London always has the best comedians with the best shows,looking forward to see lee Evans in Sep-Nov.see you all there ...........
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 in 2014 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.
Flick through the gallery to browse through this year's biggest comedy shows, and see the full list below of notable comedians making their way to London.
The biggest comedians on tour in 2014 and 2015
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Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft
Lee Evans – Monsters
Lee Mack – Hit the Road Mack
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Tig Notaro – Boyish Girl Interrupted
Miranda Hart – My, What I Call
Russell Howard – Wonderbox
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Full list of upcoming comedy shows in 2014 and 2015
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Though perhaps best known as Murray the manager in 'Flight of the Conchords' or from his appearances in films such as 'Yes Man' or 'The Boat that Rocked', Darby is also a hugely popular stand-up, with incredible physicality and vocal dexterity. He's back on tour – including these dates at the Shepherd's Bush Empire – with epic new show, 'Mr Adventure'.
Soho Theatre continues its season of impressive American stand-ups with a soho show from Pittsburgh-born comic Anthony Jeselnik. He's a dark, deranged stand-up, telling near-the-knuckle jokes. In the States he has his own Comedy Central series, 'The Jeselnik Offensive' (geddit?). You'll find yourself laughing at his so-wrong-they're-right jokes before you can stop yourself.
No-nonsense stand-up Dave Hughes is a household name in his homecountry of Australia. Expect the Aussies to be flocking to the Soho Theatre to catch his pithy jokes.
This brash, confrontational and dangerously funny comic has just added a second Brixton date (July 31) due to popular demand. Jefferies's ability to both charm and offend the crowd in equal measure has gained him a hardcore audience, and having practically given up booze (well, on stage, at least), his shows are now far more consistent. His drunken anger when things aren't going well has gone, and so has (most) of the blatant misogyny. Now based Stateside, and with a second season of his own US series 'Legit' having just aired in the US, who knows when he'll be back in the country... book now or regret it later!
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This cult American showcase of odd and hysterical undiscovered videos is a hoot. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett (whose credits include The Onion and 'The Late Show with David Letterman') introduce clips from their 20-year-old collection of VHS videos found at garage sales and thrift shops. Utterly bizarre and hysterically funny, it's like sifting through YouTube for funny vids, but way better. Here's a quick taster.
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Screw the Edinburgh Fringe, London's got its own alternative. The Phoenix Fringe was a huge hit last year, and in 2014 it's back with an even more impressive line-up. Tons of comics – big names and small – are taking part, with every show just £10 (or £8 in advance), or a day ticket giving you access to three shows for £20. 2014's line-up includes Frankie Boyle, Al Murray, Nick Helm, Ed Byrne, Aisling Bea and so many more. See below for the full line-up.
Razor-sharp Irish rascal and former 'Buzzcocks' team captain Sean Hughes workshops new material.
Slick, super-sharp wit from Simon Evans who brings his hit show from last year's Edinburgh Fringe, 'Leashed', to Soho. Evans has a new family dog, and uses this as a hook to veer off into bone-dry tales of family life, living in Hove and middle-class problems.
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Dressed in a stained tuxedo, sporting a greasy combover and phlegming into his own drink, 'America's Funnyman' Neil Hamburger (aka, the character creation of Gregg Turkington) isn't your typical 'Live at the Apollo' guest. Since the early '90s, the haggard comic has been delighting, bewildering, exhausting, insulting and furiously enraging audiences with his bitter, fumbled delivery, hack topics and terrible timing. He's possibly the world's worst comedian, but he's also one of the funniest.
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Masterful US comedian Mathilde ‘Tig’ Notaro hit the comedy news headlines in 2012 after announcing on stage, on the day of her diagnosis, that she had breast cancer. The set was recorded and released as the album ‘Tig Notaro: Live’ via Louis CK’s website (he himself wrote ‘In my 27 years doing this I have seen a handful of truly masterful performances. One was Tig Notaro last night at the Largo’) and has since sold more than 100,000 copies. But if you’re thinking her stand-up’s going to be a depress-fest, never fear; Tig’s as uplifting as they come. Following a short run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year she’s finally making her London debut at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. If you don’t buy a ticket, you’re a fool.
About bloody time! Exciting sketch comedy duo Cardinal Burns – longtime circuit favourites and now stars of their own brilliantly funny, British Comedy Award-winning Channel 4 series – set out on their first live tour. Londoners are treated to a full two-week run at the Soho Theatre. Expect silly, slightly perverse sketches and subtle, worryingly believable performances. Dustin Demri-Burns and Seb Cardinal are mighty talented.
Frisky & Mannish – the reigning champions of pop revisionism – expertly mash-up chart hits in their latest show, 'Just Too Much'. Frisky, booming and brilliant on the mic, and Mannish, catty and deft at the keyboard, have long shown a keen ear for parody and pastiche as well as well-honed chemistry. Glitzy good fun.
The American actress and comedian Colleen Ballinger returns to London with her alter ego Miranda, the woeful YouTube singing sensation. Posting videos as Miranda online since 2008, Ballinger has now notched up more than 24 million views.
A box-office hit across the globe, including Australia, New Zealand and his home country of Scotland, the dashing Danny Bhoy brings his new tour show – 'Untick this Box' – to London as part of his UK tour.
Following a few ups and downs last year, the superb Greenwich Comedy Festival (possibly our favourite London comedy fest) is back with a bang for 2014, setting up camp in the grounds of the beautiful National Maritime Museum. Spectacular all-headline bills get the big- and little-top tents laughing throughout the week, with names including Ardal O’Hanlon, Milton Jones, Stewart Francis, David O’Doherty, Nina Conti and many more heading to SE10. Check the dates below for the full list of acts.
Frantic, rubber-faced comic Lee Evans brings his biggest tour to date, Monster, to the O2 and Wembley arenas. His last show, Roadrunner, was the fastest-selling comedy tour at the time, with 227,424 tickets sold in just one day. This time he's upping the ante and playing to more people than ever. Fans can expect heaps of manic, sweaty energy and acute observations from this record-breaking comedy superstar. If you can't get a ticket first time around, don't fret too much – we reckon many extra dates will be announced in due course.
To promote his latest memoir, sketch comedy hero, 'QI' host, erudite wonder and all-round national treasure Stephen Fry is on a short tour, telling a mix of stories from the book and witty anecdotes, plus a light sprinkling with stand-up-like routines. The 'Blackadder' star most recently won acclaim for his role as Malvolio in 'Twelfth Night', at Shakespeare's Globe, in the West End and on Broadway. But Fry doesn't need the Bard to put elegant words in his mouth, he's good enough at that already. No doubt Fry fans will snap up these tickets super-quickly, so book soon if you don't want to miss out.
Everyone's favourite OCD-ridden misanthrope, Jon Richardson, is back on tour with 'Nidiot', which he's bringing to the Hammersmith Apollo. Richardson's best known as a team captain on '8 Out of 10 Cats', and wildly successful spin-off, '8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown'. But he's also one superb stand-up – persistently pessimistic, and a master improviser. In 'Nidiot' he's promising to be more laidback. We'll believe it when we see it.
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Following sell-out runs at the Little Angel and Soho Theatres, Rob Newman brings his erduite new show to the Leicester Square Theatre. The 'Newman' half of 'Newman and Baddiel' has more strings to his comedic bow than are attached to a World Bank loan. He is one amazing comedian, and in his new show he explores the 150-year controversy in evolutionary theory. It's a shambolically brilliant show; part-lecture, part-stand-up and brimming with intelligence.
Doc Brown (not to be confused with US mime/clown act Doctor Brown) is an extraordinarily talented rapper-turned-comic who seamlessly fuses hip-hop and stand-up. In his sharp-witted songs, Doc smartly makes fun of the ridiculous arrogance of rap stars, and even gives hip-hop a British middle-class twist with a rap about making the perfect brew. Although, more recently, he's been upping the ratio of stand-up to songs. Brown's popped up in Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' and supported 'The Office' co-creator on his Scandinavian tour, and now he's bringing his new tour 'The Weird Way Round' to the Forum as part of his UK tour. Watch Doc Brown's history of alternative comedy rap
The creator of mega-popular slapstick sitcom 'Miranda' returns to the stand-up stage, for the first time in five years. Hart isn't messing about, she's going straight in with an arena tour, and says to expect the show to include 'galloping' and 'attempts at song and dance'. Such fun! Read our review of 'Miranda Hart – My, What I Call, Live Show'
Since ditching the bitchy world of pop music-based telly shows, Simon Amstell has made a stand-up career out of angst. He’s the epitome of melancholy, delving into his personal pit of poignancy so that we may laugh at his pain. He's dark, challenging and sensitive all at the same time and, above, incredibly funny. He's kicking off his fourth world tour, 'To Be Free', in London at the Leicester Square Theatre.
Joan Rivers – the grande dame of stand-up – is a true living comedy legend. At 79 years old (she doesn't look it, does she? Do you think she's had some work done?), she's showing no sign of old age and her bitchy machine-gun-paced attacks on celebrity culture are as biting as ever. Who does she have locked in her sights this year? Whoever they are, they might as well throw in the towel right now. She's performing at the Royal Albert Hall as part of 'Before They Close the Lid' UK tour.
Accomplished Irish/Aussie comedy stalwart Jimeoin is back on the road, bringing his new show 'Yes, Yes, Whatever…?!' to the Forum, following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe and numerous TV appearances. He's a consummate comic.
Super-slick, fast-paced nonsense from Lee Mack, the star of his own sitcom 'Not Going Out' and BBC's 'Would I Lie To You?', as he plays the Hammersmith Apollo as part of his 'Hit the Road Mack' tour – his first tour for four years. He whirls around the stage at a rapid pace, and you're He’s the kind of comic you can take the whole family to see – your kids, your nan, your weird creepy uncle… – and they’ll all have a laff.
An extravaganza for connoisseurs of imperial comedy from one of the empire's most original talents. No one quite does fey whimsy quite like Paul Foot. He's quickly becoming a national comedy treasure, and you can see his latest bonkers hour 'Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon # Major' at the Bloomsbury Theatre as part of his UK tour.
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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.
Following his ace show 'Dave Gorman's Powerpoint Presentation', the pioneer of docu-comedy continues his love affair with the slideshow software as he teams up with a projector screen for Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point* (*The Powerpoint). He just can't stay away from a bit of multimedia madness. And why should he? Gorman's at his funniest when playing with technology.
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. There are also support slots from Noel's brother, Mike Fielding, best known as 'Naboo' from the series and long-time Boosh collaborator Steve Oram. Imagine that!
This sassy comedy show from fast rising star Luisa Omielan has been a smash hit around the globe, including multiple sell-out runs at London's Soho Theatre. Omielan admires and envies Beyoncé, comparing her life to the superstar diva's in this high-energy hour. 'What Would Beyoncé Do?' always sells out. Always! So get booking if you want to get bootylicious.
There are plenty of space-themed puns in the marketing blurb for John Bishop's 'Supersonic' tour, including 'Ground control to Major John' and 'Set the controls for the heart of fun'. But the Liverpudlian powerhouse's latest show is more likely to be about life-affirming everyman observations than the cosmos. As part of his huge UK tour, he's landing at Wembley Arena in November 2014.
The ultra laidback Canadian comic is back on tour, after hugely successful performances on 'Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow' and 'Live at the Apollo'. He's a charming story-teller, with a superbly oddball view of the world.
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? He's celebrating the milestone with a huge national tour – 'One Man, One Guvnor' – which he's bringing to the New Wimbledon Theatre and the Southbank Centre. The Pub Landlord's a national treasure. And remember: please take your glasses back to the bar…
The supreme master of spontaneous stand-up and true king of surreal flights of fantasy is back in London with his 'Tangentleman' tour, playing three nights at the Hammersmith Apollo. Ross talks nonsense of the highest order.
London, prepare to be kicked hard in the baubles, as the thrillingly unpredictable Nick Helm hits the capital with a festive treat. The BBC Three star's 'Merry Christmas Motherf**kers!' is bound to be as much about gravel-voiced classic rock tunes as it is about tinsel and Jesus, and it'll be a riot either way. Once Helm’s 'Heavy Entertainment' series airs this autumn these tickets will go like hot mince pies.
Childlike comedy superstar Russell Howard rounds off his biggest ever tour – the much-hyped 'Wonderbox' – with a four-night stint at the Royal Albert Hall, plus a night each at Wembley and the O2. The former 'Mock The Week' regular is one of the friendliest comics around, moving from topic to topic with effortless ease, and loves to examine life's simple pleasures. Unless you've been living in a wifi-free cave, you'll know that his self-titled series 'Russell Howard's Good News' is wildly popular, pulling in millions of viewers and constantly ranking as the most watched programme on the BBC iPlayer. But Howard's most at home live on stage. He's a natural comedian, and a ruddy good one too.
Loud-shirt wearing 'Mock the Week' regular Milton Jones is back on the road with a brand new show. With a heady mixture of bizarre and hysterically surreal one-liners, Jones weaves a hypnotic web of lunacy. He stands head and shoulders above most other comedians out there. He's a one man laughter factory, and 'Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft' is bound to be a hoot.
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.
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.
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…
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.