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 monthly show revives the original Comedy Store way of getting ineffective performers off the stage. Newish comics do their stuff until the gongmeister and executioner tells them to stop. If you haven't been yet, you must go. A great night out for all the wrong and right reasons. On September 29 the Gongmeister is Ian Stone. Check out our guide to 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.
- Critics choice
Cardinal Burns are longtime circuit favourites and stars of their own brilliantly funny British Comedy Award-winning Channel 4 series. Now they’re setting out on their first live tour (about bloody time!), and 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. Read Cardinal and Burns’s interviews with each other
The hugely talented and gregarious writer, actress and director Lena Dunam makes a rare appearance in the UK to launch her memoirs, 'Not That Kind of Girl – A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned'. The 28-year-old New Yorker is best known for her eccentric HBO series 'Girls', in which she stars as a neurotic 20-something who bares all – both emotionally and physically. Dunham will be in discussion with acclaimed columnist, author and Twitter superstar Caitlin Moran, who's a firm believer in 'oversharing'. This should be an entertaining, eye-opening night.
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.
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. If you can't get a ticket first time around, don't fret too much – we reckon many extra dates will be announced in due course.
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.
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.
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.
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