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.


The best comedy shows in London this Tuesday

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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Cutting Edge

The innovative show where a group of talented comics brings you stand-up competitions, topical material and short sets as they explore different ways to interact on the same stage. See the dates below for the weekly line-ups. Check out our guide to the Comedy Store

  1. Comedy Store 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Tue Nov 4 - Tue Dec 2
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The Goodfather

Head-fuck genius Phil Kay is joined on his Goodfather ship by a bill of rising comedy stars. November 4's bill includes the bonkers Aussie comedian Sam Simmons, US character comic Will Franken, Jojo Georgiou and Jamali Maddix.

  1. Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Tue Nov 4
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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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The Hemingford Tickler Free Comedy Night

  • Free

Good quality free comedy night in N1, featuring a mix of pro acts and newbies. Check the dates below for the full line-ups.

  1. Hemingford Arms 158 Hemingford Road, N1 1DF
  2. Tue Nov 4 - Tue Nov 25
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Tom Neenan – The Haunting at Lopham House

Tom Neenan – one half of acclaimed sketch duo The Gentlemen of Leisure – brings his lovingly written ghost story to the Hen and Chickens, following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Neenan plays Leopold Clarke, who narrates the tale of a spooky trip to the mysterious Lopham House. It's very witty – each line is packed with neat jokes. Basically, think 'The Woman in Black', but with a lot more laughs.

  1. Pleasance Theatre Carpenter's Mews, North Road, Islington, N7 9EF
  2. Tue Nov 4
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Gits and Shiggles Comedy Night

A bunch of alternative acts perform at this good-value monthly gig. Check the dates below for the full line-ups.

  1. Half Moon Putney 93 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1EU
  2. Tue Nov 4
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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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Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

John Hewer takes on the persona, jokes and fez of Tommy Cooper in this celebratory tribute to the iconic magician-comedian. 'Just Like That!' is playing the Museum of Comedy as part of its Tommy Cooper season, which also features some of comic's original handmade props on display and photographs taken of him by photographer John Claridge. Read our review

  1. Museum of Comedy Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2SR
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Jan 24
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Austentatious Presents…

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. 

  1. The Wheatsheaf Rathbone Place, W1T 1JB
  2. Tue Nov 4
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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