succeed all too well. They have been known to bound on stage promising sketches "which make Nazi war-time atrocities seem like Mr Kipling cakes". They have fulfilled that promise by performing unprintably rude routines about such subjects as George Michael, Gary Glitter, cancer, child abuse, homelessness, Asian shopkeepers, IRA terrorists, Jehovah's Witnesses and piles. They have even risked gags on the taboo subject of the death of Princess Diana.

While undoubtedly offensive, the material can at the same time be liberatingly funny. Watching Bib and Bob you may experience the double-edged feeling of laughing and reproaching yourself for laughing at the same time. Leave your PC baggage at the theatre-door.

`The Bib and Bob Show', The Talk of London, Drury Lane, London WC2 (0171-387 2414) Fri


Stewart Lee

Unlike, say, Reeves and Mortimer, Stewart Lee and Richard Herring do not only work as a double act; they can be just as effective on their own. Herring is a fine comic playwright, while Lee is a deft stand-up, with a mastery of timing which few comedians can match. He headlines a bill featuring Simon Munnery as the League Against Tedium and Marion Pashley, with compere Ronnie Rigsby played by Logan Murray.

The Monday Club, Madame Jo Jo's, London W1 (0171-371 6863) Mon

Mark Thomas

He may be given to bouts of extreme blueness on stage, but Mark Thomas remains that rarest of beings, a political comedian. He says that his enduring fervour comes from the fact that "I naturally loathe all politicians. It's the fact that they all have to be so duplicitous. The Mother of Parliaments? That's just an insult. Mark Twain said that the last person you'd want to see in the White House is the person who wants to be there."

Battersea Arts Centre, London SW11 (0171-223 2223) Fri