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

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 Oct 7 - Tue Nov 11
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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 Oct 7 - Tue Nov 25
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The Goodfather

Head-fuck genius Phil Kay is joined on his Goodfather ship by a bill of rising comedy stars. October 7's bill includes the incomparable Trevor Lock, grouchy stand-up Luke Toulson, Kelly Kingham and Don Tran.

  1. Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Tue Oct 7
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EastEnd Cabaret – Sexual Tension

  • Critics choice

EastEnd Cabaret – vaguely Eastern European femme fatale Bernadette Byrne and her stalky, hermaphroditic accompanist Victor Victoria – have been playing the cabaret circuit for years. But now they've gone proper 'comedy', with sharp-witted, musically rich songs about – you guessed it – sex. Be prepared to join in (with the songs, not the sex. Well, a little bit of the sex… Sort of.)

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Oct 11
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Robert Newman's New Theory of Evolution

  • Critics choice

Following sell-out runs at the Little Angel and Soho Theatres, Rob Newman brings his erduite new show to the Leicester Square Theatre. The 'Newman' half of 'Newman and Baddiel' has more strings to his comedic bow than are attached to a World Bank loan. He is one amazing comedian, and in his new show he explores the 150-year controversy in evolutionary theory. It's a shambolically brilliant show; part-lecture, part-stand-up and brimming with intelligence.

  1. King's College Chapel The Strand, WC2R
  2. Tue Oct 7 - Wed Oct 22
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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 Oct 7 - Tue Nov 4
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John Kearns – Shtick

  • Critics choice

John Kearns, 2014's triumphant winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award, brings his superb, gong-bagging show 'Shtick' to Soho Theatre for a month-long run. A four-week victory lap, if you will. His show last year, 'Sight Gags for Perverts', won Best Newcomer at the 2013 Foster's Awards. Now Kearns is the first ever act to win the main prize the following year. In 'Shtick', the 27-year-old comic explains how winning 2013's award changed his life, and that his snaggly

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Oct 18
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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. Thu Oct 2 - Sun Oct 26
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This is Not a Cult

Sketch acts, character comics and stand-ups join forces for Alexander Bennett's gig 'This is Not a Cult'. Performing spots on October 7's gig are metalhead comic Andrew O'Neill, mad sketch trio The Grandees, Ellis & Rose, Matthew Kelly, Eleanor Morton and Chris Boyd.

  1. Camden Comedy Club Upstairs at the Camden Head, 110 Camden High St, NW1 0LU
  2. Tue Oct 7
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Angela Barnes – You Can't Take It With You

Kent-born comic Angela Barnes follows up her Edinburgh Fringe stint with a London run of her debut solo show. Barnes won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2011 and since become a regular on Channel 4's 'Stand Up for the Week'. She's a warm, friendly comic, with plenty of cosy material.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Oct 7 - Sat Oct 11
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Austentatious – An Improvised Novel

  • Critics choice

Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Made up of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, they're all hugely talented performers, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Tue Oct 7 - Sun Dec 14
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Cracking Up Comedy

Mo the Comedian hosts this Shoreditch comedy night, featuring spots from his funny friends. On October 7 you can catch Joel Dommett, Marlon Davis, Evelyn Mok and Inel Tomlinson.

  1. Bedroom Bar 62 Rivington St, EC2A 3AY
  2. Tue Oct 7
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Liam Williams – Capitalism

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 Oct 6 - Sat Nov 8
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The Guest Speaker

At this innovative improv gig, each act has to perform alone, making up a speech on the spot, about a topic decided by the audience. Regular performers include Paul Merton and Suki Webster, but check the dates below for the full line-ups.

  1. The Miller Snowfields, SE1 3SS
  2. Tue Oct 7 - Tue Oct 28
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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