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

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 either 'Bad Film Nights' or improv shows, Tuesday's show features an hour-long solo show or Edinburgh Fringe preview, and Wednesdays and Sundays are new act

  1. Camden Head 2 Camden Walk, N1 8DY
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Jun 1
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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 22 - Wed Jul 23
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Adam Buxton – Kernel Panic

  • Critics choice

The 'Adam' half of 'Adam & Joe' has been hosting brilliant fun music videos-based night Bug for yonks, but now he's going solo with a new tech-heavy solo show, which he's bringing back to London after a run at the Union Chapel. The show explores how we present ourselves in the internet age. Basically, Buxton + a laptop = brilliant buffoonery! These tickets will be snapped up super-quickly, so book soon. Read our interview with Adam Buxton

  1. Duchess Theatre 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Fri Apr 25
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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 20 - Sun Jun 1
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Katherine Ryan – Glam Role Model

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. Tue Apr 22 - Thu Nov 27
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The Rat Pack Stand-Up Comedy

  • Free

This classy (and free!) 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. Joining host Nathan Cassidy on April 23 are Scott Capurro, Laurence Owen, Andy Mac and

  1. Hysteria (Formerly The Junction) Kingsland Road, E8 4AH
  2. Wed Apr 23
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The Comedy Bar Islington

Very friendly and relaxed new material night in Islington featuring some of the biggest names in comedy trying out new stuff every other week. Check the dates below for the latest line-ups.

  1. Chapel Bar 29a Penton St, N1 9PX
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Wed May 14
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Sadwave

  • Free

Comedy brought to you by proper saddos Trevor Lock, Harry Deansway, Luke McQueen and Lee Kern. A prime opportunity to have a laugh at… er, we mean with comedy's least cool stand-ups once a month as they try out new material.

  1. The Hideaway 114 Junction Rd, N19 5LB
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Wed May 28
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The Invisible Dot Quiz

Not your standard quiz night at hip comedy venue The Invisible Dot. Ace comic Alex Horne hosts the proceedings, with questions set by comics. Punters are encouraged to form their teams ahead of the quiz.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd 2 Northdown St, King's Cross, N1 9BG
  2. Wed Apr 23
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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