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!


Sara Pascoe vs History

  • Critics choice

Sara Pascoe’s latest show focuses on big, complex ideas. But she’s a master at explaining them without any sense of superiority – she often undermines her own intelligence with a daft gag or silly pop culture reference. ‘Sara Pascoe vs History’ is her best, and most passionate, show yet. The 33-year-old comic shares frank, personal stories (some a bit too personal, her boyfriend would argue) to back up her weighty ideas, and she’s relentlessly witty.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sat Feb 21
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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. Sat Nov 29 - Tue Dec 30
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© Ed Moore

Nick Helm – Merry Christmas Motherf**kers!

London, prepare to be kicked hard in the baubles, as the thrillingly unpredictable Nick Helm hits the capital with a festive treat. The BBC Three star's 'Merry Christmas Motherf**kers!' is bound to be as much about gravel-voiced classic rock tunes as it is about tinsel and Jesus, and it'll be a riot either way. These tickets will go like hot mince pies.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Dec 8 - Sat Dec 20
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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 Nov 29 - Sat Jan 10
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A Christmas Tail – Weirdos Alternative Panto

What the Weirdos comedy collective's third annual alternative Christmas panto will involve, we just don't know. But we can pretty much guarantee it'll be stupidly fun, and it's all in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. The troupe's pantos are fast becoming a Christmas comedy tradition. The first two – a reinterpretation of the Disney classic 'Hook' and a strange story about Colonel Sanders – were wonderfully chaotic, and brought together a huge cast of bizarro comics. 2014's 'A Christmas Tail' will be no different, with a cast including (probably) Harriet Kemsley, Joz Norris, Katia Kvinge, Luke McQueen, Pat Cahill, Beth Vyse, Lindsay Sharman, Laurence Owen, Marny Godden, William Lee, Thomas Meek, Joe Davies, Mark Stephenson, Gareth Morinan, Liberty Hodes, Penny Matthews, Mark Dean Quinn, Phil Jarvis, Alwin Solanky, Charlie Miller, Chris Boyd, Michael Brunström, Mario D'Agostino and 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns. Weirdos boss Adam Larter has penned the play, with Matthew Highton taking on the director duties. That's all the info we have for now. We can't wait.

  1. Heroes Grotto of Comedy Throgmortons, 27c Throgmorton St, EC2N 2AQ
  2. Tue Dec 9 - Sat Dec 13
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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. Sat Nov 29
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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 Nov 30 - Sun Jan 11
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© Richard Davenport

Sam Simmons – Death of a Sails-Man

  • Critics choice

We love this madass Aussie surrealist – he's relentlessly silly. 'Death of a Sails-Man' bagged Sam Simmons his second Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, and Simmons's show was by far the most out-there on the nominees list. He plays Phil, a muesli salesman lost at sea on a windsurfing board. As the days pass his mind deteriorates and all manner of oddities and hallucinations take place. It’s ridiculously good fun, with Simmons often breaking character to critique his own ludicrous thoughts. Read our full review

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sat Dec 6
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© Pete Le May

The Saturday Night Show

Super-cool comedy company The Invisible Dot grabs a piece of the lucrative Saturday night stand-up market, offering leftfield line-ups for a tenner. See the date below for each bill.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sat Dec 13
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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 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Feb 15
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