The most popular comedy shows in London

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Don't know about you, but we like to be 'in the know' about the comedy shows in London that are 'so totally hot right now'. Well, using some sort of complicated algorithm the list below gives you the top 10 most popular comedy shows currently on the Time Out website. Now you'll never miss out those hot tickets that everyone's talking about – hurrah!


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 check the latest line-ups, see the dates below.

  1. Camden Head Camden Walk, Islington, N1 8DY
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Nov 30
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Rubberbandits – Continental Fistfight

  • Critics choice

The Limerick-based plastic-bag wearing musical comedy duo – responsible for YouTube sensation 'Horse Outside' and Chortle Award winners in 2012 – return to Soho Theatre with their latest show, 'Continental Fistfight'. Of course, the Bandits don't describe themselves as musical comedy at all, they reckon they're 'hardcore gangsta rap'. Go see them and decide for yourselves. Expect a bunch of high-energy new songs – including the ridiculously good 'Dad's Best Friend' – and some of their greatest hits. Read our review of the Rubberbandits's 'Continental Fistfight' Watch the Rubberbandits’s ‘Dad’s Best Friend’ music video:

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Oct 26
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Lee Mack – Hit the Road Mack

Super-slick, fast-paced nonsense from Lee Mack, the star of his own sitcom 'Not Going Out' and BBC's 'Would I Lie To You?', as he plays the Hammersmith Apollo as part of his 'Hit the Road Mack' tour – his first tour for four years. He whirls around the stage at a rapid pace, and you're Mack’s the kind of comic you can take the whole family to see – your kids, your nan, your weird creepy uncle… – and they’ll all have a laff.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Liam Williams – Capitalism

  • Critics choice

Punters were queuing for over an hour at the Edinburgh Fringe to catch Liam Williams’s pessimistic (and free!) stand-up show, which deservedly bagged him a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. ‘Capitalism’ is an erudite, eloquent hour about Generation Y angst in which the 26-year-old comic (who was also nominated for Best Newcomer in 2013) skilfully picks apart his own depression and contradicting personalities. He's been called 'the voice of a generation' by most of the broadsheets. You should definitely see what all the fuss is about.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Nov 8
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The Comedy Store audience

The Comedy Store audience © Comedy Store

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 Oct 22 - Sun Nov 30
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Simon Amstell – To Be Free

Since ditching the bitchy world of pop music-based telly shows, Simon Amstell has made a stand-up career out of angst. He’s the epitome of melancholy, delving into his personal pit of poignancy so that we may laugh at his pain. He's dark, challenging and sensitive all at the same time and, above that, incredibly funny. He's kicking off his fourth world tour, 'To Be Free', in London at the Leicester Square Theatre, and later coming to the Shepherd's Bush Empire.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Thu Mar 26 - Fri Mar 27
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The Saturday Night Show

Super-cool comedy company The Invisible Dot grabs a piece of the lucrative Saturday night stand-up market, offering leftfield line-ups for a tenner. See the date below for each bill.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Dec 13
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Comedy Store

There’s no doubt about it, the Comedy Store is the daddy of all comedy clubs, and what most other gigs strive to be. Seemingly as old as London itself, the club has been instrumental in the growth of alternative comedy, and still to this day hosts stunning shows most nights of the week. At weekends they host conservative stand-up shows, with circuit stalwarts performing their tried-and-tested sets. See below for the latest line-ups. Check out our guide to the Comedy Store.

  1. Comedy Store 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sat Nov 29
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Piccadilly Comedy Club

This central London club, at the newly renovated Comedy Pub, always features good, solid line-ups for some weekend giggles every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. For the latest line-ups see the dates below.

  1. Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sun Feb 15
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The Hidden Gems of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

  • Critics choice

Alexis Dubus – the comic behind suave, French character act Marcel Lucont – has curated this four-day mini-fest celebrating some ace (and often weirdo) comedy shows that were overlooked at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. There are two shows each day, priced at £5 each or £8 for a double-bill. Acts performing include Chippenham storyteller Wil Hodgson, extreme absurdist Michael Brunström, passionate political comic Chris Coltrane and goofball character comic Mat Ewins. Check the dates below for the full line-up.

  1. Prince of Wales 467-469 Brixton Rd, SW9 8HH
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Thu Oct 23
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