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 Thursday

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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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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Comedy Store

There’s no doubt about it, the Comedy Store is the daddy of all comedy clubs, and what most other gigs strive to be. Seemingly as old as London itself, the club has been instrumental in the growth of alternative comedy, and still to this day hosts stunning shows most nights of the week. At weekends they host conservative stand-up shows, with circuit stalwarts performing their tried-and-tested sets. See below for the latest line-ups. Check out our guide to the Comedy Store.

  1. Comedy Store 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sat May 31
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Time Out Introduces

  • Critics choice

Who are the rising comedy stars we rate? Find out at this gig which sees a handful of ridiculously talented new(ish) stand-ups who have wowed Time Out over the last 12 months. Short spots from lots of comics plus one of our favourite MCs, Andrew Maxwell. For the full line-ups, check the dates below.

  1. Udderbelly Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Thu Jul 3
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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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Cariad and Louise's Character Comedy Night

Very talented (and Foster's Best Newcomer nominated) character comic Cariad Lloyd, and 'Chickens' star Louise Ford host this new gig of innovative (and often a bit bizarre) character comedy. April 24's line-up includes dark duo Toby, Birthday Girls, John-Luke Roberts, Lazy Susan, Spencer Jones and Susan Harrison.

  1. Drink Shop & Do 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX
  2. Thu Apr 24
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We Love Comedy at Balham Bowls Club

With regular nights in both Shoreditch and Brixton, the wonderful We Love Comedy team have now opened up a new branch at Balham Bowls Club. Check the dates below for the monthly line-ups.

  1. Balham Bowls Club 7-9 Ramsden Road, SW12 8QX
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Thu Sep 25
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Comedy at the Duke

Giggles galore from a bunch of comics the Duke of Wellington. Check the dates below for the full line-ups.

  1. Duke of Wellington 119 Balls Pond Road, N1 4BL
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Thu May 29
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Josie Long and Nathaniel Metcalfe Edinburgh Previews

A double-bill of work-in-progress shows from triple Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long and cheeky gag man Nathaniel Metcalfe.

  1. Betsey Trotwood 56 Farringdon Rd, EC1R 3BL
  2. Thu Apr 24
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Pun Run

Bec Hill's super-fun pun-based comedy night is one of the friendliest, and funniest, comedy nights in town – it's punbelievably good fun. Hill introduces a mix of one-liner based comics and other stand-ups performing specially written pun-based sets, the mantra being: a groan is as good as a laugh. Plus, at only £3 in advance, these tend to sell out, so we strongly advise you book ahead. On the bill on April 25 are MC Darren Walsh, Bec Hill, Tony Cowards and Lindsay Sharman.

  1. The Phoenix 37 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP
  2. Thu Apr 24
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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