The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of April’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 April

  • Joe Lycett – If Joe Lycett Then You Should've Put a Ring On it

    It won't be long before charming young stand-up Joe Lycett – who was nominated for Best Newcomer in Edinburgh in 2012 – will be a big star. He's cheeky, warm, super-funny and mixes delightful stories and observations. He's effortlessly funny and an hour in his company is an absolute pleasure.

    Read Joe Lycett's open letter

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    David Baddiel – Fame: Not the Musical

    Following a handful of shows at the Southbank Centre last year, David Baddiel's bringing his first stand-up show for 16 years, 'Fame: Not the Musical', to the Menier Chocolate Factory for a month-long run. The show focuses on the bizarreness of fame and dealing with being in the public eye. It might sound pretentious, but it's actually rather interesting, and there are cracking gags among his stories.

    Read David Baddiel's highs and lows of being famous

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    Tony Law – Nonsense Overdrive

    Time Out's favourite surrealist, Mr Tony Law, has already sold out a five-week run at the Soho Theatre, and now he's landing at the Udderbelly for five nights. This nuts-o Canadian comic is one of the finest and funniest stand-ups around, telling absurd stories, performing silly jokes and constantly deconstructing his own comedy. He's totally unpretentious too (unlike many surrealist acts) – he seems as baffled by his own lunacy as his audience is. Wonderful stuff.

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  • Katherine Ryan – Glam Role Model

    Biting Canadian stand-up Katherine Ryan is quickly becoming a household name. She finds humour in the things in life than make us bitter, and her brand new solo show, 'Glam Role Model', explores the murky world of glamour modelling. Ryan's had a phenomenally successful couple of years, popping up regularly on the telly, from 'Mock the Week' to 'QI', '8 Out of 10 Cats' to 'Live at the Apollo'. This could be your last chance to catch her in such an intimate venue.

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  • Alan Davies – Little Victories

    'QI' and 'Jonathan Creek' star Alan Davies is back on the road following his hugely successful 'Life is Pain' tour in 2012. That tour was his first foray into stand-up for 12 years, but it didn't show – he was on terrifically funny form. Now he's back with 'Little Victories', so expect more chatty stories, grumpy observations and (hopefully) some filthier jokes. In April, you can only catch him in Croydon, but he's playing more London shows in the Autumn.

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    Susan Calman – The 68 Comeback Tour

    The brilliantly gutsy, firery and sometimes emotional Susan Calman – a regular on Radio 4's 'The News Quiz' and as seen on 'Have I Got News For You' and 'QI' – is one of our top picks of this year's Udderbelly Fest. Calman's always wonderfully funny, mixing silly (often cat-related) thoughts with political jabs.

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    Adam Buxton – Kernel Panic

    After a sell-out run at the Union Chapel last year, the 'Adam' half of 'Adam & Joe' revives his ace, tech-heavy solo offering in the West End. The show explores how we present ourselves in the internet age. Basically, Buxton + a laptop = brilliant buffoonery! It's loads of fun.

    Read our interview with Adam Buxton

    Watch five of Adam Buxton's favourite web vids

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  • Time Out Introduces

    Who are the rising comedy stars we rate? Find out at Time Out Introduces: our showcase of stupidly talented new(ish) stand-ups who have wowed Time Out over the last 12 months. Last year's shows at the Udderbelly were a huge success, and we're back for two more shows this season, hosted by Andrew Maxwell. April's line-up includes Pierre Novellie, Sarah Callaghan, Masud Milas, Jonny Pelham, Tim Renkow and Alasdair Beckett-King. And in July you can catch Peter Brush, Evelyn Mok, Phil Jerrod, Twayna Mayne, Mark Silcox and Joseph Morpurgo.

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    Tim Key – Single White Slut

    After sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre and Arcola Tent, Tim Key is lugging his mattress into central London, bringing his bed-themed show to the West End for five nights. We know we've been banging on about it a lot, but 'Single White Slut' really is brilliant. It's inventive, emotional and ridiculously funny. You'd be a fool to miss it.

    Read our review of Tim Key's 'Single White Slut'

    Read our interview with Tim Key

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    Udderbelly Festival

    OK, yes, we cheated. Rather than one individual show, we've made the whole Udderbelly Festival our number one comedy pick this month. But it's so darn good, it totally deserves it. We've chosen a few highlights from April's festival offerings further down in this top ten list, but other acts playing the big moo over the next three months include Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne, Abandoman, Nina Conti, The Horne Section and many more.

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Joe Lycett – If Joe Lycett Then You Should've Put a Ring On it

It won't be long before charming young stand-up Joe Lycett – who was nominated for Best Newcomer in Edinburgh in 2012 – will be a big star. He's cheeky, warm, super-funny and mixes delightful stories and observations. He's effortlessly funny and an hour in his company is an absolute pleasure.

Read Joe Lycett's open letter

SEE MORE

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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 .