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 Friday

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 either 'Bad Film Nights' or improv shows, Tuesday's show features an hour-long solo show or Edinburgh Fringe preview, and Wednesdays and Sundays are new act

  1. Camden Head 2 Camden Walk, N1 8DY
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sun Jun 1
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Adam Buxton – Kernel Panic

  • Critics choice

The 'Adam' half of 'Adam & Joe' has been hosting brilliant fun music videos-based night Bug for yonks, but now he's going solo with a new tech-heavy solo show, which he's bringing back to London after a run at the Union Chapel. The show explores how we present ourselves in the internet age. Basically, Buxton + a laptop = brilliant buffoonery! These tickets will be snapped up super-quickly, so book soon. Read our interview with Adam Buxton

  1. Duchess Theatre 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Fri Apr 25
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Fancy Meeting You Here

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Dave Hill and Carl Arnheiter present unique tours of the British Museum and Tate Modern, with guest comedian guides helping to educate visitors along the way. Part museum tour, part cultural endeavour, part stand-up show. Guests for the British Museum tour are Lars Berrum, Maeve Higgins, Tom Meeten and Harry Deansway. And for the Tate Modern, Josie Long, Lars Berrum, Martin Beyer-Olson, Maeve Higgins, John Kearns and Tom Meeten join Dave and Carl. Email fmyhcomedy@gmail.com to

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sat Apr 26
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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. Sat Apr 19 - Sat May 31
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Friday Night Freaks

Weirdos of London, unite! This late-night showcase of the most twisted, rude, shocking and just downright bizarre comedy and cabaret acts in town is back, for a fifth year. Hosted by award-winning musical duo EastEnd Cabaret, expect filthy stand-ups, gross-out circus performers, glitzy cabaret acts and pretty much everything in between. Regulars include Scott Capurro, Ria Lina, Javier Jarquin and more. As Missy Elliot would say: get ur [sic] freak on.

  1. London Wonderground Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Fri Sep 5
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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 Friday and Saturday night. For the latest line-ups see the dates below.

  1. Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Fri Aug 1
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It's a Hoot

  • Free

The Hoots comedy team drop their funnies on Brixton every Friday, with a line-up of circuit regulars and entry to the club afterwards, which goes on until 3am. See the dates below to find out who's on when.

  1. Hootananny 95 Effra Rd, SW2 1DF
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Fri May 30
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Katherine Ryan – Glam Role Model

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, so this could be your

  1. Artsdepot 5 Nether St, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA
  2. Tue Apr 22 - Thu Nov 27
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Ross Noble – An Evening of Improvisation with Special Guests

The supreme master of spontaneous stand-up and true king of surreal flights of fantasy, Ross Noble, presents a regular gig onboard the Cutty Sark, improvising skits and scenes with Suki Webster and special guests.

  1. Cutty Sark King William Walk, SE10 9HT
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Banana Cabaret

There are always strong line-ups at this long running club, which is soon approaching its 30th year. Seated almost in the round, Banana Cabaret's room is perfect for comedy: cosy and unpretentious. See the dates below for the latest line-ups.

  1. The Bedford 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sat May 31
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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