The best comedy shows in London tonight

Our pick of the finest comedy shows in London this evening

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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 best comedy shows in London tonight

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. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Aug 31
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Lewis Schaffer is Free Until Famous

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Brooklyn-born honorary Brit Lewis Schaffer has been performing his free, twice-weekly stand-up show in Soho for yonks. Well, we say ‘show’, actually the looser-than-loose structure and erratic audience interaction make it more of a strange group therapy session, where only one person is allowed to talk. Schaffer’s dry, acerbic style is exhilarating to watch. On most nights, his obtrusive, irony-heavy material soars. Occasionally it doesn’t, and the 56-year-old stand-up

  1. The Rancho Grill 8A Sackville Street Piccadilly Circus, W1S 3DF
  2. Wed Jul 23
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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. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Aug 31
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Rhys Darby – Mr Adventure

  • Critics choice

Though perhaps best known as Murray the manager in 'Flight of the Conchords' or from his appearances in films such as 'Yes Man' or 'The Boat that Rocked', Darby is also a hugely popular stand-up, with incredible physicality and vocal dexterity. He's back on tour – including these dates at the Shepherd's Bush Empire – with epic new show, 'Mr Adventure'.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Thu Jul 24
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The Bearcat Comedy Club

This legendary Twickenham club is one of the oldest comedy venues in town, and has played host to practically every household name stand-up over the years. The club still hosts top-quality circuit stand-ups every Saturday night, with the occasional secret guest dropping by. To see each bill, check the dates below.

  1. Turk's Head 28 Winchester Rd, TW1 1LE
  2. Wed Jul 23
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Laughing Boy Comedy Club Hackney

The Laughing Boy team set up shop in Hackney, with really good quality bills. It's currently Edinburgh Fringe preview season here, with double-bills of work-in-progress shows from top comics. Check the dates below for to see who's on when.

  1. Hackney Picturehouse 270 Mare St, E8 1HE
  2. Wed Jul 23
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BBQ Previews

The Invisible Dot hosts its annual season of Edinburgh Fringe previews. Each night there's a double-bill of 60-minute work-in-progress shows, with a tasty BBQ in the interval. Cheap-o comedy and free food. What more could you ask for? See the dates below for the full line-ups.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Wed Jul 23
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Lou Sanders and Chris Boyd Edinburgh Comedy Previews

Wonderful weirdo Lou Sanders and storm-obsessed Chesterfield comic Chris Boyd preview their Edinburgh Fringe shows. Plus MC Stuart Laws.

  1. Star by Hackney Downs Queensdown Road, E5 8NN
  2. Wed Jul 23
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The Comedy Bar Islington

Very friendly and relaxed new material night in Islington featuring some of the biggest names in comedy trying out new stuff every other week. Check the dates below for the latest line-ups.

  1. Chapel Bar 29a Penton St, N1 9PX
  2. Wed Jul 23
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Bright Club

Each month, Bright Club blends comedy, music, art, new writing, science, performance and anything else that can happen on a stage. Experts then dissect a particular topic from eight different directions, providing a variety night packed with facts as well as laughs. On July 23 the subject is 'Heat', with guests including Steve Hall.

  1. Star of Kings York Way, King's Cross, N1 0AX
  2. Wed Jul 23
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Crown Comedy Club

Weekly comedy in Blackheath, and throughout June and July they're hosting double-bills of Edinburgh Fringe previews. See the dates below for the latest line-ups.

  1. The Crown 47-49 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, SE3 0BS
  2. Wed Jul 23
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Martin Bessermn
Martin Bessermn

Monkey Business Comedy Club in the heart of Camden in Chalk Farm is regarded by many as North London`s best comedy club with award winning acts every week.Please check our website www.monkeybusinesscomedyclub.co.uk tel 07932 338203