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!
Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Made up of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, they're all hugely talented performers, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking along. Tremendous fun.
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 'dates and times' for the latest bills. Check out our guide to the Comedy Store.
London lad Rob Beckett has quickly become part of the comedy mainstream, popping up on Live at the Apollo and various panel shows with his unmistakable toothy grin. He's developed into a hugely accomplished stand-up and will play his biggest show yet in 2017, at Hammersmith Apollo. Expect the usual mix of cheeky stories and witty observations.
Unlike most ’70s rock bands, not many comedians can play a 'greatest hits' tour. But sharp, edgy one-liner merchant Jimmy Carr has such a back-catalogue of gags he's packaging his funniest joke together for these 'best of' dates. The TV regular is one of the hardest working comedians in the country: constantly touring, always writing and somehow finding the time to host all those things on telly, like '8 Out of 10 Cats' and 'The Big Fat Quiz of the Year'. Plus, his blocked-drain laugh is recognisable from a mile away.
Festival of the Spoken Nerd, an unashamedly geeky celebration of comedy, science, maths, music and experiments, is very much a fixture on the London scene these days. So much so that stand-up mathematician (yes, they exist!) Matt Parker, musician Helen Arney and experiments guy Steve Mould are presenting a greatest hits package over ten nights at Soho Theatre. Hands up who likes graphs?
The title of Katy Brand's show says it all: ‘I Was a Teenage Christian’. The comic, a fitful presence on the telly since the mid-2000s ('Katy Brand's Big Ass Show', 'Peep Show'), spills the beans on her teenage years as a fundamentalist Christian – an entirely self-imposed conversion. Thankfully for us, in the end, the charming Brand swapped the holy light for the spotlight and a career in comedy. Praise the lord!
Can you believe Al Murray has now spent 20 years as one of the finest comedy character creations in the country, the Pub Landlord? After battling Farage in South Thanet, Murray's headlng to the Royal Albert Hall with his new show, 'Let's Go Backwards Together'. The Pub Landlord's a national treasure, and one never short of an opinion of topical issues, so expect some gags on the Brexit fall-out. And remember, punters: please take your glasses back to the bar…
Chris Gethard has enjoyed success Stateside with his subversive talk show The Chris Gethard Show and bit-parts in ‘Broad City’, ‘The Office’ and ‘Parks and Rec’. But was still very much an unknown quantity in the UK until he brought this brave solo show to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, where it enjoyed excellent reviews. Co-produced by comedy heavyweight Judd Apatow, ‘Career Suicide’ sees the US improv veteran explore his see-sawing mental health (touching on depression, alcoholism and suicide), in a frank, funny and moving show.