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

Jon Richardson – Nidiot

Everyone's favourite misanthropic perfectionist, Jon Richardson, is back on tour with 'Nidiot', which he's bringing to the Hammersmith Apollo. Richardson's best known as a team captain on '8 Out of 10 Cats', and wildly successful spin-off, '8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown'. But he's also one superb stand-up – persistently pessimistic, and a master improviser. In 'Nidiot' he's promising to be more laidback. We'll believe it when we see it. Tonight's shows are being recorded for

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Sat Oct 4
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Computer Boy

  • Critics choice

The Weirdos Comedy gang are at their best in their strange, comedic plays. They've already performed a live version of Disney's 'Hook' and written an original piece about Colonel Sanders. Now Weirdos head honcho Adam Larter has written 'Computer Boy': the story of a boy who wishes he was a computer. The cast for the production's three-night run includes ace Weirdos regulars Ali Brice, Beth Vyse and Luke McQueen. Expect plenty of homemade costumes, shambolic performances and

  1. Proud Archivist 2-10 Hertford Rd, N1 5ET
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Fri Oct 3
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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. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Oct 4
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Laugh Out London presents Disney Night: The Sequel!

Don your Mickey ears out, re-watch 'The Lion King' and embrace your childish side as a bunch of leftfield comics tackle the sugary topic of Walt Disney films. On the bill are the famously (or infamously) Disney-obsessed stand-up Thom Tuck, Ben Target, Lou Sanders, Joz Norris, Nathaniel Metcalfe, Matthew Highton, Karl Schultz, Adam Blampied and We Are Goose.

  1. Camden Comedy Club Upstairs at the Camden Head, 110 Camden High St, NW1 0LU
  2. Fri Oct 3
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Sheeps – Wembley Previews

  • Critics choice

The title ‘Wembley Previews’ is a wonderful juxtaposition to Sheeps’s low-key style. This ace sketch trio – made up of Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts – are original, inventive and properly funny. A few years ago we said they were ‘one of the most exciting sketch acts to emerge in years’. ‘Thanks, guys,’ their website says, ‘We use this quote on basically everything even though it was about three years

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Oct 4
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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 Oct 3 - Sat Nov 29
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Lucy Beaumont – We Can Twerk It Out

  • Critics choice

BBC Comedy Award winner and 'Live at the Electric' star Lucy Beaumont deservely received a Best Newcomer nomination at the 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for this cosy comedy show. In 'We Can Twerk It Out' the Hull-born comic tells fluffy tales of her life up't north and attempts to find her best friend a husband. It's adorable stuff.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Oct 4
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Phil Wang – Mellow Yellow

Laidback, nerdy charmer Phil Wang brings his latest stand-up show to London (in which he experiments with a loop-pedal) following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Fri Oct 3
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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 Oct 3 - Sat Nov 1
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EastEnd Cabaret – Sexual Tension

  • Critics choice

EastEnd Cabaret – vaguely Eastern European femme fatale Bernadette Byrne and her stalky, hermaphroditic accompanist Victor Victoria – have been playing the cabaret circuit for years. But now they've gone proper 'comedy', with sharp-witted, musically rich songs about – you guessed it – sex. Be prepared to join in (with the songs, not the sex. Well, a little bit of the sex… Sort of.)

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Oct 11
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Vikki Stone – Instrumental

Talented musical comic Vikki Stone brings her brand new solo show 'Instrumental' to the Pleasance following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. For the show, she's blagged, bought and borrowed 20 different instruments – including a piano, flute, accordion, bassoon and glockenspiel – which she plays to provide a live soundtrack to her touching stories about her childhood and family relationships. It's full of heart and showcases Stone's wry wit. Plus, if you play (or

  1. Pleasance Theatre Carpenter's Mews, North Road, Islington, N7 9EF
  2. Fri Oct 3
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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 Oct 2 - Sun Oct 26
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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. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Oct 18
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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 Oct 2 - Sun Feb 15
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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 Oct 2 - Sat Nov 15
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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