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!


The Phoenix Fringe

  • Critics choice

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.

  1. The Phoenix Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Sat Aug 9
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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 Aug 2 - Sun Aug 31
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Stewart Lee – A Room With a Stew

The iconoclast comedian is back with a month-long residency at his regular venue. Lee's sold as many tickets at the Leicester Square Theatre to fill the O2 arena for multiple nights. 'A Room With a Stew' sees the influential comic testing ideas for the fourth series of 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'. But, as this is Stewart Lee, don't expect these new routines to be messy and joke-less, even when testing new material Lee is always spectacularly funny.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Mon Jan 5 - Sat Jan 31
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Found Footage Festival

  • Critics choice

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.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Sat Aug 2
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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 Aug 2 - Sat Sep 6
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Anthony Jeselnik

  • 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.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Bill Bailey Unplugged

  • Critics choice

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'.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Fri Aug 8 - Sat Aug 16
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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. Wed Aug 6 - Sun Sep 7
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Dave Hughes – Pointless

No-nonsense stand-up Dave Hughes is a household name in his homecountry of Australia. Expect the Aussies to be flocking to the Soho Theatre to catch his pithy jokes.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Sat Aug 16
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The Good Ship Comedy Club

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.

  1. The Good Ship Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR
  2. Mon Aug 4 - Mon Sep 22
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