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

Al Murray the Pub Landlord – One Man, One Guvnor

All hail to the ale! Can you believe Al Murray has now spent 20 years as one of the finest comedy character creations in the country, the Pub Landlord? He's celebrating the milestone with a huge national tour – 'One Man, One Guvnor' – which he's bringing to the New Wimbledon Theatre and the Southbank Centre. The Pub Landlord's a national treasure. And remember: please take your glasses back to the bar…

  1. Beck Theatre Grange Road, UB3 2UE
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Fri Apr 24
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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. Sun Nov 30 - Sun Jan 4
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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 Leicester Square Theatre 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 Nov 30 - Thu Dec 18
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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 Nov 30 - Sun Dec 28
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Aziz Ansari – Live!

  • Critics choice

US talent Aziz Ansari returns to London after (nearly) selling out the Hammersmith Apollo last year. He's the co-creator of MTV's excellent 'Human Giant', and star of the best-sitcom-on-TV-right-now 'Parks and Recreation', but Ansari's is at his best live on stage. The South Carolina-born comic is a masterful stand-up – his shows are high-energy, feelgood fun, and sublimely funny. Ansari's already taken this tour to arenas across the States, including New York's Madison Square

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Sun Nov 30
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Downstairs at the King's Head – Comedy Variety Cabaret

Weekly comedy and variety night with a good mix of acts. To check who's on the bill, check the dates below.

  1. Downstairs at the King's Head Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA
  2. Sun Nov 30 - Sun Jan 4
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The Sunday Show

Kings Cross's The Invisible Dot rounds off the weekend with Sunday night shows, featuring great quality line-ups, at a cheapo price. Check the dates below for the full line-ups.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Sun Nov 30 - Sun Dec 14
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The Free Association plus Guests

Newly-formed improv supergroup the Free Association is made up of hugely talented performers Nell Mooney, Max Olesker (of Max & Ivan), Jessica Ransom, Graham Dickson (of Austentatious), Freya Parker (of Lazy Susan), Joseph Morpurgo (of Austentatious) and Iván González (of Max & Ivan). So, basically, expect high quality made-up-on-the-spot funnies. Plus guest spots.

  1. COG ArtSpace Southgate Rd, N1 3JS
  2. Sun Nov 30 - Sun Dec 14
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Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2014 Competition – Final

The grand final of this year's Laughing Horse New Act of the Year competition, with MC Nik Coppin introducing 15 acts all competing to be crowned the winner. And those lucky finalists are: Ed Caruana, Eshaan Akbar, George Rigden, In Cahoots, Jenny B-Side, Jenny Collier, Joe Jacobs, Katharine Ferns, Lydia Hirst, Nabil Abdulrashid, Olaf Falafel, Robin Morgan, Robyn Perkins, Simon Caine and Wizzy Janew.

  1. The Dogstar 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ
  2. Sun Nov 30
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Sunday Special

This weekly Sunday night gig at legendary Greenwich club Up the Creek features consistently stunning line-ups of comics – including big-name headliners and short spots from up-and-comers – all for just £7. For the latest line-ups see the dates below.

  1. Up the Creek Creek Road, Greenwich, SE10 9SW
  2. Sun Nov 30 - Sun Dec 21
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No Pressure to Be Funny

Now at a new venue, this topical comedy show (recorded for a popular podcast) puts the emphasis on 'topical' more than 'comedy'. Regulars Nick Revell, Alistair Barrie and James O'Brien, plus special guests, discuss the latest headlines without, as you might guess, any pressure to be funny. Guests on November 30 include Beatrix Campbell, Trevor Cook, Aisling Bea, Tobias Persson and James Sherwood.

  1. The Phoenix Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP
  2. Sun Nov 30
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Comedy at the Railway

Resident host Sion James comes bearing free lollipops at this regular comedy club. On November 30 you can catch Chris McCausland, Joel Dommett, David Tsonos, Katie Lane, Sam Carrington and Sion James.

  1. The Railway Greyhound Lane, Streatham, SW16 5SD
  2. Sun Nov 30
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UK Jewish Comedy Festival

  • Critics choice

NW3's JW3 venue has put together the country's first ever Jewish Comedy Festival, featuring stand-up shows, conversations, films and more throughout the week. Big name headliners include David Baddiel, reviving his much acclaimed solo show 'Fame: Not the Musical', and Ruby Wax with her latest 'Sane New World'. See the dates below for the full list of events.

  1. JW3 Jewish Community Centre, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Dec 7
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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 Nov 27 - Tue Dec 30
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EmpireComedyUK

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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