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'
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.
This central London club, at the newly renovated Comedy Pub, always features good, solid line-ups for some weekend giggles every Friday and Saturday night. For the latest line-ups see the dates below.
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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
Super-cheap stand-up at Goldsmiths uni, but open to all. See below for the full line-ups.
This ridiculously cheap monthly gig in Camden is currently hosting double-bills of Edinburgh Fringe preview shows, for just one shiny pound! For each line-up check the dates below.
This fortnightly comedy club in Kennington has consistently had good-quality line-ups, and often features a big-name special guest dropping by try new material. For each line-up see the dates below.
Absurdist prop-comic Ben Target and whimsical storyteller Matthew Highton present this comedy gig, featuring their bizarro comedy pals telling strange tales. Check the dates below for the latest line-ups.
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