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!
Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Made up of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, they're all hugely talented performers, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking along. Tremendous fun.Read more
London lad Rob Beckett has quickly become part of the comedy mainstream, popping up on Live at the Apollo and various panel shows with his unmistakable toothy grin. He's developed into a hugely accomplished stand-up and will play his biggest show yet in 2017, at Hammersmith Apollo. Expect the usual mix of cheeky stories and witty observations.Read more
Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin has long been a favourite on the UK comedy circuit, and is a regular on the 'Royal Variety Show'. But now he's a full-blown US star, having won 'America's Got Talent' last year, and performing headline shows in glitzy Las Vegas. In his new show, 'Spongefinger', he'll probably be joined by his usual sponge sidekicks Sam, OAP Albert and Baby for a slick hour of slick, sharp gags.Read more
Unlike most ’70s rock bands, not many comedians can play a 'greatest hits' tour. But sharp, edgy one-liner merchant Jimmy Carr has such a back-catalogue of gags he's packaging his funniest joke together for these 'best of' dates. The TV regular is one of the hardest working comedians in the country: constantly touring, always writing and somehow finding the time to host all those things on telly, like '8 Out of 10 Cats' and 'The Big Fat Quiz of the Year'. Plus, his blocked-drain laugh is recognisable from a mile away.Read more
The Bonzos have been around in various forms since the early ’60s, but properly started to gain a following in 1968 when they appeared weekly on ITV’s ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’. They mix psychedelic pop, rock and trad jazz, but they’re best known for their daft, surreal humour. Don’t be surpised if some special guest vocalists join the party tonight as the Bonzos celebrate 50 years, with original members Neil Innes, Rodney Slater, Sam Spoons, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell and Bob Kerr back together on stage for this massive birthday gig. Support comes from Innes’s Beatles parodists The Rutles.Read more
No doubt magic has come a long way since the days when Copperfield and Daniels were household names, but there’s little in the way of supporting evidence in this behind-the-times hodgepodge of spectacle and trickery. That’s not to say returning West End extravaganza ‘Impossible’ doesn’t have its ‘wow’ moments, just that the familiar-feeling routines played out by its line-up of wise-cracking men and mostly silent women don’t deliver much you won’t have seen before. The format has been adjusted for modern attention spans, at least – seven performers share the stage, whose acts range in tone drastically, with no cohesive theme uniting them. One minute whimsical, Derren Brown-ish mentalist Chris Cox is making dodgy knob gags (in between some impressive mind-reading stunts), the next daredevil Jonathan Goodwin is hanging upside down in a flaming strait-jacket. Easily the weakest link is ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner Lance Corporal Richard Jones, whose close-up card tricks may work on Saturday-night TV, but in a West-End stage show simply get dwarfed among the bigger, flashier set-pieces. Recognisable though his face may presumably be, his presence feels clumsily tacked-on. Still, though the format is clunky and the tricks well-worn, the fact remains that if you’re not somehow awed, impressed or at least surprised by the sight of a blindfolded man crossbow-ing balloons off of someone’s head, or a terrified volunteer being apparently teleported across stage, you’ve presumably beRead more