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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 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 January 2016

Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure Reloaded

Critics' choice

Following his arena dates back in 2013, and a massive world tour, globetrotting comedian (and future Mayor of London?) Eddie Izzard settles in for a London West End run, at the Palace Theatre, with a 'reloaded' version of his show, 'Force Majeure'. It's the most extensive comedy tour ever, having taken in 28 countries and performed in four languages. To keep with the global theme, the show itself has universal appeal, with material ranging from human sacrifice to Greek gods. Izzard has a knack for reducing centuries' worth of history to just a few exquisite words and he flaunts his intellect in'Force Majeure' as he raced through topics. He has a lot of fun with language, too – slipping the word 'fuck' into the middle of French words, for example – and there are plenty of trademark Izzardism, like a musical about a trouserless spider. Before he packs in stand-up for a career in politics, here's a rare chance to catch Eddie Izzard in a (relatively) intimate venue. Highly recommended. Read our interview with Eddie Izzard And read our review of the original 'Force Majeure'

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Palace Theatre , Soho Monday February 15 2016 - Saturday February 20 2016

Comedy tours in February 2016

Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure Reloaded

Critics' choice

Following his arena dates back in 2013, and a massive world tour, globetrotting comedian (and future Mayor of London?) Eddie Izzard settles in for a London West End run, at the Palace Theatre, with a 'reloaded' version of his show, 'Force Majeure'. It's the most extensive comedy tour ever, having taken in 28 countries and performed in four languages. To keep with the global theme, the show itself has universal appeal, with material ranging from human sacrifice to Greek gods. Izzard has a knack for reducing centuries' worth of history to just a few exquisite words and he flaunts his intellect in'Force Majeure' as he raced through topics. He has a lot of fun with language, too – slipping the word 'fuck' into the middle of French words, for example – and there are plenty of trademark Izzardism, like a musical about a trouserless spider. Before he packs in stand-up for a career in politics, here's a rare chance to catch Eddie Izzard in a (relatively) intimate venue. Highly recommended. Read our interview with Eddie Izzard And read our review of the original 'Force Majeure'

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Palace Theatre , Soho Monday February 15 2016 - Saturday February 20 2016

Basketmouth

Nigerian stand-up Basketmouth – aka Bright Okpocha – plays a massive London show, on Valentine's Day no less. Basketmouth has organised some hugely popular comedy gigs in his homecountry, and now tours the world with his views on African politics and life.

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Sunday February 14 2016

25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer – The Poignant Moments

Critics' choice

We called it! After hinting about it in our interview in February, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have now officially announced that they're celebrating 25 years on our screens with their first live in tour in 17 years. And we couldn't be more excited. 'The Poignant Moments' is likely to be a lo-fi, unglamourous production, with Vic and Bob going back to their roots of stupid props, dodgy wigs and a whole bunch of absurdist nonsense. The slapstick pair will be performing their favourite bits and skits from their quarter century back catalogue, and Bob's already hinted on Twitter about a few of the characters that could make appearances. Whatever happens, though, it's a rare chance to see thess hugely influential comedy loons live on stage. Read our interview with Vic and Bob

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Monday February 15 2016 - Tuesday February 16 2016

Sarah Kendall: A Day in October

Critics' choice

Aussie stand-up Sarah Kendall was nominated for the 2015 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award for her latest, touching storytelling show. It an intricately woven and beautifully told tale, mixing fact and fiction about her high school years. It's crammed full of laughs, too, even in its most sombre moments. Hugely impressive.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Monday February 15 2016 - Saturday February 20 2016

Frankie Boyle: Hurt Like You've Never Been Loved

Critics' choice

He said he was quitting stand-up a few year back, but Frankie Boyle's obviously changed his mind. He's bringing his new show, 'Hurt Like You've Never Been Loved', to the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in 2016. He was once known as the smirking shock-jock on 'Mock the Week'. But more recently Boyle's become increasingly honest and political, as shown in his excellent Guardian column. Not that Boyle's toned down the black humour. The Glaswegian stand-up is still as vicious as ever. But his targets have changed, and he's more heartfelt.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Thursday February 18 2016 - Friday February 19 2016

An Evening with David Sedaris

The New York-born writer and humorist steps up for a four-night run of amusing anecdotes and words on his works, including his latest book, 'Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls'.

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Cadogan Hall , Brompton Saturday February 20 2016 - Saturday February 27 2016

Rhys James: Remains

Critics' choice

24-year-old stand-up Rhys James is a young, white, middle-class, straight male – or 'a royal flush', as he says. But despite being one of hundred of 'royal flushes' on the comedy circuit, he stands out thanks to his dense, elegant writing. James skillfully manipulates words and phrases, either playing up his intelligence or masking it behind goofy one-liners in which he doesn't realise he's the butt of the joke. He's a whip-smart dickhead. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

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Soho Theatre , Soho Tuesday February 23 2016 - Saturday February 27 2016

Paddy McGuinness – Daddy McGuinness

Single man*, reveal yourself! Let the Paddy see the McGuinness! No likey… er, don't buy a ticket, I guess? That's right, the host of ITV's primetime dating show 'Take Me Out' is back on the road, rounding off his 'Daddy McGuinness' tour with a massive date at the Hammersmith Apollo. Before 'Take Me Out', McGuinness was best known as doorman Paddy in Peter Kay's 'Phoenix Nights', and spin-off series 'Max & Paddy'. And, hey, the sold-out 'Phoenix Nights' revival (taking place at Manchester Arena for Comic Relief) is sure to shift some tickets to the 41-year-old TV host's comedy tour. It could be quite fun, in a Saturday-night-ITV kind of way. Just don't expect groundbreaking stand-up. *Note: Paddy McGuinness isn't a single man. He's happily married.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Friday February 26 2016
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Comedy tours in March 2016

Ed Byrne – Outside, Looking In

This superb Irish comic has been moaning about life's little annoyances since his early 20s and, now into his fifth decade on this earth, he's not about to stop. Ed Byrne's latest tour 'Outside, Looking In' hits the Shepherd's Bush Empire in 2016, but he's being pretty vague about what it'll contain – he just promises it'll be funny.

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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire , Shepherd's Bush Thursday March 3 2016 - Sunday March 20 2016

Lee Nelson – Suited and Booted

It looks like Simon Brodkin's character creation Lee Nelson – star of his own BBC Three series, 'Lee Nelson's Well Good Show' – has ditched the snapbacks and polo shirts and dressed up for his latest tour, 'Suited and Booted' tour.

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Duchess Theatre , Covent Garden Monday March 14 2016

Comedy tours in April 2016

Tom Stade: You're Welcome

Ultra laidback Canadian comic Tom Stade is back on tour, after appearances on 'Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow' and 'Live at the Apollo'. He's a hard-hitting storyteller, offering contentious opinions about the world.

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Friday April 1 2016 - Saturday April 9 2016

Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age

Russell Kane's a former Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner, 'Live at the Electric' star and all-round talented stand-up. He's on top form at the moment – his trademark puppyish energy is still intact but toned down a little, and it now comes with a new-found relaxed confidence. He's playing these Leicester Square Theatre dates as part of a new UK tour.

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Thursday April 7 2016 - Saturday April 16 2016

Rob Beckett – Mouth of the South

Fast-rising comic Rob Beckett returns to his London roots with a run at the Leicester Square Theatre. He's quickly developing into a hugely accomplished stand-up – expect cheeky stories and witty observations.

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Tuesday April 19 2016 - Saturday April 23 2016

Paul Zerdin: Spongefinger

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.

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Udderbelly , South Bank Thursday April 14 2016 - Saturday October 22 2016

Joe Lycett – That's the Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett

Critics' choice

Another typically punny show title from ever delightful stand-up Joe Lycett. The TV regular was nominated for Best Newcomer in Edinburgh in 2012, and his shows are always a hoot. Lycett is cheeky, relaxed, and mixes delightful stories and observations. An hour or two in his company is very pleasant indeed.

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Lyric Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Monday April 18 2016

Comedy tours in May 2016

Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts

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.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Tuesday May 3 2016 - Saturday May 7 2016

Sarah Millican – Outsider

Critics' choice

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.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Friday May 13 2016 - Sunday May 15 2016

Julian Clary – The Joy of Mincing

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.

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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire , Shepherd's Bush Friday May 20 2016 - Saturday May 21 2016

Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary

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.

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Friday May 27 2016

Comedy tours in October 2016

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? 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…

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Tuesday October 11 2016

Comedy tours in November 2016

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Gold, Ultimate, Greatest Hits Tour

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.

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Hackney Empire , Hackney Tuesday November 1 2016 - Saturday November 11 2017

Comedy tours in March 2017

Russell Howard: Round the World

Critics' choice

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 Howard

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Wednesday March 1 2017 - Friday March 10 2017

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2 comments
anspringgirl
anspringgirl

News just in- Jerry Sadowitz is doing two warm-up gigs on the 8th and the 15th at the Betsey Trotwood pub, Farringdon Lane. Doors open at 8pm. Should be a great show!

glen lath
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 ...........