The best comedy shows in London this weekend

Looking for a laugh? Find the very best comedy in London this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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Whoooo! The weekend! Par-tay! Etc etc. Whatever you like doing with your two days off, a good ol' fashioned laugh at a London comedy club is always a recommended addition. To find out the very best comedy shows in London this weekend, plus recession-friendly free options, just click on the tabs below...


The best comedy shows in London this Saturday

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. Sat Nov 1 - Wed Nov 5
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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. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 30
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Comedy Store

There’s no doubt about it, the Comedy Store is the daddy of all comedy clubs, and what most other gigs strive to be. Seemingly as old as London itself, the club has been instrumental in the growth of alternative comedy, and still to this day hosts stunning shows most nights of the week. At weekends they host conservative stand-up shows, with circuit stalwarts performing their tried-and-tested sets. See below for the latest line-ups. Check out our guide to the Comedy Store.

  1. Comedy Store 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Dec 6
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The Saturday Night Show

Super-cool comedy company The Invisible Dot grabs a piece of the lucrative Saturday night stand-up market, offering leftfield line-ups for a tenner. See the date below for each bill.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Dec 13
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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. Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Feb 15
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Hampstead Comedy Club

Veteran comedian and promoter Ivor Dembina hosts this cosy, Saturday night comedy club a few minutes from Camden Town tube (the club's now moved from the Pembroke Castle to the Camden Head). Dembina puts the quality of the show over everything else, booking a mixture of well-established circuit comics, hotly tipped newbies and the occasional TV favourite. See the dates below for each line-up.

  1. Camden Comedy Club Upstairs at the Camden Head, 100 Camden High St, NW1 0LU
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Nov 29
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Comedy Carnival

Comedy Carnival, in the West End, takes place every Friday and Saturday night with line-ups of circuit regulars, and various drink and show packages are available. For the latest bills check each date below.

  1. Bar Rumba Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 7EP
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Nov 29
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Live at the Chapel

The bills at this massive monthly gig in one of the capital's most beautiful venues are always stunning. See the dates below for the latest line-ups.

  1. Union Chapel Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Feb 7
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Boat Show

Bob up and down gently while crying tears of laughter on the only comedy club held on a paddle steamer permanently moored on the Thames. See the dates below for each line-up.

  1. The Tattershall Castle (Ship) Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2HR
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

John Hewer takes on the persona, jokes and fez of Tommy Cooper in this celebratory tribute to the iconic magician-comedian. 'Just Like That!' is playing the Museum of Comedy as part of its Tommy Cooper season, which also features some of comic's original handmade props on display and photographs taken of him by photographer John Claridge. Read our review

  1. Museum of Comedy Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2SR
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Jan 24
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Celia Pacquola – Let Me Know How It All Works Out

Wonderfully charming, very talented Australian comic Celia Pacquola brings her new solo show to London, following an Edinburgh Fringe run. Pacquola won the Amused Moose award at the Fringe for this personal show in which she examines her own future. Part of the Amused Moose Comedy Awards seasons at Soho Theatre.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Sat Nov 1
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Martin Bessermn
Martin Bessermn

It is amazing that The Monkey Business Comedy Club near Camden in Chalk Farm does not get a mention as it is regarded by many as the very best comedy club in London . It has been host to the biggest names in comedy over the years including Harry Hill, Russell Brand, Michael McIntyre,Omid Djaili, Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr,Dara O Brian, Noel Fielding, Rich Hall, Adam Hills,Rhod Gilbert,Greg Davies, Stewart Lee, Stephen Merchant, Lee Mack,Tim Vine,Reginald D Hunter, Russell Howard,Sean Lock,Ed Byrne Stephen K Amos,Lee Nelson Jack Whitehall, Patrick Monahan,Patrick Kielty,Simon Amstell, Dave Gorman,Chris Addison,Abandoman, Sarah Millican,Russell Kane, Micky Flanagan, Kevin Bridges,Lucy Porter,Nina Conti,Magnus Betner,Michael Mittermeier Howard Marks aka Mr Nice,Sean Hughs, Stephen Grant,Danny Bhoy,Andi Osho,Rainer Herch,Rob Derring ,Ricky Grover,Bob Mills Pete Firman,Barry & Stuart,Alex Horne,Chris Ramsey,Ava Vidal,Jon Richardson,Nick Helm,Loretta Maine,The Noise Next Door,and just about every other top name This Saturdays show is superb Please check our website for details www.monkeybusinesscomedyclub.co.uk .