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 five days a week (with a voluntary donation at the end, of course) and a tenner at the weekend. 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, check the 'dates and times' tab.Read more
Just before the biggest arts festival in the world kicks off in Scotland a bunch of comics workshop their new shows here, aboard the Cutty Sark. Throughout the week you can catch Josh Widdicombe, Romesh Ranganathan, Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe and many more. Check 'dates and times' for the full line-ups.Read more
At this semi-regular gig there's a mix of sketch, musical comics, character acts and straight stand-up, and the line-ups are generally great quality. In June and July it's Edinburgh Fringe preview season, with double-bills of work-in-progress shows. For details of who's on when, check the 'dates and times' tab.Read more
The USA's Arj Barker – best known for his role as Dave in 'Flight of the Conchords' – pays London a welcome visit; his first trip in five years. Barker was last in our city support Bret and Jemaine on their Conchords dates at the Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena. This time he's playing solo shows at the far more intimate Soho Theatre. Expect stoner views, absurdist observations and plenty of very funny anecdotes.Read more
The Phoenix Fringe – now in its third year –is back with another mightily impressive line-up. Usually this festival is a London alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe, but as the Scottish fest starts quite late this year the Phoenix is hosting lots of Edinburgh previews from the likes of Hal Cruttenden, Nish Kumar, Andrew Maxwell and Aisling Bea. Plus there are work-in-progress shows from Ardal O'Hanlon, Nick Helm, Richard Herring, Shappi Khorsandi and loads more. Every show is £10 (or £8 in advance), or a day ticket gives you access to three shows is £20. Check 'dates and times' for the full schedule.Read more
This small, no-frills basement club in Covent Garden offers mixed line-ups of established circuit comics and newer acts, work-in-progress shows and improv troupes. Top price tickets, on a Saturday, are just a tenner, and lots of shows are only £1 entry or nothing at all. See 'dates and times' for the full line-ups.Read more
This central London club at the Comedy Pub always features impressive line-ups mixing circuit stalwarts with talented rising stars. With three to five shows a week, and tickets at £10 max in advance, it's very good value indeed. Check 'dates and times' for the latest line-ups.Read more