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!
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, check the 'dates and times' tab.Read more
Weirdos of London, unite! This late-night showcase of the most twisted, rude, shocking and just downright bizarre comedy and cabaret acts in town is back, for a sixth year. Expect filthy stand-ups, gross-out circus performers, glitzy cabaret acts and pretty much everything in between. As Missy Elliot would say: get your freak on.Read more
This weekly show near Oxford Circus hosts leading comedians – including huge-name stand-ups, circuit regulars and the best newcomers – testing new material. The line-ups are always excellent, and often feature TV names dropping by at the last minute. Check the dates for the latest bunch of headliners.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
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.Read more
This is a treat. Cult New York comedian Dave Hill was once a regular on the London circuit, but rarely makes it across the Atlantic these days. But now the 'This American Life' contributor is playing a five-night stint in this tiny Tufnell Park basement venue. Hill's a classy absurdist – he'll disarm the audience with his deadpan charm before taking them down a totally unexpected path. Unpredictable, sometimes unsettling and very funny indeed. There's also fantastic support from Aisling Bea (April 21), Nick Helm (22) and Harry Hill (23), with more acts to be announced.Read more
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 along. Tremendous fun.Read more