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

Lewis Schaffer – American in London

Controversial New York stand-up comic Lewis Schaffer has been doing his 'Free Until Famous' show for four years now (despite claiming 18 on his website), but either he's hit the big time or just needs a bit a dosh, because this Leicester Square Theatre run of shows are a tenner a pop. For your money, Schaffer will school the audience on his idea of England, which may be ignorant and ramshackle, but it'll no doubt be a little bit brilliant.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Sun Nov 30 - Thu Dec 18
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Always Be Comedy

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.

  1. The Tommyfield 185 Kennington Lane, SE11 4EZ
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Thu Dec 4
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Sam Simmons – Death of a Sails-Man

  • Critics choice

We love this madass Aussie surrealist – he's relentlessly silly. 'Death of a Sails-Man' bagged Sam Simmons his second Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, and Simmons's show was by far the most out-there on the nominees list. He plays Phil, a muesli salesman lost at sea on a windsurfing board. As the days pass his mind deteriorates and all manner of oddities and hallucinations take place. It’s ridiculously good fun, with Simmons often

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Dec 6
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Grand Theft Impro

Veteran improvisers Dylan Emery, Phil Whelans, Cariad Lloyd and weekly guests put on an hour and a half of sketches, skits and songs, all made up on the spot, all inspired by audience suggestions. Simply marvellous.

  1. The Wheatsheaf Rathbone Place, W1T 1JB
  2. Thu Dec 4 - Thu Dec 18
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Ross Noble – Tangentleman

  • Critics choice

The supreme master of spontaneous stand-up and true king of surreal flights of fantasy is back in London with his 'Tangentleman' tour, playing three nights at the Hammersmith Apollo. Ross talks nonsense of the highest order.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Wed Dec 3 - Fri Dec 5
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Shambles

This bi-monthly club, run by clown-haired comic-promoter Harry Deansway, features very impressive bills of leftfield comics and resident acts. Expect a mix of TV names, brand new material and bizarro antics. To see the latest line-ups, check the dates below.

  1. Aces & Eights 156-158 Fortess Rd, NW5 2HP
  2. Thu Dec 4
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Richard Herring – Lord of the Dance Settee

Richard Herring's eleventh solo show in 11 years doesn't have a particular theme (unlike his recent offerings 'Hitler Moustache', 'We're All Going to Die' and 'Talking Cock: The Second Coming'). 'Lord of the Dance Settee' is a collection of chunks of material about misheard song lyrics, the power of a sombrero and a man possibly named 'Dave Manager'. The consummate comic pedantically picks apart each of his thoughts and observations, and it's typically good fun.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Fri May 15
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Romesh Ranganathan – Rom Wasn't Built in a Day

  • Critics choice

Romesh Ranganathan was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards, but made the leap to the main prize list this year for this wonderfully grumpy show, 'Rom Wasn't Built in a Day'. The misanthropic stand-up explains that he wants to be a good father and uses this theme to spiral off into rants about race, his own veganism and the Ice Bucket Challenge. His material's smartly written, but Ranganathan's permanently pissed-off persona gives him a

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Sat Dec 6
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Alfie Brown – Divorced from Reality (and My Wife)

  • Critics choice

Alfie Brown is quickly establishing himself as one of the gutsiest, most compelling voices on the comedy circuit. Mental illness, paedophilia, slave labour, the word ‘nigger’ – this 27-year-old stand-up isn’t one to shy away from contentious topics in his latest solo show, ‘Divorced from Reality (and My Wife)’, even when they occasionally make for tough listening. But Brown’s not in the market for easy, shock laughs; there’s depth and intelligence to his material.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Sat Dec 6
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The Bearpit Comedy Podcast (Podcast)

This chaotic gig from the Edinburgh Fringe takes up residency at the Invisible Dot, featuring general shambolic fun and special guests. Regualrs include Fin Taylor, Mat Ewins, Matt Winning, John Kearns, Adam Hess and Richard Gadd all mucking about to 'record' a 'podcast' which goes out 'live' on 'Ipswich FM'.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Thu Dec 4
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Robin Ince – Blooming Buzzing Confusion

Erudite wonder Robin Ince – master of intelligent comedy, tackling everything from quantum physics to the world's worst books – brings his latest show to London. 'Blooming Buzzing Confusion' delves into the human mind to ask: is anyone a free-thinker? How much free will do we actually have?

  1. Kings Place York Way, N1 9AG
  2. Thu Dec 4
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Mark Thomas – Cuckooed

Following his mischievous '100 Acts of Minor Dissent' show, superb campaigning comic Mark Thomas goes a little more theatrical for his latest show, 'Cuckooed'. He's roped in director Emma Callander to help him tell a remarkable true story: Thomas discovered that a close friend of his was spying on him for Britain's biggest arms dealer. We're certainly intrigued.

  1. Tricycle 269 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Sat Dec 13
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99 Club Leicester Square

This long-running West End club – the 99 Club team's biggest and most famous venue – regularly hosts good quality circuit stand-up line-ups, five or six nights a week. For info on tonight's acts, check the dates below.

  1. Storm Leicester Square, WC2H 7LE
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Tue Dec 30
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UK Jewish Comedy Festival

  • Critics choice

NW3's JW3 venue has put together the country's first ever Jewish Comedy Festival, featuring stand-up shows, conversations, films and more throughout the week. Big name headliners include David Baddiel, reviving his much acclaimed solo show 'Fame: Not the Musical', and Ruby Wax with her latest 'Sane New World'. See the dates below for the full list of events.

  1. JW3 Jewish Community Centre, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Dec 7
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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. Fri Nov 28 - Tue Dec 30
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Richard Gadd – Breaking Gadd

Dark, twisted, narrative-driven comedy from Richard Gadd – a regular at trendy comedy venue The Invisible Dot – who's back at the Soho Theatre with his latest offering 'Breaking Gadd'. The story goes: Gadd has lost all memory of his first 21 years and tries to get it back through a course of hypotherapy. But, it turns out, perhaps the memories are better left forgotten… Frantic, sometimes gross-out and often inventive.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Dec 3 - Sat Dec 20
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Piccadilly Comedy Club

This central London club, at the newly renovated Comedy Pub, always features good, solid line-ups for some weekend giggles every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. For the latest line-ups see the dates below.

  1. The Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Feb 15
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The 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 Nov 28 - Sat Jan 3
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Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

John Hewer takes on the persona, jokes and fez of Tommy Cooper in this celebratory tribute to the iconic magician-comedian. 'Just Like That!' is playing the Museum of Comedy as part of its Tommy Cooper season, which also features some of comic's original handmade props on display and photographs taken of him by photographer John Claridge. Read our review

  1. Museum of Comedy Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2SR
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Jan 24
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