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!


Comedy Store - New Year's Eve Stand-Up Show

The traditional and infamous stand-up show which drags you into the New Year kicking and screaming with a fun line-up which includes MC Stephen Grant introducing Prince Abdi, hyperactive Kiwi comic Jarred Christmas, permanently pissed-off misanthrope Romesh Ranganathan, Pete Johansson, improv troupe The Noise Next Door and a special guest. Plus aftershow club till the wee hours.

  1. Comedy Store 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Wed Dec 31
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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. Mon Dec 22 - Tue Dec 30
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© Graham Whitmore

Stewart Lee – A Room With a Stew

  • 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.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Mon Jan 5 - Sat Jan 31
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Angel Comedy – New Year's Eve

  • Free

Most comedy clubs (and, well, anything else open on December 31) whack their prices up for NYE. But it's still free here at Angel Comedy. Sunil Patel, Masud Milas, Nick Elleray and Barry Ferns are among the acts bringing in 2015.

  1. Camden Head Camden Walk, Islington, N1 8DY
  2. Wed Dec 31
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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. Sun Dec 28 - Sun Jan 18
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Piccadilly Comedy Club – New Year's Eve

The PCC at the Comedy Pub celebrates the new year with two shows, featuring suave Frenchman Marcel Lucont, Nish Kumar, Alasdair Beckett-King and Mike Belgrave. Nik Coppin hosts the early show, and Paul Revill is MC for the later offering.

  1. The Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Wed Dec 31
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Ian Stone

Ian Stone

Amused Moose Piccadilly – New Year's Eve

Start the new year with a good hearty laugh at this award-winning comedy club, taking over a swanky Soho hotel. Tonight's celebratory bill includes circuit stalwart Ian Stone, sharp-witted Aussie comic Felicity Ward, Nick Revell and Chris McCausland. Follow up the laughs with a boogie on the dancefloor till late.

  1. Sanctum Soho Hotel 20 Warwick Street, W1B 5NF
  2. Wed Dec 31
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James Acaster – Recognise

  • Critics choice

James Acaster is a true Time Out fave. His blissfully funny understated stand-up sucks you into his minute, quizzical world where he picks apart seemingly insignificant details. 'Recognise' is his fourth solo show, and his third to bag a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. It's beautifully crafted, with Acaster posing as an undercover cop only performing stand-up because 'the gigs keep rolling in'. Superb stuff.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Tue Dec 23
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The 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. Sat Dec 27 - Sat Jan 17
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99 Club Leicester Square

This long-running West End club – the 99 Club team's biggest and most famous venue – regularly hosts good quality circuit stand-up line-ups, five or six nights a week. For info on tonight's acts, check the dates below.

  1. Storm Leicester Square, WC2H 7LE
  2. Tue Dec 23 - Tue Dec 30
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