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Diaries at the ready: it's time to start planning your comedy year. Many of the biggest comedy tours in 2014 and 2015 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

Full list of upcoming comedy shows in 2014 and 2015

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.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Sat Dec 6 - Sun Jan 4
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Adam Riches – Adam of the Riches

  • Critics choice

Superbly silly character comic Adam Riches – 2011’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner – is back with his first solo show since winning the gong, ‘Adam of the Riches’. Luckily, it’s another triumph of cunningly crafted, high-energy character comedy that’s big on laughs. The characters themselves – like his ‘gravel-sweating’ interpretation of Sean Bean – are big, bold and stupid. But it’s when Riches begins his trademark audience participation that the show takes an infectiously funny turn. Not many performers could coerce punters into strumming their neighbour’s hair like a harp, but Riches does simply with the command ‘get in his groin!’ This Christmas run at Soho Theatre is bound to be a massive hit. We cant’t wait. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Dec 8 - Sat Jan 3
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Nick Helm – Merry Christmas Motherf**kers!

  • Critics choice

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.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Dec 8 - Sat Dec 20
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James Acaster – Recognise

  • Critics choice

James Acaster is a true Time Out fave. His blissfully funny understated stand-up sucks you into his minute, quizzical world where he picks apart seemingly insignificant details. 'Recognise' is his fourth solo show, and his third to bag a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. It's beautifully crafted, with Acaster posing as an undercover cop only performing stand-up because 'the gigs keep rolling in'. Superb stuff.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Dec 9 - Tue Dec 23
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Joel Creasey – Rock God

  • Critics choice

Aussie comic Joel Creasey makes his UK debut, bringing his acclaimed show 'Rock God' (which our buddies over at Time Out New York gave the full five-stars too) to the Soho Theatre. He's known for his acid-tongued observations and pop-culture heavy stories.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Dec 15 - Mon Dec 22
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Tony Law – Enter the ToneZone

  • Critics choice

Superb Canadian absurdist Tony Law brings his latest offering, ‘Enter the ToneZone’, to Soho Theatre for a post-Christmas run. As usual, Law makes it seem as if he’s unprepared, never quite finishing a thought before gliding into the next topic. The sense of loose, ill thought-out chaos is relentlessly silly. Deliciously barmy, unpredictable lunacy. Classic ToneZone. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Dec 29 - Sat Jan 17
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Bridget Christie – An Ungrateful Woman

  • 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.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Jan 2 - Sat Jan 10
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Stewart Lee – A Room With a Stew

  • Critics choice

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.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Mon Jan 5 - Sat Jan 31
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Kraken

  • Critics choice

Kraken was one of our absolute favourite comedy shows from the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. It's a ludicrously silly show from New Zealand mime artist Trygve Wakenshaw, and his mind is brimming with childlike silliness. Wakenshaw works in a prop- and largely word-less environment. He can do whatever he pleases in the world he creates around him, no matter how ludicrous, gruesome or downright stupid. His physicality is flawless. He’s like a human Stretch Armstrong, contorting his rubbery body to adopt each absurd character. But it’s his underplayed facial expressions that get the biggest laughs. Every innocent grin or knowing nod to the crowd is timed to perfection and he oozes charm, so when he approaches audience members to play a childish game, it’s with a joyful playfulness, and everyone’s willing to play along. Kraken is a blissfully funny hour of physical stream-of-consciousness and a joyous excuse to embrace your childish side. Go. Please go. Part of the 2014 London International Mime Festival. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Jan 6 - Sun Jan 18
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Nina Conti – In Your Face

Outstanding ventriloquist Nina Conti has long been a circuit favourite, but her excellent BBC Four documentaries have introduced her to a whole new audience. Conti's puppetry is so convincing you almost forget she's controlling the monkey, until you remember she's got her hand up its arse. She's back with a brand new show, 'In Your Face', and tickets will no doubt be snapped up quickly.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Jan 6 - Sat Jan 10
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Doctor Brown Trilogy – Because, Becaves, Befrdfgth

  • Critics choice

2012's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winning clowning sensation Doctor Brown is back at his spiritual home, the Soho Theatre, performing his trilogy of shows including the gong-bagging 'Befrdfgth'. Brown – the creation of American Phil Burgers – trained at the acclaimed Philippe Gaulier clowning school, and now runs his own clowning courses. On stage, his largely silent mix of unnerving audience participation, dark ideas and downright absurdism is utterly thrilling and relentlessly funny.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Jan 12 - Sat Jan 31
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Nish Kumar – Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity

  • Critics choice

Our reviewer gave Nish Kumar's third solo show (which has a mouthful of a title) a whopping five-stars at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. Basically, if you like your comedy to be intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes, then you’re going to love Nish Kumar’s show. The erudite youngster skips through subjects – racism to insomnia, Google to how we form our opinions – with effortless brilliance. The underpinning theme, however, is the wonderfully contradictory nature of his own personality. Impressive stuff. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Jan 12 - Sat Jan 17
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Alex Edelman – Millenial

  • Critics choice

Young American comic Alex Edelman won over pretty much everyone at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe with his confident delivery, smart jokes and stories of brilliantly pedantic arguments. The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards judges loved him, and awarded the New York- and Boston-raised comic Best Newcomer. 'Millenial' is an assured debut – it focuses on how well Edelman represents his Generation Y peers and is full of killer over filler material. He undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Jan 13 - Sat Jan 31
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Jerry Sadowitz – Card Tricks and Bile

  • Critics choice

Bile-spitting master magician, comedy genius and raging psychopath Jerry Sadowitz gives 'offensive' a whole new meaning. For this limited run at the Leicester Square Theatre, he's showing off his card magic skills rather than his enraged stand-up, performing expert slight-of-hand. Don't worry, it'll be projected on to a screen, so everyone can see, and there are still plenty of biting jokes. He's one of the best close-up magicians in the world.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Fri Jan 16 - Sat Jan 24
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Josie Long – Cara Josephine

  • Critics choice

Josie Long has spent three years shrugging off her reputation as the queen of quirk with a trilogy of passionate, angry but ultimately optimistic political shows. It’s done her good, too – two of them received Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations. Well, she’s changed tack again. ‘Cara Josephine’ is a heartfelt, introspective piece of stand-up about break-ups, family and romantic ideals. It’s her most personal show yet, and it’s another feelgood triumph. And don’t worry, Nick Clegg still gets a kicking. The show was officially the best reviewed comedy offering at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, and now Long’s bringing ‘Cara Josephine’ back to London.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Jan 19 - Sat Jan 31
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Lucy Beaumont – We Can Twerk It Out

  • Critics choice

BBC Comedy Award winner and 'Live at the Electric' star Lucy Beaumont deservely received a Best Newcomer nomination at the 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for this cosy comedy show. In 'We Can Twerk It Out' the Hull-born comic tells fluffy tales of her life up't north and attempts to find her best friend a husband. It's adorable stuff.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Jan 19 - Wed Jan 21
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Rich Hall's Hoedown

A mix of music, comedy, liquor and spent dreams with Rich Hall and his talented band. Tremendous fun.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Jan 19 - Sat Jan 24
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Joe Wilkinson and Guests

Charmingly shambolic stand-up and '8 Out of 10 Cats's resident weirdo Joe Wilkinson headlines these gigs at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Wilkinson's a wonderfully downbeat comic, and thanks to his TV appearances (like 'Him & Her', 'Have I Got News For You' and 'Celebrity Squares') he's hit the big time. Support comes from comedy pals Paul McCaffrey and Jarlath Regan.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Thu Jan 22 - Sat Jan 24
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Dane Baptiste – Citizen Dane

  • Critics choice

South East Londoner Dane Baptiste impressed the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards judges at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe – they put him on the list of Best Newcomer nominees. 'Citizen Dane' is a slick, assured debut about fitting in. He's an easygoing performer – confident without being cocky – and he has some smart material. Baptiste has 'panel show regular' written all over him.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Jan 26 - Sat Jan 31
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Tony Law – Enter the ToneZone

  • Critics choice

Superb Canadian absurdist Tony Law brings his latest offering, ‘Enter the ToneZone’, to Soho Theatre for an end of 2014/start of 2014 run, plus a few extra dates at the Leicester Square Theatre. As usual, Law makes it seem as if he’s unprepared, never quite finishing a thought before gliding into the next topic. The sense of loose, ill thought-out chaos is relentlessly silly. Deliciously barmy, unpredictable lunacy. Classic ToneZone. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sat Jan 31
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WitTank – Old School Secrets

Go back to school with silly sketch trio WitTank. Except unlike your real educational years, WitTank's institution will be far more bizarre and eccentric.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sat Jan 31
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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!

  1. Fairfield Halls The Broadway, SW19 1QG
  2. Sat Feb 1
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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!

  1. Churchill Theatre The Broadway, SW19 1QG
  2. Sun Feb 2
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Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?

  • Critics choice

Feelgood comic Luisa Omielan is back with another sass-filled comedy hour. Omielan's previous show, 'What Would Beyoncé Do?' sold out multiple runs at the Soho Theatre and has been a huge hit in the US too. 'Am I Right Ladies?' is a feisty, confident stand-up show with heart, and is bound to be another sell-out success. Come for the comedy, stay for the party.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Feb 2 - Sat Feb 7
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Carl Donnelly – Now That's What I Carl Donnelly! Volume 6

Cheeky, chatty storyteller Carl Donnelly – a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee in 2013 – brings his latest solo show to Soho, which focuses on his travels to India. He's a remarkable talent – a relaxed, easygoing anecdotalist with an eye for funny details. An hour in his company is a true delight.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Feb 3 - Sat Feb 7
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Kim Noble – You're Not Alone

  • Critics choice

The latest show from comedian and performance artist Kim Noble, 'You're Not Alone', finally gets its London debut after an astonishing run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Despite only playing a five-night run in Scotland the show was one of the most talked about at the festival. 'You're Not Alone' is an extraordinary piece of work dealing with loneliness, friendship and connection – it's part monologue, part hidden-camera footage, part avant-garden theatre. It's disturbing, grotesque, touching, sad, funny and totally unlike anything else. It will haunt you like no other show you will see this year.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Feb 3 - Sat Mar 7
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Susan Calman – Lady Like

Glaswegian comic Scot Calman – a regular on Radio 4's 'The News Quiz' and as seen on 'Have I Got News For You' and 'QI' – brings her latest solo show to London following a sell-out run at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. Calman's always wonderfully funny, mixing silly (often cat-related) thoughts with political jabs. But 'Lady Like' is more honest and personal than her previous offerings. Radio 4 listeners: she does swear – you have been warned.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Feb 3 - Sun Feb 15
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Red Bastard

It’s hardly surprising that lots of audiences are a bit scared of Red Bastard. The New York-based performer might cut a comical figure – an almost amorphously unitarded blob somewhere between a rooster and a tomato – but there’s something of the leering cadaver about his pale face and red-rimmed eyes, and he wastes no time in shooting death stares at the crowd, getting in their faces, making them swap seats, even throwing them out of the venue if he doesn’t like the cut of their jib. All this confrontation, however, is a kind of ice-breaking that sets the scene for a disinhibited collaboration between performer and audience based on strict leadership and a contract of honesty in expression. Think a team-building away day, but with an aggressive, brutal red blob as the motivational speaker. Go along with Red Bastard and he could just change your life. Part of the 2014 Vault Festival

  1. The Vaults 10 Leake St, SE1 7NN
  2. Wed Feb 4 - Sun Feb 22
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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.

  1. Various venues Rickmansworth Rd, WD17 3JN
  2. Sat Feb 7 - Fri Jun 19
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Dracula! (Mr Swallow – The Musical)

It's about time that Nick Mohammed's loveable egomanic character creation Mr Swallow got the West End treatment. What appears to be a final dress rehearsal of a new, hammy musical version of 'Dracula' (with Swallow in the title role) turns into a bickering farce in this grand comedy show, which was simply titled 'Mr Swallow the Musical' at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. There's a full band on stage playing original, very witty songs, and Mohammed is typically brilliant as his alter-ego. It's not only an ambitious musical spoof, but an ambitious musical in its own right. Read our full review

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Feb 9 - Sat Feb 28
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Michael Mittermeier – Das Blackout

German stand-up Michael Mittermeier – who comes with the Eddie Izzard seal of approval – has travelled the world, visited many cultures and has many tales to tell. He mixes stories of his travels with gags in his English-speaking stand-up show.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Feb 9 - Sun Feb 15
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David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything

Award-winning whimsical Irishman David O'Doherty heads to the Hackney Empire with his new show 'David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything. He'll do some standing-up, sitting down, and songs from a small plastic 1980s keyboard. He'll charm you silly.

  1. Hackney Empire 291 Mare St, E8 1EJ
  2. Sat Feb 14
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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!

  1. New Wimbledon Theatre The Broadway, SW19 1QG
  2. Sun Feb 16
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Sara Pascoe vs History

  • Critics choice

Sara Pascoe’s latest show focuses on big, complex ideas. But she’s a master at explaining them without any sense of superiority – she often undermines her own intelligence with a daft gag or silly pop culture reference. ‘Sara Pascoe vs History’ is her best, and most passionate, show yet. The 33-year-old comic shares frank, personal stories (some a bit too personal, her boyfriend would argue) to back up her weighty ideas, and she’s relentlessly witty.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Feb 16 - Sat Feb 21
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Matt Forde – 24-Hour Political Party People

Stand-up and radio host Matt Forde – who hosts very popular podcast The Political Party – brings his solo show, which counts down to next year's election, to Soho Theatre. Forde's not your usual, ranty politicial comic. He's not afraid to have a bash at politicians, but he always weighs up every argument, and he has a gleeful optimism.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Feb 16 - Sat Feb 21
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Mark Watson – Flaws

  • Critics choice

We awarded Mark Watson the big five-stars at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. 'Flaws' is the understated Bristolian stand-up's most personal, joyously human and funniest show yet. The 34-year-old comic shows his vulnerability, while hysterically picking apart his flaws (some a little troubling) for our viewing pleasure. It's all sensitively and smartly done, and the jokes come thick and fast. A real masterclass in personal, honest storytelling and gratuitous cock jokes. Read our full review

  1. Union Chapel Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
  2. Thu Feb 19
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Liam Williams – Capitalism

  • Critics choice

Punters were queuing for over an hour at the Edinburgh Fringe to catch Liam Williams’s pessimistic (and free!) stand-up show, which deservedly bagged him a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. ‘Capitalism’ is an erudite, eloquent hour about Generation Y angst in which the 26-year-old comic (who was also nominated for Best Newcomer in 2013) skilfully picks apart his own depression and contradicting personalities. He's been called 'the voice of a generation' by most of the broadsheets. You should definitely see what all the fuss is about.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Feb 23 - Sat Feb 28
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Sarah Kendall – Touchdown

  • Critics choice

Charming Aussie stand-up Sarah Kendall – who, in 2004, was the first female comic to be nominated for the Perrier Award in nearly a decade – had a hit run at last year's Edinburgh Fringe with 'Touchdown'. It's a grand, personal storytelling show recounting the true story behind one of her witty anecdotes. It's a sombre sale, but Kendall makes sure it's big on laughs, cramming each chuck with unexpected jokes. Read our full review

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Feb 24 - Sat Feb 28
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Henning Wehn – Eins, Zwei, DIY

Entertaining oddball and self-styled German comedy ambassador Wehn presents another hour (or so) of meticulously planned jolliness. Wehn's lived in Britain for more than a decade now. He's still a bit confused by our country, but that hasn't stopped us Brits falling in love with him, mainly thanks to his ace panel show appearances on 'Have I Got News For You' and '8 Out of 10 Cats'.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Thu Feb 26 - Sat Mar 7
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Alan Davies – Little Victories

  • Critics choice

'QI' and 'Jonathan Creek' star Alan Davies is back on the road following his hugely successful 'Life is Pain' tour in 2012. That tour was his first foray into stand-up for 12 years, but it didn't show – he was on terrifically funny form. Now he's back with 'Little Victories', so expect more chatty stories, grumpy observations and (hopefully) some filthier jokes.

  1. Hackney Empire 291 Mare St, E8 1EJ
  2. Fri Feb 27
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Ruby Wax – Sane New World

Having trouble with your own mind? Motormouth American Ruby Wax can help. In her latest offering, 'Sane New World', the queen of acerbic asides provides a tour of the human brain in a show that’s part comedy, part group therapy session. In her previous show, ‘Losing It’, Wax went down the more theatrical route, talking seriously about her battle with depression with added sharp-tongued gags. ‘Sane New World’ looks like she’s back on the path of pure comedy, but hey: you might just learn something too.

  1. St James Theatre 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA
  2. Mon Mar 2 - Sat Mar 14
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Stephen K Amos – Welcome to My World

Highly entertaining stand-up comedy from charming, feelgood comedy hero Stephen K Amos, star of his own BBC One series. Life-affirming funniness.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Mar 10 - Sat Mar 21
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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. He's kicking off his fourth world tour, 'To Be Free', in London at the Leicester Square Theatre, and later coming to the Shepherd's Bush Empire.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Thu Mar 26 - Fri Mar 27
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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.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Fri Mar 27 - Sat Mar 28
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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.

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Thu Apr 2
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Reggie Watts

  • Critics choice

One man. One loop machine. A non-human vocal range and the ability to channel a wide range of vocal characters. Mega-afro'd American comic Reggie Watts returns to the Southbank Centre for two solo shows. Exploiting a jaw-dropping vocal range, Reggie covers everything from ancient history and racism to pop-culture, in a heady mix of improvised music, comedy and social insight. He has to be seen to be believed.

  1. Queen Elizabeth Hall South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Fri Apr 10 - Sat Apr 11
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Gina Yashere – Laugh Riot

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'.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL
  2. Sat Apr 11
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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.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sat Apr 18
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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? 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…

  1. Queen Elizabeth Hall Grange Road, UB3 2UE
  2. Thu Apr 23 and Fri Apr 24
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Andrew Lawrence – Reasons to Kill Yourself

Twisted caustic ranter Andrew Lawrence – who hit the headlines last year for some comments he made defending UKIP and thoughts on panel-show comedians – brings his latest solo show to the Bloomsbury.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Fri Apr 24
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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.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Fri Apr 24 and Sat Apr 25
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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.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Fri May 1 - Sat May 2
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Richard Herring – Lord of the Dance Settee

Richard Herring's eleventh solo show in 11 years doesn't have a particular theme (unlike his recents 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.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Thu May 14 - Fri May 15
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Tim Vine – Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You

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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.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Tue May 26 - Sat May 30
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Bill Maher

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New York comic Bill Maher is an acclaimed satirist, stand-up and political commentator, and a huge name in his homecountry. His series, 'Politically Incorrect', ran for ten years on Comedy Central and ABC, and he's been presenting 'Real Time with Bill Maher' on HBO for the last 13 years. In the States, Maher sells out theatres across the country, including a yearly 50-date residency in Las Vegas. He's a wonderfully acerbic stand-up: brutally honest, with smart points always underlying his punchlines.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Sat May 23
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Dylan Moran

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Misanthropic Irish comedy superstar Dylan Moran is back on tour, and heading to London's Hammersmith Apollo and the Forum. The creator of 'Black Books' and star of 'Shaun of the Dead' never fails to deliver with his shambolic charm and curmudgeonly manner. He's a master at casually throwing out superbly sharp metaphors, while sloshing glasses of red wine.

  1. The Forum / Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Wed May 27 - Thu May 28 / Fri May 29
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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.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Sat Jun 7
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Stewart Francis – Pun Gent Tour

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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.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Thu Jun 11 - Sat Jun 13
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Reginald D Hunter – The Man Who Attempted to do as Much as Such

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Laidback Georgia-born stand-up Reginald Darnell Hunter is a controversial, challenging, intelligent and blissfully funny comic, and he's back on the road with 'The Man Who Attempted to do as Much as Such'. Hunter initially came to the UK 15 years ago to study drama at Rada, but tried stand-up for a £10 bet and hasn't looked back since. The 45-year-old comic is able to disarm and charm an audience instantly with his cool, Deep South drawl before hitting them with a contentious opinion.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Fri Jun 26 - Sat Jun 27
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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…

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Tue Jul 7 - Sat Jul 11
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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.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Mon Sep 14 - Sat Sep 19
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Alan Carr – Yap, Yap, Yap!

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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.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Thu Sep 24 - Fri Sep 25
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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.

  1. Wembley Arena Empire Way, HA9 0PA
  2. Thu Oct 1 - Sat Oct 24
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Trevor Noah – Lost in Translation

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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

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Sat Oct 3
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Bill Bailey – Limboland

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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

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Tue Dec 8 - Wed Dec 9
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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 ...........