The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of November'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 November

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    Andrew Maxwell’s London Loves

    Tue Nov 11, 18, 25 and Dec 2. Comedy Café Theatre.

    Mischievous Irish raconteur Andrew Maxwell has been a London dweller for 20 years now. He's practically a Londoner, we'd say. To celebrate his two decades in our capital, the Radio 4 star is performing this topical show, all about London. 'Andrew Maxwell's London Loves' is playing a weekly residency at the Comedy Café, with a special guest joining Maxwell each week. Expect pin-point accents, biting observations and suave stories.

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  • Lou Sanders in Another Great Show Again

    Thu Nov 27 - Sat Nov 29. Soho Theatre.

    Sanders's latest show is a chaotic mish-mash of ex-boyfriend stories, talking vagina puppets and bags of flour. But, somehow, she’s mashed them into a pleasingly ludicrous shape. Sanders flips conventional stand-up rules with her blustery, teenage-like delivery: her sharpest jokes are treated as throwaway lines and any groan-worthy gags are bombastically overplayed. She's very funny, too – her overblown sense of self-importance is deliciously silly.

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  • John Waters – Carsick: This Filthy World Volume Two Live Comedy Monologue

    Tue Nov 11. Southbank Centre.

    Expect weapons-grade filth from the king of trash cinema, who returns to the capital with a rare stand-up date. Fans of cult movies like the mind-blowing 'Pink Flamingoes', 'Serial Mom' and 'Hairspray' will not want to miss out.

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  • Sam Simmons – Death of a Sails-Man

    Mon Nov 17 - Sat Dec 6. Soho Theatre.

    'Death of a Sails-Man' bagged Aussie absurdist Sam Simmons his second Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. He plays Phil, a muesli salesman lost at sea on a windsurfing board. As the days pass his mind deteriorates and all manner of oddities and hallucinations take place. It’s ridiculously good fun and relentlessly silly.

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    An Evening with Noel Fielding

    Tue Nov 18 / Dec 8 and 9. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith / O2 Academy Brixton.

    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 – lands in Hammersmith and Brixton as part of his first ever solo tour. The surrealist comic is promising a mix of stand-up, live animations, music and appearances from his character creations, including The Moon and Fantasy Man. Plus, Noel's brother, Mike Fielding (best known as 'Naboo' from the series) and long-time Boosh collaborator Tom Meeten are also joining Noel on stage. Imagine that!

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    All Day Edinburgh

    Sun Nov 9. The Phoenix.

    Missed out on the Edinburgh Fringe? No problem. You can experience practically every single comic* from this year's festival in just eight or so hours at this one-day mini-fest. The huge line-up features this year's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns, panel prize winners Funz and Gamez, last year's main award winner Bridget Christie, BBC Three star Nick Helm, erudite charmer Nish Kumar (pictured – we gave him the full five stars) and so many more.

    *Rough estimate.

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    Joseph Morpurgo – Odessa

    Mon Nov 10 - Sat Nov 15. The Invisible Dot Ltd.

    This talented character comic's latest show is properly innovative. We open with 1980s news report footage about a chemical plant fire in Odessa, Texas. Morpurgo ingeniously brings to life the subjects of the story, as well as the stars of some dodgy Odessa TV ads, to string together a 'Twin Peaks'-style whodunit. It's an exhilarating trip.

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    Sara Pascoe vs History

    Sat Nov 22 and Mon Nov 24 – Wed Nov 26. Soho Theatre.

    Pascoe focuses on big, complex ideas in her latest offering (which bagged a Foster's Award nomination at the Edinburgh Fringe). But she’s a master at explaining them without any sense of superiority – she often undermines her own intelligence with a daft gag or silly pop culture reference. ‘Sara Pascoe vs History’ is her best, and most passionate, show yet. The 33-year-old comic shares frank, personal stories (some a bit too personal, her boyfriend would argue) to back up her weighty ideas, and she’s relentlessly witty.

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    Aziz Ansari – Live!

    Sun Nov 30. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith.

    Anyone who witnessed 'Parks and Recreation' star Aziz Ansari's triumphant Hammersmith Apollo gig last year can vouch that he's a spectacular stand-up. He's back at the end of this month for another high-energy, high-pitched Apollo takeover. Feelgood, zingy, masterful stand-up.

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    Bridget Christie – An Ungrateful Woman

    Mon Nov 3 - Fri Nov 21. Soho Theatre.

    Bridget Christie won the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award for her passionately political show attacking everyday sexism, 'A Bic for Her'. Her follow-up, 'An Ungrateful Woman', is equally superb, if not better. Christie jokingly complains about her recent success, but she uses her new found popularity to tackle the serious issue of female genital mutilation. She can switch from being impishly comical to deadly serious in a millisecond, but her passion means no moment feels out of place. It's a gutsy, ambitious and beautifully crafted hour of stand-up. Ground-breaking stuff.

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© Rob Greig

Andrew Maxwell’s London Loves

Tue Nov 11, 18, 25 and Dec 2. Comedy Café Theatre.

Mischievous Irish raconteur Andrew Maxwell has been a London dweller for 20 years now. He's practically a Londoner, we'd say. To celebrate his two decades in our capital, the Radio 4 star is performing this topical show, all about London. 'Andrew Maxwell's London Loves' is playing a weekly residency at the Comedy Café, with a special guest joining Maxwell each week. Expect pin-point accents, biting observations and suave stories.

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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 .