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.
This six-week arts festival returns to the vaults underneath Waterloo station this year with a tantalising line up of music, theatre, club nights and more. Heritage Arts Company provide a eclectic mix of performances, which include Filter Theatre's 'Macbeth', 'True Brits' by Vinay Patel and a host of nights from Nest Collective, who stage weekly free acoustic breakthrough acts. Over 500 events make up the bustling festival, which are given added edge by the atmospheric, sprawling Vaults. Dates, times and prices vary.
- Critics choice
The iconoclast comedian is back with a month-long residency at his regular venue. Lee's sold as many tickets at the Leicester Square Theatre to fill the O2 arena for multiple nights. 'A Room With a Stew' sees the influential comic testing ideas for the fourth series of 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'. But, as this is Stewart Lee, don't expect these new routines to be messy and joke-less, even when testing new material Lee is always spectacularly funny.
Superb American physical comedy duo the Pajama Men back in London, with a seemingly out-of-nowhere new show. Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen are the PJ Men, and the pair play every single role in their nonsensical adventure-story shows, seamlessly moving from one character to another. Saturday night's shows are being filmed for a new special, 'Pajama Men: Live at Soho Theatre'.
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.
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.
- Critics choice
Young American comic Alex Edelman won over pretty much everyone at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe with his confident delivery, smart jokes and stories of brilliantly pedantic arguments. The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards judges loved him, and awarded the New York- and Boston-raised comic Best Newcomer. 'Millennial' is an assured debut – it focuses on how well Edelman represents his Generation Y peers and is full of killer over filler material. He undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe
- Critics choice
Josie Long has spent three years shrugging off her reputation as the queen of quirk with a trilogy of passionate, angry but ultimately optimistic political shows. It’s done her good, too – two of them received Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations. Well, she’s changed tack again. ‘Cara Josephine’ is a heartfelt, introspective piece of stand-up about break-ups, family and romantic ideals. It’s her most personal show yet, and it’s another feelgood triumph. And don’t worry, Nick Clegg still gets a kicking. The show was officially the best reviewed comedy offering at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, and now Long’s bringing ‘Cara Josephine’ back to London.
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.
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.
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