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 March 2015

Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft

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.

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Broadway Theatre Friday May 1 2015 - Friday June 19 2015

Simon Amstell – To Be Free

Critics' choice

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 that, incredibly funny.

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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Sunday June 28 2015

Omid Djalili – Iranalamadingdong

Star of his own self-titled BBC series 'The Omid Djalili Show', the Iranian stand-up is back doing what he does best; entertaining audiences with silly dances, witty anecdotes and sharp gags. Sure, he's conquered Hollywood with roles in 'Sex and the City' and 'The Mummy', but it's good to have him back on stage in the UK.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Saturday March 28 2015

Susie Essman

Critics' choice

Well, this is exciting. Susie Essman – aka Susie Greene, the foul-mouthed wife of Larry David's agent Jeff in 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' – plays a few intimate shows in the 150-seat basement room of the Soho Theatre. The New York-born comic performs semi-improvised stand-up, and talks lots to the crowd. Hey, you never know, if you're lucky, she might just call you a 'fat fuck'.

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Soho Theatre Until Sunday March 29 2015

John Bishop – Supersonic

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. After three sell-out nights at Wembley Arena, the 48-year-old comic's recording his DVD at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. But before that, he's performing an intimate gig at the Bloomsbury Theatre at the end of March.

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Bloomsbury Theatre Sunday March 29 2015 - Tuesday April 28 2015

Des Bishop – Made in China

Ireland's adopted son of comedy, Des Bishop, returns to Soho Theatre with his latest show. Bishop – who was born in the States but grew up in Ireland – decided to move to China, to learn Mandarin and perform stand-up to locals in their language. In 'Made in China' the slick storyteller recounts his experiences.

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Soho Theatre Tuesday March 31 2015 - Saturday April 11 2015
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Comedy tours in April 2015

Des Bishop – Made in China

Ireland's adopted son of comedy, Des Bishop, returns to Soho Theatre with his latest show. Bishop – who was born in the States but grew up in Ireland – decided to move to China, to learn Mandarin and perform stand-up to locals in their language. In 'Made in China' the slick storyteller recounts his experiences.

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Soho Theatre Tuesday March 31 2015 - Saturday April 11 2015

John Bishop – Supersonic

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. After three sell-out nights at Wembley Arena, the 48-year-old comic's recording his DVD at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. But before that, he's performing an intimate gig at the Bloomsbury Theatre at the end of March.

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Bloomsbury Theatre Sunday March 29 2015 - Tuesday April 28 2015

Adam Riches x 4

Critics' choice

What's better than three Adam Riches shows? Four Adam Riches shows! The high-energy, faux-macho, brilliantly silly character comic is performing four of his critically acclaimed solo hours – included his Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning 'Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches' – over four dates in April. Riches is a masterful character act, coercing audience members to take part in his strange challenges. But the joke's always on him, and what he'll go through for the sake of the audience's entertainment. It's totally stupid. On April 8, it's 2009 'Rogue Males', his second show, featuring four characters all teetering on the brink. On April 15 you can catch 2010's 'Adam Riches Rides', which includes the ridiculously funny 'Yakult's Anonymous' skit featuring recurring Riches character, Victor Legit. On April 23, he revives 2011's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning hour, 'Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches'. The swingball coach, the monster hunter, the Daniel Day Lewis – a must see. Finally, on April 30, it's his 2014 offering 'Adam of the Riches'. More big, bold, stupid characters and audience interaction. Another treat.

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Kings Place Wednesday April 8 2015 - Thursday April 30 2015

Tom Stade – Decisions Decisions

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.

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Leicester Square Theatre Thursday April 9 2015 - Friday April 10 2015

Gina Yashere – Laugh Riot

Critics' choice

She's loud, proud and back where she belongs. Gina Yashere is here in London to crank out some home truths as part of her UK tour, playing her biggest UK show to date, at Brixton Academy. Yashere's based in the States these days, where she reached the final of 'Last Comic Standing' and appeared on 'Conan' and 'Jay Leno'.

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O2 Academy Brixton Saturday April 11 2015

Patrick Monahan – Adventures in Monahan Land

The charming Patrick Monahan (he almost definitely will hug you) performs his solo show at various outer-London venues. Expect much audience banter and, as mentioned, probably a hug-fest.

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The Spread Eagle Thursday April 16 2015 - Saturday June 6 2015

Brendon Burns – Outside the Box

Critics' choice

In-ya-face Aussie stand-up Brendon Burns has been on the circuit for more than two decades. In that time, he's gained a large, loyal fanbase, bagged the Edinburgh Comedy Award and performed to thousands of comedy club crowds. Well, he's sick of it. He's dismayed with the UK's live comedy circuit, and this 'Outside the Box' tour sees the hardcore comic playing lots of strange venues – anything but comedy clubs. That way, punters who want to see him will find him, rather than Burns trying to win over drunken Friday night crowds. The tour's taken him to cinemas, tea shops, libraries and a burrito bar. In London, though, Burns is playing the most hipster venue in town: Brick Lane's Cereal Killer Cafe.

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Cereal Killer Café Thursday April 16 2015 - Saturday April 18 2015

Seann Walsh – 28

Wild-haired stand-up Seann Walsh – star of 'Stand Up for the Week', 'Live at the Apollo' and many more – brings his solo show, '28', to London. He's matured (so to speak) into a talented observational comic, extracting big laughs from material about his own laziness.

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Bloomsbury Theatre Thursday April 16 2015 - Saturday April 18 2015

Russell Peters – Almost Famous World Tour

Record-breaking Canadian comedian Russell Peters sells out arenas across the globe – he's one of the top ten highest grossing stand-ups in the world. He's back in London tonight as part of his huge new world tour, bringing his irreverent take on race and culture to the O2.

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The O2 Saturday April 18 2015

Dave Hill – New York City via Cockfosters

Critics' choice

This is a treat. Cult New York comedian Dave Hill was once a regular on the London circuit, but rarely makes it across the Atlantic these days. But now the 'This American Life' contributor is playing a five-night stint in this tiny Tufnell Park basement venue. Hill's a classy absurdist – he'll disarm the audience with his deadpan charm before taking them down a totally unexpected path. Unpredictable, sometimes unsettling and very funny indeed.

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Aces & Eights Monday April 20 2015 - Friday April 24 2015
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Comedy tours in May 2015

Count Arthur Strong – Somebody Up There Licks Me

Trilby hat-wearing mangler of words and variety entertainer Count Arthur Strong (the character creation of Steve Delaney) hits the road with his first live tour since his hugely successful BBC Two series (which is moving to BBC One for series two). Count Arthur's a showbusiness legend, after-dinner speaker, raconteur and master of misunderstanding, and has long been a firm favourite on Radio 4 and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Now, his BBC series has introduced a whole new audience to the aging Doncaster variety star.

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Bloomsbury Theatre Friday May 1 2015 - Saturday May 2 2015

Andrew O'Neill's History of Heavy Metal

Critics' choice

Wonderfully whimsical transvestite headbanger, dabbler in black magic and Edinburgh Fringe regular Andrew O'Neill has combined his two loves – stand-up comedy and heavy metal – in his latest solo show. Whether you're a metalhead or not, O'Neill's hour-long history of his beloved musical genre is both fascinating and frequently funny. The Portsmouth-born comic riffs his way through the stories behind the music, complete with audience scream-alongs. Of course, some references are lost on those who don't know their Mastodons from their Motörheads, but O'Neill tries hard to make the show, and metal in general, as inclusive as possible. And it works a treat – it's an exhilarating hour of comedy.

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The Garage Saturday May 2 2015

Ed Gamble – Gambletron 5000

Friendly, chatty stand-up Ed Gamble – star of ace faux-reality series 'Almost Royal' and half of podcasting duo 'Peacock & Gamble' – took a real long time to pull together this debut solo show. He's a talented comic, and 'Gambletron 5000' features his best bits of material.

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Soho Theatre Thursday May 7 2015 - Saturday May 9 2015

Mark Thomas – Bravo Figaro

Critics' choice

Mark Thomas – the superb campaigning comic who has taken on the police and Coca Cola and walked the entire West Bank wall – revives his more theatrical show for a few years back, 'Bravo Figaro', for a brief run at BAC. Commissioned by the Royal Opera House, the show is a tribute to Thomas' father, who has a passion for opera. The comic shows a different, more emotional side in this poignant, theatrical hour. Bring tissues.

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Battersea Arts Centre Monday May 4 2015 - Saturday May 9 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 May 8 2015 - 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 Monday April 6 2015 - Sunday November 8 2015

Max & Ivan – The Reunion

Critics' choice

Max and Ivan deservedly bagged a nomination at the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for their latest offering, 'The Reunion'. It's a warm, very funny, engrossing hour and it's a feelgood triumph. The story centres around Brian Bollingsworth – 28-years-old, hyper-allergic and ‘struggles with cheese’ – who sees his school reunion as a chance to finally admit his true feelings to childhood sweetheart Jessica. We all knew a Brian Bollingsworth at school, and it’s these comically exaggerated yet eerily familiar characters, all played exquisitely by the duo, that drive the cheesy, ’80s-teen-movie narrative. Bloody marvellous. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

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Udderbelly Saturday May 9 2015 - Saturday May 16 2015

Eddie Pepitone – What Rough Beast

Critics' choice

Nicknamed 'The Bitter Buddha', Brooklyn-born comic Eddie Pepitone has been a huge hit at recent Edinburgh Fringes with his dark, angry and bitter stand-up. The US comic switches between bursts of philosophical outrage and moments of calm, introverted self-loathing and ridicules the notion of stand-ups performing scripted material. Comedy and anti-comedy put together, and it works a treat.

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Soho Theatre Tuesday May 12 2015 - Sunday May 24 2015

Richard Herring – Lord of the Dance Settee

Richard Herring's eleventh solo show in 11 years doesn't have a particular theme (unlike his recent offerings 'Hitler Moustache', 'We're All Going to Die' and 'Talking Cock: The Second Coming'). 'Lord of the Dance Settee' is a collection of chunks of material about misheard song lyrics, the power of a sombrero and a man possibly named 'Dave Manager'. The consummate comic pedantically picks apart each of his thoughts and observations, and it's typically good fun.

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Bloomsbury Theatre Thursday May 14 2015 - Friday May 15 2015

Channel 4's Comedy Gala

Critics' choice

For a sixth consecutive year, some of British comedy's biggest-name stand-ups share the stage to help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital at this massive arena fundraiser. The all-star line-up is more or less the same as previous years, with a few new(er) acts thrown into the arena scenario. Plus, unlike previous years, Lee Evans isn't on the line-up (yet) having announced he was giving up stand-up at the end of last year. But the line-up does include Michael McIntyre, Kevin Bridges, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jonathan Ross, Jon Richardson, Sean Lock, Sara Pascoe, Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Aisling Bea, Jason Byrne, Rich Hall, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi, Paul Chowdhry and Warwick Davis. Plus more acts to be announced.

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The O2 Friday May 15 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 - Wednesday June 3 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 May 8 2015 - 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 Friday April 24 2015 - Saturday April 25 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

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

Alan Davies and Paul Merton's Impro Chums

'QI' and 'Have I Got News For You' team captains Alan Davies and Paul Merton perform this two-hander. Davies will be performing his grumpy yet uplifting observations, and Merton will be joining his 'Impro Chums' for made-up-on-the-spot shenanigans. Part of the Hampton Court Palace Festival

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Hampton Court Palace Wednesday June 17 2015

Hal Cruttenden

Middle-class hero, struggling everyman and 'Live at the Apollo' star Hal Cruttenden workshops new material at the Udderbelly.

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Udderbelly Friday June 19 2015
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Comedy tours in July 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 Wednesday April 8 2015 - Saturday June 6 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

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

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 July 18 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 Friday April 24 2015 - Saturday April 25 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 Wednesday September 23 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

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

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

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

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
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Comedy tours in December 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 10 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

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

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Sarah Millican – Outsider

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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

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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 ...........