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.

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This week’s critic’s choice comedy

Malcolm Hardee in 1995

Malcolm Hardee in 1995 © David Tuk

10 Years On – The Malcolm Hardee Show

  • Critics choice

It’s been ten years since the godfather of alternative comedy, Malcolm Hardee, passed away. This gig – featuring a ton of acts, including a version of Hardee’s own troupe, the Greatest Show on Legs – celebrates his life and raises funds for a new documentary about the maverick comic.

  1. Up the Creek Creek Road, Greenwich, SE10 9SW
  2. Mon Feb 2
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© Idil Sukan Draw HQ

Sunday Special Tenth Birthday

  • Critics choice

Arena-filling secret guests are promised as the capital’s friendliest Sunday night club turns the big 1-0.

  1. Up the Creek Creek Road, Greenwich, SE10 9SW
  2. Sun Feb 1
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Amused Moose Piccadilly

  • Critics choice

Friday-night funnies in a swanky venue, with spots from exasperated stand-up Hal Cruttenden, Diane Morgan (who Charlie Brooker fans will know as Philomena Cunk), Phil Nichol and pals.

  1. Sanctum Soho Hotel 20 Warwick Street, W1B 5NF
  2. Fri Jan 30
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Doctor Brown and Sam Simmons – Ceremony

  • Critics choice

Clowning sensation Doctor Brown and extreme Aussie absurdist Sam Simmons team up for this probably quite strange late-night two-hander.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Jan 30 and Sat Jan 31
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© Steve Ullathorne

Gits and Shiggles Character Assassination

  • Critics choice

Some of the circuit’s finest character and sketch acts – including Joseph Morpurgo, Lazy Susan and Massive Dad – get down to business.

  1. COG ArtSpace Southgate Rd, N1 3JS
  2. Tue Jan 27
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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.