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 Saturday

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 Dec 19 - Tue Dec 30
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Nick Helm – Merry Christmas Motherf**kers!

  • Critics choice

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. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Dec 20
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Sheeps Festive Bash

  • Critics choice

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. Fri Dec 19 - Sun Dec 21
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Hampstead Comedy Club

Veteran comedian and promoter Ivor Dembina hosts this cosy, Saturday night comedy club a few minutes from Camden Town tube (the club's now moved from the Pembroke Castle to the Camden Head). Dembina puts the quality of the show over everything else, booking a mixture of well-established circuit comics, hotly tipped newbies and the occasional TV favourite. See the dates below for each line-up.

  1. Camden Comedy Club 100 Camden High St, NW1 0LU
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sat Jan 31
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Robin Ince's Christmas Science Ghosts

Erudite and hard-working wonder Robin Ince presents five nights of festive jollity with a bunch of his friends. Including his podcasting parter in crime, Josie Long, madcap Canadian Tony Law, iconoclast comedian Stewart Lee, 'Nevermind the Buzzcocks' star Phill Jupitus and ace character comic Jo Neary, with yet more names to be announced. Plus real life science boffs Ben Goldacre, Professor Steve Jones and Professor Jon Butterworth. Ince always likes to get geeky on stage,

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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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. Fri Dec 19 - Tue Dec 30
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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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Tim Key's Father Slutmas – In the West End

  • Critics choice

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. Fri Dec 19 - 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. Fri Dec 19 - Tue Dec 23
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A Very Special Zip Zip Comedy Night

The Zip Zip team get into the festive spirit with an impressive comedy line-up, featuring oddball character Brian Gittins, slick US actor-comedian Will Fraken, the wonderfully bizarre Mark Silcox and Spencer Jones. Plus secret special guests.

  1. Proud Archivist 2-10 Hertford Rd, N1 5ET
  2. Sat Dec 20
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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. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Dec 20
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Jess Robinson – Mighty Voice

Impressive impressionist Jess Robinson – as seen on 'Dead Ringers' – received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe for her solo show. Robinson moves from Liza Minnelli to Jessie J to Bjork with effortless ease, and she might even teach you how to do an impression yourself.

  1. Pleasance Theatre Carpenter's Mews, North Road, Islington, N7 9EF
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Seann Walsh – The Lie-In King

  • Critics choice

Wild-haired stand-up Seann Walsh – star of 'Stand Up for the Week' and 'Live at the Apollo' – received a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for his solo show about, well, being lazy. He's matured (so to speak) into a talented observational comic, extracting big laughs from material about ordering takeaway, 24-hour off licenses and drinking. Boy oh boy, there's a lot of boozing material. Part of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards season at Soho Theatre

  1. Blackheath Halls Lee Road, SE3 9RQ
  2. Sat Dec 20
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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. Fri Dec 19 - Mon Dec 22
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The Forgery Club Xmas Party

This sketch and character comedy night returns for a big festive special. Getting in to the Christmas spirit are ace comic/improviser Pippa Evans, sharp musical act Rachel Parris, Nathaniel Tapley, Jody Kamali, Anna Morris and hosts, very silly sketch trio the Grandees. Plus DJ Ben Pollard till 2am.

  1. The Albany Great Portland Street, W1W 5QU
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Frank Skinner – Man in a Suit

  • Critics choice

Master West Country comic Frank Skinner already sold out his Soho Theatre and Leicester Square Theatre runs. So now he's back with some extra dates of 'Man in a Suit'. It's his first solo stand-up show for six years (about time, eh, Frank?). You're in safe hands with Skinner. He's low-key, super-sharp and a little bit filthy, and now he's settled down, he's lost some of his laddishness. Read our review of Frank Skinner's 'Man in a Suit'

  1. Fairfield Halls Park Lane, CR9 1DG
  2. Sat Dec 20
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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. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Jan 3
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Funz and Gamez

  • Critics choice

Bring your kidz – or don't! – to this gloriously silly comedy show. Yes, technically, Funz and Gamez (which won the Panel Prize at the 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award) is for children. But it's just as funz for adultz. Gamez are played, but the little'unz have no chance of winning, and there are lotz of wildly inappropriate jokez that go straight over the kidz' headz. It really is funz for all the family. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Jan 4
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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. Fri Dec 19 - 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. Fri Dec 19 - Sun Feb 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 Dec 19 - Sat Jan 17
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