We love every genre of comedy here at Time Out: sketch, improv, character comedy… you name it. But, when done well, nothing quite compares to the simplicity of a stage, a microphone and a suitably witty person to tie it all together.
The list below shows the next ten 'classic stand-up' comedy gigs happening in London.
Upcoming stand-up comedy shows in London
Arena-filling comedian, Hollywood movie star, revolutionist and reluctant Labour supporter Russell Brand is joined by poet Mr Gee and special guests at this Roundhouse gig, which is attached to the venue's art-cum-drama piece, 'Utopia', by Penny Woolcock. Brand et al will be responding to themes of 'Utopia' – the housing crisis, gentrification etc – at this part-comedy show, part-discussion. As we all know, the merry minstrel of mirth is very vocal in his opinions on these issues, so strap in for a night of big voices.Read more
Stand-up from carefully selected open-mic comics and experienced acts testing new stuff or performing solid-gold sets – all for free five days a week (with a voluntary donation at the end, of course) and a tenner at the weekend. The room gets absolutely rammed, so get down there early if you want to grab a seat. The club's now running seven nights a week. Mondays are improv shows, Tuesday's show features an hour-long solo show or Edinburgh Fringe preview, and Wednesdays and Sundays are new act and new material gigs. To check the latest line-ups, check the 'dates and times' tab.Read more
This small, no-frills basement club in Covent Garden offers mixed line-ups of established circuit comics and newer acts, work-in-progress shows and improv troupes. Top price tickets, on a Saturday, are just a tenner, and lots of shows are only £1 entry or nothing at all. See 'dates and times' for the full line-ups.Read more