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 either 'Bad Film Nights' or 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 2 Camden Walk, N1 8DY
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Jun 1
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Adam Buxton – Kernel Panic

  • Critics choice

The 'Adam' half of 'Adam & Joe' has been hosting brilliant fun music videos-based night Bug for yonks, but now he's going solo with a new tech-heavy solo show, which he's bringing back to London after a run at the Union Chapel. The show explores how we present ourselves in the internet age. Basically, Buxton + a laptop = brilliant buffoonery! These tickets will be snapped up super-quickly, so book soon. Read our interview with Adam Buxton

  1. Duchess Theatre 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Fri Apr 25
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Time Out Introduces

  • Critics choice

Who are the rising comedy stars we rate? Find out at this gig which sees a handful of ridiculously talented new(ish) stand-ups who have wowed Time Out over the last 12 months. Short spots from lots of comics plus one of our favourite MCs, Andrew Maxwell. For the full line-ups, check the dates below.

  1. Udderbelly Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Thu Jul 3
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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. Thu Apr 24 - Sat May 31
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Friday Night Freaks

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 fifth year. Hosted by award-winning musical duo EastEnd Cabaret, expect filthy stand-ups, gross-out circus performers, glitzy cabaret acts and pretty much everything in between. Regulars include Scott Capurro, Ria Lina, Javier Jarquin and more. As Missy Elliot would say: get ur [sic] freak on.

  1. London Wonderground Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Fri Sep 5
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Hear No Evil

  • Critics choice

Halls, Warm Brains, Gentlemen, Blueprint Blue, Great Ytene, Paradise, Cable Street Collective + more. How to make the most of your Bank Holiday Saturday? You could do a lot worse than head down to the London Fields Brewery arches, the site of this fundraising festival for the Macmillan cancer support charity. The music bill, which leans towards reverb-heavy psych-rock and pop, includes some of London's best young bands, and there's plenty of comedy and other fun stuff too. Oh, and because of the location, there'll be a fair amount of craft beer sloshing about.

  1. London Fields Brewery 365-366 Warburton St, E8 3RR
  2. Sat May 24 - Sun May 25
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Fancy Meeting You Here

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Dave Hill and Carl Arnheiter present unique tours of the British Museum and Tate Modern, with guest comedian guides helping to educate visitors along the way. Part museum tour, part cultural endeavour, part stand-up show. Guests for the British Museum tour are Lars Berrum, Maeve Higgins, Tom Meeten and Harry Deansway. And for the Tate Modern, Josie Long, Lars Berrum, Martin Beyer-Olson, Maeve Higgins, John Kearns and Tom Meeten join Dave and Carl. Email to reserve your place.

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sat Apr 26
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Katherine Ryan – Glam Role Model

  • Critics choice

Biting Canadian stand-up Katherine Ryan finds humour in the things in life than make us bitter, and now she's bringing her brand new solo show, 'Glam Role Model', to the Soho Theatre. Ryan's had a phenomenally successful couple of years, popping up regularly on the telly, from 'Mock the Week' to 'QI', '8 Out of 10 Cats' to 'Live at the Apollo'. Her latest solo show explores the murky world of glamour modelling. She's quickly becoming a hugely popular comic, so this could be your last chance to catch her in such an intimate venue.

  1. Artsdepot 5 Nether St, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Thu Nov 27
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Penn & Teller

  • Critics choice

Penn & Teller are two of the finest magicians working in the world, and have been for, well, decades now. Specialising in ingenious, often gory illusions and exposing frauds, they've been nominated for 13 Emmys, have appeared on everything from 'Letterman' to 'The Simpsons', and produced some of most astonishing and mind-baffling tricks ever created. Now the pair have become judges on ITV's 'Fool Us', they're bringing a version of their Vegas show to the Hammersmith Apollo, following a hugely successful run back in 2010. Don't miss this extremely rare chance to catch this hugely funny duo outside of Vegas.

  1. Hammersmith Apollo 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Wed Jun 18 - Sun Jun 22
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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 Apr 25 - Fri Aug 1
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