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

Simon Amstell – Work-in-Progress

The former host of 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' and creator of 'Grandma's House', Simon Amstell, puts the finishing touches to his new show 'To Be Free' at low-key venue The Invisible Dot.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sat Sep 27
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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 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9HD
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sat Sep 27
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Backyard Comedy Club

Both established and new acts appear every week at Lee Hurst's legendary East End venue. See below for full line-ups and prices. And please note: for tickets booked in advance, a sneaky £3 'late arrival' fee will be charged if you're not through the door by 7.15pm.

  1. Backyard Comedy Club 231 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, E2 0EL
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Fri Oct 17
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Andy Zaltzman – Satirist for Hire

Fans of hugely popular podcast 'The Bugle' rejoice! Co-host Andy Zaltzman is back at Soho Theatre with his 'Satirist for Hire' show. Email Zaltzman with what you'd like him to satirise, and he'll do just that. He's still probably the best satirical comic we've produced in yonks. He's intelligent, biting and silly enough not to take himself too seriously. A master satirist.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Sep 27
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Greenwich Comedy Festival

Following a few ups and downs last year, the superb Greenwich Comedy Festival (possibly our favourite London comedy fest) is back with a bang for 2014, setting up camp in the grounds of the beautiful National Maritime Museum. Spectacular all-headline bills in the big- and little-top tents take place throughout the week, with names including Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon, Milton Jones, Stewart Francis, David O’Doherty, Nina Conti and many more heading to SE10. Check the dates

  1. National Maritime Museum Romney Rd, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sun Sep 28
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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 Sep 26 - Sat Nov 1
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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 Sep 26 - Sat Nov 29
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Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?

  • Critics choice

Feelgood comic Luisa Omielan is back with another sass-filled comedy hour. Omielan's previous show, 'What Would Beyoncé Do?' sold out multiple runs at the Soho Theatre and has been a huge hit in the US too. 'Am I Right Ladies?' is a feisty, confident stand-up show with heart, and is bound to be another sell-out success. Come for the comedy, stay for the party.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 4
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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. Tue Sep 23 - Sun Oct 26
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Pull The Other One

  • Critics choice

Comedy and arts club where MC Lindsay Sharman plays host to an array of musicians, performance artists and general weirdness. On September 26 MC Lindsay Sharman introduces Wilfredo, the Silver Peevil, dapper musical comic Laurence Owen and Two Pregnant Men.

  1. Old Nun's Head 15 Nunhead Green, SE15 3QQ
  2. Fri Sep 26
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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. Thu Sep 25 - Sat Nov 29
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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 Sep 25 - Sat Nov 8
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John Kearns – Shtick

  • Critics choice

John Kearns, 2014's triumphant winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award, brings his superb, gong-bagging show 'Shtick' to Soho Theatre for a month-long run. A four-week victory lap, if you will. His show last year, 'Sight Gags for Perverts', won Best Newcomer at the 2013 Foster's Awards. Now Kearns is the first ever act to win the main prize the following year. In 'Shtick', the 27-year-old comic explains how winning 2013's award changed his life, and that his snaggly

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sat Oct 18
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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