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 Wednesday

The Comedy Store Players

The most famous comedy improv outfit in town perform off-the-cuff games and tomfoolery at the world famous Comedy Store twice a week. Regular Players include Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson, but the line-ups change for each show. See below for the latest bills. Check out our guide to the Comedy Store.

  1. Comedy Store 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Sun Nov 30 - Sun Jan 11
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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. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Dec 6
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The Rat Pack Stand-Up Comedy

This classy stand-up show has a loose, slightly unusual format: all the comics are sat on stage throughout the gig, standing-up to perform their, well, stand-up, backed by swing music. It's all laidback, cheesey, joyful fun and has a wonderfully friendly vibe. If you want to find you're A-number one, top of the list, king of the hill (sorry, we'll stop), head down to the Rat Pack. Check the dates below to see who'll be joining host Nathan Cassidy next.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Wed Dec 3 - Fri May 22
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Ross Noble – Tangentleman

  • Critics choice

The supreme master of spontaneous stand-up and true king of surreal flights of fantasy is back in London with his 'Tangentleman' tour, playing three nights at the Hammersmith Apollo. Ross talks nonsense of the highest order.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Wed Dec 3 - Fri Dec 5
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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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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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The Dark Room – Special Mega Festival Xmas Champion Edition 2.0

Can you escape the Dark Room? John Robertson's YouTube sensation is now a live show – the world's only live, interactive video game. A floating head is stopping you escape. And this time he's feeling Christmassy.

  1. Heroes Grotto of Comedy Throgmortons, 27c Throgmorton St, EC2N 2AQ
  2. Wed Dec 3
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Max & Ivan and Friends

Slick, sharp sketch duo Max & Ivan – who were nominated for the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2013 – host and cureate these monthly Shoreditch gigs. They're booked some ace line-ups, too. Check the dates below for the full bills.

  1. Shoreditch Town Hall Old St, EC1V 9LT
  2. Wed Dec 3
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Craig Campbell – Thrilling Mic Hunt

After touring his previous show for… well, literally years, animated Canadian storyteller Craig Campbell is back with a new show 'Thrilling Mic Hunt'. He's a fantastic yarn weaver, with charming tales of his travels and hugely funny observations about life in the UK.

  1. Fairfield Halls Park Lane, CR9 1DG
  2. Wed Dec 3
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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. Fri Nov 28 - Tue Dec 30
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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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Fool Members Club

  • Free

Free, late-night lunacy at this pop-up comedy venue takes place every night of its December residency. Unpredictable comedy force Bob Slayer will be up to no good, most probably, along with special guests.

  1. Heroes Grotto of Comedy Throgmortons, 27c Throgmorton St, EC2N 2AQ
  2. Wed Dec 3 - Thu Dec 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. Fri Nov 28 - Tue Dec 30
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Richard Gadd – Breaking Gadd

Dark, twisted, narrative-driven comedy from Richard Gadd – a regular at trendy comedy venue The Invisible Dot – who's back at the Soho Theatre with his latest offering 'Breaking Gadd'. The story goes: Gadd has lost all memory of his first 21 years and tries to get it back through a course of hypotherapy. But, it turns out, perhaps the memories are better left forgotten… Frantic, sometimes gross-out and often inventive.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Dec 3 - Sat Dec 20
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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 Nov 28 - Sat Jan 24
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