We love a bit of musical comedy here at Time Out. From Bill Bailey's orchestral deconstructions, to Doc Brown's super-sharp raps about tea-making, via the Brett Domino Trio's awkward covers of Justin Timberlake hits.
The good news is, musical comedians are always popping up on the London comedy circuit, and plenty perform their own solo shows. The list below shows the next ten comedy gigs in London featuring a musical comic.
Upcoming musical comedy shows in London
It's about time that Nick Mohammed's loveable egomanic character creation Mr Swallow got the West End treatment. What appears to be a final dress rehearsal of a new, hammy musical version of 'Dracula' (with Swallow in the title role) turns into a bickering farce in this grand comedy show, which was simply titled 'Mr Swallow the Musical' at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. There's a full band on stage playing original, very witty songs, and Mohammed is typically brilliant as his alter-ego. It's not only an ambitious musical spoof, but an ambitious musical in its own right. Read our full reviewRead more
Matt Tedford's cross-dressing version of the Iron lady was a huge hit at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. Watch as Mags gets lost in London's notoriously saucy Soho on the eve of the vote for Section 28, and accidentally becomes a cabaret sensation. It's a riotous romp.Read more
In the past, the ever-inventive Simon Munnery has served up joke courses in a conceptual restaurant, created live 'fylms', and performed with a bucket on his head. In his latest solo show he performs 'selected extracts' from nineteenth century Danish philosopher Kierkegaard's writing. Yes, really.Read more
Australian YouTube pranksters The Janoskians (or, Just Another Name Of Skilly Kids In Another Nation) are going all out and playing Wembley Arena. Despite being five teenage boys (well, two are in their 20s now), they're 'definitely not a boy band'. Instead, they film adolescent gaffs and songs (including their top 20 single 'Set the World on Fire') that rack-up millions of views on the interwebs. And, hey, despite them telling us not to, we're going to call them pretty much a comedy boyband: Jackass meets The Vamps, if you will. Watch the the Janoskian's 'Set the World on Fire' music video:Read more
This classy stand-up show has a loose, slightly unusual format: all the comics are sat on stage throughout the gig, standing-up to perform their, well, stand-up, backed by swing music. It's all laidback, cheesey, joyful fun and has a wonderfully friendly vibe. If you want to find you're A-number one, top of the list, king of the hill (sorry, we'll stop), head down to the Rat Pack. Check the dates below to see who'll be joining host Nathan Cassidy next.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
Doc Brown (not to be confused with US mime/clown act Doctor Brown) is an extraordinarily talented rapper-turned-comic who seamlessly fuses hip-hop and stand-up. In his sharp-witted songs, Doc smartly makes fun of the ridiculous arrogance of rap stars, and even gives hip-hop a British middle-class twist with a rap about making the perfect brew. Although, more recently, he's been upping the ratio of stand-up to songs. Brown's popped up in Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' and supported 'The Office' co-creator on his Scandinavian tour, and now he's bringing his new tour 'The Weird Way Round' to London as part of his UK tour. Watch Doc Brown's history of alternative comedy rapRead more
One man. One loop machine. A non-human vocal range and the ability to channel a wide range of vocal characters. Mega-afro'd American comic Reggie Watts returns to the Southbank Centre for two solo shows. Exploiting a jaw-dropping vocal range, Reggie covers everything from ancient history and racism to pop-culture, in a heady mix of improvised music, comedy and social insight. He has to be seen to be believed.Read more
The Bonzos celebrate 50 years, with original members Neil Innes, Rodney Slater, Sam Spoons, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell and Bob Kerr back together on stage for this massive birthday gig. Plus support from Beatles parodists the Rutles. The Bonzos has been around, in various forms, since the early ‘60s, but properly started to gain a following in 1968, when they appeared weekly on ITV's 'Do Not Adjult Your Set'. Music-wise, they mix psychedlic pop, rock and trad jazz – but they're best known for their daft, surreal humour. Don't be surpised if some special guest vocalised join the party tonight.Read more