The most popular comedy shows in London
See the ten hottest shows on the London comedy circuit
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 (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.
Frantic, rubber-faced comic Lee Evans brings his biggest tour to date, Monster, to the O2 and Wembley arenas. His last show, Roadrunner, was the fastest-selling comedy tour at the time, with 227,424 tickets sold in just one day. This time he's upping the ante and playing to more people than ever. Fans can expect heaps of manic, sweaty energy and acute observations from this record-breaking comedy superstar. Read our review of 'Lee Evans – Monster'
This interactive, promenade variety night takes over a Victorian cemetery at a secret location in zone 2 (apparently 30 minutes from London Bridge). Wander around the graveyard and you'll find stand-up from iconoclast comedian Stewart Lee, shadow puppetry from Matthew Robins, musician Nigel of Bermondsey, the British Humanist Choir and Henry Maynard. Plus tea, cake and hot alcoholic drinks provided by the WI. Should be a memorable evening.
- Critics choice
Perennial punk poet Clarke delivers his hilarious but dark and deadpan, socio-political, quickfire verse. He'll be rattling at top speed through all-time greats including 'Evidently Chickentown', 'Things are Gonna Get Worse', 'I Married a Monster from Outer Space' and more.
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.
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.
- Critics choice
John Kearns, 2014's triumphant winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award, brings his superb, gong-bagging show 'Shtick' to Soho Theatre for a month-long run. A four-week victory lap, if you will. His show last year, 'Sight Gags for Perverts', won Best Newcomer at the 2013 Foster's Awards. Now Kearns is the first ever act to win the main prize the following year. In 'Shtick', the 27-year-old comic explains how winning 2013's award changed his life, and that his snaggly false-teeth wearing 'character' is now 'a joke that got out of hand'. Despite the wig and dentures, though, this is the real Kearns expressing his wonderfully offbeat feelings behind the safety blanket of his 'costume'. It's unique, superbly constructed stand-up that's more accessible than you'd think. Read our review from the Edinburgh Fringe Read our interview with John Kearns after he won Best Newcomer
Comedy Carnival, in the West End, takes place every Friday and Saturday night with line-ups of circuit regulars, and various drink and show packages are available. For the latest bills check each date below.
This central London club, at the newly renovated Comedy Pub, always features good, solid line-ups for some weekend giggles every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. For the latest line-ups see the dates below.
- Critics choice
Feelgood comic Luisa Omielan is back with another sass-filled comedy hour. Omielan's previous show, 'What Would Beyoncé Do?' sold out multiple runs at the Soho Theatre and has been a huge hit in the US too. 'Am I Right Ladies?' is a feisty, confident stand-up show with heart, and is bound to be another sell-out success. Come for the comedy, stay for the party.
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