Critic’s choice comedy

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



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There are hundreds of comedy shows in London every single week. So what to choose? Every Tuesday, we'll be picking the five best comedy gigs over the next seven days. So check back here every week for our next five tips.

Or if that's not enough, check out our page of the best comedy shows in London this week for lots more options.

This page is updated every Tuesday.

This week’s critic’s choice comedy


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The Phoenix Fringe

  • Critics choice

This week-long shindig features tons of awesome acts, from household names – Frankie Boyle, Al Murray, Milton Jones – to circuit favourites Aisling Bea, Brian Gittins and Elis James.

  1. The Phoenix Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Sat Aug 9
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Anthony Jeselnik

  • Critics choice

This Pittsburgh-born comic’s one-liners are darker than Frankie Boyle’s shadow on a moonless night. They’re also smartly written and wickedly funny. Not for the easily offended.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Jul 28 - Sat Aug 2
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© Erik Ljung

Found Footage Festival

  • Critics choice

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher travelled across the States picking up strange VHS tapes at thrift stores. At FFF they present the weirdest, funniest and most bizarre clips.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Aug 2
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Boat Show

  • Critics choice

Fabulously funny middle-class hero Hal Cruttenden headlines the Boat this week. Plus support from ultra-camp musical duo Topping & Butch, smooth rising star Masud Milas and cockney philosopher Jeff Innocent.

  1. The Tattershall Castle (Ship) Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2HR
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Richard Sandling's Perfect Movie Podcast

  • Critics choice

VHS nerd Sandling and guests Scroobius Pip and Brett Goldstein talk all things movies, perform film-themed stand-up sets and recreate famous scenes from the silver screen in this lively podcast.

  1. Betsey Johnson 23 Floral Street, WC2E 9DP
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Users say

Rachael Pollock
Rachael Pollock

PAUL FOOT-Underbelly, Cowgate, Edinburgh Fringe Stumbling on stage wearing his trademark silver jacket, too-short trousers and sporting THAT haircut, Paul Foot intrigues and delights the audience from the outset. He is funny before he’s even opened his mouth, and when he does it is to explain in his up & down voice just how the show works: there’ll be a three-and-a-half-minute rant, there will be some “disturbances” (one or two sentences bulging with whimsy) and he will be asking: “Isn’t life a palaver?” His show consists of sublimely well thought out surrealism; please don’t think he is just “making it all up as he goes along” as I overheard one punter say to his pal. This guy is one of the few who deserves the title of comic genius; the sheer randomness of his set is a joy to behold; tales of late night lonely texting (we’ve all done it), a section of random words slotted together which really shouldn’t be funny but are, funny little bows to the audience which add to the air of eccentricity…all incredibly weird and hysterically funny.