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.


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The best comedy shows in London this Sunday

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 either 'Bad Film Nights' or improv shows, Tuesday's show features an hour-long solo show or Edinburgh Fringe preview, and Wednesdays and Sundays are new act

  1. Camden Head 2 Camden Walk, N1 8DY
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Sun Jun 1
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The Comedy Store Players

The most famous comedy improv outfit in town perform off-the-cuff games and tomfoolery at the world famous Comedy Store twice a week. Regular Players include Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson, but the line-ups change for each show. See below for the latest bills. Check out our guide to the Comedy Store.

  1. Comedy Store 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Sun Jun 1
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Weirdos Comedy presents

Adam Larter's troupe of proper weirdo comedy acts put on highly conceptual gigs, where experimentation (and general weirdness) are king. The nights are generally heaps of fun, and some of them are totally free. Check the dates below to find our more about each gig and see the line-ups.

  1. The Lion 132 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0JX
  2. Sun Apr 27
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Lewis Schaffer – American in London

Controversial New York stand-up comic Lewis Schaffer has been doing his 'Free Until Famous' show for four years now (despite claiming 18 on his website), but either he's hit the big time or just needs a bit a dosh, because this new run of shows are a tenner a pop. For your money, Schaffer will school the audience on his idea of England, which may be ignorant and ramshackle, but it'll no doubt be a little bit brilliant.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Sun Apr 27 - Sun Jun 22
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Showstoppers – The Improvised Musical

One of the best musical improvisational groups out there. From a handful of suggestions from the audience they create a full-length, hilarious musical. More talent on stage than you can shake a stick at.

  1. Udderbelly Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Sun Apr 27 - Sun Jul 13
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99 Club Piccadilly Circus

Another central London night from the 99 Club troupe in a tiny little room above the Queen's Head pub. For more info on acts performing, see the dates below.

  1. Queen's Head 15 Denman St, W1D 7HN
  2. Sun Apr 27 - Sun Jun 8
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Kearns, Cahill, Stephenson, Target

Four superbly talented offbeat comics – John Kearns, Pat Cahill, Mark Stephenson and Ben Target – join forces and present new ideas.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Sat Apr 26 - Wed May 7
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Comedy at the Railway

Resident host Sion James comes bearing free lollipops at this regular comedy club. On April 27, Patrick Monahan and Imran Yusuf each preview their latest Edinburgh Fringe shows.

  1. The Railway 2 Greyhound Lane, Streatham, SW16 5SD
  2. Sun Apr 27
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Austentatious – An Improvised Novel

Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Made up of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, they're all hugely talented performers, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Sun Apr 27
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Downstairs at the King's Head

Weekly comedy and variety night at this legendary club with a line-up which includes Alex Love and Julie Jepson.

  1. Downstairs at the King's Head 2 Crouch End Hill , N8 8AA
  2. Sun Apr 27
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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