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 April 2016
Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin has long been a favourite on the UK comedy circuit, and is a regular on the 'Royal Variety Show'. But now he's a full-blown US star, having won 'America's Got Talent' last year, and performing headline shows in glitzy Las Vegas. In his new show, 'Spongefinger', he'll probably be joined by his usual sponge sidekicks Sam, OAP Albert and Baby for a slick hour of slick, sharp gags.Read more
Comedy tours in May 2016
South East Londoner Dane Baptiste – who was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2014 – follows up that gong-nominated debut with an insightful, thought-provoking new stand-up show. In 'Reasonable Doubts', the slick, assured comic tells personal stories and tackles racial politics, all with an easygoing delivery. He's confident without being cocky, and has plenty of smart material.Read more
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.Read more
The fabulously filthy Julian Clary has been at this comedy game for 30 years now – 30 years! – and he's celebrating with a big new tour, 'The Joy of Mincing'. The 56-year-old comic's trademark smart, innuendo-heavy stand-up is a treat. He's pretty much a national treasure.Read more
Inventive, no-nonsense one-liner merchant Gary Delaney – as seen on 'Mock the Week' and 'Dave's One Night Stand' – is back on the road, 'There's Something About Gary', which plays the Leicester Square Theatre. Delaney tells intricate, occasionally dark gags that are top-notch pieces of wordplay. He's an ace joke-slinger.Read more
Comedy tours in October 2016
All hail to the ale! Can you believe Al Murray has now spent 20 years as one of the finest comedy character creations in the country, the Pub Landlord? After battling Farage in South Thanet, Murray's celebrating the milestone with this huge national tour – 'One Man, One Guvnor' – which he's bringing back to London for a massive gig at the Royal Albert Hall. The Pub Landlord's a national treasure. And remember: please take your glasses back to the bar…Read more
Comedy tours in November 2016
Unlike most ’70s rock bands, not many comedians can play a 'greatest hits' tour. But sharp, edgy one-liner merchant Jimmy Carr has such a back-catalogue of gags he's packaging his funniest joke together for these 'best of' dates. The TV regular is 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, like '8 Out of 10 Cats' and 'The Big Fat Quiz of the Year'. Plus, his blocked-drain laugh is recognisable from a mile away.Read more
Comedy tours in March 2017
Hyperactive comedy superstar Russell Howard is embarking on his biggest ever world tour – inventively titled 'Round the World' – taking in the US, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. And for his London stint, the Bristolian arena-filler is playing a whopping ten-night run at the Royal Albert Hall. It's not till 2017, but buy tickets soon, is our advice. Plus, wherever possible, Howard will be performing 'in the round'. 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, tell stories about his mad mum and basically fool around like a cheeky teenager. 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. His new Comedy Central offering, 'Russell Howard's Stand Up Central', has been a huge hit, too. But Howard's most at home live on stage. He's a fast-talking charmer, and always a huge amount of fun. Read our interview with Russell HowardRead more