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The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of December’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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Bill Bailey: Limboland

A Bill Bailey show's always a treat. 'Limboland', the 50-year-old comic's new show, has already toured the southern hemisphere, and now it lands at the Hammersmith Apollo for two nights before heading to the Vaudeville Theatre for a Christmas run. As you'd expect from a BB show, it should be an absolute hoot, mixing his trademark musical deconstructions with whimsical flights of fancy and general grumbles.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Tuesday December 8 2015 - Sunday January 17 2016
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Kim Noble: You're Not Alone

Another chance to catch the latest show from this mesmerising comedian and performance artist. '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 , Soho Tuesday December 8 2015 - Saturday January 9 2016
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Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast

2015's triumphant Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Sam Simmons is back in London for another victory lap. 'Spaghetti for Breakfast' is the Aussie absurdist's best show yet. Alongside a list of life frustrations (or 'things that shit me' in Simmons speak), the moustachioed comic attempts to work out where he fits in the comedy landscape, and sneaks in an underlying truth about why his comedy's so fucked up. It's Simmons at the top of his game: exhaustingly funny, daft and truly daring.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Monday December 14 2015 - Saturday January 9 2016

Tim Key: Father Slutmas

Chaotic poet-comedian Tim Key's festive shindig is practically now a Christmas tradition. He slams down some yuletide poems at these December specials, both at the Invisible Dot and in the West End. Expect short films, a vat of mulled wine and Key laying into Aled Jones.

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The Invisible Dot Ltd , Pentonville Monday December 14 2015 - Saturday December 19 2015
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Laugh Out London's Big Christmas Weekend for Shelter

The Laugh Out London team regularly pulls together some of the best line-ups in the capital. So this mega-weekend of shows – raising runds for Shelter – features a ridiculously good bill, obviously. On the Friday, catch big-collared loon Harry Hill, iconoclastic comic Stewart Lee, German comedy hero Henning Wehn, mad-ass duo LetLuce and joyous prop comic Spencer Jones. Saturday's bill features Foster's Award-winner John Kearns, erudite Radio 4 star Robert Newman, 'Peep Show's Isy Suttie and talented musical comic Rachel Parris.

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Heroes Grotto of Comedy , Moorgate Friday December 18 2015 - Saturday December 19 2015
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Nish Kumar: Long Word… Long Word… Blah Blah Blah… I'm So Clever

Time Out favourite Nish Kumar earned a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for his latest solo offering. The show – which has a title so long we won't bother typing it again here – is full of smart, thought-provoking, relevant comments on the post-election political landscape (plus jokes, of course). It's Kumar's best show yet: passionate, urgent and full of big laughs.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Until Saturday January 23 2016
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Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap

Danish stand-up Sofie Hagen deservedly won the Best Newcomer gong at the 2015 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. On the surface, Hagen's debut solo show, 'Bubblewrap', seems like it's about the comic's ongoing obsession with Irish boyband Westlife. But behind the tales of teenage fanaticism, Hagen’s show slyly tackles her insecurities, depression and mental health issues during those years. It’s a dark story told lightly and honestly, with plenty of charm, wry wit and downright filth.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Thursday December 10 2015 - Wednesday January 6 2016
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Foxdog Studios Ltd

These two genuine IT consultants – Lloyd Henning and Peter Sutton – mix musical comedy with programming wizardry. Audience members connect their smartphones to a wifi network and then play along with very silly games while the pair play strange, hard-rock musical comedy. It's ridiculously good fun.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Thursday December 10 2015 - Saturday December 12 2015
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James Acaster: Represent

James Acaster's shows suck you into his quizzical world, where seemingly unimportant problems are picked apart in minute detail. In 'Represent', the four time Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee talks jury duty, Christingles, 'celebrity' gossip and log flume hype men, all with a knowing swagger. It's a perfectly paced hour, full of exquisite imagery and smart callbacks – he just keeps getting better and better.

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Lyric Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Monday December 14 2015
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Weirdos for Christmas Number 1: An Alternative Panto

Now in its fourth year, the Weirdos Comedy collective's annual alternative panto has become a bit of a comedy Christmas tradition. A large gang of out-there comedians join forces to put on a chaotic, stupidly silly alt-panto – complete with cardboard props and sets, ludicrous costumes and ambitious songs – with practically no budget. And all proceeds go to Great Ormond Street Hospital. As far as we're concerned, it's one of the highlights of the comedy calendar. Go!

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Heroes Grotto of Comedy , Moorgate Tuesday December 8 2015 - Friday December 11 2015
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More comedy in London


Looking for comedy in London tonight? Then start limbering up those face muscles because there are plenty of cracking line-ups at London's comedy clubs this very evening. Here's a few of the comedy shows we recommend, plus a choice of budget-friendly free gigs.

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This week

As the unofficial comedy capital of the world, London's comedy circuit doesn't take a break. There are stand-up shows seven days a week, from early evening through to the small hours. To help you plan your week of witticisms, here's a nifty calendar of the best comedy shows in London this week.

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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


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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 .