The best comedy shows in London this weekend
Looking for a laugh? Find the very best comedy in London this Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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...
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You can take the Dame out of the panto, but you can’t take the panto out of the Dame… Two years ago, Dame Edna Everage – the purple-bouffanted character creation of Barry Humphries – was starring in ‘Dick Whittington’ at the New Wimbledon Theatre. This Christmas, she’s upgraded to the London Palladium, but ‘Eat, Pray, Laugh’ is panto-esque in its own right, albeit aimed at a more mature audience. Of course, this is Humphries’s winning formula, and why change
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.
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It's been two years since acerbic American comic and podcaster Bill Burr last visited London. Now he's back for a third visit to our shores with his biggest UK shows to date. Burr's appeared on basically every US talk show – from Letterman, to Conan O'Brien via Jimmy Fallon – but he's probably best know as Kuby, one of Saul Goodman's henchmen, in 'Breaking Bad'. Time Out Chicago dubbed him 'one of the country's best stand-ups' and he more than lives up to the hype, spewing
Weekly comedy and variety night with a good mix of acts. To check who's on the bill, check the dates below.
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Read our review of Tony Law's 'Nonsense Overdrive' Time Out's favourite surrealist, Mr Tony Law, lands at the Soho Theatre for a month-long Christmas run. This nuts-o Canadian comic is one of the finest and funniest stand-ups around, telling absurd stories, performing silly jokes and constantly deconstructing his own comedy. He's totally unpretentious too (unlike many surrealist acts) – he seems as baffled by his own lunacy as his audience is. Tony's quickly gaining a huge cult
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.
That crazy German is back with yet another display of madness in his authentic German Christmas do. Never fails to raise a laugh, and to avoid confusion, the show will be in English.
The multi-talented star of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' records his superb, topical podcast (or 'Proopcast', if you will) in London. No script, just an hour of off-the-cuff thoughts and conversation from this US comedy master.
Good quality free comedy featuring Sam Golin, Hatty Ashdown and Barry Ferns.
For two nights, brilliantly silly character comic Holly Burn presents a festive special version of her 'H Club'; a non-exclusive private members club, where Holly plays the owner, staff members and club members. Expect a whole bunch of Christmas madness.
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