The London comedy circuit is awash with man-and-a-mic stand-ups strutting their stuff at weekend clubs. So why not seek a different type of chuckle? The capital hosts plenty of excellent sketch comedy nights and many of the best troupes perform their solo hours from the Edinburgh Fringe throughout the year. To get you started, here are the next ten sketch comedy shows coming up in London.
Upcoming sketch comedy shows in London
Sketch acts, character comics and stand-ups join forces for Alexander Bennett's gig 'This is Not a Cult'. Performing spots on March 3 are metalhead comic Andrew O'Neill, subtle sketch duo Lazy Susan, Richard Soames, James Ross, Robin & Partridge and MC Alexander Bennett.Read more
Peter Bazely hosts this gig at theatre-lovey members club the Phoenix Artist Club – but don't worry, no membership is required to attend. March 9's line-up includes Joe Grant, Matt Smith, Mawaan Rizwan, whispering rising star Amir Khoshsokhan, Robbie Ormrod and weirdo sketch duos LetLuce and Twisted Loaf.Read more
Canadian actor Kerry Shale and Radio 4 regular Chris Neill star in this recreation of Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner's classic comedy skit – it's the first time ever than Brooks and Reiner have given permission for the semi-improvised sketch to be revived. Shale plays the titular role, being interviewed by Neill about his two millennia on this earth.Read more
Alison Thea-Skot, Fraser Millward and Jenny Collier run and appear at this freebie sketch and character night. Joining the gang on March 10 are subtle sketch duo Lazy Susan, master improviser Paul Foxcroft, That Pair, So On & So Forth, Karl Schultz, Holly Burn, Gemma Arrowsmith, Susan Harrison, Lee Griffiths, Tom Golding, Joe Bor, Twisted Loaf and LetLuce. That's one massive line-up.Read more
This year, Red Nose Day is being broadcast live from the London Palladium, and you can be in the audience. These two sessions feature a huge group of British comedy greats. The early show will feature appearances from Eddie Izzard, David Walliams, John Bishop, Lenny Henry and, er, David McCall. Sam Smith will be providing the music, plus there'll be VTs including a new Mr Bean skit, highlights from 'Phoenix Nights Live', a special 'Little Britain' sketch and a 'star-studded "Vicar of Dibley."' At the late session, Claudia Winkleman hosts Russell Brand, Sarah Millican, Doc Brown, Trevor Noah and Cardinal Burns, plus there's sketches featuring Stephen Fry, Miranda Hart and Sheridan Smith. Labrinth provides the music. Please note, age limits apply: no under-16s for the early show and no under-18s for the late show. And the late show won't finish till 1am, so make sure you can get home.Read more