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The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of April’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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© Jody Kingzett
1/10

Brendon Burns – Outside the Box

Critics' choice

This in-ya-face Aussie stand-up has been on the circuit for more than two decades. And he's sick of it. Burns is dismayed with the UK's live comedy scene, and this 'Outside the Box' tour sees the hardcore comic playing lots of strange venues – anything but comedy clubs. That way, punters who want to see him will find him, rather than Burns trying to win over drunken Friday night crowds. He's probably a little upset we've even told you about these London dates.

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Cereal Killer Café Thu Apr 16 - Sat Apr 18
9
2/10

Gina Yashere – Laugh Riot

Critics' choice

She's loud, proud and back where she belongs. Gina Yashere is here in the capital to crank out some home truths as part of her UK tour, playing her biggest London show to date. Yashere's based in the States these days, where she reached the final of 'Last Comic Standing' and appeared on 'Conan' and 'Jay Leno'. It's good to have her back for a flying visit.

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O2 Academy Brixton 11 Apr 2015
8
3/10

Laugh Out London presents A Harry Potter Comedy Night

Critics' choice

Thought JK Rowling's boy wizard saga was over? Think again. A large cast of experimental comedians – including Marny Godden, Adam Larter, Matt Tedford and Joz Norris – perform the eighth Harry Potter novel live on stage. Expect an all-new story (not Rowling approved, presumably) and a lot of jokes about wands. Also expect utter chaos.

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Camden Comedy Club 03 Apr 2015
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© Steve Ullathorne
4/10

Musical Comedy Awards 2015 – Grand Final

Critics' choice

This prestigious comedy award aims to find the best new musical comedian in the country, and the lucky finalists compete for this year's crown here at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Plus there are special guest headline spots from internet jokers Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish and the always delightful Rachel Parris.

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Bloomsbury Theatre 10 Apr 2015
6
© Erik Ljung
5/10

Found Footage Festival – Salute to Weirdos

Critics' choice

This cult American showcase of odd and hysterical undiscovered videos is a riot. 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 totally bizarre – you'll see things you never imagined existed, and some things you wish you could unsee.

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Soho Theatre Monday April 27 2015 - Thursday April 30 2015
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© Steve Ullathorne
6/10

Felicity Ward – The Iceberg

Critics' choice

This eternally upbeat Aussie storyteller is a hugely talented stand-up. Her latest solo show, 'The Iceberg', focuses on perspective, and what's underneath the tip of the iceberg of life's big dilemmas. Heartwarming, relentlessly funny tales told with real passion.

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Soho Theatre Thu Apr 9 - Sat Apr 11
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© Mindy Tucker
7/10

Dave Hill – New York City via Cockfosters

Critics' choice

Cult New York comedian Dave Hill was once a regular on the London circuit, but rarely makes it across the Atlantic these days. It's a treat, then, to have the 'This American Life' contributor in the capital for a five-night stint in a Tufnell Park basement. Hill's a classy absurdist – he'll disarm the audience with his deadpan charm before taking them down a totally unexpected path. Unpredictable, sometimes unsettling and very funny indeed.

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Aces & Eights Mon Apr 20 - Fri Apr 24
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© Rob Greig
8/10

Adam Riches x 4

Critics' choice

What's better than three Adam Riches shows? Four Adam Riches shows! The high-energy, faux-macho, brilliantly silly character comic is performing four of his critically acclaimed solo hours – including his Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning 'Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches' – over four dates in April. Riches is a masterful character act, coercing audience members to take part in his strange challenges. But the joke's always on him, and what he'll go through for the sake of the audience's entertainment. It's totally stupid.

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Kings Place Thursday April 30 2015
2
© Idil Sukan Draw HQ
9/10

John Robins – This Tornado Loves You

Critics' choice

Laidback, cheeky tales from this Bristolian comic and XFM DJ. Robins is a superb storytelling stand-up, and 'This Tornado Loves You' is another engaging hour of thoughts, tales and observations on love and happiness. He's quickly rising up the comedy ladder, and it's about time too.

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Soho Theatre Wed Apr 8 - Sat Apr 11
1
10/10

Udderbelly Festival

Spring is here! And the giant upturned inflatable purple cow is back grazing on the south bank for another three months of comedy gold. 2015's programme is particularly impressive. As well as Udderbelly regulars Pete Firman, Andrew Maxwell and Frisky & Mannish, there are solo shows from big name stand-ups including Katherine Ryan, Jason Byrne and Stephen K Amos. Plus Time Out favourites Sara Pascoe, Max & Ivan and Trgyve Wakenshaw's 'Kraken' all make appearances.

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By: Ben Williams
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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 .