Jongleurs on the Road artsdepot Nether Street, North Finchley Wednesday, 8pm Those au fait with the language of Tricolore may know that jongleurs' means jugglers' in French. But even bilinguists will be hard pressed to know why one this talented gang of comedians have named themselves after a bunch of Gauls with balls.

Mandy Knight, the compere for the evening and former Time Out Best Female Comic, is a classical actress whose fear of pseudo-arty fringe theatre propelled her into the murky world of stand-up comedy.

Since then, Jongleurs' first female master of ceremony has worked with the likes of Jo Brand and David Baddiel, and headlined shows across the world.

First on the bill is Curtis Walker, who was named Best Male Stand-up at the Black International Comedy Awards. Originally a poet, he toured extensively as part of double act Curtis and Ishmael, and has collaborated with Maya Angelou, Lenny Henry and Kathy Burke. Walker is not one to shirk away from taking on the big issues.

Sean Collins will also be plying his trade, with his laid back Canadian humour.

His sit-down, storytelling style focuses on his life growing up in the Ottawa Valley and his work as a children's hospital counsellor in Vancouver. Sean performed at comedy clubs from Alaska to Mexico before moving to the UK.

The evening will be rounded off with one of the most experienced comics in the business, Tyneside laughter-merchant John Fothergill. John started out in the band One Hand One Heart, before becoming a regular at the Comedy Caf in Tyneside supporting Jack Dee, Lee Evans and Jo Brand. He is now a frequent performer at London's Comedy Store and Jongleurs.

The gig is suitable for 18s and over. Tickets cost £12 from the box office on 020 8369 5454.