There are 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.
Boosh fans, it's time to dig out those lightning bolt t-shirts you bought on the 2006 tour. Noel Fielding – the Hoxton-haired half of the Mighty Boosh; you know, the one with the pointy features – is back on tour with extra dates of his 'An Evening with Noel Fielding' show.
The surrealist comic's latest offering is a mix of stand-up, live animations, music and appearances from his character creations, including The Moon and Fantasy Man. Noel's brother, Mike Fielding (best known as 'Naboo' from the series) and long-time Boosh collaborator Tom Meeten also join Noel on stage for silly japes. It's a lot of fun.Read more
Massachusetts-born stand-up Jen Kirkman is back in London, after a great run in 2013. Across the Atlantic, Kirkman's known for her appearances on 'Chelsea Lately' (she was also a writer on the show), and lots of UK fans will know her as a regular contributor to Paul F Tompkins's podcast 'The Pod F Tompkast'.
She's an ace stand-up, meandering her way through stories and updates on her life with plenty of dry wit.Read more
Nina Conti’s BBC Four documentary ‘Her Master’s Voice’ earned her a Bafta-nom and made a whole new audience think: Wait, ventriloquism isn’t totally lame?
In the British Comedy Award-winner’s largely improvised new show she slaps a dummy’s mouth on to unsuspecting audience members and turns them into her puppets. The opposite of what happens to Pinocchio, if you will.Read more
As his show title suggests, there's absolutely no stopping this offbeat stand-up. Stuart Laws is on top form at the moment, talking utter nonsense of the highest order, whether that's filtering trivial observations through his leftfield brain or simply repeating his stupid new catchphrase, 'Honk honk!' We love him.Read more
'Man Down' star Mike Wozniak says his new stand-up show is a mix of 'personal horror, outrage and facts'. But it's best to take that all with a pinch of salt.
Though there’s certainly outrage – the moustachioed comic whips himself into a fiery fury as he retells his tale of accidentally acquiring a cat – his 'personal horror' is wonderfully overplayed, and his ‘facts’ are just plain silly. It's a well-structured 'shaggy cat story', with plenty of big laughs along the way.Read more
Max and Ivan aren’t just any old sketch act – their feel-good storytelling shows are like live Hollywood movies, complete with explosions, love interests and unexpected twists. Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez play all the characters, and seamlessly switch between them.
It’s impressive stuff, and earned them a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination in 2013. 'The End' is another warm, touching, very funny hour from the talented pair, themed around the doomed small town of Sudley-on-Sea… KA-BOOM!Read more
Comedy giant (literally) Greg Davies has organised this glitzy comedy benefit gig, in response to the refugee crisis. Proceeds go to Action Aid and the UN Refugee Agency, with Davies hosting a star-studded bill, including arena-filling boy wonder Russell Howard, grouchy stalwart Jo Brand, 'Mock the Week' host Dara O Briain, posh boy movie star Jack Whitehall, contentious US comic Reginald D Hunter, 'Man Down' co-star Roisin Conaty and more to be announced.Read more
2013's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Bridget Christie steps up to the Leicester Square Theatre for her latest London run. 'A Book For Her', which shares its title with Christie's first book, isn't a half-arse promotional tour. The groundbreaking political stand-up is on fabulously furious form as she tackles the Tory government, comments on civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal, and contemplates the future careers of right-wing comedians. It's another triumph.Read more
A quarter of a century has passed since these two self-proclaimed legends of character comedy first graced our telly screens together. Over the years Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse have brought us the Old Gits, Smashie and Nicey, Kevin the Teenager, Julio Geordio and loads more, most of which they're reviving in their first ever joint live tour, which finally lands in London this month.Read more
Following a mammoth UK tour, the 'French' half of 'French and Saunders' and star of 'The Vicar of Dibley' finally brings her solo show to London.
Expect witty anecdotes and daft jokes as French reveals the lessons life has taught her over the years. This isn't just a comedy show either, it's part-monologue, part-play, part-autobiographical slideshow, and it's directed by Michael Grandage. La-de-da.Read more
More comedy in London
As the unofficial comedy capital of the world, London's comedy circuit doesn't take a break. There are stand-up shows seven days a week, from early evening through to the small hours. To help you plan your week of witticisms, here's a nifty calendar of the best comedy shows in London this week.Read more