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

Cardinal Burns

  • Critics choice

Cardinal Burns are longtime circuit favourites and stars of their own brilliantly funny British Comedy Award-winning Channel 4 series. Now they’re setting out on their first live tour (about bloody time!), and Londoners are treated to a full two-week run at the Soho Theatre. Expect silly, slightly perverse sketches and subtle, worryingly believable performances. Dustin Demri-Burns and Seb Cardinal are mighty talented. Read Cardinal and Burns’s interviews with each other

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sat Sep 20
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John Conway Tonight

  • Critics choice

This mad-ass spoof of late-night US chat shows is hosted by the wonderfully corny John Conway. It's charmingly cheeky, and received a Barry Award nom at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. It makes its London debut after a hit Edinburgh Fringe run.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sat Sep 20
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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 new 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. Thu Sep 18 - Thu Dec 18
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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 Sep 18 - Thu Oct 2
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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. Thu Sep 18 - Sat Oct 25
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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 Sep 18 - Thu Dec 18
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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. Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sat Nov 29
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Tim Key – Single White Slut: Tour Previews

The brilliantly funny poet/comedian/lager-guzzler/bed enthusiast performs some low-key warms-up of 'Single White Slut', his excellent new solo show, before heading out on a UK tour. 

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Sep 21
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Mixed Blessing

  • Free

Gareth Cooper, Daniel Cook and Caroline Hardie host this monthly, which welcomes a handful of established acts testing new material. On September 18 the line-up includes Grainne Maguire, Haiste & Lawrence, Nick Hall, Rosie Wilby and Thomas Hardie/

  1. The Library Upper Street, N1 1RU
  2. Thu Sep 18
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Josie Long – Cara Josephine

Josie Long has spent three years shrugging off her reputation as the queen of quirk with a trilogy of passionate, angry but ultimately optimistic political shows. It’s done her good, too – two of them received Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations. Well, she’s changed tack again. ‘Cara Josephine’ is a heartfelt, introspective piece of stand-up about break-ups, family and romantic ideals. It’s her most personal show yet, and it’s another feelgood triumph. And

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Thu Sep 18
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Will Franken – The Stuff They Put in Sleep

This slick, US character comic brings his latest solo show to London, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe. Impressive, amusing stuff, with some flashes of genius. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Museum of Comedy Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2SR
  2. Thu Sep 18
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Caroline Mabey – Chaos is a Friend of Mine

Quirky fun from stand-up Caroline Mabey, who talks parenthood in her latest solo show. It may sound like familiar comedic territory, but Mabey is a mischievous, kooky talent, so she's bound to tackle it from a fresh, offbeat perspective.

  1. Museum of Comedy Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2SR
  2. Thu Sep 18
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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