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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

Michael McIntyre - Happy & Glorious

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Full list of upcoming comedy shows in 2014 and 2015

John Kearns – Shtick

  • Critics choice

John Kearns, 2014's triumphant winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award, brings his superb, gong-bagging show 'Shtick' to Soho Theatre for a month-long run. A four-week victory lap, if you will. His show last year, 'Sight Gags for Perverts', won Best Newcomer at the 2013 Foster's Awards. Now Kearns is the first ever act to win the main prize the following year. In 'Shtick', the 27-year-old comic explains how winning 2013's award changed his life, and that his snaggly false-teeth wearing 'character' is now 'a joke that got out of hand'. Despite the wig and dentures, though, this is the real Kearns expressing his wonderfully offbeat feelings behind the safety blanket of his 'costume'. It's unique, superbly constructed stand-up that's more accessible than you'd think. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe Read our interview with John Kearns after he won Best Newcomer

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sat Oct 18
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Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?

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 is bound to be another sell-out success. It feels like less a comedy show more like a party.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 4
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Lee Evans – Monsters

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.

  1. Wembley Arena / The O2 Empire Way, HA9 0PA
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Nov 22
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Sheeps – Wembley Previews

The title ‘Wembley Previews’ is a wonderful juxtaposition to Sheeps’s low-key style. This ace sketch trio – made up of Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts – are original, inventive and properly funny. A few years ago we said they were ‘one of the most exciting sketch acts to emerge in years’. ‘Thanks, guys,’ their website says, ‘We use this quote on basically everything even though it was about three years ago now.’ Yeah, we noticed. But it’s still true.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Mon Sep 29 - Sat Oct 4
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Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

  • 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.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Mon Sep 29 - Mon Nov 24
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Stephen Fry Live!

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.

  1. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Wed Oct 1
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Lucy Beaumont – We Can Twerk It Out

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. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 4
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EastEnd Cabaret – Sexual Tension

EastEnd Cabaret – vaguely Eastern European femme fatale Bernadette Byrne and her stalky, hermaphroditic accompanist Victor Victoria – have been playing the cabaret circuit for years. But now they've gone proper 'comedy', with sharp-witted, musically rich songs about – you guessed it – sex. Be prepared to join in (with the songs, not the sex. Well, a little bit of the sex… Sort of.)

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 11
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Jon Richardson – Nidiot

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.

  1. Hammersmith Apollo 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Sat Oct 4
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Marcel Lucont – Is

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!

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Sat Oct 4
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Liam Williams – Capitalism

Punters were queuing for over an hour (in the rain – this is Scotland after all) to catch Williams’s pessimistic (and free!) stand-up show, which deservedly bagged him a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination at the 2014 Fringe. ‘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. Superb stuff.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Mon Oct 6 - Sat Nov 8
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Angela Barnes – You Can't Take It With You

Kent-born comic Angela Barnes follows up her Edinburgh Fringe stint with a London run of her debut solo show. Barnes won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2011 and since become a regular on Channel 4's 'Stand Up for the Week'. She's a warm, friendly comic, with plenty of cosy material.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Oct 7 - Sat Oct 11
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Robert Newman's New Theory of Evolution

  • 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.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Tue Oct 7 - Thu Oct 9
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Doc Brown – The Weird Way Round

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

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Thu Oct 9
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Miranda Hart – My, What I Call, Live Show

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'

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Fri Oct 10 - Sun Oct 19
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Simon Amstell – To Be Free

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.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Sat Oct 11 - Sat Oct 18
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Kevin Hart & Friends – Hartbeat Weekend

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).

  1. Wembley Arena Empire Way, HA9 0PA
  2. Sun Oct 12
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Steen Raskopoulos – I'm Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business

  • Critics choice

Aussie solo sketch artist Steen Raskopoulos brings his character comedy hour to Soho following a hugely acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. His Adam Riches-style skits, using audience interaction, are joyfully upbeat and very silly and he's is a skilfull performer. It might be strictly business for Raskopoulos, but it's all pleasure for his audience. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Oct 14 - Sat Oct 18
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Dapper Laughs – Socially Unacceptable Tour

Internet sensation Dapper Laughs hits the road with his 'Socially Unacceptable Tour'. He's been selling out huge venues off the back of his Facebook and Vine presence (he has over 880,000 Facebook 'likes'). Comedy-wise, it's all very laddy stuff: sex, girls, banter, sex again… Expect him to used the word 'moist' a lot.

  1. Scala 275-277 Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL
  2. Thu Oct 16 - Wed Oct 29
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Jimeoin – Yes, Yes, Whatever…?!

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.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Fri Oct 17
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Lee Mack – Hit the Road Mack

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.

  1. Hammersmith Apollo 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Sat Oct 18 - Sat Oct 25
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Paul Foot – Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon # Major

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.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Sat Oct 18
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Rubberbandits – Continental Fistfight

  • Critics choice

The Limerick-based plastic-bag wearing musical comedy duo – responsible for YouTube sensation 'Horse Outside' and Chortle Award winners in 2012 – return to Soho Theatre with their latest show, 'Continental Fistfight'. Of course, the Bandits don't describe themselves as musical comedy at all, they reckon they're 'hardcore gangsta rap'. Go see them and decide for yourselves. Expect a bunch of high-energy new songs – including the ridiculously good 'Dad's Best Friend' – and some of their greatest hits. Read our review of the Rubberbandits's 'Continental Fistfight' Watch the Rubberbandits’s ‘Dad’s Best Friend’ music video:

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Sat Oct 18 - Sun Oct 26
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Michael Palin – Travelling to Work

Former Monty Python member-turned global adventurer Michael Palin talks about his world travels over the last two and a half decades plus his adventures as part of the Python gang.

  1. Palace Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY
  2. Mon Oct 20
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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.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Gein's Family Giftshop – Volume 1

Fast-paced sketch trio Gein's Family Giftshop deservedly received a Best Newcomer nomination at this year's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for their debauched debut show, which now heads to London. The Manchester-based threesome revel in the dark, depraved and gross-out. Bestiality, death during childbirth and a blitz of masturbation jokes all feature in this troupe's show. But GFG are largely one-step ahead of the audience and they employ nifty tricks to keep us guessing. The subject matter's base, but there's intelligence and wit behind their toilet humour, and they are pleasingly understated performers. You won't see their punchlines coming, even when 'coming' is the punchline. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Oct 27
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James Acaster – Recognise

  • Critics choice

James Acaster is a true Time Out fave. He's a blissfully funny, understated stand-up who sucks you into his minute, quizzical world and then 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. Mon Oct 27 - Sun Nov 2
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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. Mon Nov 3 - Fri Nov 21
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Joseph Morpurgo – Odessa

  • Critics choice

Character comic Joseph Morpurgo's latest solo show, 'Odessa', is another hugely innovative triumph. We open with 1980s news report footage about a chemical plant fire in Odessa, Texas. Morpurgo ingeniously brings to life the subjects of the story, as well as the stars of some dodgy Odessa TV ads, to string together a 'Twin Peaks'-style whodunit. The footage is paused on the grainy face of an eye witness or police officer, and the crafty comic takes over the character from there. He has an elegant way with words, and loves to give innocent characters a sinister 'Odessa' is an exhilarating trip into the tirelessly inventive mind of an obvious talent.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Mon Nov 10 - Sat Nov 15
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John Waters – Carsick: This Filthy World Volume Two Live Comedy Monologue

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.

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Tue Nov 11
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Stewart Lee – A Room With a Stew and 'Comedy Vehicle' DVD Launch

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.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Tue Nov 11 - Thu Nov 20
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Frisky & Mannish – Just Too Much

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, hashtag-heavy fun.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Wed Nov 12
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Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point* (*The PowerPoint)

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.

  1. Hammersmith Apollo 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Sat Nov 15 - Fri Dec 19
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Sam Simmons – Death of a Sails-Man

We love this madass Aussie surrealist – he's relentlessly silly. 'Death of a Sails-Man' bagged Sam Simmons his second Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, and Simmons's show was by far the most out-there on the nominees list. He plays Phil, a muesli salesman lost at sea on a windsurfing board. As the days pass his mind deteriorates and all manner of oddities and hallucinations take place. It’s ridiculously good fun, with Simmons often breaking character to critique his own ludicrous thoughts.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Nov 17 - Sat Dec 6
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Will Adamsdale – Borders

Will Adamsdale – the creator of Perrier Award-winning show Jackson's Way – wowed critics at the Edinburgh Fringe with 'Borders', his first solo comedy show since bagging the gong. It's a floaty, meandering meta-comedy show, focusing on Adamsdale's own creation process and the frustration at having a blank piece of paper but an impending deadline.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Mon Nov 17 - Sat Nov 22
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Shappi Khorsandi – Because I'm Shappi

Iranian-born comedian Shappi Khorsandi brings latest show to London, performing at the Soho Theatre (where she's also on the Board of Directors). Expect sensitive, feelgood japes and plenty of witty anecdotes from the 'Live at the Apollo' star.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Nov 17 - Sat Nov 29
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An Evening with Noel Fielding

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!

  1. Hammersmith Apollo / O2 Academy Brixton 211 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL
  2. Tue Nov 18 and Mon Dec 8
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Luisa Omielan – What Would Beyoncé Do?

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.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sat Nov 22
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Pete Firman – Trickster

Jokes and tricks from Middlesbrough-born magician extraordinaire Pete Firman, star of BBC's 'The Magician's and tons of other TV magic shows. Pete's mix of friendly banter, astonishing tricks and cheeky innuendos is a real winner. Thought magic was old-school hack? Think again. He's a master sorcerer and saucerer.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Sat Nov 22
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Sara Pascoe vs History

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. Sat Nov 22 - Wed Nov 26
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Tiff Stevenson – Optimist

A finalist in ITV's 'Show Me the Funny', the charming Tiff Stevenson presents her intelligent latest solo show, 'Optimist', presenting her upbeat views of hangovers, guns, the NHS and the Kardashians.

  1. New Wimbledon Studio The Broadway, SW19 1QG
  2. Sat Nov 22
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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. As part of his huge UK tour, he's landing at Wembley Arena in November 2014.

  1. Wembley Arena Empire Way, HA9 0PA
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Nov 30
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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.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Sat Nov 29
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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. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Nov 29 - 30
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Mark Thomas – Cuckooed

Following his mischievous '100 Acts of Minor Dessent' show, superb campaigning comic Mark Thomas goes a little more theatrical for his latest show, 'Cuckooed'. He's roped in director Emma Callander to help him tell a remarkable true story: Thomas discovered that a close friend of his was spying on him for Britain's biggest arms dealer. We're certainly intrigued.

  1. Tricycle 269 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Sat Dec 13
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Romesh Ranganathan – Rom Wasn't Built in a Day

Romesh Ranganathan was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards, but made the leap to the main prize list this year for this wonderfully grumpy show, 'Rom Wasn't Built in a Day'. The misanthropic stand-up explains that he wants to be a good father and uses this theme to spiral off into rants about race, his own veganism and the Ice Bucket Challenge. His material's smartly written, but Ranganathan's permanently pissed-off persona gives him a distinctly funny edge.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Sat Dec 6
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Aziz Ansari – Live!

US talent Aziz Ansari returns to London after (nearly) selling out the Hammersmith Apollo last year. He's the co-creator of MTV's excellent 'Human Giant', and star of the best-sitcom-on-TV-right-now 'Parks and Recreation', but Ansari's is at his best live on stage. The South Carolina-born comic is a masterful stand-up – his shows are high-energy, feelgood fun, and sublimely funny. Ansari's already taken this tour to arenas across the States, including New York's Madison Square Garden, so this London dates is a relatively intimate gig. But, more importantly, we wonder what delicious grub the food-loving comic will be sampling on his London visit? Read our interview with Aziz Ansari

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Sun Nov 30
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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. Leicester Square Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Sat Dec 6
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Ross Noble – Tangentleman

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.

  1. Hammersmith Apollo 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Wed Dec 3 - Fri Dec 5
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Daniel Sloss – Really?!

23-year-old Scottish comic Daniel Sloss is back on tour, stopping off at the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room. The young lad is a scarily accomplished observational comic, and still playing up his youth, describing himself as 'half man/half X-Box'.

  1. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sat Dec 6
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Adam Riches – Adam of the Riches

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!

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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John Cleese – So, Anyway…

Now the O2 shows are over, Monty Python has officially ceased to be. But the tallest member of the gang isn’t yet bereft of life. Cleese is heading out on tour with a one-man show to promote his new memoir, ‘So, Anyway…’ As well as the live gig, he’ll be signing books at Waterstones Piccadilly on October 9.

  1. Cadogan Hall Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
  2. Sun Dec 14
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Russell Howard – Wonderbox

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.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sun Dec 14
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Tony Law – Enter the ToneZone

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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Stewart Lee – A Room With a Stew

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

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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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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Simon Amstell – To Be Free

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 27
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Tim Vine – Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You

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. Fri Apr 17 - Sat May 30
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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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Dylan Moran

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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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.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Thu Jun 11 - Sat Jun 13
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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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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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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 ...........