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. Fri Aug 22 - Sun Sep 28
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Camden Fringe: Tasty Combo Go to Hell!

  • Critics choice

Following a hit run at last year's Camden Fringe, promising sketch quintet Tasty Combo are back with more sharp-witted skits. They're a talented bunch, weaving neat pop-culture references into their silly skits.

  1. Camden Head 100 Camden High St, NW1 0LU
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sun Aug 24
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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. Fri Aug 22 - Sat Sep 6
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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. Sun Aug 24 - Sun Sep 7
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Simon Evans – Leashed

  • Critics choice

Slick, super-sharp wit from this 'Live at the Apollo' star who brings his hit show from last year's Edinburgh Fringe to Soho. Evans has a new family dog, and uses this as a neat hook to veer off into bone-dry jokes on topics including family life, living in Hove and middle-class woes.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sat Aug 23
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An Evening with Noel Fielding – Work-in-Progress

Hoxton-haired half of the Mighty Boosh, Noel Fielding, warm-ups up for his massive UK tour with a string of low-key dates in London. Imagine that!

  1. Jacksons Lane Archway Road, Highgate, N6 5AA
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sat Aug 23
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Cardinal Burns

About bloody time! Exciting sketch comedy duo Cardinal Burns – longtime circuit favourites and now stars of their own brilliantly funny, British Comedy Award-winning Channel 4 series – set out on their first live tour. Londoners are treated to a full two-week run at the Soho Theatre. Expect silly, slightly perverse sketches and subtle, worryingly believable performances. Dustin Demri-Burns and Seb Cardinal are mighty talented.

  1. National Maritime Museum Romney Rd, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
  2. Mon Sep 8 - Sat Sep 27
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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. The Comedy Pub Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sat Sep 27
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Dave Gorman's Screen Guild

Dave Gorman, his laptop and a big screen curate this monthly mixed bill of comedy. He'll be picking the guests himself as well as trying out material aided by his trademark powerpoint projections, ahead of his big UK tour, 'Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point* (*The Powerpoint).

  1. Hackney Attic Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE
  2. Thu Aug 28
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Comedy Carnival

Comedy Carnival, in the West End, takes place every Friday and Saturday night with line-ups of circuit regulars, and various drink and show packages are available. For the latest bills check each date below.

  1. Bar Rumba Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 7EP
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sat Oct 4
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