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. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Nov 16
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Stephen Fry Live!

To promote his latest memoir, sketch comedy hero, 'QI' host, erudite wonder and all-round national treasure Stephen Fry is on a short tour, telling a mix of stories from the book and witty anecdotes, plus a light sprinkling with stand-up-like routines. The 'Blackadder' star most recently won acclaim for his role as Malvolio in 'Twelfth Night', at Shakespeare's Globe, in the West End and on Broadway. But Fry doesn't need the Bard to put elegant words in his mouth, he's good enough

  1. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Wed Oct 1
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Computer Boy

  • Critics choice

The Weirdos Comedy gang are at their best in their strange, comedic plays. They've already performed a live version of Disney's 'Hook' and written an original piece about Colonel Sanders. Now Weirdos head honcho Adam Larter has written 'Computer Boy': the story of a boy who wishes he was a computer. The cast for the production's three-night run includes ace Weirdos regulars Ali Brice, Beth Vyse and Luke McQueen. Expect plenty of homemade costumes, shambolic performances and

  1. Proud Archivist 2-10 Hertford Rd, N1 5ET
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Fri Oct 3
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Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?

  • Critics choice

Feelgood comic Luisa Omielan is back with another sass-filled comedy hour. Omielan's previous show, 'What Would Beyoncé Do?' sold out multiple runs at the Soho Theatre and has been a huge hit in the US too. 'Am I Right Ladies?' is a feisty, confident stand-up show with heart, and is bound to be another sell-out success. Come for the comedy, stay for the party.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 4
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Sheeps – Wembley Previews

  • Critics choice

The title ‘Wembley Previews’ is a wonderful juxtaposition to Sheeps’s low-key style. This ace sketch trio – made up of Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts – are original, inventive and properly funny. A few years ago we said they were ‘one of the most exciting sketch acts to emerge in years’. ‘Thanks, guys,’ their website says, ‘We use this quote on basically everything even though it was about three years

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 4
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Phil Wang – Mellow Yellow

Laidback, nerdy charmer Phil Wang brings his latest stand-up show to London (in which he experiments with a loop-pedal) following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Fri Oct 3
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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. Wed Oct 1 - 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. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Oct 26
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Lucy Beaumont – We Can Twerk It Out

  • Critics choice

BBC Comedy Award winner and 'Live at the Electric' star Lucy Beaumont deservely received a Best Newcomer nomination at the 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for this cosy comedy show. In 'We Can Twerk It Out' the Hull-born comic tells fluffy tales of her life up't north and attempts to find her best friend a husband. It's adorable stuff.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 4
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The Red Imp Comedy Club

Walthamstow's Red Imp Comedy Club often attracts big-name stand-ups to the Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub. Check the dates below for the latest line-ups.

  1. Ye Olde Rose & Crown Hoe Street, E17 4SA
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Thu Nov 6
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EastEnd Cabaret – Sexual Tension

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. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 11
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Vikki Stone – Instrumental

Talented musical comic Vikki Stone brings her brand new solo show 'Instrumental' to the Pleasance following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. For the show, she's blagged, bought and borrowed 20 different instruments – including a piano, flute, accordion, bassoon and glockenspiel – which she plays to provide a live soundtrack to her touching stories about her childhood and family relationships. It's full of heart and showcases Stone's wry wit. Plus, if you play (or

  1. Pleasance Theatre Carpenter's Mews, North Road, Islington, N7 9EF
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Fri Oct 3
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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