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