Improv comedy in London
Like your comedy a bit more off-the-cuff? Try an improvised show
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.