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

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. Sat Jan 24 - Fri Feb 6
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Amused Moose Piccadilly

The Amused Moose gang – who run a superb Saturday night club on Greek Street – put on this Piccadilly gig, hosted by TV regular Alex Zane each Friday. The Moose is promising a mix of comedy up-and-comers and unlistable names performing secret sets. See below for the line-ups we can reveal.

  1. Sanctum Soho Hotel 20 Warwick Street, W1B 5NF
  2. Fri Jan 23 - Fri Feb 27
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Alex Edelman – Millennial

  • Critics choice

Young American comic Alex Edelman won over pretty much everyone at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe with his confident delivery, smart jokes and stories of brilliantly pedantic arguments. The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards judges loved him, and awarded the New York- and Boston-raised comic Best Newcomer. 'Millennial' is an assured debut – it focuses on how well Edelman represents his Generation Y peers and is full of killer over filler material. He undoubtedly has a bright future

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Jan 23 - Sat Jan 31
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Doctor Brown Trilogy – Because, Becaves, Befrdfgth

  • Critics choice

2012's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winning clowning sensation Doctor Brown is back at his spiritual home, the Soho Theatre, performing his trilogy of shows including the gong-bagging 'Befrdfgth'. Brown – the creation of American Phil Burgers – trained at the acclaimed Philippe Gaulier clowning school, and now runs his own clowning courses. On stage, his largely silent mix of unnerving audience participation, dark ideas and downright absurdism is utterly thrilling and

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Jan 23 - Sat Jan 31
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Chatback Comedy Club

Friday night comedy in Camden from the Chatback gang, featuring pro comics and rising stars. Check the dates below for each line-up.

  1. Camden Comedy Club 100 Camden High St, NW1 0LU
  2. Fri Jan 23 - Fri Jan 30
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Doctor Brown and Sam Simmons – Ceremony

  • Critics choice

Now, this is exciting. Two of the most innovative comedy acts out there – Foster's Award-winning clowning sensation Doctor Brown and extreme Aussie absurdist Sam Simmons – join forces for this strange two-hander, 'Ceremony'. Strange, late-night laughs. We can't wait.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Jan 23 - Sat Jan 31
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Tony Law – Enter the ToneZone

  • Critics choice

Superb Canadian absurdist Tony Law brings his latest offering, ‘Enter the ToneZone’, to Soho Theatre for an end of 2014/start of 2014 run, plus a few extra dates at the Leicester Square Theatre. As usual, Law makes it seem as if he’s unprepared, never quite finishing a thought before gliding into the next topic. The sense of loose, ill thought-out chaos is relentlessly silly. Deliciously barmy, unpredictable lunacy. Classic ToneZone. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sat Jan 31
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Dane Baptiste – Citizen Dane

  • Critics choice

South East Londoner Dane Baptiste impressed the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards judges at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe – they put him on the list of Best Newcomer nominees. 'Citizen Dane' is a slick, assured debut about fitting in. He's an easygoing performer – confident without being cocky – and he has some smart material. Baptiste has 'panel show regular' written all over him.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Jan 26 - Sat Jan 31
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Josie Long – Cara Josephine

  • Critics choice

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. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Jan 23 - Sat Mar 28
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Hoopla Improv Comedy Club

A weekly (and often twice weekly) night of improv comedy from some of the finest off-the-cuff troupes on the circuit performing made-up-on-the-spot tomfoolery. Check the dates below for the latest line-ups.

  1. The Miller Snowfields, SE1 3SS
  2. Fri Jan 23 - Sat Mar 28
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Pajama Men – Pterodactyl Nights

Superb American physical comedy duo the Pajama Men back in London, with a seemingly out-of-nowhere new show. Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen are the PJ Men, and the pair play every single role in their nonsensical adventure-story shows, seamlessly moving from one character to another. Saturday night's shows are being filmed for a new special, 'Pajama Men: Live at Soho Theatre'.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Jan 27 - Sat Jan 31
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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. The Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Fri Jan 23 - Sun Feb 15
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Pull the Other One

Comedy and arts club where MC Lindsay Sharman plays host to an array of musicians, performance artists and general weirdness. On January 30 MC Lindsay Sharman introduces Scottish headfucker Phil Kay, Ivan Stewart, Dan Lees and DisPutin.

  1. Old Nun's Head 15 Nunhead Green, SE15 3QQ
  2. Fri Jan 30
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Stewart Lee – A Room With a Stew

  • Critics choice

The iconoclast comedian is back with a month-long residency at his regular venue. Lee's sold as many tickets at the Leicester Square Theatre to fill the O2 arena for multiple nights. 'A Room With a Stew' sees the influential comic testing ideas for the fourth series of 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'. But, as this is Stewart Lee, don't expect these new routines to be messy and joke-less, even when testing new material Lee is always spectacularly funny.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Fri Jan 23 - Fri Jan 8
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The David Elms Experience

Downbeat musical comic David Elms hosts some of his comedy friends, including Kieran Hodgson, Annie McGrath and Lolly Adefope.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Fri Jan 30
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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. Fri Jan 23 - Sun Mar 1
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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 Jan 27 - Fri May 15
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The 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. Fri Jan 23 - Sat Mar 7
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Sean Brightman

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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