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!
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London, prepare to be kicked hard in the baubles, as the thrillingly unpredictable Nick Helm hits the capital with a festive treat. The BBC Three star's 'Merry Christmas Motherf**kers!' is bound to be as much about gravel-voiced classic rock tunes as it is about tinsel and Jesus, and it'll be a riot either way. These tickets will go like hot mince pies.
The traditional and infamous stand-up show which drags you into the New Year kicking and screaming with a fun line-up which includes MC Stephen Grant introducing Prince Abdi, hyperactive Kiwi comic Jarred Christmas, permanently pissed-off misanthrope Romesh Ranganathan, Pete Johansson, improv troupe The Noise Next Door and a special guest. Plus aftershow club till the wee hours.
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.
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Innovative and very funny sketch troupe Sheeps – made up of Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts – are back again with their annual Festive Bash. Well, bashes, plural, as they're playing a five-night stint at the Invisible Dot. Expect plenty of merry amusement and special guests (check below for the line-ups).
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.
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Everyone's favourite dreamy-eyed sciencist, Professor Brian Cox, and superb, erudite comedian Robin Ince join forces for their annual Christmas blow-out at the Hammersmith Apollo. The pair are co-hosts of Radio 4's 'Infinite Monkey Cage', and these live shows will be similar, but with more of a variety feel, bringing together an array of scientific minds, stand-ups and musicians.
Most comedy clubs (and, well, anything else open on December 31) whack their prices up for NYE. But it's still free here at Angel Comedy. Sunil Patel, Masud Milas, Nick Elleray and Barry Ferns are among the acts bringing in 2015.
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.
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