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

Tickled Pig

The ace Tickled Pig team mix established pros with newer stand-ups and character acts. Check the dates below for the full line-ups.

  1. Old Red Lion Theatre 418 St John St, EC1V 4NJ
  2. Sun Nov 2 - Fri Dec 5
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James Acaster – Recognise

  • Critics choice

James Acaster is a true Time Out fave. His blissfully funny understated stand-up sucks you into his minute, quizzical world where he picks apart seemingly insignificant details. 'Recognise' is his fourth solo show, and his third to bag a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. It's beautifully crafted, with Acaster posing as an undercover cop only performing stand-up because 'the gigs keep rolling in'. Superb stuff.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Wed Nov 5
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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 2 - Sun Dec 7
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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 2 - Sun Dec 14
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Dead Funny

'Dead Funny' is a new book, edited by Robin Ince and Johnny Mains, of horror stories all written by ace comedians. Reece Shearsmith, Matthew Holness (of 'Garth Marenghi' fame), Sara Pascoe, Al Murray and Tim Key, to name a few, have all contributed, and this launch gig features stand-up sets and readings from many of the writers. Charlie Higson, Stewart Lee, Josie Long, Steve Pretty, Joanna Neary, Mains and Ince are all confirmed, with more names on the way. We imagine they'll

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Sun Nov 2
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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 2 - Sun Nov 9
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Stories

Liam Williams – uber-downbeat, erudite stand-up, one third of sketch trio 'Sheeps' and Foster's Best Newcomer nominee 2013 – hosts this evening of storytelling.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Sun Nov 2 - Sun Dec 7
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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 2 - Sun Nov 16
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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 Oct 31 - Sun Nov 30
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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