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
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
Radio 4's guitar-wielding regular Mitch Benn and his band The Distrations host this monthly clubs combining acts from the worlds of comedy, music and all point in between. On April 7 the club's celebrating its fourth birthday, with spots from bombastic comedy force Nick Helm, Kate Lucas, Tina Turner Tea Lady (who makes simple the best tea in town), Lloyd Griffith and Jess Robinson.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
Move over Leno, step aside Letterman, there's a new talk show host in town: 'How Not to Live Your Life' star Dan Clark. Admittedly, in London town, not in the States. And live on stage, rather than on TV, so those late-night stalwarts probably aren't too scared. But still, here at Soho Theatre Clark plays late-night chat show host and introduces a bunch of left-field stand-up and sketch acts. Plus there's the house Wow Wow Band. April 8's line-up includes Natasia Demetriou, Liam Williams, Oliver Maltman and the Wow Wow Band.Read more
Please note: these shows have been cancelled. In a statement from Reggie Watts, he said: ‘Please forgive me ladies and gentlemen, I won’t be coming over in April due to overwhelming responsibilities to James Corden and “The Late Late Show”. It’s the first time that I have felt a greatness of individuals such as these to make it the best show possible. But you're just as important and I promise to return with more time and more energy soon!’ 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 lucky finalists –Rebecca Humphries, DW, Luke Courtier, Baron Fingolfin, Peter Bazely and Gatis Kandis – compete to be crowned the winner of the 2015 Musical Comedy Awards. Plus there are special guest headline spots from internet jokesters Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish and the always delightful Rachel Parris.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
13 years after his Edinburgh Fringe hit 'Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen', everyone's favourite grump returned to the songbook of Len. This follow-up played a run at the Soho Theatre last year, but now Smith's reviving the show as an extended version: a director's cut, if you will. Smith performs the songs of Cohen (very well, it has to be said) interspersed with gentle jokes and touching stories.Read more
This beneif gig at the Udderbelly is in aid of the Mental Health Foundation. It features an ace line-up, with Zoe Lyons introducing magical maestro Pete Firman, suave Frenchman Marcel Lucont, musical mash-up merchants Frisky & Mannish and superb stand-ups Joe Lycett and Felicity Ward.Read more
Talented musical comic Rachel Parris – who's also a member of the Austentatious impro troupe and a panellist on the 'Thronecast' – goes all-out in her latest solo show. 'Live in Vegas' is an ambitious offering: a glitzy Vegas showcase of musical stars, all played by Parris herself. In the show we meet rockstar Crispin Prentice, country singer Gracie-Lou Steinberg and Sin City diva Felice. It's an impressive hour: musically rich, frequently funny and wonderfully performed.Read more
Talented musical comic Vikki Stone brings her brand new solo show 'Instrumental' to the Pleasance following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. For the show, she's blagged, bought and borrowed 20 different instruments – including a piano, flute, accordion, bassoon and glockenspiel – which she plays to provide a live soundtrack to her touching stories about her childhood and family relationships. It's full of heart and showcases Stone's wry wit. Plus, if you play (or used to play) a musical instrument, there's a chance to join in with a big old jam session, so start re-learning you major fifths and minor sevenths.Read more
Wonderfully whimsical transvestite headbanger, dabbler in black magic and Edinburgh Fringe regular Andrew O'Neill has combined his two loves – stand-up comedy and heavy metal – in his latest solo show. Whether you're a metalhead or not, O'Neill's hour-long history of his beloved musical genre is both fascinating and frequently funny. The Portsmouth-born comic riffs his way through the stories behind the music, complete with audience scream-alongs. Of course, some references are lost on those who don't know their Mastodons from their Motörheads, but O'Neill tries hard to make the show, and metal in general, as inclusive as possible. And it works a treat – it's an exhilarating hour of comedy.Read more