The best comedy shows in London this week
The next seven days of laughter in London
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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You can take the Dame out of the panto, but you can’t take the panto out of the Dame… Two years ago, Dame Edna Everage – the purple-bouffanted character creation of Barry Humphries – was starring in ‘Dick Whittington’ at the New Wimbledon Theatre. This Christmas, she’s upgraded to the London Palladium, but ‘Eat, Pray, Laugh’ is panto-esque in its own right, albeit aimed at a more mature audience. Of course, this is Humphries’s winning formula, and why change
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The iconoclast comedian is back with a three-month residency at his chosen venue, the Leicester Square Theatre. His last run at this venue sold enough tickets to fill the O2 arena for multiple nights. Much-a-Stew About Nothing sees Lee testing ideas for his 2014 TV series. But, as this is Stewart Lee, don't expect these new routines to be messy and joke-less, even with new material Lee's always spectacularly funny. Read our review of 'Stewart Lee – Much-a-Stew About Nothing'
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.
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Read our review of Tony Law's 'Nonsense Overdrive' Time Out's favourite surrealist, Mr Tony Law, lands at the Soho Theatre for a month-long Christmas run. This nuts-o Canadian comic is one of the finest and funniest stand-ups around, telling absurd stories, performing silly jokes and constantly deconstructing his own comedy. He's totally unpretentious too (unlike many surrealist acts) – he seems as baffled by his own lunacy as his audience is. Tony's quickly gaining a huge cult
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Following his debut show last year, 'Who is Nish Kumar?', err, Nish Kumar's follow up, 'Nish Kumar is a Comedian' (sorry for the over-use of 'Nish Kumar' there… Dammit, did it again!) is a delightful hour of stand-up, and he's bringing the show to Soho Theatre for a full two-weeks. Earlier this year, Kumar had his identity stolen. Not by credit card fraudsters or Melissa McCarthy, but by an anonymous group who used his promo picture as the face of an internet meme called ‘The
The beautiful fusion of twisted variety night and splintered Royal Institute Lectures returns, possibly for the last time. Each night consists of award-winning scientists, songwriters and comedians, all curated and hosted by resident erudite wonder Robin Ince. These gigs always sell out, so get booking if you want to be in the audience. All the gigs feature Ince, Joanna Neary, George Egg, Grace Petrie, Steve Pretty's Origin of the Pieces and Josie Long (except Dec 11), but check
This pay-what-you-want gig is rasing money for Peter Buckley-Hill's Free Fringe festival in Edinburgh and the line-up's ace: absurdist prop-comic Ben Target appears, alongside nerdy, bespeckled and self-deprecating (but charming) comic Sam Fletcher, and madcap sketch duo Robin & Partridge.
Good quality free comedy featuring Daniel Simonsen, Jack Barry and Barry Ferns.
Hugely inventive and very funny character comic Nick Mohammed workshops new acts and jokes at the Invisible Dot.
This jolly night in Waterloo gets into the festive spirit with a headline spot from British comedy legend Kevin Eldon, plus support from Brian Gittins, Addy van der Borgh and Tom Bell. Plus there's presents, carols, mulled wine and all the usual Christmas garb.
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