The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of August’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 August

  • Baby Wants Candy

    A comedy musical, completely improvised, with a full band. Sounds impossible, right? US improv troupe Baby Wants Candy will prove you wrong. Check 'em out.

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  • Camden Fringe: Tasty Combo Go to Hell!

    Following a hit run at last year's Camden Fringe, promising sketch quintet Tasty Combo are back with more sharp-witted skits. They're a talented bunch, weaving neat pop-culture references into their silly skits.

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  • Steen Raskopoulos – I'm Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business

    Aussie solo sketch artist Steen Raskopoulos brings his character comedy hour to Soho, following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Expect lots of physical comedy lunacy and audience interaction. Just don't call his 'Steve'.

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  • Camden Fringe: James Dowdeswell – Wine, Ale and I 2014

    This erudite West Country storyteller revives his alcohol-fuelled solo show. It’s full to the brim with booze facts and anecdotes.

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    Camden Fringe: Caroline Mabey – Chaos is a Friend of Mine

    Quirky fun from stand-up Caroline Mabey, who talks parenthood in her latest solo show. It may sound like familiar comedic territory, but Mabey is a mischievous, kooky talent, so she's bound to tackle it from a fresh, offbeat perspective.

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  • Anthony Jeselnik

    Devilish Pittsburgh-born comic Anthony Jeselnik is a dark, deranged stand-up, telling smartly constructed near-the-knuckle jokes. In the States he's had his own Comedy Central series, 'The Jeselnik Offensive' (geddit?) which has landed him in trouble a bunch of times. You'll find yourself laughing at his so-wrong-they're-right jokes before you even get a chance to wince. Shockingly funny.

    Read about Jeselnik's biggest controversies

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  • Simon Evans – Leashed

    Slick, super-sharp wit from this 'Live at the Apollo' star who brings his hit show from last year's Edinburgh Fringe to Soho. Evans has a new family dog, and uses this as a neat hook to veer off into bone-dry jokes on topics including family life, living in Hove and middle-class woes.

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  • Found Footage Festival

    This cult American showcase of odd and hysterical undiscovered videos is a hoot. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett introduce clips from their 20-year-old collection of VHS videos found at garage sales and thrift shops across the US. It's like sifting through YouTube for silly vids, but way funnier and far more bizarre.

    Watch a taster of the Found Footage Festival

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    Neil Hamburger

    'America's Funnyman' Neil Hamburger (aka, the character creation of Gregg Turkington) dons a stained tuxedo, sports a greasy combover and phlegms into his own drink. He isn't your typical 'Live at the Apollo' guest, then. Since the early '90s, the haggard comic has been delighting, bewildering, exhausting, insulting and furiously enraging audiences with his bitter, fumbled delivery, hack topics and terrible timing. He's possibly the world's worst comedian, but he's also one of the funniest.

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    The Phoenix Fringe

    Screw the Edinburgh Fringe, London's got its own alternative. The Phoenix Fringe was a huge hit last year, and in 2014 it's back with an even more impressive line-up. Tons of comics – big names and small – are taking part, with every show just £10 (£8 in advance), or a day ticket giving you access to three shows for £20. 2014's line-up includes Frankie Boyle, Al Murray, Nick Helm, Ed Byrne, Aisling Bea, Brian Gittins and so many more.

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Baby Wants Candy

A comedy musical, completely improvised, with a full band. Sounds impossible, right? US improv troupe Baby Wants Candy will prove you wrong. Check 'em out.

SEE MORE

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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 .