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 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. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Aug 31
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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. Fri Jul 25 - Sat Aug 30
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Hampstead Comedy Club – Free Fringe Previews

  • Free

This very friendly long-established club, run by sardonic comic-promoter Ivor Dembina, is hosting double-bills of Edinburgh Fringe previews through June and July. And they're all free (with a voluntary donation at the end, of course). Check the dates below for the full list of previews.

  1. Camden Head 100 Camden High St, NW1 0LU
  2. Sat Jul 26
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The Schadenfreude Cabaret

  • Free

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 pretty good. For details of who's on on which nights, check the dates below.

  1. The Harrison Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sat Jul 26
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Adam Riches – Work-in-Progress

The superbly silly Adam Riches is one of the finest character comics in the land. He won the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award back in 2010 for 'Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches' which was, undoubtedly, the funniest show at the festival, and now he's workshopping material here ahead of his 2014 Edinburgh Fringe run.

  1. The Invisible Dot Ltd Northdown St, N1 9BG
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Piccadilly Comedy Club

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.

  1. Comedy Pub 7 Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Fri Aug 1
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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. Sun Jul 27 - Sun Aug 31
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Michael McIntyre – Happy & Glorious

Fluffy-haired, baby-faced, observation machine Michael McIntyre hits the road once again with his next huge arena tour, 'Happy & Glorious'. Since breakthrough appearances on 'The Royal Variety Performance' and 'Live at the Apollo' the skipping stand-up has basically achieved (comedy) world domination: he's had his own stand-up and chat shows on BBC One, sells out massive tours in a matter of minutes and has spawned a million impressions by your mates down the pub. 'Happy & Glorious' settles in at the O2 and Wembley Arenas in October 2015. The shows on Oct 2 and 3 at the O2 are being recorded for DVD release.

  1. Wembley Arena Empire Way, HA9 0PA
  2. Thu Oct 1 - Sat Oct 24
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Greenwich Comedy Festival

Following a few ups and downs last year, the superb Greenwich Comedy Festival (possibly our favourite London comedy fest) is back with a bang for 2014, setting up camp in the grounds of the beautiful National Maritime Museum. Spectacular all-headline bills get the big- and little-top tents laughing throughout the week, with names including Ardal O’Hanlon, Milton Jones, Stewart Francis, David O’Doherty, Nina Conti and many more heading to SE10. Check the dates below for the full list of acts.

  1. National Maritime Museum Romney Rd, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sun Sep 28
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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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