‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ provided a cool, sophisticated platform for improv in the '90s, but ever since then it has largely been seen as unfashionable and unpopular.
But times are a-changin'. Alongside the long-established Comedy Store Players, there are now plenty of supremely talented improv groups performing on the London circuit (our current favourites are Jane Austen-themed troupe, Austentatious).
So, why not broaden your comedy horizon with an off-the-cuff, improvised show? To help you get started, the list below shows the next ten improv comedy gigs in London.
Upcoming improv comedy shows in London
More experimental comedy from the consistently superb LOL team, this time celebrating the scar-faced boy who lived, Harry Potter [insert wand joke here]. Expect an all-new story (not Rowling approved, presumably) performed by a group of innovative comics, including Adam Larter, Eleanor Morton, Marny Godden, Matt Tedford, Gareth Morinan, Joz Norris, Jon Brittain, Cassie Atkinson and Jack De'Ath. 'Accio comoedia', or something.Read more
The most famous comedy improv outfit in town perform off-the-cuff games and tomfoolery at the world famous Comedy Store twice a week. Regular Players include Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson, but the line-ups change for each show. See below for the latest bills. Check out our guide to the Comedy Store.Read more
Highly impressive improv troupe Austentatious, who usually perform improvised Jane Austen novels of an evening, branch out to other forms of funnies. Austentatious Presents… features the usual crew – Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris – plus guests working through non-Austen bits of improv, stand-up, character and musical comedy.Read more
Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Made up of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, they're all hugely talented performers, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking along. Tremendous fun.Read more
Improv troupe Do Not Adjust Your Stage present this comedy gig, which they describe as 'part-TED Talk, part-comedy extravaganza' – and it's now taking place in the Natural History Museum. Two guests join the group each month, to talk about their passions, which DNAYS will then base their improvise skits on.Read more