The best comedy shows in London this week
The next seven days of laughter in London
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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After jet-setting off to LA, rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood-elite and marrying/divorcing pop royalty, merry minstrel of mirth Russell Brand is back doing what he does best: stand-up, live in London, at the Hammersmith Apollo, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Brixton Academy. In the show – which is on a world tour – the backcombed comedy wonder looks at the mental disorder 'Messiah complex', which is where the sufferer thinks they might be the Messiah, and asks: did Jesus
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.
The former host of 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' and creator of 'Grandma's House', Simon Amstell, performs some low-key warm-up gigs at The Invisible Dot, performing new material. These tickets will sell out super quickly. You have been warned.
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.
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.
Top circuit comics roadtest new material at this monthly Hammersmith gig. March 9's line-up includes 'Live at the Apollo' star Sara Pascoe, Jessica Fostekew, Caroline Mabey, Brett Goldstein, John Robins and Johnny White.
Weekly comedy and variety night at this legendary club with a line-up which includes Pete Beckley, Liam Spiers and Shelley Bridgeman.
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