The most popular comedy shows in London
See the ten hottest shows on the London comedy circuit
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, see the dates below.
Following a few ups and downs last year, the superb Greenwich Comedy Festival (possibly our favourite London comedy fest) is back with a bang for 2014, setting up camp in the grounds of the beautiful National Maritime Museum. Spectacular all-headline bills in the big- and little-top tents take place throughout the week, with names including Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon, Milton Jones, Stewart Francis, David O’Doherty, Nina Conti and many more heading to SE10. Check the dates below for the full list of acts.
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.
Frantic, rubber-faced comic Lee Evans brings his biggest tour to date, Monster, to the O2 and Wembley arenas. His last show, Roadrunner, was the fastest-selling comedy tour at the time, with 227,424 tickets sold in just one day. This time he's upping the ante and playing to more people than ever. Fans can expect heaps of manic, sweaty energy and acute observations from this record-breaking comedy superstar.
Two comedians lead this walking tour of the South Bank. Expect improvised comedy and a distinctly lackadaisical approach to the truth in a somewhat skewed look at the history of our fair city. The tour meets weekly on the steps in front of St Paul's Cathedral and booking ahead is recommended. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes – and to take everything you hear with a pinch of salt. See more walks and tours in the capital
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.
US talent Aziz Ansari returns to London after (nearly) selling out the Hammersmith Apollo last year. He's the co-creator of MTV's excellent 'Human Giant', and star of the best-sitcom-on-TV-right-now 'Parks and Recreation', but Ansari's is at his best live on stage. The South Carolina-born comic is a masterful stand-up – his shows are high-energy, feelgood fun, and sublimely funny. Ansari's already taken this tour to arenas across the States, including New York's Madison Square Garden, so this London dates is a relatively intimate gig. But, more importantly, we wonder what delicious grub the food-loving comic will be sampling on his London visit? Read our interview with Aziz Ansari
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.
- Critics choice
Perennial punk poet Clarke delivers his hilarious but dark and deadpan, socio-political, quickfire verse. He'll be rattling at top speed through all-time greats including 'Evidently Chickentown', 'Things are Gonna Get Worse', 'I Married a Monster from Outer Space' and more.
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