Comedians on tour

Discover the best comedy shows in London this year and buy tickets for your favourite acts

Diaries at the ready: it's time to start planning your comedy year. Many of the biggest comedy tours of 2015 and 2016 are coming to a London venue this year, and we've put them all into this handy planner. There's every variety of stand-up comedian in London.

Check out the full list below of notable comedians on tour making their way to London in the coming months.

Comedy tours in May 2015

Knightmare Live – Level 2

Critics' choice

'Welcome, watchers of illusion, to the castle of confusion.' Yep, the slapstick stage show version of the iconic kids' TV show takes up residency at the Udderbelly. There's no CGI realm here, rather some shambolic sets and costumes, but it's mighty fun to both play and observe, with Tom Bell making a brilliant Lord Fear. It always sells out, so book soon.

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Udderbelly Friday June 5 2015

Lee Nelson – Suited and Booted

It looks like Simon Brodkin's character creation Lee Nelson – star of his own BBC Three series, 'Lee Nelson's Well Good Show' – has ditched the snapbacks and polo shirts and dressed up for his latest tour, 'Suited and Booted' tour.

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Indigo at The O2 Friday October 16 2015 - Sunday November 8 2015

Nazeem Hussain – Legally Brown

This Aussie comic is half of two-man stand-up show 'Fear of a Brown Planet' with Aamer Rahman, which has already played multiple sell-out runs at Soho Theatre. Now, like Rahman, Nazeem Hussain is going solo, bringing his full-length show to London. The 28-year-old comic has his own TV show in his homecountry, and has recently supported Dave Chappelle on his Australian tour.

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Soho Theatre Saturday May 30 2015

Sheeps – Wembley Previews

Critics' choice

The title ‘Wembley Previews’ is a wonderful juxtaposition to Sheeps’s low-key style. This ace sketch trio – made up of Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts – are original, inventive and properly funny. A few years ago we said they were ‘one of the most exciting sketch acts to emerge in years’. ‘Thanks, guys,’ their website says, ‘We use this quote on basically everything even though it was about three years ago now.’ Yeah, we noticed. But it’s still true.

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Soho Theatre Saturday May 30 2015

Tim Vine – Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You

Tim Vine – the punmeister general – might have outdone himself with his latest show title. 'Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You' made us laugh, and if it makes you laugh too you’ll love his rapid-fire one-liners and wilfully silly songs. Vine is the undisputed king of the one-liner, and he'll be armed with another billion of them all for your delight and delictation.

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Fairfield Halls Until Monday June 1 2015

Dylan Moran – Off the Hook

Critics' choice

Misanthropic Irish comedy superstar Dylan Moran is back on the road with his first UK stand-up tour for four years, and he’s stopping off at the Forum and Hammersmith Apollo for us Londoners. The creator of ‘Black Books’ and star of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ is a master at casually throwing out strange metaphors while sloshing glasses of red wine. There’s depth and intelligence behind his shambolic charm and curmudgeonly manner. (And, in case you’ve ever wondered, it’s ‘Moran’ as in ‘Sporran’. You’re welcome.)

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The Forum Saturday May 30 2015

Phil Ellis's Funz and Gamez

Critics' choice

Bring your kidz – or don't! – to this gloriously silly comedy show. Yes, technically, Funz and Gamez (which won the Panel Prize at the 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award) is for children. But it's just as funz for adultz. Gamez are played, but the little'unz have no chance of winning, and there are lotz of wildly inappropriate jokez that go straight over the kidz' headz. It really is funz for all the family. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

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Udderbelly Sunday May 31 2015 - Sunday June 21 2015
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Comedy tours in June 2015

Jackie Mason Live at the Adelphi – Ready to Rumble

Critics' choice

Back in 2012, US comedy giant Jackie Mason bid 'farewell' to Britain with, apparently, his last ever UK dates. Well, he's back – the 83-year-old stand-up is playing these West End gig at the Adelphi Theatre. Didn't take the self-styled 'Ultimate Jew' too long to change his mind, eh?  Mason has been in the business for more than 50 years and is a master of joke-telling. Expect this Adelphi run to contain new jokes, a good chunk of old material (which could be justified as 'classic Mason') and will probably slip into some un-PC ground. Technically, though, Mason is a superb comic, with excellent timing and a sharp comedy mind. If you've never seen Jackie Mason live, we thoroughly recommend you get yourself a ticket – it could be your last chance.

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Adelphi Theatre Monday June 1 2015 - Saturday June 6 2015

David Baddiel – Work-in-Progress

Ideas, stories and new material from David Baddiel as he prepares his new very personal solo show 'My Family: Not the Sitcom'.

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Soho Theatre Wednesday June 3 2015 - Saturday June 6 2015

Knightmare Live – Level 2

Critics' choice

'Welcome, watchers of illusion, to the castle of confusion.' Yep, the slapstick stage show version of the iconic kids' TV show takes up residency at the Udderbelly. There's no CGI realm here, rather some shambolic sets and costumes, but it's mighty fun to both play and observe, with Tom Bell making a brilliant Lord Fear. It always sells out, so book soon.

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Udderbelly Friday June 5 2015

Pete Firman

Critics' choice

Jokes and tricks from Middlesbrough-born magician extraordinaire Pete Firman. Star of BBC's 'The Magician's, Pete's mix of friendly banter, astonishing tricks and cheeky innuendos is a real winner. Thought magic was old-school hack? Think again.

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Udderbelly Saturday June 6 2015

Jimmy Carr – Funny Business

Sharp, edgy one-liner merchant and TV regular Jimmy Carr is back on the road with more gags. He's one of the hardest working comedians in the country, constantly touring, always writing and somehow finding the time to host all those things on telly. His blocked-drain laugh is recognisable from a mile away.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Sunday August 2 2015 - Saturday November 14 2015

Tommy Tiernan – Out of the Whirlwind

Critics' choice

What a treat. Multi award-winning Irish superstar Tommy Tiernan performs an intimate run at the Soho Theatre with his new solo show 'Out of the Whirlwind'. Tommy tackles the big issues of today – sex, religion and family – with a mix of his personal demons and trademark sense of outrage. He's a must-see for any true comedy fan, especially in such a cosy setting.

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Soho Theatre Tuesday June 9 2015 - Saturday June 20 2015

Stewart Francis – Pun Gent Tour

Critics' choice

Slick Canadian one-liner merchant Stewart Francis is back on the road, stopping off at the Bloomsbury Theatre with his 'Pun Gent' tour. As seen on 'Mock the Week' and 'Live at the Apollo', he has a gift for exquisitely crafted gags of the highest order.

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Bloomsbury Theatre Thursday June 11 2015 - Friday June 12 2015

The Horne Section's Questions Sessions

Critics' choice

Alex Horne's jazz-accompanied comedy-party returns to the Udderbelly, but this time as a quiz show. It's heaps of fun, with games, challenges and nonsense from Horne and his hugely talented band, plus special guest comics accompanied by live music.

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Udderbelly Thursday June 11 2015 - Thursday July 9 2015

James Acaster – Represent

Critics' choice

James Acaster's a true Time Out fave. The triple Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee just gets better and better. His shows suck you into his quizzical world, where seemingly unimportant problems are picked apart in exquisite detail. Acaster's bringing his brand new show, 'Represent', to the purple cow.

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Udderbelly Saturday June 13 2015

Diane Chorley – Duchess of Canvey

The regular Queen of Caaanvey, Diane Chorley, turns the Soho Theatre's basement room into her Essex nightclub The Flick for a two-week stint. In the ’80s, Chorley's club was the place to be seen in the Essex area. But after the police got wind of some dodgy operations, Diane was sent to prison and the club shut up shop. She's reformed now, though. And so have her band, The Buffet. Together they belt out classic covers and Diane tells witty anecdotes about her hostessing heyday between the tunes.

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Soho Theatre Monday June 15 2015 - Saturday June 27 2015
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Comedy tours in July 2015

Whose Line Is It Anyway?… Live

Critics' choice

Now, this is a big deal. For the first time ever (officially, at least) legendary TV improv show 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' is becoming a live show, playing a short run in the West End. 'Whose Line' regulars Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Josie Lawrence, Brad Sherwood and host Clive Anderson are all on board, and the show has the backing of original creators Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson.A very unofficial revival – with Anderson, Mochrie, Proops, Lawrence and guests – took place at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, entitled 'What Does the Title Matter Anyway?' But this time it's all legit, and there'll be no letters from lawyers. Instead, just classic improv games and made-up-on-the-spot hilarity with full branding.

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Adelphi Theatre Saturday June 20 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015

Katherine Ryan – Glam Role Model

Critics' choice

Biting Canadian stand-up Katherine Ryan finds humour in the things in life than make us bitter, and now she's bringing her brand new solo show, 'Glam Role Model', to the Soho Theatre. Ryan's had a phenomenally successful couple of years, popping up regularly on the telly, from 'Mock the Week' to 'QI', '8 Out of 10 Cats' to 'Live at the Apollo'. Her latest solo show explores the murky world of glamour modelling. She's quickly becoming a hugely popular comic.

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Artsdepot Saturday June 6 2015 - Friday July 3 2015

Richard Herring – Best Of (Parts 1 and 2)

Critics' choice

The 'Herring' half of 'Lee and Herring', podcasting innovator and consummate stand-up Richard Herring performs his best material from the past 20 years over two shows.

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Udderbelly Thursday June 25 2015 - Thursday July 2 2015

The Horne Section's Questions Sessions

Critics' choice

Alex Horne's jazz-accompanied comedy-party returns to the Udderbelly, but this time as a quiz show. It's heaps of fun, with games, challenges and nonsense from Horne and his hugely talented band, plus special guest comics accompanied by live music.

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Udderbelly Thursday June 11 2015 - Thursday July 9 2015

Balham Comedy Festival

Critics' choice

Now in its fourth year, the Balham Comedy Festival is back with a bang for 2015. Taking place in the various rooms of the Bedford pub, over the course of the nine-day festival you can catch solo shows from big-name comics, as well ace line-ups in the 'Best of Banana Cabaret' bills. Across the festival you can catch Harry Hill, Ardal O'Hanlon, Tim Vine, Robert Newman, Sara Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan, Ed Byrne and even Paul Daniels. Yes, Paul Daniels! For the full details, see 'dates and times'.

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The Bedford Friday July 10 2015 - Saturday July 18 2015

Al Murray the Pub Landlord's Southbank Saloon

Critics' choice

Mr Al Murray The Pub Landlord is back on the south bank, at the London Wonderground, having a crack at the variety circuit. He's acting as ringmaster for this mix of comedy, cabaret and music. He's a national treasure, and still one of the finest character comedians this country has ever produced. All hail to the ale! Try The Pub Landlords's South Bank pub crawl

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London Wonderground Friday July 10 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015

Mrs Brown and Mrs Brown's Boys – How Now Mrs Brown Cow

Yes, from BBC One's wildly popular 'Mrs Brown's Boys' and now 'D'Movie' too, Brendan O'Carroll adapts his crude Irish mammy character for the stage once again, playing the massive O2 Arena. If you've ever watched the sitcom and thought 'I'd love to see Mrs Brown's Boys Live', well, here you are…

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The O2 Tuesday July 7 2015 - Saturday July 11 2015

Ealing Comedy Festival

Critics' choice

The Ealing Comedy Festival returns in 2015 for its twenty-second year! The annual Walpole Park bonanza always features spectacular line-ups, and 2015 is no exception. Across the five nights you can catch Julian Clary, Milton Jones, Rob Delaney, Russell Kane, Nick Helm, Ed Byrne and many many more. Click 'dates and times' for the full line-ups.

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Walpole Park (Big Top) Friday July 17 2015 - Friday July 24 2015

Jason Byrne – 20 Years a Clown

High-octane Irishman Jason Byrne celebrates 20 years in comedy with a new show, which he's bringing to the Udderbelly. The star of BBC's 'Father Figure' is a crowd favourite – his semi-improvised, sweatily energetic shows are a hoot.

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Udderbelly Friday July 17 2015 - Saturday November 28 2015

Michael Che

Critics' choice

Ahead of his run at the Edinburgh Fringe, 'Saturday Night Live' star Michael Che stops off in London for a short stint at the Soho Theatre. This super-laidback 32-year-old New York comic has only been performing since 2009, but has already been a correspondent on 'The Daily Show' and is now co-anchor of 'SNL's prestigious 'Weekend Update' segment. He's a talented stand-up too, covering both big world issues and street culture with a witty, skewed logic.

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Soho Theatre Thursday July 30 2015 - Saturday August 1 2015
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Comedy tours in August 2015

Jimmy Carr – Funny Business

Sharp, edgy one-liner merchant and TV regular Jimmy Carr is back on the road with more gags. He's one of the hardest working comedians in the country, constantly touring, always writing and somehow finding the time to host all those things on telly. His blocked-drain laugh is recognisable from a mile away.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Sunday August 2 2015 - Saturday November 14 2015

Iliza Shlesinger – Freezing Hot

Critics' choice

US stand-up Iliza Shlesinger – all the way from Dallas, Texas – makes her UK debut this summer. Shlesinger won the sixth season of 'Last Comic Standing' in the States (basically 'X Factor' for comedians) and she's an impressive stand-up: she's slick, caustic and tells it like it is, with plenty of strong opinions on dating, pop culture and the state of her nation. Netflix users might've seen her 'Freezing Hot' special in their 'recommended' feeds recently – this London run is a version of that show.

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Soho Theatre Monday August 17 2015 - Saturday August 29 2015

Comedy tours in September 2015

The Adam Carolla Show – Live Podcast

US actor-comedian Adam Carolla brings his hugely popular podcast, inventively titled 'The Adam Carolla Show', to London for a live record. It's the most downloaded podcast in the world – the Guinness Book of World Records made it official, when it overtook Ricky Gervais's previous record. UK comedy fans might know Carolla's voice as Death in 'Family Guy'. He's also written for Jimmy Kimmel starred with him in the series they co-created, 'The Man Show'.

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Bloomsbury Theatre Thursday September 10 2015

Kevin Bridges – A Whole Different Story…

Scottish comic Kevin Bridges continues his journey to comedy superstardom with a huge new UK tour following the release of his first autobiography, 'We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges'. Bridges's rise to household name status was a fast one. One year he was playing a 50-seat room at the Edinburgh Fringe, the next he was performing in front of 10,000 people in his home town. Now you can catch him at the Hammersmith Apollo as part of his 'A Whole Differrent Story…' tour.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Monday September 14 2015 - Saturday September 19 2015

Trailer Park Boys – Even More Drunk, High and Unemployed

Fans of the hit Canadian mockumentary series 'The Trailer Park Boys' will be pleased to know that Ricky, Julian and Bubbles return to the UK after selling the Hammersmith Apollo a couple of years ago. Starring John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells and Mike Smith, the TV show followed the lives of three trailer park residents trying to come up with ways to get rich, high and stay out of jail.

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O2 Academy Brixton Friday September 18 2015 - Saturday September 19 2015

Paul Chowdhry – PC's World

'Stand Up for the Week' regular Paul Chowdhry is back on the road with 'PC's World' (see what he did there?), and he's bringing the show to the Hammersmith Apollo. As well as his laidback views on multicultural Britain, Chowdhry's promising to tackle subjects that other comics wouldn't, including 'homosexuality', 'non-existent customer services' and 'the fine art of attracting a women.' Please note: those are direct quotes from his press release.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Tuesday September 22 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

Alan Carr – Yap, Yap, Yap!

The 'Chatty Man' himself Alan Carr is back on the road for the first time in four years, and he's bringing his motormouth skills to Hammersmith. The sassy, spectacle wearing comic and Bafta award-winner is at his best on stage – he's charmingly bitchy.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Thursday September 24 2015 - Saturday December 19 2015

Rob Beckett – Mouth of the South

The fast-rising 28-year-old comic returns to his roots (Lewisham) with this south London stop on his debut tour. Expect some cheeky chappy stories and witty observations.

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Blackheath Halls Saturday September 26 2015

Pam Ann – Queen of the Sky

Pam Ann – the sharp-tongued air hostess from hell – is the monster character creation of Aussie comic Caroline Reid. She's flying into town with more tales of life in the mile high club for a West End run at the Leicester Square Theatre.

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Leicester Square Theatre Wednesday September 30 2015 - Saturday November 7 2015
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Comedy tours in October 2015

Michael McIntyre – Happy & Glorious

Fluffy-haired, baby-faced, observation machine Michael McIntyre hits the road once again with his next huge arena tour, 'Happy & Glorious'. Since breakthrough appearances on 'The Royal Variety Performance' and 'Live at the Apollo' the skipping stand-up has basically achieved (comedy) world domination: he's had his own stand-up and chat shows on BBC One, sells out massive tours in a matter of minutes and has spawned a million impressions by your mates down the pub. 'Happy & Glorious' settles in at the O2 and Wembley Arenas in October 2015. The shows on Oct 2 and 3 at the O2 are being recorded for DVD release.

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The O2 Thursday October 1 2015 - Saturday October 24 2015

Trevor Noah – Lost in Translation

Slick, smooth, smart and sublimely funny South African stand-up Trevor Noah hits the Hammersmith Apollo with his new tour, 'Lost in Translation'. The 30-year-old comic is a household name in his homecountry, and is quickly becoming one in the UK too. A few years ago, with a little help from Eddie Izzard, Noah had a phenomenally successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe. That show, 'The Racist', then had multiple sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre before playing to full houses at the Shepherd's Bush Empire and the Apollo itself. His material generally focuses on his unique upbringing – growing up in apartheid South Africa, the son of a black African mum and a white Swiss dad – and he has plenty to say about race and multiculturalism. This is warm, insightful, classy comedy. Watch a clip of Trevor Noah

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Friday October 2 2015 - Saturday October 3 2015

“Weird Al” Yankovic – The Mandatory World Tour

Critics' choice

London, be prepared to 'Eat It' – the unashamedly 'Tacky' king of musical parodies, "Weird Al" Yankovic, is heading to the capital to play a huge show at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. In his nearly 40-year career "Weird Al"s recorded over 150 songs – mainly silly parodies of famous tracks – and sold more than 12 million albums. Never one to be behind musical trends, the 55-year-old comic is currently on a career high. His latest album, 'Mandatory Fun' – which parodies Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea and Lorde, among others – shot straight to number one on the US Billboard 200, making it the first chart-topping comedy record ever. Not bad for a frizzy-haired accordionist from California. Watch "Weird Al" Yankovic's 'Handy' music video:

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Sunday October 4 2015

Chris Ramsey – All Growed Up

Trendy young Geordie comic Chris Ramsey – star of BBC Two sitcom 'Hebburn' and a regular on ITV2's 'Celebrity Juice' – brings his brand new show, 'All Growed Up', to the Bloomsbury Theatre. As you might guess from the title, the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee's latest is about embracing the terrifying prospect of adulthood. Ramsey's instantly likeable, with a knack for livening up stories with a dramatic flair. An hour in his company is very safe and pleasant indeed.

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Bloomsbury Theatre Wednesday October 7 2015 - Thursday October 8 2015

Doug Stanhope

Critics' choice

We're massive fans of Doug Stanhope. This hellraising US stand-up is the real frickin' deal, tackling hard-hitting topics with brutal honesty and drunken intelligence. Politics, sex, drugs, religion, death – Stanhope has smart views on all them in his vitriloic rants. No two shows are ever quite the same. The Arizona-based comic's rambling, alcohol-fuelled social commentaries are utterly thrilling, and no two shows are ever quite the same. This Hammersmith Apollo date will be a treat.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Saturday October 10 2015 - Sunday October 11 2015

John Lloyd – Emperor of the Prawns

Critics' choice

Nope, we don't know what 'Emperor of the Prawns' means either. But legendary comedy producer and behind-the-scenes man John Lloyd will reveal all in his new solo show.  Lloyd's behind many British comedy greats – 'Blackadder', 'QI', 'Spitting Image' and so many more – and in 2013 he finally stepped into the limelight with an enlighteneing stand-up show/lecture. His style is a bit like an after-dinner speaker, regaling his tales and 'QI'-style facts from behind a lectern. And what enthralling, breezy tales they are. It's a pleasure to spend an hour in the company of such a master raconteur.

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Bloomsbury Theatre Friday October 23 2015

Pam Ann – Queen of the Sky

Pam Ann – the sharp-tongued air hostess from hell – is the monster character creation of Aussie comic Caroline Reid. She's flying into town with more tales of life in the mile high club for a West End run at the Leicester Square Theatre.

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Leicester Square Theatre Wednesday September 30 2015 - Saturday November 7 2015
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Comedy tours in November 2015

Sean Lock – Work-in-Progress

The wonderful Mr Lock – '8 Out of 10 Cats' team captain and creator of the superb '15 Storeys High' – workshops new material. Although, the ticket price is more than you'd pay for a lot of 'finished' comedy shows…

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Leicester Square Theatre Monday November 2 2015 - Saturday November 14 2015

Dawn French – 30 Million Minutes

Critics' choice

Following a mammoth UK tour, the 'French' half of 'French and Saunders' and star of 'The Vicar of Dibley' finally brings her solo show to London. Dawn French plays a West End run of '30 Million Minutes' at the Vaudeville Theatre this autumn. Expect witty anecdotes and daft jokes as French reveals the lessons life has taught her over the years. This isn't just a comedy show either, it's part-monologue, part-play, part-autobiographical slideshow, and it's directed by Michael Grandage. La-de-da.

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Vaudeville Theatre Wednesday November 11 2015 - Saturday December 5 2015

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse – Legends!

Critics' choice

A quarter of a century has passed since two absolute legends of character comedy first graced our telly screens together. Over the years Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse have brought us the Old Gits, Smashie and Nicey, Kevin the Teenager, Julio Geordio and loads more, most of which they'll be reviving this autumn in their first ever joint live tour. Tickets for London's date at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith go on sale Monday April 20 at 9am.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Sunday November 15 2015 - Tuesday November 17 2015

An Evening with Noel Fielding

Critics' choice

Boosh fans, it's time to dig out those lightning bolt t-shirts you bought on the 2006 tour. Noel Fielding – the Hoxton-haired half of the Mighty Boosh; you know, the one with the pointy features – is hitting the road with 'An Evening with Noel Fielding', which he's bringing to Hammersmith and Brixton. The surrealist comic is promising a mix of stand-up, live animations, music and appearances from his character creations, including The Moon and Fantasy Man. Noel's brother, Mike Fielding (best known as 'Naboo' from the series) and long-time Boosh collaborator Tom Meeten are also joining Noel on stage. Imagine that!

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Churchill Theatre Wednesday November 18 2015 - Friday November 20 2015

Hal Cruttenden – Straight Outta Cruttenden

Critics' choice

Struggling everyman, middle class worrier and 'Live at the Apollo' star Hal Cruttenden lands at the Leicester Square Theatre with a brand new show, 'Straight Outta Cruttenden'. The TV regular's mix of energetic observations and stories of life-grumbles are always hugely entertaining.

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Leicester Square Theatre Sunday November 22 2015
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Comedy tours in December 2015

Dawn French – 30 Million Minutes

Critics' choice

Following a mammoth UK tour, the 'French' half of 'French and Saunders' and star of 'The Vicar of Dibley' finally brings her solo show to London. Dawn French plays a West End run of '30 Million Minutes' at the Vaudeville Theatre this autumn. Expect witty anecdotes and daft jokes as French reveals the lessons life has taught her over the years. This isn't just a comedy show either, it's part-monologue, part-play, part-autobiographical slideshow, and it's directed by Michael Grandage. La-de-da.

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Vaudeville Theatre Wednesday November 11 2015 - Saturday December 5 2015

Bill Bailey – Limboland

He said he was going to take a break from stand-up. But it hasn't taken long for Bill Bailey to get back on the road. 'Limboland', the 50-year-old comic's new show, has already toured the southern hemisphere, and it's landing in London in December 2015. As you'd expect from a BB show, it should be an absolute hoot, mixing his trademark musical deconstructions with whimsical flights of fancy and general grumbles. Read our interview with Bill Bailey

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Tuesday December 8 2015 - Sunday January 17 2016

Brian and Robin's Christmas Compendium of Reason

Critics' choice

Everyone's favourite dreamy-eyed sciencist, Professor Brian Cox, and superb, erudite comedian Robin Ince join forces for their annual Christmas blow-out at the Hammersmith Apollo. The pair are co-hosts of Radio 4's 'Infinite Monkey Cage', and these live shows will be similar, but with more of a variety feel, bringing together an array of scientific minds, stand-ups and musicians. Previous guests have included The Cure, Hugh Grant, Ross Noble and Chris Hadfield.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Thursday December 10 2015 - Friday December 11 2015
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Comedy tours in January 2016

Stewart Lee – A Room With a Stew: Marathon Nights

Critics' choice

Iconoclastic comedy hero Stewart Lee has been touring the country and playing intimate London runs to workshop six new half-hour routines (three each night) in preparation for the next series of his 'Comedy Vehicle'. But at these Southbank Centre gigs, just before the TV series of broadcast, Lee's performing the sets for the final time – in one massive marathon sitting. All six routines, plus a couple of intervals, clocking in at just under four hours.

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Royal Festival Hall Saturday January 9 2016 - Monday January 11 2016

Comedy tours in February 2016

Basketmouth

Nigerian stand-up Basketmouth – aka Bright Okpocha – plays a massive London show, on Valentine's Day no less. Basketmouth has organised some hugely popular comedy gigs in his homecountry, and now tours the world with his views on African politics and life.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Sunday February 14 2016

25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer – The Poignant Moments

Critics' choice

We called it! After hinting about it in our interview in February, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have now officially announced that they're celebrating 25 years on our screens with their first live in tour in 17 years. And we couldn't be more excited. 'The Poignant Moments' is likely to be a lo-fi, unglamourous production, with Vic and Bob going back to their roots of stupid props, dodgy wigs and a whole bunch of absurdist nonsense. The slapstick pair will be performing their favourite bits and skits from their quarter century back catalogue, and Bob's already hinted on Twitter about a few of the characters that could make appearances. Whatever happens, though, it's a rare chance to see thess hugely influential comedy loons live on stage. Read our interview with Vic and Bob

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Monday February 15 2016 - Tuesday February 16 2016

Paddy McGuinness – Daddy McGuinness

Single man*, reveal yourself! Let the Paddy see the McGuinness! No likey… er, don't buy a ticket, I guess? That's right, the host of ITV's primetime dating show 'Take Me Out' is back on the road, rounding off his 'Daddy McGuinness' tour with a massive date at the Hammersmith Apollo. Before 'Take Me Out', McGuinness was best known as doorman Paddy in Peter Kay's 'Phoenix Nights', and spin-off series 'Max & Paddy'. And, hey, the sold-out 'Phoenix Nights' revival (taking place at Manchester Arena for Comic Relief) is sure to shift some tickets to the 41-year-old TV host's comedy tour. It could be quite fun, in a Saturday-night-ITV kind of way. Just don't expect groundbreaking stand-up. *Note: Paddy McGuinness isn't a single man. He's happily married.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Friday February 26 2016
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Comedy tours in March 2016

Ed Byrne – Outside, Looking In

This superb Irish comic has been moaning about life's little annoyances since his early 20s and, now into his fifth decade on this earth, he's not about to stop. Ed Byrne's latest tour 'Outside, Looking In' hits the Shepherd's Bush Empire in 2016, but he's being pretty vague about what it'll contain – he just promises it'll be funny.

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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Thursday March 3 2016

Comedy tours in April 2016

Comedy tours in May 2016

Sarah Millican – Outsider

Critics' choice

Seemingly sweet and properly filthy comic Sarah Millican is back on the road, with 'Outsider', which she's bringing to the Hammersmith Apollo. The BBC Two-starring stand-up has been one of the most popular comics in the country for a good few years now. Millican go fill arenas, but chooses more intimate theatres instead, which fit her cosy, welcoming style.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Friday May 13 2016 - Saturday May 14 2016

Comedy tours in October 2016

Al Murray the Pub Landlord – One Man, One Guvnor

All hail to the ale! Can you believe Al Murray has now spent 20 years as one of the finest comedy character creations in the country, the Pub Landlord? After battling Farage in South Thanet, Murray's celebrating the milestone with this huge national tour – 'One Man, One Guvnor' – which he's bringing back to London for a massive gig at the Royal Albert Hall. The Pub Landlord's a national treasure. And remember: please take your glasses back to the bar…

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Royal Albert Hall Tuesday October 11 2016

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Nick Helm: the ultimate entertainer

As the ‘Uncle’ star unleashes his bombastic stand-up on TV in ‘Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment’, we break down why he’s the ultimate showman

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By: Ben Williams
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anspringgirl
anspringgirl

News just in- Jerry Sadowitz is doing two warm-up gigs on the 8th and the 15th at the Betsey Trotwood pub, Farringdon Lane. Doors open at 8pm. Should be a great show!

glen lath
glen lath

London always has the best comedians with the best shows,looking forward to see lee Evans in Sep-Nov.see you all there ...........