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.
Undoubtedly the buzziest comedy show from this year's Edinburgh Fringe. Richard Gadd had people queuing for hours hoping to nab one of the few pay-what-you-want seats. It's an ambitious, high-concept, stunt-comedy show that we won't reveal too much about here, but we will say it's features plenty of dark, bloody humour, and is thrilling in parts. Will it be as much of a buzzy hit down south?Read more
Writer, raconteur, comedy legend, national treasure… Barry Cryer celebrates his eightieth birthday with this huge West End show, packed with appearances from famous friends. Over his decades-long career, Cryer's worked with many comedy greats: from Morecambe and Wise to Tommy Cooper, Bob Hope to Richard Pryor. Obviously don't expect any of those to make an appearance here, but do expect jokes, stories, songs, interviews from Cryer and other less-dead comedy pals.Read more
Disjointed, offbeat talent Lou Sanders just keeps getting better and better – her scatterbrained stories and stupid ideas are ludicrously funny. This year’s show – the snappily-titled 'Excuse Me, You're Sitting On My Penis Again' – focuses on Sanders’s attempts to nab a place at Eton College for Boys, despite not being a boy.Read more
Kieran Hodgson's coming-of-age character comedy show deservedly received a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. It's a beautifully written hour, with Hodgson focusing on his teenage hero Lance Armstrong who helps the Yorkshire lad through the tough times of mountain bike races and going to university. But, of course, each Armstrong section is conducted with a smart, knowing hindsight. A heart-warming, superbly performed and very funny one-man show.Read more
A one-off UK show – his first in three years – for the sharp, laconic and very funny Hannibal Buress. Fans of US sitcom ‘Broad City’ will recognise him as Ilana's goofy on-off 'boyfriend'. He's also a talented writer having written for ‘30 Rock’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’, but stand-up is where he truly shines. Expect frighteningly assured tales of life on the road, acute, sometimes surreal observations, and maybe a barbed comment or two in the direction of Bill Cosby, all delivered in his trademark drawl.Read more
This surrealist sketch duo – made up of Letty Butler and Lucy Pearman – had a great year at the Edinburgh Fringe with their new show, 'Sea Men (A Naval Tale)'. It's a nautical-themed hour of nonsense, with plenty of oddball characters, silly voices and ambitious costumes and puppets. It's charmingly daft, and now you can catch the show in London.Read more
London, be prepared to 'Eat It' – the unashamedly 'Tacky' king of musical parodies, "Weird Al" Yankovic, is back in town. In his nearly 40-year career "Weird Al"s recorded over 150 songs – mainly silly parodies of famous tracks – and sold more than 12 million albums. His latest album, 'Mandatory Fun' – which parodies Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea and Lorde, among others – shot straight to number one on the US Billboard 200, making it the first chart-topping comedy record ever. Not bad for a frizzy-haired accordionist from California.Read more
We're massive fans of Doug Stanhope. This hellraising US stand-up and star of 'Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe' is the real frickin' deal, tackling hard-hitting topics with brutal honesty and drunken intelligence. Politics, sex, drugs, religion, death – Stanhope has smart views on all them in his vitriloic rants. The Arizona-based comic's rambling, alcohol-fuelled social commentaries are utterly thrilling, and no two shows are ever quite the same. These London dates will be a treat.
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Spencer Jones's joyous, props-based lunacy was a huge hit at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, and deservedly so. It's an hour of daft, joyful mucking about. Jones’s persona, The Herbert, is a wide-eyed, optimistic simpleton with seemingly too much time on his hands. He shows off his collection of impulse internet buys and the weird puppets he’s made out of household items. It’s old school, sure, but it’s utterly delightful.Read more
Pioneering character comic Joseph Morpurgo's latest effort was one of the most impressive comedy shows of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. So much so, it bagged a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination, and we gave it a glowing five star review. 'Soothing Sounds for Baby' is both retro and cutting edge. The set up is a faux episode of 'Desert Island Discs' – Morpurgo transforms into the characters on the sleeves of his chosen vinyls. It's a rich, multilayered comedy experience, and one that keeps whirling away in your mind long after it's finished. One of the best comedy shows of the year.Read more
More comedy in London
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.Read more