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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
For the first time ever, Marc Wootton brings his psychic character creation, Shirely Ghostman, to the stage. In this Halloween 'Spooktacular', Ghostman promises to contact the dead… live! Wootton's show, 'High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman' only lasted one series on BBC Three, despite being very well received. It's nice to see the character back for a Halloween bash. He's dying to meet you.Read more
The Bonzos have been around in various forms since the early ’60s, but properly started to gain a following in 1968 when they appeared weekly on ITV’s ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’. They mix psychedelic pop, rock and trad jazz, but they’re best known for their daft, surreal humour. Don’t be surpised if some special guest vocalists join the party tonight as the Bonzos celebrate 50 years, with original members Neil Innes, Rodney Slater, Sam Spoons, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell and Bob Kerr back together on stage for this massive birthday gig. Support comes from Innes’s Beatles parodists The Rutles.Read more
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…Read more
The legend returns! (again) The Big Yin himself, Billy Connolly, hit town earlier in the year with his 'High Horse Tour', and now he's back for a one-off date at Wembley Arena. Connolly's one of the all time greats of stand-up. Without him, modern comedy would look very different indeed. Even at the age of 72, the legendary Scot has a wild, manic energy, and is still capable of leaving you helpless with laughter.Read more