London's comedy community love to embrace the festive season. Many regular comedy clubs offer Christmas party night packages – perfect for an office do – with food, stand-up and aftershow disco included. But if you're simply looking for a festive treat, London is overflowing with merry Christmas comedy gigs. Here are some recommendations.
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Christmas comedy shows in London
What? More than a dozen leftfield comics join forces for their (now traditional) annual alt panto. The plot this year revolves around the Weirdos trying to write a Number One single.
Why? It’s ambitious and totally chaotic. Genuinely one of our highlights of the comedy calendar.Read more
What? Gravel-voiced songs, one-liners and poems, all with a festive twist, from the British Comedy Award-winning BBC Three star.
Why? The show’s as much for Helm as it is for the crowd, so if you’re not a fan stay away. There’ll be plenty of festive ‘fucks’ and Christmas ‘cunts’.Read more
What? Forget all that Jesus stuff: Pascoe’s Christmas show is human-focused, with songs, fables, celebrations and lots of jokes.
Why? The smart stand-up’s trying to start some new festive traditions, so expect ‘Father Crispin’s Centipede’ and ‘the mouse choir’ to become yearly customs.Read more
What? Bob Slayer – the man behind pop-up comedy venue Heroes Grotto of Comedy, in the former Throgmortons restaurant – takes small groups on festive ghost tours of his venue.
Why? It’ll be chaos. And you can pick how ‘adult’ you want your tour: 3pm and 4pm and rated ‘U’, but post-9pm are for 18-plus only.Read more