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. Sat Apr 19 - 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. Sat Apr 19 - 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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Tony Law – Nonsense Overdrive

  • Critics choice

Time Out's favourite surrealist, Mr Tony Law, has already sold out a five-week run at the Soho Theatre, and now he's landing at the Udderbelly for five nights. This nuts-o Canadian comic is one of the finest and funniest stand-ups around, telling absurd stories, performing silly jokes and constantly deconstructing his own comedy. He's totally unpretentious too (unlike many surrealist acts) – he seems as baffled by his own lunacy as his audience is. Tony's quickly gaining a huge cult following, so snap up tickets soon if you don't want to miss out.

  1. Udderbelly Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Comedy Club 4 Kids

  • Critics choice

Top quality comedy for children over the age of six, their parents and anybody who likes humour without the rude words, featuring some of the circuit's best talent performing child-friendly sets.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Seann Walsh – The Lie-In King

  • Critics choice

Wild-haired stand-up Seann Walsh – star of 'Stand Up for the Week' and 'Live at the Apollo' – received a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for his solo show about, well, being lazy. He's matured (so to speak) into a talented observational comic, extracting big laughs from material about ordering takeaway, 24-hour off licenses and drinking. Boy oh boy, there's a lot of boozing material. Part of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards season at Soho Theatre

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Sat Apr 19
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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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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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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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