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

Nick Helm – Merry Christmas Motherf**kers!

London, prepare to be kicked hard in the baubles, as the thrillingly unpredictable Nick Helm hits the capital with a festive treat. The BBC Three star's 'Merry Christmas Motherf**kers!' is bound to be as much about gravel-voiced classic rock tunes as it is about tinsel and Jesus, and it'll be a riot either way. These tickets will go like hot mince pies.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sat Dec 20
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Brian and Robin's Christmas Compendium of Reason

Everyone's favourite dreamy-eyed sciencist, Professor Brian Cox, and superb, erudite comedian Robin Ince join forces for their annual Christmas blow-out at the Hammersmith Apollo. The pair are co-hosts of Radio 4's 'Infinite Monkey Cage', and these live shows will be similar, but with more of a variety feel, bringing together an array of scientific minds, stand-ups and musicians.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Fri Dec 19
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Sheeps Festive Bash

Innovative and very funny sketch troupe Sheeps – made up of Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts – are back again with their annual Festive Bash. Well, bashes, plural, as they're playing a five-night stint at the Invisible Dot. Expect plenty of merry amusement and special guests (check below for the line-ups).

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sun Dec 21
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Boat Show

Bob up and down gently while crying tears of laughter on the only comedy club held on a paddle steamer permanently moored on the Thames. See the dates below for each line-up.

  1. The Tattershall Castle (Ship) Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2HR
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Jan 31
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Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point* (*The PowerPoint)

  • Critics choice

Following his ace show 'Dave Gorman's Powerpoint Presentation', the pioneer of docu-comedy continues his love affair with the slideshow software as he teams up with a projector screen for Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point* (*The Powerpoint). He just can't stay away from a bit of multimedia madness. And why should he? Gorman's at his funniest when playing with technology.

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Thu Oct 22
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Richard Gadd – Breaking Gadd

Dark, twisted, narrative-driven comedy from Richard Gadd – a regular at trendy comedy venue The Invisible Dot – who's back at the Soho Theatre with his latest offering 'Breaking Gadd'. The story goes: Gadd has lost all memory of his first 21 years and tries to get it back through a course of hypotherapy. But, it turns out, perhaps the memories are better left forgotten… Frantic, sometimes gross-out and often inventive.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sat Dec 20
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James Acaster – Recognise

  • Critics choice

James Acaster is a true Time Out fave. His blissfully funny understated stand-up sucks you into his minute, quizzical world where he picks apart seemingly insignificant details. 'Recognise' is his fourth solo show, and his third to bag a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. It's beautifully crafted, with Acaster posing as an undercover cop only performing stand-up because 'the gigs keep rolling in'. Superb stuff.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Tue Dec 23
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Tim Key's Father Slutmas – In the West End

Chaotic poet-comedian Tim Key's festive shindig has become a Christmas tradition. He moves from Kings Cross's Invisible Dot to the glitzy West End to slam down some yuletide poems at these Christmas specials. Expect cloves in drinks and 'the opportunity to catch a sprout in your mouth'.

  1. Arts Theatre 6-7 Great Newport St, WC2H 7JB
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sat Dec 20
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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. Wed Dec 17 - Tue Dec 30
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Joel Creasey – Rock God

  • Critics choice

Aussie comic Joel Creasey makes his UK debut, bringing his acclaimed show 'Rock God' (which our buddies over at Time Out New York gave the full five-stars too) to the Soho Theatre. He's known for his acid-tongued observations and pop-culture heavy stories.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sat Dec 20
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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 Dec 17 - Tue Dec 30
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Mycenae House Comedy Club

This top quality Blackheath comedy gig presents a bill featuring energetic Kiwi comic Jarred Christmas, circuit stalwart Ian Stone, Irish storyteller Keith Farnan and sharp Danish stand-up Sofie Hagen on December 19.

  1. Mycenae House 90 Mycenae Road, Greenwich, SE3 7SE
  2. Fri Dec 19
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Adam Riches – Adam of the Riches

  • Critics choice

Superbly silly character comic Adam Riches – 2011’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner – is back with his first solo show since winning the gong, ‘Adam of the Riches’. Luckily, it’s another triumph of cunningly crafted, high-energy character comedy that’s big on laughs. The characters themselves – like his ‘gravel-sweating’ interpretation of Sean Bean – are big, bold and stupid. But it’s when Riches begins his trademark audience participation that

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sat Jan 3
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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. Thu Dec 18 - Sat Jan 17
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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. Wed Dec 17 - Sat Jan 24
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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. Wed Dec 17 - Sun Feb 15
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