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

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. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Nov 1
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The Scary Halloween Show

Over Halloween week, a bunch of talented character comics and sketch acts are putting on a spooky comedy gig at The Invisible Dot. Each act has to perform specially written ghostly material, and the venue will be dolled up in Halloween garb. Plus, a live organist will set the mood. See the dates below for each line-up.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Mon Oct 27 - Fri Oct 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. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Nov 29
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SOLD OUT: Lena Dunham

THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT The hugely talented and gregarious writer, actress and director Lena Dunam makes a rare appearance in the UK to launch her memoirs, 'Not That Kind of Girl – A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned'. The 28-year-old New Yorker is best known for her eccentric HBO series 'Girls', in which she stars as a neurotic 20-something who bares all – both emotionally and physically. Dunham will be in discussion with acclaimed columnist, author and Twitter

  1. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Rich Hall's Hoedown

A mix of music, comedy, liquor and spent dreams with Rich Hall and his talented band. Tremendous fun.

  1. Artsdepot Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 29
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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. Mon Oct 27 - Wed Nov 5
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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. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Nov 30
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The Schadenfreude Cabaret

  • Free

At this semi-regular gig there's a mix of sketch, musical comics, character acts and straight stand-up, and the line-ups are generally pretty good. For details of who's on when, check the dates below.

  1. The Harrison Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Celia Pacquola – Let Me Know How It All Works Out

Wonderfully charming, very talented Australian comic Celia Pacquola brings her new solo show to London, following an Edinburgh Fringe run. Pacquola won the Amused Moose award at the Fringe for this personal show in which she examines her own future. Part of the Amused Moose Comedy Awards seasons at Soho Theatre.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Oct 28 - Sat Nov 1
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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. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Feb 15
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Holly Burn – Return of the Burn

Brilliantly mad character comic Holly Burn – star of ITV's 'Bad Bridesmaid' – is back at the Leciester Square Theatre with a new work-in-progress season. She's always stupidly funny.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Apr 18
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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 Oct 25 - Sat Nov 29
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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 October 31 MC Lindsay Sharman introduces legendary improviser Stephen Frost and his Impro All Stars, delightfully daft character act Mr Susie, Maureen Younger, Ivan Steward and Laurence Owen.

  1. Old Nun's Head 15 Nunhead Green, SE15 3QQ
  2. Fri Oct 31
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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. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Jan 24
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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