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

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 Nov 27 - Thu Dec 18
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Tom Stade – Decisions Decisions

The ultra laidback Canadian comic is back on tour, after hugely successful performances on 'Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow' and 'Live at the Apollo'. He's a charming story-teller, with a superbly oddball view of the world.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Sat Nov 29
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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 also have branch at Balham Bowls Club, which is now free entry! Check the dates below for the monthly line-ups.

  1. Balham Bowls Club 7-9 Ramsden Road, SW12 8QX
  2. Thu Nov 27
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Katherine Ryan – Glam Role Model

  • Critics choice

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.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Thu Apr 9
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Ivo Graham – Bow Ties and Johnnies

  • Critics choice

23-years-old, Eton educated stand-up Ivo Graham is an intelligent, eloquent wit. He's wonderfully self-aware about his lack of life experience. 'Bow Ties and Johnnies' is about growing up – Graham's moved out of his gran's house and is trying to be an adult. It's delightfully witty.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Fri Nov 28
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Lou Sanders in Another Great Show Again

  • Critics choice

Sanders's latest show is a chaotic mish-mash of ex-boyfriend stories, talking vagina puppets and bags of flour. But, somehow, she’s mashed them into a pleasingly ludicrous shape. Sanders flips conventional stand-up rules with her blustery, teenage-like delivery: her sharpest jokes are treated as throwaway lines and any groan-worthy gags are bombastically overplayed. She's very funny, too – her overblown sense of self-importance is deliciously silly. Read our review from the

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Sat Nov 29
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Laugh Out London in Victoria Park

The consistently excellent Laugh Out London team set up a new shop at People's Park Tavern. The first gig, on November 27, includes superbly silly sketch trio Pappy's, erudite charmer Nish Kumar, fast-rising Irish star Aisling Bea and ace anti-comic Edward Aczel.

  1. People's Park Tavern 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT
  2. Thu Nov 27
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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. Mon Nov 24 - Sat Dec 6
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Comedy Revenge in Penge

On November 27, Kevin Day headlines this Penge club, with support from Simon Happily and Tammy Stone.

  1. Bridge House Theatre Penge High St, SE20 8RZ
  2. Thu Nov 27
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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. Sun Nov 23 - Tue Dec 30
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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 Nov 27 - 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 Nov 27 - Sat Jan 3
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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. Tue Nov 25 - Tue Dec 30
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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. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Jan 24
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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 .