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.
The consistently excellent Angel Comedy features stand-up from carefully selected open-mic comics and experienced acts testing new stuff or performing solid-gold sets – all for free, seven days a week (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. Mondays are improv shows, Tuesday nights feature an hour-long solo show, and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays include spots from new acts and comics testing new material gig. On Fridays and Saturdays comics perform their slickest sets, all killer no filler. To check the latest line-ups, check 'dates and times'.Read more
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 'dates and times' for the latest bills. Check out our guide to the Comedy Store.Read more
This small, no-frills basement club in Covent Garden offers mixed line-ups of established circuit comics and newer acts, work-in-progress shows and improv troupes. Top price tickets, on a Saturday, are just a tenner, and lots of shows are only £1 entry or nothing at all. See 'dates and times' for the full line-ups.Read more
This central London club at the Comedy Pub always features impressive line-ups mixing circuit stalwarts with talented rising stars. With three to five shows a week, and tickets at £10 max in advance, it's very good value indeed. Check 'dates and times' for the latest line-ups.Read more
Another series of RHLSTP ('RHLSTP') – Richard Herring's superb, interview-based podcast – records at the Leicester Square Theatre. Guests for this run include Bob Mortimer, Louis Theroux, Johnny Vegas, Robert Webb and Limmy. The question is, though, would those stars rather have a hand made out of ham or an armpit that dispenses suncream? Guests for this latest series include Jack Whitehall, David Mitchell, Lee Mack and Grayson Perry. Check 'dates and times' to see the latest guests.Read more
The Jewish Comedy Festival (the country's first), from NW3's JW3 venue, is back for a second year, featuring stand-up shows, conversations, films and more throughout the week. Highlights include a party celebrating Woody Allen's eightieth birthday, Arthur Smith reviving his music-comedy hybrid show 'Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen' and 'Groundhog Day' star Stephen Tobolowsky's solo show, 'The Tobolowsky Files'. Check the 'dates and times' for the full schedule.Read more
The grand final of this fun competition to find the funniest new act. From 300 comedians, down to 14, after 34 heats – the standard at the grand final has been consistently high in the past. A panel of judges decide who wins the gong. Who will win the £1000 prize? Competing for the 2015 prize are Angus Dunican, Bilal Zafar, George Lewis, Jamie W, Jethro Bradley, Jo D'Arcy, Joe Jacobs, LJ Da Funk, Louise Reay, Luca Cupani, Nigel Ng, Olaf Falafel, Svetlana the Oligarch's Wife and Yuriko Kotani. MC for the evening is Richard Herring.Read more