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

Lewis Schaffer is Free Until Famous

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Brooklyn-born honorary Brit Lewis Schaffer has been performing his free, twice-weekly stand-up show in Soho for yonks. Well, we say ‘show’, actually the looser-than-loose structure and erratic audience interaction make it more of a strange group therapy session, where only one person is allowed to talk. Schaffer’s dry, acerbic style is exhilarating to watch. On most nights, his obtrusive, irony-heavy material soars. Occasionally it doesn’t, and the 56-year-old stand-up

  1. The Source Below 11 Lower John St, W1F 9TY
  2. Tue Apr 29 - Wed Jul 23
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Tim Key – Single White Slut

  • Critics choice

You may know Tim Key as Alan Partridge's number two, Sidekick Simon. But you should know Key for his superb live work, combining lovingly shot short films, silly, pithy poems and ridiculous stories. He's one of our favourite comics, well, ever. Now he's bringing the next in his 'Slut' series (following 'The Slut in the Hut', 'The Slutcracker' and 'Masterslut') to Soho Theatr, the Arcola Tent and Duchess Theatre: 'Single White Slut'. It's bloody marvellous. Read our review of

  1. Duchess Theatre 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA
  2. Mon Apr 28 - Fri May 2
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Katherine Ryan – Glam Role Model

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Biting Canadian stand-up Katherine Ryan finds humour in the things in life than make us bitter, and now she's bringing her brand new solo show, 'Glam Role Model', to the Soho Theatre. Ryan's had a phenomenally successful couple of years, popping up regularly on the telly, from 'Mock the Week' to 'QI', '8 Out of 10 Cats' to 'Live at the Apollo'. Her latest solo show explores the murky world of glamour modelling. She's quickly becoming a hugely popular comic, so this could be your

  1. Artsdepot 5 Nether St, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Thu Nov 27
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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 Apr 27 - Sun Jun 1
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David Baddiel – Fame: Not the Musical

  • Critics choice

It's been 16 years since the Baddiel half of Newman & Baddiel last performed a solo stand-up show. But now, following a bunch of work-in-progress shows and an Edinburgh Fringe run, David Baddiel's back on stage with 'Fame: Not the Musical', which is now playing a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. In the early '90s, Newman & Baddiel were the biggest comedy act in the country, and the first comedians to play (and sell out) Wembley Arena. Since the pair split, Baddiel teamed up

  1. Menier Chocolate Factory 53 Southwark St, SE1 1RU
  2. Tue Apr 29 - Fri May 23
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Angel Comedy Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Angel Comedy hosts a whole week of totally free comedy – for a second year – featuring a bunch of big names. Of course, every week's a festival at Angel Comedy, which hosts free shows seven nights a week. But this festival includes some extra special guests. To check who's playing each day, check each of the dates below.

  1. Camden Head 2 Camden Walk, N1 8DY
  2. Mon Apr 28 - Sun May 4
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Freeze!

Edinburgh Comedy Award-winners Tim Key and Tom Basden's ramshackle two-hander – 'Freeze!' – moves to the West End for one night only. The shambolic pair expertly blend sketches, poems and weird films. Sublime lunacy.

  1. Duchess Theatre 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA
  2. Wed Apr 30
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Pluck It Presents: John Kearns

Lou Sanders hosts this gig, introducing Foster's Best Newcomer Award-winner John Kearns, Rob Beckett, Jacob Edwards, Gabby Best, Will Seawood and Joe Davies.

  1. Surya 156 Pentonville Rd, N1 9JL
  2. Wed Apr 30
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The Red Imp Comedy Club

Tonight's bill is headlined by 'Live at the Apollo' star Shappi Khorsandi with support from acerbic American comic Scott Capurro.

  1. Ye Olde Rose & Crown Hoe Street, E17 4SA
  2. Wed Apr 30
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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