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.
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Screw the Edinburgh Fringe, London's got its own alternative. The Phoenix Fringe was a huge hit last year, and in 2014 it's back with an even more impressive line-up. Tons of comics – big names and small – are taking part, with every show just £10 (or £8 in advance), or a day ticket giving you access to three shows for £20. 2014's line-up includes Frankie Boyle, Al Murray, Nick Helm, Ed Byrne, Aisling Bea, Brian Gittins and so many more. See below for the full line-up.
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.
Well, he said he was quitting stand-up, for a while at least, but surreal comedy master Bill Bailey's obviously had second thoughts, adding a bunch of work-in-progress shows at the Leicester Square Theatre. A rare chance to see one of this country's finest comedy talents up close and 'unplugged'.
- Critics choice
Devilish Pittsburgh-born comic Anthony Jeselnik is a dark, deranged stand-up, telling smartly constructed near-the-knuckle jokes. In the States he's had his own Comedy Central series, 'The Jeselnik Offensive' (geddit?) which has landed him in trouble a bunch of times. You'll find yourself laughing at his so-wrong-they're-right jokes before you even get a chance to wince. Shockingly funny.
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This cult American showcase of odd and hysterical undiscovered videos is a hoot. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett introduce clips from their 20-year-old collection of VHS videos found at garage sales and thrift shops across the US. It's like sifting through YouTube for silly vids, but way funnier and far more bizarre. Here's a quick taster.
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.
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.
This Kilburn club has been running every week for yonks now, still bringing it top notch line-ups for just a fiver. For each line-up see the dates below.
This brash, confrontational and dangerously funny comic has just added a second Brixton date (July 31) due to popular demand. Jefferies's ability to both charm and offend the crowd in equal measure has gained him a hardcore audience, and having practically given up booze (well, on stage, at least), his shows are now far more consistent. His drunken anger when things aren't going well has gone, and so has (most) of the blatant misogyny. Now based Stateside, and with a second season of his own US series 'Legit' having just aired in the US, who knows when he'll be back in the country... book now or regret it later!
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