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

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 Jan 30 - Fri Feb 6
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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. HMS President Victoria Embankment, near Blackfriars Bridge, EC4Y OHJ
  2. Sat Jan 31 - Sat Feb 28
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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 Jan 31 - Sat Feb 28
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Alex Edelman – Millennial

  • Critics choice

Young American comic Alex Edelman won over pretty much everyone at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe with his confident delivery, smart jokes and stories of brilliantly pedantic arguments. The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards judges loved him, and awarded the New York- and Boston-raised comic Best Newcomer. 'Millennial' is an assured debut – it focuses on how well Edelman represents his Generation Y peers and is full of killer over filler material. He undoubtedly has a bright future

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sat Jan 31
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Josie Long – Cara Josephine

  • Critics choice

Josie Long has spent three years shrugging off her reputation as the queen of quirk with a trilogy of passionate, angry but ultimately optimistic political shows. It’s done her good, too – two of them received Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations. Well, she’s changed tack again. ‘Cara Josephine’ is a heartfelt, introspective piece of stand-up about break-ups, family and romantic ideals. It’s her most personal show yet, and it’s another feelgood triumph. And

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sat Mar 28
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Doctor Brown Trilogy – Because, Becaves, Befrdfgth

  • Critics choice

2012's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winning clowning sensation Doctor Brown is back at his spiritual home, the Soho Theatre, performing his trilogy of shows including the gong-bagging 'Befrdfgth'. Brown – the creation of American Phil Burgers – trained at the acclaimed Philippe Gaulier clowning school, and now runs his own clowning courses. On stage, his largely silent mix of unnerving audience participation, dark ideas and downright absurdism is utterly thrilling and

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sat Jan 31
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Dane Baptiste – Citizen Dane

  • Critics choice

South East Londoner Dane Baptiste impressed the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards judges at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe – they put him on the list of Best Newcomer nominees. 'Citizen Dane' is a slick, assured debut about fitting in. He's an easygoing performer – confident without being cocky – and he has some smart material. Baptiste has 'panel show regular' written all over him.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sat Jan 31
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Darren Walsh – Punnoisseur

First-class wordplay, videos and musical nonsense from the winner of the 2014 Pun Championships at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, Darren Walsh, performing his debut hour-long show.

  1. Museum of Comedy Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2SR
  2. Sat Jan 31
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Tony Law – Enter the ToneZone

  • Critics choice

Superb Canadian absurdist Tony Law brings his latest offering, ‘Enter the ToneZone’, to Soho Theatre for an end of 2014/start of 2014 run, plus a few extra dates at the Leicester Square Theatre. As usual, Law makes it seem as if he’s unprepared, never quite finishing a thought before gliding into the next topic. The sense of loose, ill thought-out chaos is relentlessly silly. Deliciously barmy, unpredictable lunacy. Classic ToneZone. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sat Jan 31
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Laughter and Liquor in Victoria

Alcohol is very much available at this Victoria comedy night, which on January 31 features a line-up which includes high-energy Kiwi comic Jarred Christmas, Laura Lexx, circuit pro John Moloney, Jenny Collier and Stephen Carlin.

  1. Albert 52 Victoria Street, SW1H 0NP
  2. Sat Jan 31
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Doctor Brown and Sam Simmons – Ceremony

  • Critics choice

Now, this is exciting. Two of the most innovative comedy acts out there – Foster's Award-winning clowning sensation Doctor Brown and extreme Aussie absurdist Sam Simmons – join forces for this strange two-hander, 'Ceremony'. Strange, late-night laughs. We can't wait.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Jan 30 - Sat Jan 31
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Pajama Men – Pterodactyl Nights

Superb American physical comedy duo the Pajama Men back in London, with a seemingly out-of-nowhere new show. Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen are the PJ Men, and the pair play every single role in their nonsensical adventure-story shows, seamlessly moving from one character to another. Saturday night's shows are being filmed for a new special, 'Pajama Men: Live at Soho Theatre'.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Sat Jan 31
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Knock2Bag East

The Knock2Bag team regularly have some of the best comedy bills in London and are always brilliant value. As well as their monthly gig in Shepherd's Bush, Knock2Bag takes over Rich Mix in the East End with more comedy delights. January 31's line-up features Daniel Simonsen, Simon Munnery, Paul McCaffrey, James Veitch and Mae Martin.

  1. Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA
  2. Sat Jan 31
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The Saturday Night Show

Super-cool comedy company The Invisible Dot grabs a piece of the lucrative Saturday night stand-up market, offering leftfield line-ups for a tenner. See the date below for each bill.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Sat Jan 31 - Sat Apr 25
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Oh So Funny Comedy

Leytonstone's Oh So Funny's comedy night returns with a mixture of up-and-coming and established pro acts. Check our list of dates for the latest line-ups.

  1. O'Neills 762 High Rd Leytonstone, E11 3AW
  2. Sat Jan 31 - Sat Feb 28
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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. Thu Jan 29 - Sun Feb 15
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Stewart Lee – A Room With a Stew

  • Critics choice

The iconoclast comedian is back with a month-long residency at his regular venue. Lee's sold as many tickets at the Leicester Square Theatre to fill the O2 arena for multiple nights. 'A Room With a Stew' sees the influential comic testing ideas for the fourth series of 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'. But, as this is Stewart Lee, don't expect these new routines to be messy and joke-less, even when testing new material Lee is always spectacularly funny.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Thu Jan 29 - Fri Jan 8
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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 Jan 29 - Sun Mar 1
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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 Jan 29 - Sat Mar 7
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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. Thu Jan 29 - Fri May 15
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