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!


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 Oct 25 - Sun Nov 30
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Rubberbandits – Continental Fistfight

  • Critics choice

The Limerick-based plastic-bag wearing musical comedy duo – responsible for YouTube sensation 'Horse Outside' and Chortle Award winners in 2012 – return to Soho Theatre with their latest show, 'Continental Fistfight'. Of course, the Bandits don't describe themselves as musical comedy at all, they reckon they're 'hardcore gangsta rap'. Go see them and decide for yourselves. Expect a bunch of high-energy new songs – including the ridiculously good 'Dad's Best Friend' – and some of their greatest hits. Read our review of the Rubberbandits's 'Continental Fistfight' Watch the Rubberbandits’s ‘Dad’s Best Friend’ music video:

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Oct 26
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Lee Mack – Hit the Road Mack

Super-slick, fast-paced nonsense from Lee Mack, the star of his own sitcom 'Not Going Out' and BBC's 'Would I Lie To You?', as he plays the Hammersmith Apollo as part of his 'Hit the Road Mack' tour – his first tour for four years. He whirls around the stage at a rapid pace, and you're Mack’s the kind of comic you can take the whole family to see – your kids, your nan, your weird creepy uncle… – and they’ll all have a laff.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Liam Williams – Capitalism

  • Critics choice

Punters were queuing for over an hour at the Edinburgh Fringe to catch Liam Williams’s pessimistic (and free!) stand-up show, which deservedly bagged him a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. ‘Capitalism’ is an erudite, eloquent hour about Generation Y angst in which the 26-year-old comic (who was also nominated for Best Newcomer in 2013) skilfully picks apart his own depression and contradicting personalities. He's been called 'the voice of a generation' by most of the broadsheets. You should definitely see what all the fuss is about.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Nov 8
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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 Oct 26 - Sun Nov 30
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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 Oct 25 - Sat Dec 13
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Bush Hall Presents

Bush Hall Presents

Bush Hall presents...

  • Critics choice

Every so often the Show and Tell team take over this beautiful music venue in Shepherd’s Bush with intelligent, all-headline bills featuring some of the most erudite comics in the land. Check the dates below for the impressive line-ups.

  1. Bush Hall Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ
  2. Fri Nov 7
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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 Oct 25 - Sat Nov 29
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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. Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Feb 15
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Tickled Pig

The ace Tickled Pig team mix established pros with newer stand-ups and character acts. Check the dates below for the full line-ups.

  1. Old Red Lion Theatre 418 St John St, EC1V 4NJ
  2. Sun Nov 2 - Fri Dec 5
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