The best comedy shows in London tonight
Our pick of the finest comedy shows in London this evening
Looking for comedy in London tonight? Then start limbering up those face muscles because there are plenty of cracking line-ups at London's comedy clubs this very evening. Here's a few of the comedy shows we recommend, plus a choice of budget-friendly free gigs.
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The iconoclast comedian is back with a three-month residency at his chosen venue, the Leicester Square Theatre. His last run at this venue sold enough tickets to fill the O2 arena for multiple nights. Much-a-Stew About Nothing sees Lee testing ideas for his 2014 TV series. But, as this is Stewart Lee, don't expect these new routines to be messy and joke-less, even with new material Lee's always spectacularly funny. Read our review of 'Stewart Lee – Much-a-Stew About Nothing'
Matthew Comras' weekly Monday comedy night, which features new material from established acts and short sets from up-and-comers – although they're likely regulars to the circuit – in the upstairs room of Canal 125. See the dates below for individual line-ups.
Comedy threesome KWAT and duo Short & Curly curate, and are resident acts, at this monthly sketch and character comedy gig. Well, half comedy gig, half swap gig – entry's half price if you bring an item to swap with another audience member. Check the dates below for this month's line-up.
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Following his debut show last year, 'Who is Nish Kumar?', err, Nish Kumar's follow up, 'Nish Kumar is a Comedian' (sorry for the over-use of 'Nish Kumar' there… Dammit, did it again!) is a delightful hour of stand-up, and he's bringing the show to Soho Theatre for a full two-weeks. Earlier this year, Kumar had his identity stolen. Not by credit card fraudsters or Melissa McCarthy, but by an anonymous group who used his promo picture as the face of an internet meme called ‘The
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Six hotly tipped newbie comics compete to be crowned the BBC’s 2013 winner. It’s one of the most prestigious new act comps around.
If you're in need of some proper festive cheer, look no further than this top notch charity gig featuring a stunning line-up of comics. The ridiculously good bill includes big-collared comedy god and 'X Factor'-enthusiast Harry Hill, Foster's Award-winner Bridget Christie, 'Alan Partridge' sidekick Tim Key, Sara Pascoe, Joe Lycett, John Kearns, Liam Williams, Pat Cahill, Will Franken, Lou Sanders, Bec Hill, Valdemar Pustelnik and hosts Karl Schultz and Joz Norris. Wowsers indeed.
This really friendly fortnightly show, hosted by the wonderfully funny 'Mock the Week' star Holly Walsh, generally features very impressive line-ups. For only £6 too! To see the next bill, see the dates below.
This inventive, leftfield comedy night has gained a huge cult following, with tickets selling out well in advance. ACMS gigs are anarchic, unpredictable and heaps of fun, with comics performing stranger comedy sets that might not work at the more mainstream clubs. Resident hosts Thom Tuck and John-Luke Roberts are in charge, and regular ACMS 'boardmembers' include Bridget Christie, Isy Suttie, Josie Long, Sara Pascoe, Nadia Kamil, Alexis Dubus, Tom Bell and Ben Target. See below
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
Not your standard quiz night at hip comedy venue The Invisible Dot. Ace comic Alex Horne hosts the proceedings, with questions set by comics including James Acaster and Mat Ewins. Punters are encouraged to form their teams ahead of the quiz.
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