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

Computer Boy

  • Critics choice

The Weirdos Comedy gang are at their best in their strange, comedic plays. They've already performed a live version of Disney's 'Hook' and written an original piece about Colonel Sanders. Now Weirdos head honcho Adam Larter has written 'Computer Boy': the story of a boy who wishes he was a computer. The cast for the production's three-night run includes ace Weirdos regulars Ali Brice, Beth Vyse and Luke McQueen. Expect plenty of homemade costumes, shambolic performances and

  1. Proud Archivist 2-10 Hertford Rd, N1 5ET
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Fri Oct 3
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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 Oct 2 - Fri Oct 10
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Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?

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Feelgood comic Luisa Omielan is back with another sass-filled comedy hour. Omielan's previous show, 'What Would Beyoncé Do?' sold out multiple runs at the Soho Theatre and has been a huge hit in the US too. 'Am I Right Ladies?' is a feisty, confident stand-up show with heart, and is bound to be another sell-out success. Come for the comedy, stay for the party.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 4
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Alan Davies – Little Victories

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'QI' and 'Jonathan Creek' star Alan Davies is back on the road following his hugely successful 'Life is Pain' tour in 2012. That tour was his first foray into stand-up for 12 years, but it didn't show – he was on terrifically funny form. Now he's back with 'Little Victories', so expect more chatty stories, grumpy observations and (hopefully) some filthier jokes.

  1. Richmond Theatre The Green, TW9 1QJ
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Fri Oct 10
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Sheeps – Wembley Previews

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The title ‘Wembley Previews’ is a wonderful juxtaposition to Sheeps’s low-key style. This ace sketch trio – made up of Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts – are original, inventive and properly funny. A few years ago we said they were ‘one of the most exciting sketch acts to emerge in years’. ‘Thanks, guys,’ their website says, ‘We use this quote on basically everything even though it was about three years

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 4
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Cut Throat Comedy

  • Free

A comedy gig, in a barber's shop? Indeed! Don't worry, there'll be no actual slicing of necks here. Rather more laughing at the stand-up. On October 2 the line-up includes comedy oddball Brian Gittins, deadpan Scandi-comic Daniel Simonsen, Candy Gigi, Dan Fardell, Matt Banks and Gerry Howell.

  1. Huckle the Barber Old Street, EC1V 9DS
  2. Thu Oct 2
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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 Oct 2 - Thu Dec 18
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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 Oct 2 - Thu Dec 18
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John Kearns – Shtick

  • Critics choice

John Kearns, 2014's triumphant winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award, brings his superb, gong-bagging show 'Shtick' to Soho Theatre for a month-long run. A four-week victory lap, if you will. His show last year, 'Sight Gags for Perverts', won Best Newcomer at the 2013 Foster's Awards. Now Kearns is the first ever act to win the main prize the following year. In 'Shtick', the 27-year-old comic explains how winning 2013's award changed his life, and that his snaggly

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 18
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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. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Oct 26
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Lucy Beaumont – We Can Twerk It Out

  • Critics choice

BBC Comedy Award winner and 'Live at the Electric' star Lucy Beaumont deservely received a Best Newcomer nomination at the 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for this cosy comedy show. In 'We Can Twerk It Out' the Hull-born comic tells fluffy tales of her life up't north and attempts to find her best friend a husband. It's adorable stuff.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 4
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EastEnd Cabaret – Sexual Tension

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EastEnd Cabaret – vaguely Eastern European femme fatale Bernadette Byrne and her stalky, hermaphroditic accompanist Victor Victoria – have been playing the cabaret circuit for years. But now they've gone proper 'comedy', with sharp-witted, musically rich songs about – you guessed it – sex. Be prepared to join in (with the songs, not the sex. Well, a little bit of the sex… Sort of.)

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 11
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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 Oct 2 - Sun Feb 15
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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 Oct 2 - Sat Nov 15
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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