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Five reasons to see Trygve Wakenshaw’s ‘Kraken’

Our Number One comedy show of 2014 finally lands in London. You really should see this Fringe mime hit

Nish Kumar on 25 years of ‘The Simpsons’

The biggest ‘Simpsons’ nerd we know explains why it’s still the best sitcom on TV after 25 years

British Comedy Awards 2014: predictions

Who will win the big four gongs? Our predictions…

British Comedy Awards drinking game

Make Wednesday's ceremony funnier by playing our BCAs drinking game

The ten best comedy shows of 2014

Wigs, robots and undercover cops: our comedy critic picks the ten funniest shows of the year

Festive funnies

Have a jolly good laugh this December with our Christmas comedy picks

The 15 best comedy shows in 2015

Get booking for the stand-up shows we’re most looking forward to over the next 12 months

Adam Riches: portrait of an artist

The multi-award winning character comedian gets creative with some toothpaste and baked beans

One to watch: Dave Green

We profile this one-liner slinger who's so laidback he's practically horizontal

December's top ten comedy shows

The ten shows that'll make you laugh most this month

Romesh Ranganathan’s top ten stand-ups

The permanently pissed off TV regular reveals his favourite comics

Sam Simmons – Death of a Sails-Man review

  • Rated as: 4/5

The Foster's Award-nominated Aussie absurdist's latest is a shore-fire hit

The history of Sara Pascoe

The 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee gives us a run down of her past

One to watch: Sean McLoughlin

We profile this grouchy, cynical rising star

Bridget Christie on ending global female oppression

Has the award-winning stand-up single-handedly solved the issue of everyday sexism? She reckons so

One to watch: Massive Dad

We profile this slick, smart, rising sketch trio

Dave Gorman’s top ten stand-up comedians

The Powerpoint obsessed docu-comic reveals his favourite comics

Halloween comedy shows

We round up some spooktacular Halloween comedy shows that’ll make you die laughing

Lee Mack: stand-up or sit down?

Should you see the Lancashire joke maestro live on stage, or on the box?

Video: The internet interviews… Tim Minchin

You asked Google, we asked the Aussie musician-comedian

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show review

  • Rated as: 3/5

The timing, the fez and the fumbled illusions are all there in this faithful tribute show

Liam Williams explains capitalism

Read the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated comic’s completely comprehensive guide

Lee Evans – Monsters review

  • Rated as: 2/5

A funny beast? Or all bark and no bite?

Stephen Fry on Time Out

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Fry recalls dreading Time Out's response to his comedy work

Greenwich Comedy Festival: who to see

Find the perfect comic for you at this year's ace Greenwich Comedy Festival

Win tickets to see Stephen Fry live

Competition! Your chance to see the eloquent raconteur live and win a copy of his new book

Andy Zaltzman on the Scottish referendum

‘Won’t someone please think of the armchair sports fans?!’

Character comedy: ones to watch

London's character comedy circuit has never been better. We profile four rising stars

Why we love Joan Rivers

We pay tribute to the legendary American stand-up by celebrating her most controversial moments

Where to see the 2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominees

Catch this year's winner, John Kearns, and the nominees in London

Four reasons to see Tig Notaro

You should definitely catch this Louis CK-back US stand-up's London debut. Here's why

John Kearns – Shtick review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Unique, superbly constructed absurdist stand-up that's more accessible than you'd think

Josie Long – Cara Josephine review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Another change of tack for Josie Long, and another feelgood triumph

Dan Schreiber – C*ckblocked from Outer Space review

  • Rated as: 3/5

His geeky stories are fun, but they can't compete with his facts

Eddie Pepitone – RIP America, It’s Been Fun review

  • Rated as: 3/5

The Brooklyn comic is brilliant in parts, but lacking focus

Nish Kumar – Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity review

  • Rated as: 5/5

Smart, accessible and thought-provoking stand-up

Ian Smith – Flappable review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Gently amusing but not mind-blowing stories

Rachel Parris – Live in Vegas review

  • Rated as: 3/5

This musical comic is hugely talented, but could use a few more laughs

Tony Law – Enter the ToneZone review

  • Rated as: 4/5

More infectiously funny bellowing absurdism

Clever Peter – The Dreams Factory review

  • Rated as: 2/5

Not-so-Clever Peter this time around in this lacklustre hour

Funz and Gamez review

  • Rated as: 4/5

This 'children's show really lives up to its title

Mark Simmons – Mr review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Playful puns, some killer gags and a bit of filler

Sarah Kendall – Touchdown review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Honesty's the best policy from this Aussie storyteller

Yacine Belhousse – Made in France review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Fun, fluffy surrealism from this French charmer

Neil Hamburger review

  • Rated as: 5/5

The leeeegendary Neil Hamburger is a tragicomedy genius

Gein’s Family Giftshop – Volume 1 review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Smart skits and toilet humour gags from this newbie sketch troupe

Alex Horne – Monsieur Butterfly review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Horne ambitious building project is a real treat

Rebecca Humphries – Dizney Rascal review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Filthy, feelgood musical comedy

Ellie White – Humans review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Enjoyable character stuff, but a little underdeveloped

Adam Riches – Adam of the Riches review

  • Rated as: 4/5

More gloriously silly audience interactive character comedy from the Foster's Award winner

Alfie Brown – Divorced from Reality (and My Wife) review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Challenging, gutsy, rewarding stand-up

Jason Cook – Broken review

  • Rated as: 4/5

His life might be broken, but his comedic talent is still intact

Dan Clark – Me, My Selfie and I review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Grown up, growing up comedy from the BBC Three star

Will Franken – The Stuff They Put in Sleep review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Enjoyable character comedy with flashes of genius

Joseph Morpurgo – Odessa review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Fit as character comedy from this innovative talent

Brent Weinbach – Appealing to the Mainstream review

  • Rated as: 4/5

This American absuridst will weird you out, but it's worth it

Lou Sanders in Another Great Show Again review

  • Rated as: 4/5

A typically nutty (and very funny) shambles

Steen Raskopoulos – I’m Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Strictly business for Raskopoulos, but for his audience it's all pleasure

Lazy Susan – Extreme Humans review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Terrifically performed character-driven skits from this pair

NewsRevue 2014 review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Entertaining enough, but a little lucklustre

Jon Bennett – Fire in the Meth Lab review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Engaging, very funny storytelling

Suns of Fred – Excited!!! review

  • Rated as: 3/5

This Aussie musical trio are adorable, but their songs are a bit basic

Bridget Christie – An Ungrateful Woman review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Christie follows-up her award-winning show with another hour of groundbreaking stand-up

Jim Davidson – No Further Action review

  • Rated as: 2/5

Techincally masterful, but his material's shamelessly crude

What Does the Title Matter Anyway? review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Clive Anderson and his gang of fools are on top form in this reunion show

Sara Pascoe vs History review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Passionate, intelligent, damn funny stand-up

Mark Watson – Flaws review

  • Rated as: 5/5

The understated Bristolian's latest could be his best show yet

Alex Edelman – Millennial review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Don't start an argument with his smart, confident young American

Twonkey’s Private Restaurant review

  • Rated as: 4/5

A dog's dinner of absurd, unexpected content – but it works

Massive Dad review

  • Rated as: 4/5

A slick, impressive debut from this newbie sketch trio

Lizzy Mace – Overlooked review

  • Rated as: 2/5

Under-developed characters from half of sketch duo Mace and Burton

Al Lubel in… I’m Still Al Lubel review

  • Rated as: 2/5

Al Lubel talks more about Al Lubel in 'I'm Still Al Lubel'

Kraken review

  • Rated as: 5/5

An hour of blissfully funny physical stream-of-conciousness

Mr Swallow – The Musical review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Nick Mohammed's latest is a clever spectacle, but doesn't quite grab you

I Am, I Am review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Charmingly nerdy musical comedy, but a little too Conchords-y

Liam Williams – Capitalism review

  • Rated as: 4/5

The Foster's Best Newcomer nominee follows up his debut with another impressive effort

A-Z of Edinburgh Fringe comedy 2014

Time Out’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe comedy highlights and recommendations in a neat A to Z

Anthony Jeselnik and Jim Jefferies: on the offensive

The biggest controversies from dark, shocking stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik and Jim Jefferies

Milton Jones’s top ten stand-ups

The loud shirt-wearing joke-machine reveals his favourite comics

‘The Bird’: five things you didn’t know about starlings

Ben Target, co-director of new short film ‘The Bird’, opens up his Filofax of fowl facts

Tedfest London

Careful now. 'Father Ted' festival TedFest is crashing into London. Here's what to expect

Monty Python Live (Mostly) review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Flying high or a pile of Spam? Our verdict

One to watch: Mark Silcox

Read our profile of this brilliantly odd rising comedy star

Edinburgh previews in London

Top comics across the capital for rock-bottom prices

Monty Python’s best sketches (according to famous fans)

Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, Bob Odenkirk and other well-known Python addicts reveal their favourite skits

Monty Python on Monty Python

Who’s the funniest? Who’s the silliest? Is Michael Palin really that nice?

Matt Groening on Monty Python

‘The Simpsons’ creator treats us to his ‘Monty Python’ anecdote

Trey Parker and Matt Stone on Monty Python

The ‘South Park’ creators speak to us about the influence of ‘Confuse-a-Cat’

Lorne Michaels on Monty Python

The ‘Saturday Night Live’ creator talks about his love of all things Python

Penn & Teller’s best tricks

The Vegas duo tell us the thinking behind some of their finest illusions

Five reasons to see Michael Che

Catch this New Yorker in London while you can. Read why

Doppel-gaggers: comedians to see at music festivals

Need help choosing who to see in the comedy tent this year? We pick six of the best and identify their musical counterparts

Video: The internet interviews the Rubberbandits

You asked Google, we asked the plastic bag-donning hip hop comedy duo

Showstoppers v Abandoman

Two teams of improvised musical comedy merchants are heading to Udderbelly. We pit them head-to-head

Join the 2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards panel

Think you could spot the next Steve Coogan, Lee Evans or Bridget Christie? This competition could be for you…

Andrew Maxwell on the tribes of London

Moving to London? This award-winning Irish raconteur has some advice

David Baddiel – Fame: Not the Musical review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Careful balancing of self-obsessive woes and self-deprecating stories

How to survive Red Bastard’s show

This devilish comedy monster amuses, thrills, utterly terrifies and could even change your life

One to watch: Tim Renkow

Read our profile of the award-winning rising comedy star

The comedy class of 2014

Who are the comedy stars of the future? Here are six of our favourites, all playing 'Time Out Introduces'

Katherine Ryan’s ultimate glam role models

The panel show regular talks us through her idols

Sean Hughes’s top ten stand-up comedians

The Irish rascal reveals his favourite comics

Russell Howard: the road to the Royal Albert Hall

The superstar stand-up remembers the milestone London gigs of his career

Five jokes from Fozzie Bear

Wocka! Wocka! We challenge the joke-telling Muppet to write us five gags

Miranda Hart – My, What I Call, Live Show review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Frivolous family-friendly fun in the BBC One star's return to stand-up

McNeil & Pamphilon’s quiz: which video games character are you?

Find out with the gaming-obsessed sketch duo's quiz

Tim Key – Single White Slut review

  • Rated as: 5/5

Key's latest is daring, innovative and ridiculously funny

Tim Key’s poems in pictures

Read a bunch of Key’s poems, written on the back of (often filthy) playing cards

Tim Key introduces a poem you can personalise

The multi award-winner pens a poem exclusively for Time Out

Video: The internet interviews… Jack Whitehall

We ask the arena-filling 'Fresh Meat' star the most Googled questions about him

Video: Jack Whitehall answers your London questions

A proper Londoner, born and bred, who better to answer Time Out readers’ London-based problems? 

Mark Thomas’s top ten stand-up comedians

The superb campaigning comic reveals his favourite comics

Blowouts or bargains

This year’s biggest comedy gigs and their budget counterparts 

Top ten free comedy clubs

Shiny new and updated: the best free comedy gigs in the capital

One to watch: Pierre Novellie

We profile the smart, beardy, 23-year-old comic and former Cambridge Footlighter

Luisa Omielan on how to survive being single on Valentine’s day

The Beyoncé of comedy, Luisa Omielan, offers some advice for the rest of ius

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s ‘knock knock’ jokes

The pair behind ‘Inside No 9’ pen Time Out some increasingly strange gags…

Rubberbandits – Continental Fistfight review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Devilishly sharp satire from Limerick's plastic bag-wearing hip hop duo

David Baddiel on fame

Baddiel speaks frankly about the highs and lows of being famous

Video: The internet interviews… Frank Skinner

You asked Google, we asked Frank Skinner…

‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’

Our top ten episodes and funniest quotes from the cult US sitcom

Frank Skinner – Man in a Suit review

  • Rated as: 4/5

West Bromwich's finest is less blokey, more jokey is his new stand-up show

Aisling Bea’s ones to watch in 2014

She's the one to watch in 2014. But what will Aisling Bea be watching this year?

One to watch: Alasdair Beckett-King

Check out this rising comedy star and see him live in London

Cheap January comedy gigs

It’s cold out and everyone’s skint. But there’s hope! Here are six cheapo January comedy picks

Marcel Lucont’s Poème de Noël

The London-based, suave Frenchman pens an ode to our city at its most joyful time of year

The best comedy shows of 2013

Who made our comedy critic laugh hardest this year? Here are our top five stand-up shows of 2013

Brian Cox and Robin Ince: Christmas head-to-head

Physicist Brian Cox squares up to Scrooge-like comic Robin Ince to argue Yuletide: yes or no?

The Colonel: Weirdos Comedy’s alternative panto

Who needs turkey? Gleefully chaotic alternative panto ‘The Colonel’ argues that Christmas is really about fried chicken

Tony Law – Nonsense Overdrive review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Space, parenthood, feminism and more 'shouty bollocks' from the superb Canadian absurdist

Christmas comedy in London

'Tis the season to be jolly, so why not treat yourself to a festive-themed comedy gig?

New Year’s Eve comedy in London

What better way to welcome the New Year than with a good old laugh?

Nish Kumar: knowing meme, knowing you

How to respond to your face being stolen by the internet? Nish Kumar explains all

Alan Partridge’s 2013 knowing me, knowing review (of the year)

North Norfolk’s foremost radio DJ gives his unique opinion on 2013’s top stories

Video: Count Arthur Strong’s Christmas message

The trilby hat-wearing mangler of words and BBC Two star reads a festive chapter from his autobiography

Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour – Eat, Pray, Laugh review

  • Rated as: 3/5

The 79-year-old creator of Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson and more takes his final bow in the West End

Carl Donnelly reviews his reviews

The chatty stand-up tells us what he made of his latest batch of reviews

Alex Horne debunks London myths

Award-winning stand-up Alex Horne reveals the ‘truth’ behind London's biggest myths

Video: Bo Burnham responds to YouTube comments

You don't get to 100 million YouTube views without attracting the attention of a weirdo or six

The best stand-up on Netflix

We get streaming to offer some essential comedy picks on UK Netflix

Stewart Lee – Much-a-Stew About Nothing review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Is Lee's work-in-progress run scrappy and unfinished? Here's our verdict

Video: The internet interviews… Bo Burnham

'Is Bo Burnham a jerk?' You asked Google, we asked Bo…

Pajama Men – Just the Two of Each of Us review

Absurd physical comedy in what might be the PJs best show yet

Russell Brand – Messiah Complex review

He's not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy

Micky Flanagan in numbers

'26… times the word "out" is uttered during his "Out Out" routine' and more Flanagan stats

The Tim Vine joke vault

To celebrate the release of his new book, we pick our favourite Tim Vine one-liners

Free comedy gigs: free for all?

Are free gigs helping or harming the comedy circuit? We feed back some opinions…

Susie Essman’s guide to swearing with skill

The ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ star and expert expletive merchant offers some top tips

Max and Ivan – Class clowns

What's happened to your old schoolmates? Sketch duo Max and Ivan have some thoughts…

Jason Manford’s top ten stand-up comedians

The Mancunian stand-up and ‘Live at the Apollo’ star reveals his favourite comics

Joe Lycett’s open letter

The Brummie charmer hatches a ten-point plan to update and liven up London’s tube network

Marcel Lucont’s ode to London

The laconic Frenchman and ‘Live at the Electric’ star explains his love/hate relationship with London

Andy Parsons’s top ten stand-up comedians

The ‘Mock the Week’ regular reveals his favourite comics – with videos

One to watch: Ivo Graham

Time Out reader Craig Beadle profiles this talented young comic

Jen Kirkman’s top ten stand-up comedians

The US stand-up and ‘Chelsea Lately’ star reveals her favourite comics

Where to see the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominees

Catch this year's triumphant Edinburgh Fringers live in London

Video: a song from Stephen Lynch

The US comedy songster drops by Time Out HQ to perform a track from his new album with Courtney Jaye

Edinburgh Fringe comedy posters

The best (and worst) comedy posters from this year's festival

Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish review

  • Rated as: 4/5

It's near impossible not to have a good time at this disco with a comedy twist

'Knightmare Live': from terrifying TV to slapstick stage show

Time Out’s Music Editor faced his fears and took on the quest for the crown

Joseph Morpurgo – Truthmouth review

  • Rated as: 4/5

A hugely impressive debut show crammed full of inventive ideas

Edward Aczel Lives in a Meaningless Shed review

  • Rated as: 4/5

The king of British anti-comedy's back with more shambolic brilliance

Simon Munnery – Fylm review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Munnery's sequel to 'Fylm-Makker' is as inventive as ever

Yanking your chain: American stand-ups in London

The vital statistics on Rob Delaney, Janeane Garofalo, Eddie Griffin and Tony Rock

Paul Foot – Words review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Complex absurdism from the Fringe favourite


Liam Williams review

Sophisticated, beautifully written misanthropy from a superb newcomer

Carl Hutchinson – All the Rage review

MOR observations about rage from a mild-mannered comic

Phil Ellis – Unplanned Orphan review

An ambitious slow-burner that just about pays off

John Kearns – Sight Gags for Perverts review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Honesty and heart behind self-loathing silliness

Mark Stephenson – Half Man Half Amazing review

  • Rated as: 4/5

A smart, assured debut from a refreshingly nonchalant, deadpan talent

Dave Griffiths – C U in Court review

  • Rated as: 3/5

A true Dave and Goliath story that's more remarkable than funny

Brett Goldstein – Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Thought provoking, grown-up storytelling packed with jokes

Nish Kumar – Nish Kumar is a Comedian review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Nish Kumar is a comedian, and a bloody one at that

Bo Burnham – What review

  • Rated as: 5/5

The 22-year-old Bostonian smashes sky-high expectations

James Acaster – Lawnmower review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Acaster's minute, quizzical world is a wonderful place to visit

Video: Don't Drop the Egg's Edinburgh guide – chapter two

The Clapham Falcons share some flyering tips

Max and Ivan – The Reunion review

  • Rated as: 4/5

A warm, '80s teen movie-style feelgood triumph

Giraffe – Sketchy Comedy review

  • Rated as: 2/5

Likable sketch troupe's material is unimaginative

John Lloyd – Liff of QI review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Behind-the-scenes nuggets and bewildering facts from the legendary TV producer

Video: The Dark Room Interviews… Brendon Burns

The Floating Head shouts at the Aussie Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner

Ronny Chieng – The Ron Way review

  • Rated as: 4/5

There's a sharp comedic mind at work in this Malaysian-Australian's Fringe debut

Daniel Simonsen – Stranger review

  • Rated as: 2/5

A brave experiment that, on this particular night, enters into the sweat pit of deep embarrassment

Ivo Graham – Binoculars review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Intelligent, eloquent wit and Mario Kart tips in this 22-year-old's Fringe debut

Chastity Butterworth & The Spanish Hamster review

  • Rated as: 3/5

The character creation of Gemma Whelan has mastered the art of making naff jokes funny

Bridget Christie – A Bic for Her review

  • Rated as: 4/5

A passionate, intelligent and beautifully silly attack on everyday sexism

Nick Helm – One Man Mega Myth review

  • Rated as: 4/5

The comedy daredevil's back with a high-energy tribute to Evel Knievel

Graham Clark – Afraid of the Clark review

  • Rated as: 3/5

A solid 30-minutes of material stretched over an hour from this charming Canadian

BEASTS review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Great performances, but the sketches need more bite

Claudia O'Doherty – Pioneer review

  • Rated as: 4/5

Intriguing, inventive and just the right side of peculiar

Andrew Lawrence – There is No Escape review

  • Rated as: 3/5

Louche pessimism that's funny at points, but doesn't connect successfully with the audience

Tiernan Douieb’s top ten stand-up comedians

The uplifting, politically-charge funnyman reveals his favourite comics

Adam Buxton chooses five funny web videos

The ‘Bug’ host and internet whizz reveals some of his favourite clips on YouTube

Video: Don't Drop the Egg's Edinburgh Fringe guide for newcomers – chapter one

First task for the brainless Clapham Falcons: work out how to get to Scotland

Rufus Hound’s top ten stand-up comedians

The TV funnyman reveals his favourite comics – with videos

Edinburgh Fringe 2013: top ten comedy shows

Simply the ten comedy shows we're most excited about at this year's festival

Edinburgh Fringe: top ten late shows and odd nights out

Late night and weirdo comedy shows, from live wrestling to jazz in a cow

Camden Fringe 2013: top five comedy shows

Our critic's picks of the comedy offerings in NW1

Edinburgh Fringe 2013 comedy recommendations

All our top ten lists, in one handy hub-page

Edinburgh Fringe highlights: the top ten free shows

Our pick of the best comedy shows that'll cost you nothing (or next to nothing)

Doc Brown's favourite unintentionally funny rappers

Some MCs are simply accidental comedians, explains the rapper-turned-stand-up

Edinburgh Fringe highlights: top ten big names and festival favourites

Our pick of the TV regulars and reliable Fringe favourites

Edinburgh Fringe highlights: top ten international visitors

Our pick of the best visiting comics from America, Australia and more at the world’s biggest arts festival

The roots of Christopher Guest's 'Family Tree'

Guest, Chris O'Dowd, Nina Conti and more tell us what to expect the TV series

Edinburgh Fringe highlights: top ten newcomers

Our pick of the best debut comedy shows at the world’s biggest arts festival

The Rubberbandits: the true meanings behind the songs

The 'hardcore gangster rap' duo from Limerick explain the true meanings behind their songs

Paul F Tompkins’s top ten stand-up comedians

The dapper US storyteller reveals his favourite comics

London's summer comedy festivals: head-to-head

The festival season is upon us, but which one is the best?

Oram & Meeten's Club Fantastico and Clark's

Get up-to-speed on these cult comedy nights making a comeback

David Bowie’s funniest lyrics

'Don't ask me, I don't know any hallways' and other pieces of Bowie wisdom

Al Murray's South Bank pub crawl

The guvnor himself maps out the pint perfect route to his Southbank saloon

One to watch: Amy Hoggart

We profile this rising character comedy star

Lloyd Langford's top ten stand-up comedians

The Welsh curmudgeon reveals his favourite comics

Critic's choice comedy

Time Out's Comedy critic picks the five best shows this week

Francesca Martinez's guide to being 'normal'

The self-described 'wobbly' comedian offers up advice

Reggie Watts's top ten stand-up comedians

The beatboxing US comic reveals his favourite comics

UK comedy festivals

The stand-up fests across the country that'll keep you chortling year-round

Francesca Martinez's top ten stand-up comedians

The super-smart stand-up reveals her favourite comics

The best (or worst?) of Shit London

Patrick Dalton captures the bad, the wrong, and the just plain crap

Five comedians to see at music festivals

Need a break from guitars? Have a laugh in the comedy tent

Review: Micky Flanagan – Back in the Game

Is Flanagan still comedy's diamond geezer?

Scott Capurro's top ten stand-up comedians

The acerbic San Franciscan reveals his favourite comics

One to watch: Sofie Hagen

We profile the award-winning Danish comic

Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

The podfather talks about his favourite interviewees

The top ten comedy podcasts

We run down the ten funniest audio offerings on the web

Chris Hardwick's top ten stand-up comedians

The 'Nerdist Industries' founder reveals his favourite comics

One to watch: Kwame Asante

A quick profile on this mild-mannered rising star

Review: Eddie Izzard – Force Majeure

The surrealist-in-chief aims big in his huge world comedy tour

Weekend comedy clubs in London

Every Friday and Saturday night comedy club, on one handy map

Comedy video: Simon Munnery – Fylm-Makker

Watch the trailer for legendary surrealist comic Simon Munnery's new DVD

Comedians' top ten stand-up comedians

Dave Gorman, Chris Addison, Alan Davies and more pick their favourites

Eddie Pepitone: the bitter Buddha

The self-hating cult US comic gets angry ahead

Video: Udderbelly Festival

See what to expect from this year's three-month season

Jo Caulfield's top ten stand-up comedians

The Radio 4 regular reveals her favourite comics

Be a judge on the 2013 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards panel

Could you spot the next Lee Evans or Steve Coogan?

Milton Jones's joke vault

We put the human joke factory to the test

Jimeoin's top ten stand-up comedians

The Northern Irish stand-up and ‘Live at the Apollo’ star reveals his favourite comics

Udderbelly Festival 2013: the top ten comedy shows

What to see at the big moo? Here are our top tips

Udderbelly Festival 2013: the comics' choices

Four acts playing the big moo give us their personal recommendations

Comedy video: The Best of Norfolk – Part One

This video is so sweet and so funny, we just had to share it

Review: Paul F Tompkins – Crying and Driving

A sophisticated hour of skillfully crafted stories from this US veteran

Gary Delaney's top ten stand-up comedians

The ‘Mock the Week’ star reveals his favourite comics

Review: Harry Hill – Sausage Time

A whopping five star review for the 'TV Burp' star's return to stand-up

The art of sketch (according to Pappy's)

The absurdly funny comedy troupe reveal their golden rules…

One to watch: Adam Hess

The lowdown on the new don of the one-liner, winner of the Chortle Student Comedy Award

Found Footage Festival: a sneak preview

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher share five odd videos from their collection

Chris Addison's top ten stand-up comedians

The 'Mock the Week' and 'The Thick of It' star reveals his favourite comics

Mark Watson’s 25-hour Comedy Marathon

Highlights from the awfully thin comedian's epic comedy show

One to watch: Sunil Patel

A quick profile on this deadpan up-and-comer

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The Comedy Store: Raw & Uncut

We ask: does stand-up belong on the big screen?

One to watch: Liam Williams

We profile this smart, fast-rising stand-up

Tony Law's Vikings quiz

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Stewart Lee's history of stand-up on TV

The iconoclast comedian outlines the history of TV's delicate relationship with live comedy

Scott Capurro on political correctness in comedy

The controversial comic examines pushing the boundaries

Alan Davies's top ten stand-up comedians

The 'QI' regular and 'Jonathan Creek' star reveals his favourite comics

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The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee aims high for 2013

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Call Lund: Nordic comics are killing rooms across the capital.

Tom Adams lounge gig

This whimsical musical comic gives Ben Williams a gig… in his living room.

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Let us introduce you to our favourite new-school fools.

Comedians on tour 2013

Diaries at the ready: it's time to start planning your comedy year

The best of 2012: comedy

Time Out's comedy editor picks his favourite comedy moments of 2012... and one turkey

Robin Ince's tips for the end of the world

The erudite comic suggests how to spend your last days on earth

Paul Foot's guide to showbizness

The ludicously silly stand-up gets down to bizness

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One to watch: Funmbi Omotayo

Cribnotes on this charming new comic

Greg Davies's favourite childhood activities

The star of BBC's 'Cuckoo' shares some of his favourite boyhood larks.

Tim Key's top 10 stand-up comedians

The poet savant reveals his ten favourite comics

Russell Kane in hairstyles

The 'Unzipped' and 'Live at the Electric' star talks Time Out through his dos

Dara O Briain in numbers

Time Out dissects the week-mocking Irish superstar’s career

One to watch: Claudia O'Doherty

The lowdown on the wonderfully offbeat Aussie comic

One to watch: Pat Cahill

A quickfire profile on the super-inventive rising star

Simon Munnery's La Concepta

A taster menu for comedy genius Simon Munnery's conceptual restaurant

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Everything you need to know about the refreshingly original comedian

Chris Ramsey's top 10 stand-up comedians

The Geordie comic reveals his ten favourite comics – with video evidence

Laurence Clark: inspired, my arse!

The disabled comedian explains why he can’t stand being called ‘inspirational’

Chopper's 'hard bastard' guide to London

The badass Australian ex-criminal gives us a hard bastard’s guide to the city

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Enjoy the Fringe from your sofa with our guide to experiencing the festival in London

Summer comedy in London

As most comedians bugger off to Edinburgh, we round-up the laughs left in London

Edinburgh Fringe 2012: comedy highlights

The red comedy comedy picks from the world’s biggest arts festival

Comedy festivals: the comics' choices

Comedians pick their highlights from the Balham, Ealing and Greenwich Comedy Festivals

London: greatest city in the world for comedy

Comedy editor Ben Williams explains why London is the world's biggest laughter supplier

Robin Ince's top 10 stand-up comedians

The erudite wonder reveals his ten favourite comics – with video evidence

Videos from the Found Footage Festival

Found Footage Festival curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher share five of their favourite videos

Flyer alarm: Leicester Square comedy clubs

Central London comedy clubs are competing for tourists' business. But are they all they claim? We investigate

Live at the Electric

Russell Kane introduces us to the stars of BBC Three's sketch and character gangshow

Underground Magazine's critic's choice

Underground Magazine recommend their top London comedy picks

Underground Magazine occupy Time Out

The satirical revolutionaries from newspaper parody Underground Magazine take over the Comedy section

2012 London comedy festivals

Summer sunshine and laughter; what better combination?

Deansways and The Vandella: clubbing together

Two new comedy venues have sprung up across the capital

Abandoman freestyle 2012's biggest comedy shows

Watch the hip-hop impro duo work 2012 comedy highlights into a freestyle rap

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Want to amaze your friends? Postmodern magician Pete Firman explains a trick anyone can do

Dave Gorman's top 10 stand-up comedians

The docu-comic reveals his ten favourite comics – with video evidence

Brett Goldstein's strip club stories

The comic shares three tales from his days running a strip club in Marbella

Andrew O'Neill on being alternative

‘Genderspastic’ metalhead comic Andrew O’Neill tells us why he keeps away from the mainstream

Exclusive Reggie Watts video

Watch the Seattle-based comedian's improvised song recorded especially for Time Out

The best of 2011: comedy shows

We pick our favourite comedy moments of 2011... and one turkey

The funniest comedians on Twitter

Our ten favourite tweeting stand-ups

Pundon calling

A gallery of our favourite London shop and restaurant pun names

The Comedy Store – London

Our in-depth guide to London's biggest and best comedy club

Stewart Lee's Christmas message

Lee fondly imagines the formative festive experiences he should have had in London (but didn’t)

The best comedy DVDs for Christmas 2011

We list our top ten and review every single release

Colin Hoult writes Time Out an exclusive horror story

The master of macabre character comedy pens Time Out a truly terrifying tale

Simon Evans gets topical

The sharp-witted comic explains where topical comedy is currently thriving

Exclusive Doc Brown video

Watch the comedian's musical journey through 30 years of comedy

London's best comedy open-mic nights

Discover the future of British comedy at London's best open-mic comedy nights

The best comedy clubs in London

We round up the best comedy clubs and nights in the capital

'Angry Boys' characters

Meet the stars of 'Summer Heights High' creator Chris Lilley's new show

A Shanghai surprise for Jarred Christmas

The Kiwi comic tells of his sticky run-in with China's airport security

The Scott Capurro Awards

The acerbic comic dishes out the gongs to some of his favourite chat show guests

Best and worst of 2010: comedy

Five crackers, and one turkey

Russell Kane meets Shakespeare

The wild-haired comic interviews the Bard

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