The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of September’s must-see comedy shows in London

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There's an overwhelming number of comedy shows to choose from in London. Our advice? Buy tickets to any of the ten shows we recommend and you'll have a cracking time.

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The best comedy in London this September

  • The Alternative Comedy Trio

    Three of the funniest, most innovative left-field stand-ups – Canadian absurdist Tony Law, the eternally optimistic Josie Long and avant-garde comedy god Simon Munnery – join forces, performing extended sets in the West End. A cracking triple-headline bill.

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  • Frisky & Mannish – Just Too Much

    Frisky & Mannish – the reigning champions of pop revisionism – expertly mash-up chart hits in their latest show, 'Just Too Much'. Frisky, booming and brilliant on the mic, and Mannish, catty and deft at the keyboard, have long shown a keen ear for parody and pastiche as well as well-honed chemistry. Glitzy, hashtag-heavy fun.

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    Colin Hoult's Carnival of Monsters

    The master of macabre character comedy hits the Spiegeltent with more bizarro creations in one super-charged hour of dark comedy. Hoult's a superb performer – he's consistently creative and hugely funny.

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  • Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?

    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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    Magnus Betnér

    Swedish comedy superstar Magnus Betnér (he's a household name in his homecountry) makes a rare stop over in London, offering us a chance to catch his hard-hitting, dark and rather uninhibited stand-up. Betnér doesn't shy away from challenging subjects, but always offers smart, thought-provoking angles. He's definitely worth catching.

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    Kings Place Festival 2014

    It's not all classical music and spoken word at Kings Place. The venue's comedy line-up is getting stronger every year. 2014's Kings Place Festival features an impressive comedy bill, including shows from innovative character comic Joseph Morpurgo (pictured), internet-obsessed buffoon Adam Buxton and Tim Key and Tom Basden's chaotic two-hander, Freeze!

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    Cardinal Burns

    Cardinal Burns are longtime circuit favourites and stars of their own brilliantly funny British Comedy Award-winning Channel 4 series. Now they’re setting out on their first live tour (about bloody time!), and Londoners are treated to a full two-week run at the Soho Theatre. Expect silly, slightly perverse sketches and subtle, worryingly believable performances. Dustin Demri-Burns and Seb Cardinal are mighty talented.

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    Tig Notaro – Boyish Girl Interrupted

    Masterful US comedian Mathilde ‘Tig’ Notaro hit the comedy news headlines in 2012 after announcing on stage that she had breast cancer. The set was recorded and released as the album ‘Tig Notaro: Live’ via Louis CK’s website (he himself wrote ‘In my 27 years doing this I have seen a handful of truly masterful performances. One was Tig Notaro last night at the Largo’) and has since sold more than 100,000 copies. But if you’re thinking her stand-up’s going to be a depress-fest, never fear; Tig’s as uplifting as they come. Following a short run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year she’s finally making her London debut at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. If you don’t buy a ticket, you’re a fool.

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    Greenwich Comedy Festival

    Following a few ups and downs last year, the superb Greenwich Comedy Festival (possibly our favourite London comedy fest) is back with a bang for 2014, setting up camp in the grounds of the beautiful National Maritime Museum. Spectacular all-headline bills in the big- and little-top tents take place throughout the week, with names including Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon, Milton Jones, Stewart Francis, David O’Doherty, Nina Conti and many more heading to SE10.

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    John Kearns – Shtick

    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.

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The Alternative Comedy Trio

Three of the funniest, most innovative left-field stand-ups – Canadian absurdist Tony Law, the eternally optimistic Josie Long and avant-garde comedy god Simon Munnery – join forces, performing extended sets in the West End. A cracking triple-headline bill.

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4 comments
Cody
Cody

Go see Bo Burnham. 'What.' is pure entertainment.

Martin Besserman
Martin Besserman

The shows above all sound very inviting ,but so are all shows that the Monkey Business Comedy club puts on every Saturday night You are warmly welcome to have look at our website www.monkeybusinesscomedyclub.co.uk . to check out all the Award winning performers we have on .

Martin Besserman
Martin Besserman

The shows above sound all inviting ,but so are all shows that the Monkey Business Comedy club are putting on in April www.monkeybusinesscomedyclub.co.uk .You are warmly welcome to have look at our website .