Improv comedy in London

Like your comedy a bit more off-the-cuff? Try an improvised show



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‘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 five improv comedy gigs in London. Or click here to see a full list of improv shows.

Upcoming improv comedy shows in London

The Wunderkammer

Improv troupe Do Not Adjust Your Stage present this new comedy gig, which they describe as 'part-TED Talk, part-comedy extravaganza'. Two guests join the group each, to talk about their passions. Speakers on July 11 include Dr Will Alston and Jamie Murray.

  1. The Nursery Arch 61, off Great Suffolk Street, SE1 0EU
  2. Fri Jul 11
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Hoopla Improv Comedy Club

A weekly (and often twice weekly) night of improv comedy from some of the finest off-the-cuff troupes on the circuit performing made-up-on-the-spot tomfoolery.

  1. The Miller Snowfields, SE1 3SS
  2. Fri Jul 11 - Sat Jul 26
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The Comedy Store Players

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.

  1. Comedy Store 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Sun Jul 13 - Sun Aug 17
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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

The almost suspiciously talented Showstopper! team bring their brand of all-singing,all-dancing improv to the Udderbelly. Each night the cast of comedians and West End singers make up a new musical on the spot based on audience suggestions.

  1. Udderbelly Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Sun Jul 13
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Austentatious – An Improvised Novel

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.

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