The best comedy shows in London this week

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As the unofficial comedy capital of the world, London's comedy circuit doesn't take a break. There are stand-up shows seven days a week, from early evening through to the small hours. To help you plan your week of witticisms, here's a nifty calendar of the best comedy shows in London this week.


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The best comedy shows in London this Monday

James Acaster – Recognise

  • Critics choice

James Acaster is a true Time Out fave. His blissfully funny understated stand-up sucks you into his minute, quizzical world where he picks apart seemingly insignificant details. 'Recognise' is his fourth solo show, and his third to bag a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. It's beautifully crafted, with Acaster posing as an undercover cop only performing stand-up because 'the gigs keep rolling in'. Superb stuff.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Wed Nov 5
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Liam Williams – Capitalism

  • Critics choice

Punters were queuing for over an hour at the Edinburgh Fringe to catch Liam Williams’s pessimistic (and free!) stand-up show, which deservedly bagged him a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. ‘Capitalism’ is an erudite, eloquent hour about Generation Y angst in which the 26-year-old comic (who was also nominated for Best Newcomer in 2013) skilfully picks apart his own depression and contradicting personalities. He's been called 'the voice of a generation' by most

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Mon Nov 3 - Sat Nov 8
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Old Rope

This weekly show near Oxford Circus hosts leading comedians – including huge-name stand-ups, circuit regulars and the best newcomers – testing new material. The line-ups are always excellent, and often feature TV names dropping by at the last minute. Check the dates below for the latest bunch of headliners.

  1. The Phoenix Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP
  2. Mon Nov 3 - Mon Nov 24
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Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

  • Critics choice

We’re obsessed with Herring’s LST Podcast, and it’s even funnier as a live show. In RHLSTP, the consummate comic sits down with superstar names (previous guests include Armando Iannucci, Stewart Lee and Graham Linehan) – but Parky this isn’t. Herring’s interviews include questions like ‘Have you ever tried to suck your own cock?’ or ‘Have you ever seen a Bigfoot?’. It's a blast.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Mon Nov 3 - Mon Nov 24
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Knightmare Live – Level 2

  • Critics choice

'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.

  1. Lyric Theatre 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES
  2. Mon Nov 3
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Angel Comedy

  • Free

Stand-up from carefully selected open-mic comics and experienced acts testing new stuff or performing solid-gold sets – all for free (with a voluntary donation at the end, of course). 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

  1. Camden Head Camden Walk, Islington, N1 8DY
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sun Nov 30
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Bridget Christie – An Ungrateful Woman

  • Critics choice

Bridget Christie won the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award for her passionately political show attacking everyday sexism, 'A Bic for Her'. Her follow-up, 'An Ungrateful Woman', is equally superb, if not better. Christie jokingly complains about her recent success, but she uses her new found popularity to tackle the serious issue of female genital mutilation. She can switch from being impishly comical to deadly serious in a millisecond, but her passion means no moment feels out

  1. Battersea Arts Centre Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN
  2. Mon Nov 3 - Mon Dec 15
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Six of the Best

John Moloney hosts this benefit for charity ADCAF – the Abandoned and Destitute Children's Appeal Fund. Guests include the pub landlord himself, Al Murray, Dave Fulton, Wayne Deakin, Zoe Lyons and The Raymon & Mr Timpkins Revue.

  1. Comedy Store 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Mon Nov 3
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Massive Dad

  • Critics choice

This sketch trio – made up of Stevie Martin, Liz Smith and Tessa Coates – are barely 18 months old (in sketch years, that’s just past ‘shitting yourself’), but Massive Dad have already produced an impressively slick debut show that’s brimming with smart, unexpected jokes. Martin, Smith and Coates gel together seamlessly – they’re all equally versatile performers – and they always find fresh, funny angles. Impressive stuff.

  1. Pleasance Theatre Carpenter's Mews, North Road, Islington, N7 9EF
  2. Mon Nov 3 - Sun Nov 9
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The Spectacular Spectrum of Now

This multimedia comedy night takes on a 'Music Hall'-type variety feel, but gives it a modern twist. On November 3 the line-up includes Funny Women Award winner Twisted Loaf, brilliantly bizarre sketch trio The Grandees, Mr Susie, ace character act Ali Brice and low-key US comic Al Lubel.

  1. Star of Kings York Way, King's Cross, N1 0AX
  2. Mon Nov 3
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3 comments
Sean Brightman
Sean Brightman

We Love Comedy at the Pipeline still exists and is on tonight with a Christmas cracker of a line-up, including Will Franken, Holly Walsh off the tellybox, Si Feilder, Rory O'Hanlon and more. Check out the full details here: Http://www.welovecomedy.co.uk – you will have a great time with us! Promise!

Martin Besserman
Martin Besserman

Why is Monkey Business not listed here? Our Saturday shows always have the very best acts in London ,and we pay them too , supporting the Comedy industry , This Sat 18 July we have Live at The Apollo star Paul Chowdrhy ,and the following Saturday e have multi award winning Abandoman and lots more/ Please check our website to see hy Monkey Business is such an excellent club . www.monkeybusinesscomedyclub.co.uk