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
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.
- Critics choice
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.
- Critics choice
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.
Hurwitz and Blumenfeld, better known as Jake and Amir, are stars of a wildly popular internet series on College Humor, which has racked up over 500,000 views per episode. Their live show is, quite frankly, a little hit and miss, but fans of the series will get a kick out of pair's sketches live on stage. Support comes from their regular collaborator, Streeter Seidell.
Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, stars of a wildly popular internet series on College Humor, record their 'If I Were You' podcast live in London for the first time.
Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Made up of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, they're all hugely talented performers, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking along. Tremendous fun.
Swedish comedy superstar Magnus Betnér makes a rare stop over in London, offering a chance to catch his hard-hitting, dark and rather uninhibited comedy material. Betnér doesn't shy away from challenging subjects, but always offers smart, thought-provoking angles. He's definitely worth catching. Magnus Betnér will be performing a 40 minute set, plus support.
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.
Understated American comic Al Lubel – the joint-winner of last year's Amused Moose gong – performs his new solo show. Lubel's a US comedy veteran and a master joke writer. By the end, you will never be able to forget his name.
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.
- Critics choice
We’re obsessed with Herring’s LST Podcast, and it’s even funnier as a live show. In RHLSTP, the consummate comic sits down with superstar names (previous guests include Armando Iannucci, Stewart Lee and Graham Linehan) – but Parky this isn’t. Herring’s interviews include questions like ‘Have you ever tried to suck your own cock?’ or ‘Have you ever seen a Bigfoot?’. It's a blast.
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.
Suave, laconic Frenchman Marcel Lucont – who you may have seen on BBC Three's 'Live at the Electric' – brings his solo show, 'Is', to the Leicester Square Theatre. He's a sharp comedy talent, enlightening us British on why the French are superior. Tres bien!
- Critics choice
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.
He might be small in stature but this talented US comic is fast becoming a comedy giant, chalking up box-office hits ('About Last Night') alongside his globe-straddling stand-up success. They say absence makes the Hart grow fonder, so the fast-talking funnyman must be positively itching to return to the UK. After all, it's been two whole years since 'Let Me Explain' wowed audiences at the O2. For this show he's joined by a selection of his favourite comedians (TBA).
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.
- 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.
- Critics choice
Bridget Christie won the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award for her passionately political show attacking everyday sexism, 'A Bic for Her'. Her follow-up, 'An Ungrateful Woman', is equally superb, if not better. Christie jokingly complains about her recent success, but she uses her new found popularity to tackle the serious issue of female genital mutilation. She can switch from being impishly comical to deadly serious in a millisecond, but her passion means no moment feels out of place. It's a gutsy, ambitious and beautifully crafted hour of stand-up. Ground-breaking stuff.
More weapons-grade filth from the king of trash cinema who returns to the capital with his popular stand-up show. Fans of cult movies like the mind-blowing 'Pink Flamingoes', 'Serial Mom' and 'Hairspray' should book now to avoid disappointment.
To celebrate the release of the third series of 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle' on DVD the iconoclastic comedian is performing this limited run of work-in-progress gigs at the Leicester Square Theatre, workshopping material for the fourth series. Each ticket to these gigs comes with a limited edition copy of the series three DVD which can only be collected on the night. And, hey, they'll all be snapped up quickly, so don't be Ang Lee that you missed out.
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.
The iconoclast comedian is back with a month-long residency at his regular venue. Lee's sold as many tickets at the Leicester Square Theatre to fill the O2 arena for multiple nights. 'A Room With a Stew' sees the influential comic testing ideas for the fourth series of 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'. But, as this is Stewart Lee, don't expect these new routines to be messy and joke-less, even when testing new material Lee is always spectacularly funny.
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.