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The top ten comedy shows this month

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

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.

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Colin Hoult – Messing With Ouija Boards

Critics' choice

Superb, often macabre character comic and spooky comedy maestro Colin Hoult presents a brand new show. In 'Messing With Ouija Boards', Hoult (who you might've seen on 'Murder in Successville') tells the tale of what happened with his mother made contact with the spirit world… Sounds mysterious.

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Thu Aug 13 - Sat Aug 15
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Camden Fringe: Jake Yapp – One-Derland

Critics' choice

Comic Jake Yapp – who's recently been summarising things like Radio 4 in just four-minutes for 'Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe' viewers – presents a day in the life of BBC One in his solo show. It's one of the Camden Fringe's headline comedy shows this year.

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Mon Aug 10 - Sun Aug 23
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The Comedy Grotto – All-Day Edinburgh Preview Special

Critics' choice

This friendly regular gig takes over the Star of Kings pub's basement for a full-day of Edinburgh Fringe previews from a bunch of top comics. £14 entry give you seven – seven hours! – of work-in-progress shows from Foster's Award nominees James Acaster and Liam Williams, consummate comic Richard Herring, Aussie storyteller Sarah Kendall, Lou Sanders, Ivo Graham, Max Fletcher and Grotto regular Alex Kealy.

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01 Aug 2015
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4/10

Simon Evans – In the Money

Critics' choice

Slick, sharp, very funny stand-up Simon Evans – who's appeared on 'Live at the Apollo' and hosts Radio 4's Goes to Market – makes a welcome return to Soho. 'In the Money' is about the economy, with Evans focusing his dry-as-a-bone wit on our situation here at home and abroad.

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Mon Aug 10 - Sat Aug 22
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5/10

Doug Loves Movies

Critics' choice

Movie nerds, get your geek on. US comedian Doug Benson (star of 'Super High Me') is recording his hugely popular podcast – Doug Loves Movies – in London. It's a film afficionado's dream. Benson sits down with big-name guests to geek out about their favourite movies. And, if you bring a film-themed name tag to this London show, you have the chance to win some prizes.

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08 Aug 2015
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6/10

Camden Fringe: Comedians' Cinema Club

Critics' choice

This gig created by Eric Lampaert (who appears alongside regulars Will Seaward and Matthew Highton) features a cast of comics recreating famous movies. Don't expect their versions to be entirely faithful, though – the CCC's movies are chaotic, alcohol-fuelled and very funny indeed. During the Camden Fringe run the gang will be reenacting 'Scarface', 'The Ring', 'Mary Poppins' and more.

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Wed Aug 5 - Tue Aug 11
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7/10

Iliza Shlesinger – Freezing Hot

Critics' choice

This US stand-up – all the way from Dallas, Texas – is making her UK debut. Shlesinger won the sixth season of 'Last Comic Standing' in the States (basically 'X Factor' for comedians) and she's an impressive stand-up: she's slick, caustic and tells it like it is, with plenty of strong opinions on dating, pop culture and the state of her nation. Netflix users might've seen her 'Freezing Hot' special in their 'recommended' feeds recently – this London run is a version of that show.

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Mon Aug 17 - Sat Aug 29
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Limmy – Daft Wee Stories

Critics' choice

Cult Scottish comic Limmy – aka Brian Limond – is celebrating the release of his book, 'Daft Wee Stories', with a live tour. Limmy's strange and hilarious TV sketch show – inventively titled 'Limmy's Show' – has a huge following, but because it's only broadcast in Scotland, we English folk have had to seek it out by other means. Those loyal London fans will be out in force here.

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Thu Aug 6 - Fri Aug 7
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Richard Herring – The 12 Shows of Herring

Critics' choice

Richard Herring is taking a stand. The 'Herring' half of 'Lee and Herring' and podcasting innovator is sick of forking out thousands of pounds to perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival every year, so this summer he's choosing instead to gig in London, his home city. And rather than run through the same new show every night, Herring will be digging out his old shows: all 11 of the consummate comic's solo sets from the past 12 years will get an airing, finishing up with his new hour, 'Happy Now?'

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Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square Friday September 4 2015 - Saturday September 12 2015
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The Phoenix Fringe

Critics' choice

The Phoenix Fringe – now in its third year –is back with another mightily impressive line-up. Usually this festival is a London alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe, but as the Scottish fest starts quite late this year the Phoenix is hosting lots of Edinburgh previews from the likes of Hal Cruttenden, Nish Kumar, Andrew Maxwell and Aisling Bea. Plus there are work-in-progress shows from Ardal O'Hanlon, Nick Helm, Richard Herring, Shappi Khorsandi and loads more.

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Thu Jul 30 - Sat Aug 8
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Comments

5 comments
Njambi M
Njambi M

After enjoying theses Brilliant acts check out my brand new comedy night in the heart of Islington at the Angelic pub on Liverpool Road N1. Brilliant headliner www.Njambimcgrathcomedy.co.uk

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 .