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
'Welcome, watchers of illusion, to the castle of confusion.' Yep, the slapstick stage show version of the iconic kids' TV show takes up residency at the Udderbelly. There's no CGI realm here, rather some shambolic sets and costumes, but it's mighty fun to both play and observe, with Tom Bell making a brilliant Lord Fear. It always sells out, so book soon.Read more
Back for another run at the Soho Theatre, and a one-off show at the Udderbelly Festival, Trygve Wakenshaw's 'Nautilus' is a ridiculously funny, hugely inventive 75-minutes of clowning and mime, with a subtle vegan message behind his propless (and largely wordless) skits. Wakenshaw's other shows – 'Squidboy' and the childlike stream-of-consciousness hour 'Kraken' – have both been huge hits, but 'Nautilus' is his most accessible offering yet: it's a proper sketch show, with returning characters and clever ideas, and it's flawlessly performed. A magical show from a star talent.Read more
Laugh Out London Weirdos Comedy Club present a parody of the classic tales. Written by Adam Larter and the cast includes Matt Tedford, Marny Godden, Joz Norris, Cassie Atkinson, Eleanor Morton, Jon Brittain and Gareth Morinan.Read more
Adam Larter's troupe of proper weirdo comedy acts put on highly conceptual gigs, where experimentation (and general weirdness) are king. The nights are generally heaps of fun, and this latest effort – a Harry Potter sequel of the unofficial variety – is likely to be no exception. Here’s what we know about the plot: The Boy Who Lived celebrates Draco Malfoy’s birthday – until the elves kick up a fuss. Expect some marvellously daft stuff on the night.Read more