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

Always Be Comedy

This fortnightly comedy club in Kennington has consistently had good-quality line-ups, and often features a big-name special guest dropping by try new material. For each line-up see the dates below.

  1. The Tommyfield 185 Kennington Lane, SE11 4EZ
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Thu Dec 4
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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 Dec 2 - Tue Dec 30
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Sam Simmons – Death of a Sails-Man

  • Critics choice

We love this madass Aussie surrealist – he's relentlessly silly. 'Death of a Sails-Man' bagged Sam Simmons his second Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, and Simmons's show was by far the most out-there on the nominees list. He plays Phil, a muesli salesman lost at sea on a windsurfing board. As the days pass his mind deteriorates and all manner of oddities and hallucinations take place. It’s ridiculously good fun, with Simmons often

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Sat Dec 6
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The Goodfather

Head-fuck genius Phil Kay is joined on his Goodfather ship by a bill of rising comedy stars. December 2's bill includes circuit legend Terry Alderton, Foster's Best Newcomer nominee Dane Baptiste, multi-award winning comic Tim Renkow and Jayde Adams.

  1. Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Tue Dec 2
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Andrew Maxwell's London Loves

  • Critics choice

Mischievous Irish raconteur Andrew Maxwell has been a London dweller for 20 years now. He's practically a Londoner, we'd say.To celebrate his two decades in our capital, the Radio 4 star is performing this topical show, all about London. 'Andrew Maxwell's London Loves' is playing a weekly residency at the Comedy Cafe, with a special guest joining Maxwell each week. Expect pin-point accents, biting observations and suave stories.

  1. Comedy Café Theatre 66-68 Rivington St, EC2A 3AY
  2. Tue Dec 2
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Richard Herring – Lord of the Dance Settee

Richard Herring's eleventh solo show in 11 years doesn't have a particular theme (unlike his recent offerings 'Hitler Moustache', 'We're All Going to Die' and 'Talking Cock: The Second Coming'). 'Lord of the Dance Settee' is a collection of chunks of material about misheard song lyrics, the power of a sombrero and a man possibly named 'Dave Manager'. The consummate comic pedantically picks apart each of his thoughts and observations, and it's typically good fun.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Fri May 15
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Romesh Ranganathan – Rom Wasn't Built in a Day

  • Critics choice

Romesh Ranganathan was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards, but made the leap to the main prize list this year for this wonderfully grumpy show, 'Rom Wasn't Built in a Day'. The misanthropic stand-up explains that he wants to be a good father and uses this theme to spiral off into rants about race, his own veganism and the Ice Bucket Challenge. His material's smartly written, but Ranganathan's permanently pissed-off persona gives him a

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Sat Dec 6
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John Shuttleworth – A Wee Ken to Remember

Finely judged and funny character comedy from Graham Fellows with his famous creation. This new show 'A Wee Ken to Remember' promises to be another fantastic outing for the amateurish but aspiring Sheffield singer/songwriter and homespun philosopher John Shuttleworth.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Tue Dec 2
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Alfie Brown – Divorced from Reality (and My Wife)

  • Critics choice

Alfie Brown is quickly establishing himself as one of the gutsiest, most compelling voices on the comedy circuit. Mental illness, paedophilia, slave labour, the word ‘nigger’ – this 27-year-old stand-up isn’t one to shy away from contentious topics in his latest solo show, ‘Divorced from Reality (and My Wife)’, even when they occasionally make for tough listening. But Brown’s not in the market for easy, shock laughs; there’s depth and intelligence to his material.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Sat Dec 6
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This Is Not a Christmas Cult

Sketch acts, character comics and stand-ups join forces for Alexander Bennett's gig 'This is Not a Cult', and it's a Christmas special tonight. Performing spots on December 2 are Pierre Novellie, Phil Wang, Luke McQueen, John-Luke Roberts, John Robertson, Stuart Laws, Andy Barr and Elf Lyons.

  1. Camden Comedy Club 100 Camden High St, NW1 0LU
  2. Tue Dec 2
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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 Dec 2
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UK Jewish Comedy Festival

  • Critics choice

NW3's JW3 venue has put together the country's first ever Jewish Comedy Festival, featuring stand-up shows, conversations, films and more throughout the week. Big name headliners include David Baddiel, reviving his much acclaimed solo show 'Fame: Not the Musical', and Ruby Wax with her latest 'Sane New World'. See the dates below for the full list of events.

  1. JW3 Jewish Community Centre, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Dec 7
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Mark Thomas – Cuckooed

Following his mischievous '100 Acts of Minor Dissent' show, superb campaigning comic Mark Thomas goes a little more theatrical for his latest show, 'Cuckooed'. He's roped in director Emma Callander to help him tell a remarkable true story: Thomas discovered that a close friend of his was spying on him for Britain's biggest arms dealer. We're certainly intrigued.

  1. Tricycle 269 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Sat Dec 13
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99 Club Leicester Square

This long-running West End club – the 99 Club team's biggest and most famous venue – regularly hosts good quality circuit stand-up line-ups, five or six nights a week. For info on tonight's acts, check the dates below.

  1. Storm Leicester Square, WC2H 7LE
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Tue Dec 30
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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 Nov 27 - Tue Dec 30
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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. Thu Nov 27 - Sat Jan 24
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Martin Besserman

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