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, check the 'dates and times' tab.Read more
As any arts-lover knows, Battersea Arts Centre was severely fire-damaged recently – a whole third of the building is now unusable, including the beautiful Grand Hall. This benefit gig at the Southbank Centre is raising money to help BAC get back on track, and features a spectacular line-up of comedy, music and theatre. As well as sets from British comedy greats Stewart Lee, Arthur Smith, Tim Key and Bridget Christie, there's a rare spot from Mackenzie Crook, who hasn't performed live comedy since his pre-Gareth days. Plus Perrier Award-winner Will Adamsdale revives his Jackson's Way character, theatrical performances from Toby Jones, Lemn Sissay and Forced Entertainment, and music from the BAC Beatbox Academy, Kneehigh Band, and songs from Stewart Lee's 'Jerry Springer the Opera'.Read more
In-ya-face Aussie stand-up Brendon Burns has been on the circuit for more than two decades. In that time, he's gained a large, loyal fanbase, bagged the Edinburgh Comedy Award and performed to thousands of comedy club crowds. Well, he's sick of it. He's dismayed with the UK's live comedy circuit, and this 'Outside the Box' tour sees the hardcore comic playing lots of strange venues – anything but comedy clubs. That way, punters who want to see him will find him, rather than Burns trying to win over drunken Friday night crowds. The tour's taken him to cinemas, tea shops, libraries and a burrito bar. In London, though, Burns is playing the most hipster venue in town: Brick Lane's Cereal Killer Cafe.Read more
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 sixth year. Expect filthy stand-ups, gross-out circus performers, glitzy cabaret acts and pretty much everything in between. As Missy Elliot would say: get your freak on.Read more
This weekly show near Oxford Circus hosts leading comedians – including huge-name stand-ups, circuit regulars and the best newcomers – testing new material. The line-ups are always excellent, and often feature TV names dropping by at the last minute. Check the dates for the latest bunch of headliners.Read more
This central London club at the Comedy Pub always features impressive line-ups mixing circuit stalwarts with talented rising stars. With three to five shows a week, and tickets at £10 max in advance, it's very good value indeed. Check 'dates and times' for the latest line-ups.Read 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.Read more