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!
- Critics choice
The iconoclast comedian is back with a three-month residency at his chosen venue, the Leicester Square Theatre. His last run at this venue sold enough tickets to fill the O2 arena for multiple nights. Much-a-Stew About Nothing sees Lee testing ideas for his 2014 TV series. But, as this is Stewart Lee, don't expect these new routines to be messy and joke-less, even with new material Lee's always spectacularly funny. Read our review of 'Stewart Lee – Much-a-Stew About Nothing'
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.
- Rated as: 3/5
You can take the Dame out of the panto, but you can’t take the panto out of the Dame… Two years ago, Dame Edna Everage – the purple-bouffanted character creation of Barry Humphries – was starring in ‘Dick Whittington’ at the New Wimbledon Theatre. This Christmas, she’s upgraded to the London Palladium, but ‘Eat, Pray, Laugh’ is panto-esque in its own right, albeit aimed at a more mature audience. Of course, this is Humphries’s winning formula, and why change it now? After nearly 60 years in show business, the 79-year-old Melbourne-born satirist is calling it quits, bidding farewell to his beloved character creations in this two-and-a-half-hour onslaught of groan-worthy gags, audience participation and ultra-camp glitziness. The first half is dominated by the boorish, chaotic and unapologetically un-PC Sir Les Patterson. The former cultural attaché now fancies himself as a celebrity chef, but you wouldn’t want to taste his culinary creations… Or be within 10 feet of the man. Those in the front few rows are in the ‘splash zone’, failing to dodge Patterson’s drool and spittle flying towards them. Following gusts of flatulence jokes and OTT xenophobia, Les’s ordained, morally dubious brother Gerald makes a (thankfully brief) appearance, before the ghost of OAP Sandy Stone comments on his own passing. The laughs pick up in the second half, which is wisely given over entirely to Dame Edna. Humphries’s biting wit is on fine form as the scathing self-obsessive berates audience member
Start the new year with a good hearty laugh at this award-winning comedy club. Tonight's celebratory bill includes circuit legend Ian Stone, Markus Birdman, Chris McCausland and Foster's Best Newcomer nominee Romesh Ranganathan. Follow up the laughs with a boogie on the dancefloor.
New Year's Eve fun and frolics at the Comedy Cellar, from suave Frenchman and 'Live at the Electric' star Marcel Lucont, Ava Vidal, Rob Carter, Nike Copping and regular MC Mike Belgrave. The price includes entry to the Love Candy nightclub till 6am.
Charming host Chris Coltrane MCs this very friendly political comedy/new material night. Lolitics focuses as much on the 'lols' as the 'politics', with acts performing sets that are rarely preachy and just plain funny. For this month's line-up see the dates below.
- Critics choice
Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe The triumphant winner of the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award, Bridget Christie thoroughly deserved to win the gong for this intelligent, passionate and beautifully silly show attacking everyday sexism – it's her best yet. The title, 'A Bic for Her', comes from a real product released by the ballpoint pen manufacturers aimed at the female market – because, as we all know, women have long struggled with the masculinity of standard biros, right? This sparks an hour that stays on point (no pun intended) throughout, with Christie smartly touching on more serious forms of misogyny without ever losing the light, silly tone of the show. It's not only an hour packed full of elegant, surreal and self-aware jokes, it has heart and integrity to boot, and a strong message. Don't miss. Part of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards winner and nominees season.
There are plenty of space-themed puns in the marketing blurb for John Bishop's 'Supersonic' tour, including 'Ground control to Major John' and 'Set the controls for the heart of fun'. But the Liverpudlian powerhouse's latest show is more likely to be about life-affirming everyman observations than the cosmos. As part of his huge UK tour, he's landing at Wembley Arena in November 2014.
This central London club, at the newly renovated Comedy Pub, always features good, solid line-ups for some weekend giggles every Friday and Saturday night. For the latest line-ups see the dates below.
Bob up and down gently while crying tears of laughter on the only comedy club held on a paddle steamer permanently moored on the Thames. See the dates below for each line-up.
- Rated as: 4/5
Space, parenthood, feminism and more 'shouty bollocks' from the superb Canadian absurdist
'Tis the season to be jolly, so why not treat yourself to a festive-themed comedy gig?
What better way to welcome the New Year than with a good old laugh?
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