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Christmas comedy in London

'Tis the season to be jolly, so why not treat yourself to a festive-themed comedy gig?

Christmas comedy in London

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

Weirdos for Christmas Number 1: An Alternative Panto

Critics' choice

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.

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Heroes Grotto of Comedy , Moorgate Tuesday December 8 2015 - Friday December 11 2015

Tim Key: Father Slutmas

Critics' choice

What? Time Out’s favourite drunken bard reads Yuletide poems, downs mulled wine and lays into Aled Jones.

Why? Where else can you hear a poem about an elf making a toy who ‘slipped and cut himself next to his dick’?

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The Invisible Dot Ltd , Pentonville Monday December 14 2015 - Saturday December 19 2015

Diane Chorley's Ding Dong Merrily Diane

Critics' choice

What? Essex songstress and nightclub owner Diane Chorley belts out festive covers and her own Christmas single, backed by her house band, The Buffet.

Why? It’s a right old knees-up. A proper pre-Christmas party show.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Wednesday December 16 2015 - Wednesday December 23 2015

Nick Helm's Christmas Fuck-Fest!

Critics' choice

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’.

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Heroes Grotto of Comedy , Moorgate Monday December 21 2015

Sara Pascoe’s Christmas Assembly

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.

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Monday December 14 2015 - Wednesday December 23 2015

Santageddon Ghost Tour: HoHo Theatre Backstage

Critics' choice

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.

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Heroes Grotto of Comedy , Moorgate Sunday December 13 2015

Josie Long's Christmas Miracle

What? The eternally optimistic Josie Long hosts this one-off gig, introducing comedy pals for festive larks.

Why? The line-up’s ace: Foster’s Award-winner John Kearns, character act Lolly Adefope and wordplay enthusiast Nathaniel Metcalfe.

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Kings Place , King's Cross Saturday December 12 2015

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Christmas gigs in London

If you fancy a live music backdrop for your festive fun, then check out our list of the best of this year’s Christmas-themed gigs. 

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