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Critic’s choice comedy

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

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


The Phoenix Fringe

Critics' choice

There are three comedy shows every single night at this ten-day fest. Nick Helm, Milton Jones, Aisling Bea and more kick start 2015’s Phoenix Fringe.

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The Phoenix Thursday July 30 2015 - Saturday August 8 2015

Michael Che

Critics' choice

This New Yorker’s written for ‘Saturday Night Live’ and was a correspondent on ‘The Daily Show’. He's also a mightily talented stand-up.

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Soho Theatre Thursday July 30 2015 - Saturday August 1 2015

Angel Comedy

Critics' choice

Start queuing early for Saturday’s pay-what-you-want line-up. It’s a doozy: Harriet Kemsley, Matt Rees, Yuriko Kotani, Masud Milas and more.

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Camden Head Until Saturday August 29 2015 Free

Stand Up for Satire

Critics' choice

Lager-guzzling baldy Al Murray the Pub Landlord hosts this benefit for charity Index on Censorship, which features a spot from uncompromising Scottish stand-up Frankie Boyle.

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Union Chapel Thursday July 30 2015


Critics' choice

Reginald D Hunter makes a rare club appearance with support from Joe Lycett and pals.

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Backyard Comedy Club Wednesday July 29 2015


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.