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

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 Jan 25 - Sun Mar 8
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The NATYS – New Act of the Year 2015

  • Critics choice

There are now tons of new act competitions throughout the year, but the NATYS is always one of the most fun (and often most bizarre) grand finals. But rather than have all the acts compete for the top prize, all the finalists are winners here, with the show being a bill of the best acts who made it through the heats. As is tradition, everyone's favourite grumpy old man Arthur Smith hosts proceedings, with the talented finalists showcasing their comedy skills.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Sun Jan 25
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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 Jan 25 - Sun Mar 8
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Adam Larter – Gary the Crisp Factory / Joz Norris – Hello World the 100% Unofficial ELO Musical

  • Free

Two talented experimental comics – Weirdos Comedy troupe members Adam Larter and Joz Norris – each workshop their solo shows ahead of the Leicester Comedy Festival. Larter's is a musical set in Leicester, loosely based on 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Norris's is exactly what the title suggests – he wrote it when he was 15. Yes, he really did.

  1. The Lion 132 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0JX
  2. Sun Jan 25
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Austentatious – An Improvised Novel

  • Critics choice

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 Jan 25 - Sun Feb 22
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Suspiciously Cheap Comedy

  • Critics choice

Foster's Best Newcomer nominated sketch troupe Gein's Family Giftshop and skittish pals Goose present this Sunday night gig. And it really does live up to its title. The line-up on January 25 – featuring the phenomenal and very silly Pajama Men, triple Fosters Comedy Awards nominee James Acaster and Ellie White and Tash Demetriou as The Sexy American Girl Cousins – is suspiciously good value for a fiver.

  1. Backyard Comedy Club 231 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, E2 0EL
  2. Sun Jan 25
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Always Be Comedy Putney

The Always Be Comedy crew now run three gigs – one in Kennington, another in Dulwich, and this night in Putney. This one's a new material gig, with acts testing out fresh jokes. Check the dates below for the latest bills.

  1. Putney Arts Theatre Ravenna Road, SW15 6AW
  2. Sun Jan 25 - Tue Feb 17
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Comedy at the Railway

Resident host Sion James comes bearing free lollipops at this regular comedy club. On January 25 you can catch Foster's Award nominee Sara Pascoe, John Robins, Sam Russell, Ben Clover, Helen Sorren and MC Tom Greeves.

  1. The Railway Greyhound Lane, Streatham, SW16 5SD
  2. Sun Jan 25
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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. Fri Jan 23 - Sat Mar 28
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Lewis Schaffer – International Man of Misery

Brooklyn-born honorary Brit Lewis Schaffer (he's lived in the UK for 14 years now) continues his residency at the Leicester Square Theatre, performing his dry, ultra-loose stand-up show in the West End most weeks. We like to think of Schaffer as a professional underachiever – his gigs can be more like a strange group therapy session than a 'show', and they're often exhilarating.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Sun Jan 25 - Sun Apr 26
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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 Jan 23 - Sun Feb 15
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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. Fri Jan 23 - Sun Mar 1
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EmpireComedyUK
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