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

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. Fri Aug 1
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Jim Jefferies – Day Streaming

This brash, confrontational and dangerously funny comic has just added a second Brixton date (July 31) due to popular demand. Jefferies's ability to both charm and offend the crowd in equal measure has gained him a hardcore audience, and having practically given up booze (well, on stage, at least), his shows are now far more consistent. His drunken anger when things aren't going well has gone, and so has (most) of the blatant misogyny. Now based Stateside, and with a second

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Thu Jul 31 - Fri Aug 1
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Found Footage Festival

  • Critics choice

This cult American showcase of odd and hysterical undiscovered videos is a hoot. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett introduce clips from their 20-year-old collection of VHS videos found at garage sales and thrift shops across the US. It's like sifting through YouTube for silly vids, but way funnier and far more bizarre. Here's a quick taster.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Aug 2
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Anthony Jeselnik

  • Critics choice

Devilish Pittsburgh-born comic Anthony Jeselnik is a dark, deranged stand-up, telling smartly constructed near-the-knuckle jokes. In the States he's had his own Comedy Central series, 'The Jeselnik Offensive' (geddit?) which has landed him in trouble a bunch of times. You'll find yourself laughing at his so-wrong-they're-right jokes before you even get a chance to wince. Shockingly funny.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Jul 31 - Sat Aug 2
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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. Thu Jul 31 - Sun Aug 31
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Comedy Carnival

Comedy Carnival, in the West End, takes place every Friday and Saturday night with line-ups of circuit regulars, and various drink and show packages are available. For the latest bills check each date below.

  1. Bar Rumba Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 7EP
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Oct 4
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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 Jul 31 - Sat Sep 6
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Gorringe Giggles

Stand-up for Tooting dwellers from lots of pro and rising comics. Check the dates below for the full line-ups.

  1. Gorringe Park 29 London Road, SW17 9HW
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Fri Dec 5
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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