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
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Monty Python – Live (mostly)
Lee Mack – Hit the Road Mack
Miranda Hart – My, What I Call
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Russell Howard – Wonderbox
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Tim Key – Single White Slut
Sarah Millican – Home Bird
Russell Kane – Smallness
Full list of upcoming comedy shows in 2014
Pam Ann, the sharp-tongued air hostess from hell, is the monster character creation of Caroline Reid. She's flying into town with more tales of life in the mile high club for a West End run at the Leicester Square Theatre.
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Currently on his biggest ever tour – the much-hyped 'Wonderbox' tour – childlike comedy superstar Russell Howard settles in at the Royal Albert Hall for four nights. The former 'Mock The Week' regular is one of the friendliest comics around, moving from topic to topic with effortless ease and keeping his audience laughing at all times. His 'Good News' series is wildly popular, pulling in millions of viewers and is constantly the most watched programme on the BBC iPlayer. These tickets will be snapped up super-quickly, so get booking.
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Wild-haired stand-up Seann Walsh – star of 'Stand Up for the Week' and 'Live at the Apollo' – received a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for his solo show about, well, being lazy. He's matured (so to speak) into a talented observational comic, extracting big laughs from material about ordering takeaway, 24-hour off licenses and drinking. Boy oh boy, there's a lot of boozing material. Part of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards season at Soho Theatre
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Time Out's favourite surrealist, Mr Tony Law,has already sold out a five-week run at the Soho Theatre, and now he's landing at the Udderbelly for five nights. This nuts-o Canadian comic is one of the finest and funniest stand-ups around, telling absurd stories, performing silly jokes and constantly deconstructing his own comedy. He's totally unpretentious too (unlike many surrealist acts) – he seems as baffled by his own lunacy as his audience is. Tony's quickly gaining a huge cult following, so snap up tickets soon if you don't want to miss out.
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Feisty Scot Calman – a regular on Radio 4's 'The News Quiz' and as seen on 'Have I Got News For You' and 'QI' – is back with a brand new show. Calman's always wonderfully funny, mixing silly (often cat-related) thoughts with political jabs.
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The 'Adam' half of 'Adam & Joe' has been hosting brilliant fun music videos-based night Bug for yonks, but now he's going solo with a new tech-heavy solo show, which he's bringing back to London after a run at the Union Chapel. The show explores how we present ourselves in the internet age. Basically, Buxton + a laptop = brilliant buffoonery! These tickets will be snapped up super-quickly, so book soon. Read our interview with Adam Buxton
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, so this could be your last chance to catch her in such an intimate venue.
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Charming young stand-up Joe Lycett – who was nominated for Best Newcomer in Edinburgh in 2012 – performs his latest solo show as part of the Udderbelly Festival. Lycett's cheeky, relaxed, and mixes delightful stories and observations. He's guaranteed to be a huge star.
The popular comic ventriloquist from the US brings his new international tour to Wembley, once again joined by Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Walter the Grumpy Retiree and more.
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You may know Tim Key as Alan Partridge's number two, Sidekick Simon. But you should know Key for his superb live work, combining lovingly shot short films, silly, pithy poems and ridiculous stories. He's one of our favourite comics, well, ever. Now he's bringing the next in his 'Slut' series (following 'The Slut in the Hut', 'The Slutcracker' and 'Masterslut') to Soho Theatr, the Arcola Tent and Duchess Theatre: 'Single White Slut'. It's bloody marvellous. Read our review of Tim Key's 'Single White Slut'
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It's been 16 years since the Baddiel half of Newman & Baddiel last performed a solo stand-up show. But now, following a bunch of work-in-progress shows and an Edinburgh Fringe run, David Baddiel's back on stage with 'Fame: Not the Musical', which is now playing a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. In the early '90s, Newman & Baddiel were the biggest comedy act in the country, and the first comedians to play (and sell out) Wembley Arena. Since the pair split, Baddiel teamed up with Frank Skinner and the pair became the kings of a new laddish comedy scene, hosting 'Fantasy Football League' and 'Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned'. His new solo show focuses on the bizarreness of fame and dealing with being in the public eye. It might sound pretentious, but it's actually rather interesting, and there are cracking gags among his stories.
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.
American YouTube stars/comics Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart join forces for this live comedy show. Helbig's is the creator of web series 'DailyGrace', Mamrie Hart's known for her YouTube show 'You Deserve a Drink' and Hannah Hart's best known for her 'Drunk Kitchen' vids.
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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.
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.
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The Limerick-based plastic-bag wearing musical comedy duo – responsible for YouTube sensation 'Horse Outside' and Chortle Award winners in 2012 – are back with a brand new 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'
Superb Irish raconteur Andrew Maxwell has been a London dweller for 20 years now. He's practically a Londoner, we'd say. So, to celebrate his two decades in our capital, the Radio 4 star is touring the city with a new, topical show, all about London. 'Andrew Maxwell's London Loves' is heading to Peckham, Shepherd's Bush, Dalston and Shoreditch, so expect pin-point accents, biting observations and and suave stories.
For a fifth consecutive year, big-name stand-ups in British comedy share the stage to help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital at this massive arena fundraiser. The all-star line-up is more or less the same as previous years (come on, guys, book some different acts?) and includes Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jo Brand, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross, Sean Lock, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges, Paul Chowdhry, Seann Walsh, Jason Manford, Jason Byrne and John Bishop.
It's been ten years since 'The Office' left our screens, but David Brent's Comic Relief skits and YouTube videos earlier this year have proved that the public are still craving Brent. He's undoubtedly Ricky Gervais's funniest and most successful character creation, and after selling out work-in-progress shows in a matter of seconds, he's ready to play the Hammersmith Apollo (quite a large venue for an office middle-manager from Slough). This isn't a stand-up show. Brent will be backed by his band, Foregone Conclusion, to perform ‘Ooh La La’, ‘Spaceman Came Down’, ‘Life on The Road’, ‘Ain’t No Trouble’ and more, live.
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After re-vamping his hit shows 'Talking Cock' and 'Christ on a Bike', Richard Herring's back on tour with a brand new show: 'We're All Going to Die!'. Sounds a bit depressing, eh? Not to worry, Herring's an expert stand-up, crafting exquisite jokes from even the darkest of subjects. In the show, the consummate comic invites us to laugh in the face of death. Just try not to die laughing… (sorry).
Super-laidback 30-year-old New York comic Michael Che makes his first trip to London, bringing his solo show 'Cartoon Violence' to the Soho Theatre following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. Che's only been performing since 2009, but is already a regular writer on 'Saturday Night Live' and is every 'comedy ones to watch' list in American media. He's a talented stand-up, covering both big world issues and street culture with a witty, skewed logic. He struggled (slightly) to fill an hour in Edinburgh last year, but here's hoping he's written enough material for this London run.
Suave, laconic Frenchman Marcel Lucont – who you may have seen on BBC Three's 'Live at the Electric' – is back at the Udderbelly this season with 'Is'. He's a sharp comedy talent, enlightening us British on why the French are superior. Tres bien!
One of the finest comedians this country has ever produced, Stewart Lee returns to Soho with a series of work-in-progress shows, ahead of recording the fourth series of his 'Comedy Vehicle'. These tickets will go quickly, so don't be Ang Lee that you missed out.
'Welcome, watchers of illusion, to the castle of confusion.' That's right, the iconic and superbly scary kids' TV show has been given a reboot as a live, slapstick stage show, and it's returning to London, to the Udderbelly, following sold out shows last year. There's no CGI realm here, rather some shambolic sets and costumes, but it's mighty fun to both play and observe, with Tom Bell making a brilliant Lord Fear.
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Master West Country comic Frank Skinner already sold out his Soho Theatre and Leicester Square Theatre runs. So now he's back with some extra LST dates of 'Man in a Suit'. It's his first solo stand-up show for six years (about time, eh, Frank?). You're in safe hands with Skinner. He's low-key, super-sharp and a little bit filthy, and now he's settled down, he's lost some of his laddishness. Read our review of Frank Skinner's 'Man in a Suit'
Masterful Irish raconteur Andrew Maxwell is a superb storyteller and excellent banter merchant, and he's back at the Udderbelly this season. Banana Kingdom is a blissfully funny show, covering stories about hanging out with Cockneys, being arrested in Las Vegas and trying to catch a glimpse of the Irish president’s penis. Classic Maxwell.
Chicago-born stand-up Aries Spears makes a flying visit to London to play the Leicester Square Theatre. Spears was the longest serving regular on Fox's 'MADtv' sketch series, and his stand-up mixes charm, impressions and race-related observations.
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Mr Al Murray The Pub Landlord is back on the south bank, at the London Wonderground, having a crack at the variety circuit. He's acting as ringmaster for this mix of comedy, cabaret and music. He's a national treasure, and still one of the finest character comedians this country has ever produced. All hail to the ale! Try Al Murray's South Bank pub crawl
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Penn & Teller are two of the finest magicians working in the world, and have been for, well, decades now. Specialising in ingenious, often gory illusions and exposing frauds, they've been nominated for 13 Emmys, have appeared on everything from 'Letterman' to 'The Simpsons', and produced some of most astonishing and mind-baffling tricks ever created. Now the pair have become judges on ITV's 'Fool Us', they're bringing a version of their Vegas show to the Hammersmith Apollo, following a hugely successful run back in 2010. Don't miss this extremely rare chance to catch this hugely funny duo outside of Vegas.
The cult stars of 'Clerks', 'Chasing Amy', 'Dogma' and spin-off feature 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back', Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, are back in the UK on a mini podcast-recording tour. For London's gig, there's a double treat. Firstly, there's a UK exclusive screening of 'Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie!', and following that they record the 'Hollywood Babble-On' podcasts along with Ralph Garman. Plus a live Q&A, of course. This gig will almost definitely last for hours.
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No, we didn’t think we’d ever write these words either. But the five surviving members of Monty Python have announced that they’re set to fly once again, performing a ‘final reunion’ at the O2 next summer. At the press conference to announce the huge news, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam (combined age 357) revealed that the show will mix greatest hits (given ‘modern, topical, Pythonesque twists’), material that’s never been performed live, and the odd new joke. The Pythons haven’t performed lived since 1980 at the Hollywood Bowl, and this London show will be their first live gig in England for 40 years. Let's just hope it won't be their last.
Bill Bailey's not one to shy away from the great outdoors. He loves nature, the countryside, wildlife, that type of thing… Now he's going to be playing in the open air, as part of Kew Gardens' 'Kew the Music' gigs. Last year, Bailley wrapped up a massive UK tour of 'Qualmpeddler' (including a huge, one-off date at Wembley Arena), so this gig will most likely be a version of that show. As you'd expect from a BB show, it's an absolute hoot, mixing philosophical meanderings and musical deconstructions. The religious dubstep and 'Horntallica' are both particularly funny highlights.
Though perhaps best known as Murray the manager in 'Flight of the Conchords' or from his appearances in films such as 'Yes Man' or 'The Boat that Rocked', Darby is also a hugely popular stand-up, with incredible physicality and vocal dexterity. He's back on tour – including these dates at the Shepherd's Bush Empire – with epic new show, 'Mr Adventure'.
Now based Stateside, and with a second season of his own US series 'Legit' having just aired in the US, this Brixton date is likely to be one of Jim Jefferies's only UK shows of 2014. So if you're a fan of this brash, confrontational and dangerously funny comic, you better book soon. Jefferies's ability to both charm and offend the crowd in equal measure has gained him a hardcore audience, and having practically given up booze (well, on stage, at least), his shows are now far more consistent. His drunken anger when things aren't going well has gone, and so has (most) of the blatant misogyny. Now he's doing so well across the Atlantic, who knows when he'll be back in the country…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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…
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 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.
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.
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.