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 either 'Bad Film Nights' or 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 2 Camden Walk, N1 8DY
  2. Sun Apr 20 - Sun Jun 1
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Adam Buxton – Kernel Panic

  • Critics choice

The 'Adam' half of 'Adam & Joe' has been hosting brilliant fun music videos-based night Bug for yonks, but now he's going solo with a new tech-heavy solo show, which he's bringing back to London after a run at the Union Chapel. The show explores how we present ourselves in the internet age. Basically, Buxton + a laptop = brilliant buffoonery! These tickets will be snapped up super-quickly, so book soon. Read our interview with Adam Buxton

  1. Duchess Theatre 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Fri Apr 25
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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. Thu Apr 24 - Sat May 31
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Friday Night Freaks

Weirdos of London, unite! This late-night showcase of the most twisted, rude, shocking and just downright bizarre comedy and cabaret acts in town is back, for a fifth year. Hosted by award-winning musical duo EastEnd Cabaret, expect filthy stand-ups, gross-out circus performers, glitzy cabaret acts and pretty much everything in between. Regulars include Scott Capurro, Ria Lina, Javier Jarquin and more. As Missy Elliot would say: get ur [sic] freak on.

  1. London Wonderground Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Fri Sep 5
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Fancy Meeting You Here

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Dave Hill and Carl Arnheiter present unique tours of the British Museum and Tate Modern, with guest comedian guides helping to educate visitors along the way. Part museum tour, part cultural endeavour, part stand-up show. Guests for the British Museum tour are Lars Berrum, Maeve Higgins, Tom Meeten and Harry Deansway. And for the Tate Modern, Josie Long, Lars Berrum, Martin Beyer-Olson, Maeve Higgins, John Kearns and Tom Meeten join Dave and Carl. Email to reserve your place.

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sat Apr 26
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Rainer Hersch’s April Fools' Comedy Concert 2014

The British stand-up and pianist conducts an orchestra and chorus in an afternoon of musical comedy, featuring works such as JS Bach’s hitherto unknown ‘Mambo-Toccata’ and Queen’s ‘Bavarian Rhapsody’ (oompah rework). With special guest, comedian Rich Hall.

  1. Royal Festival Hall Belvedere Rd, South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Mon Apr 21
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Hear No Evil

  • Critics choice

Halls, Warm Brains, Gentlemen, Blueprint Blue, Great Ytene, Paradise, Cable Street Collective + more. How to make the most of your Bank Holiday Saturday? You could do a lot worse than head down to the London Fields Brewery arches, the site of this fundraising festival for the Macmillan cancer support charity. The music bill, which leans towards reverb-heavy psych-rock and pop, includes some of London's best young bands, and there's plenty of comedy and other fun stuff too. Oh, and because of the location, there'll be a fair amount of craft beer sloshing about.

  1. London Fields Brewery 365-366 Warburton St, E8 3RR
  2. Sat May 24 - Sun May 25
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Russell Howard – Wonderbox

  • Critics choice

Childlike comedy superstar Russell Howard rounds off his biggest ever tour – the much-hyped 'Wonderbox' – with a four-night stint at the Royal Albert Hall, plus a night each at Wembley and the O2. The former 'Mock The Week' regular is one of the friendliest comics around, moving from topic to topic with effortless ease, and loves to examine life's simple pleasures. Unless you've been living in a wifi-free cave, you'll know that his self-titled series 'Russell Howard's Good News' is wildly popular, pulling in millions of viewers and constantly ranking as the most watched programme on the BBC iPlayer. But Howard's most at home live on stage. He's a natural comedian, and a ruddy good one too. Read our review of Russell Howard's 'Wonderbox'

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Sun Dec 14
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Lewis Schaffer is Free Until Famous

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Brooklyn-born honorary Brit Lewis Schaffer has been performing his free, twice-weekly stand-up show in Soho for yonks. Well, we say ‘show’, actually the looser-than-loose structure and erratic audience interaction make it more of a strange group therapy session, where only one person is allowed to talk. Schaffer’s dry, acerbic style is exhilarating to watch. On most nights, his obtrusive, irony-heavy material soars. Occasionally it doesn’t, and the 56-year-old stand-up thrives on the awkwardness (if you’re like us, you’ll find that even funnier). Either way, it’s a bloody good laugh and unlike anything else on the comedy circuit. Go see Lewis Schaffer.

  1. The Source Below 11 Lower John St, W1F 9TY
  2. Tue Apr 22 - Wed Jul 23
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Channel 4's Comedy Gala

For a fifth consecutive year, big-name stand-ups in British comedy share the stage to help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital at this massive arena fundraiser. The all-star line-up is more or less the same as previous years (come on, guys, book some different acts?) and includes Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jo Brand, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross, Sean Lock, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges, Paul Chowdhry, Seann Walsh, Jason Manford, Jason Byrne and John Bishop.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Fri May 16
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