COMEDY FESTIVAL: From the darkest laughs, to family favourites

Comedy troupe Gein's Family Giftshop have a brand of humour that is certainly unique, and which can be caught at the Shepherds Bush Comedy Festival – presented by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, in partnership with the Bush Theatre and PBJ Management.

Sketch-based, but with running in-jokes, it's a form of humour with its roots very much in old B-movies which really has to be seen to be believed.

Think The League of Gentlemen, The Day Today, or Chris Morris' cult late night radio epic Blue Jam – all of which Kath Hughes admits to be strong influences.

Kath, one of four in the two-man two-woman group, shuns the accusation that the material is macabre, saying that the focus of the laughs is not on the slightly Wicker Man-esque scenarios, but in the awkwardness behind them.

“It's where our sense of humour gravitates,” she says.

This is GFG's first expedition to Shepherds Bush, and Kath says: “We're pretty excited to be a part of it.”

Tickets are £5, and you can catch them at 3pm on 3 June at the Bush Theatre.

Bring the family

If that's not your cup of tea (or fake blood), then there is something for everyone at the Shepherds Bush Comedy Festival – including, a million miles in the other direction, plenty for kids.

Stand-Up For Kids features the junior comedy turn of versatile Edinburgh Fringe staple Fin Taylor.

While Me & My Bee is another great show for children of all ages.

Duncan Bower, Director of Development at Westfield, who are sponsoring the festival, said: “Showcasing art, culture and celebrating local talent is very much part of Westfield London’s continued support for the community.

“We are delighted to help sponsor Hammersmith & Fulham’s first comedy festival in Shepherds Bush - to help bring exciting new work, award-winning comedians and workshops to the borough.

“As we look ahead to the opening of the expanded Westfield London next spring, with a key focus on public spaces, events and entertainment, we very much look forward to developing and contributing to a thriving arts and culture scene for many years to come.”

 Burning effigy in the background and three people dressed in primary school PE kits in foreground standing by lake
Comedy troupe Gein's Family Giftshop have a brand of humour that is certainly unique

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