The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of February’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.

9

Rhys James – Begins

This remarkably talented youngster brings his well-received show from last year's Edinburgh Fringe to London. The 23-year-old stand-up is a superb writer – multiple jokes are packed into each line of his stories and poems which focus on Generation Y angst and technology woes. Impressive stuff.

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Soho Theatre Monday February 9 2015 - Saturday February 14 2015
8

David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything

Award-winning whimsical Irishman David O'Doherty will do some more standing-up, sitting down, and songs from a small plastic 1980s keyboard at the grand Hackney Empire. Always good fun. He'll charm you silly.

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Hackney Empire Saturday February 14 2015
7

Dracula! (Mr Swallow – The Musical)

It's about time that Nick Mohammed's loveable egomanic character creation Mr Swallow got the West End treatment. What appears to be a final dress rehearsal of a new, hammy musical version of 'Dracula' (with Swallow in the title role) turns into a bickering farce in this grand comedy show. There's a full band on stage playing original, very witty songs, and Mohammed is typically brilliant as his alter-ego. It's not only an ambitious musical spoof, but an ambitious musical in its own right.

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Soho Theatre Monday February 9 2015 - Saturday February 28 2015
6

Sara Pascoe vs History

One of our favourite shows of 2014 – Pascoe revives her best show yet for some extra dates, following a sold out run last year. In 'Sara Pascoe vs History' shes shares frank, personal stories (some a bit too personal, her boyfriend would argue) to back up her weighty ideas about complex issues, and she’s relentlessly witty.

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Soho Theatre Monday February 16 2015 - Saturday February 21 2015
5

Stand Up for Shelter

This glitzy annual benefit gig for Shelter always features a stellar line-up. But 2015's show is a real humdinger. The organisers have scored a real coup in getting Mr Eddie Izzard to headline. Support comes from Josh Widdicombe, Sara Pascoe, Rob Beckett and MC Christian O'Connell.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Wednesday February 25 2015
4

Sarah Kendall – Touchdown

This charming Aussie stand-up had a hit run at last year's Edinburgh Fringe with 'Touchdown'. It's a grand, personal storytelling show recounting the true story behind one of her previous anecdotes. Sounds a bit meta? Don't worry – it's only a brief set-up in a sombre tale that Kendall makes sure is big on laughs.

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Soho Theatre Tuesday February 24 2015 - Saturday February 28 2015
3

10 Years On – The Malcolm Hardee Show

It's been ten years since the late, great Malcolm Hardee – dubbed the godfather of alternative comedy – died. As owner of the anarchic (and terrifying for comedians) Tunnel Club he spotted future comedy greats when they were just newbies. This gig is both to celebrate his life and raise funds for a Hardee documentary. The line-up includes a revived version of comedy troupe the Greatest Show on Legs (which Hardee used to be part of), plus Terry Alderton, Bob Slayer, Owen O'Neill and plenty more.

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Up the Creek Monday February 2 2015
2

Mark Watson – Flaws

We awarded Mark Watson the big five stars at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. 'Flaws' is the understated Bristolian stand-up's funniest show yet. The 34-year-old comic shows his vulnerability, while hysterically picking apart his flaws (some a little troubling) for our viewing pleasure. A real masterclass in personal, honest storytelling and gratuitous cock jokes.

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Union Chapel Thursday February 19 2015
1

Kim Noble – You're Not Alone

The latest show from comedian and performance artist Kim Noble finally gets its London debut after an astonishing run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Despite only playing a five-night run in Scotland the show was one of the most talked about at the festival. 'You're Not Alone' is an extraordinary piece of work dealing with loneliness, friendship and connection. Part monologue, part hidden-camera footage, part avant-garde theatre, it's disturbing, grotesque, touching, sad, funny and totally unlike anything else. It will haunt you like no other show you will see this year.

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Soho Theatre Tuesday February 3 2015 - Saturday March 7 2015
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Comments

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 .