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 and 2015
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Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft
Lee Evans – Monsters
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Monty Python – Live (mostly)
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Lee Mack – Hit the Road Mack
Miranda Hart – My, What I Call
Russell Howard – Wonderbox
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Tig Notaro – Boyish Girl Interrupted
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Full list of upcoming comedy shows in 2014 and 2015
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.
This Illinois-born comic is heavily praised by our good friends at Time Out Chicago, and we trust 'em. He's a masterful storytelling stand-up, weaving intricately crafted jokes into his laidback tales. This solo show has just been nominated for the prestigious Barry Award at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and his Soho Theatre run is his UK solo debut. So don't miss out.
- Critics choice
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'.
Soho Theatre continues its season of impressive American stand-ups with a soho show from Pittsburgh-born comic Anthony Jeselnik. He's a dark, deranged stand-up, telling near-the-knuckle jokes. In the States he has his own Comedy Central series, 'The Jeselnik Offensive' (geddit?). You'll find yourself laughing at his so-wrong-they're-right jokes before you can stop yourself.
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…
- Critics choice
Masterful US comedian Mathilde ‘Tig’ Notaro hit the comedy news headlines in 2012 after announcing on stage, on the day of her diagnosis, that she had breast cancer. The set was recorded and released as the album ‘Tig Notaro: Live’ via Louis CK’s website (he himself wrote ‘In my 27 years doing this I have seen a handful of truly masterful performances. One was Tig Notaro last night at the Largo’) and has since sold more than 100,000 copies. But if you’re thinking her stand-up’s going to be a depress-fest, never fear; Tig’s as uplifting as they come. Following a short run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year she’s finally making her London debut at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. If you don’t buy a ticket, you’re a fool.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.