The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of October’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 October

  • Doc Brown – The Weird Way Round

    Doc Brown (not to be confused with US mime/clown act Doctor Brown) is an extraordinarily talented rapper-turned-comic who seamlessly fuses hip-hop and stand-up. More recently he's been upping the ratio of stand-up to songs, but he still has plenty of sharp-witted rhymes. Brown's popped up in Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' and supported 'The Office' co-creator on his Scandinavian tour, and now he's bringing his new tour 'The Weird Way Round' to the Forum.

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    Lucy Beaumont – We Can Twerk It Out

    BBC Comedy Award winner and 'Live at the Electric' star Lucy Beaumont was one of the six Best Newcomer nominees at this year's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. 'We Can Twerk It Out' is a warm, cosy comedy show in which the Hull-born comic tells fluffy tales of her life oop't north and attempts to find her best friend a husband.

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    Brian Gittins – Challenged Game Show

    Brian Gittins (the brilliantly oddball character creation of David Earl) attempts to get a look-in at the lucrative game show market with 'Challenged'. It's a panel show in which Gittins and his robot Charles Petrescu put guests against each other to solve puzzles and win prizes. It's totally mad. On October 8 Scroobius Pip takes on Paddy Considine. Yes, Bafta-winning actor Paddy Considine.

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    Sheeps – Wembley Previews

    The title ‘Wembley Previews’ is a wonderful juxtaposition to Sheeps’s low-key style. This talented sketch trio – made up of Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Liam Williams (see this list's number one slot), Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts – are original, inventive and properly funny. A few years ago we said they were ‘one of the most exciting sketch acts to emerge in years’. ‘Thanks, guys,’ their website states, ‘We use this quote on basically everything even though it was about three years ago now.’ Yeah, we noticed. But it’s still true.

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  • Computer Boy

    The Weirdos Comedy gang are at their best in their strange, comedic plays. They've already performed a live version of Disney's 'Hook' and written an original piece about Colonel Sanders. Now Weirdos head honcho Adam Larter has written 'Computer Boy': the story of a boy who wishes he was a computer. The cast for the production's three-night run includes ace Weirdos regulars Ali Brice, Beth Vyse and Luke McQueen. Expect plenty of homemade costumes, shambolic performances and seemingly random references to Ian Beale. Woot!

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    Gein's Family Giftshop – Volume 1

    This Manchester-based sketch trio deservedly received a Best Newcomer nomination at this year's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for their debauched debut show. Gein's Family Giftshop revel in the dark, depraved and gross-out. Bestiality, death during childbirth and a blitz of masturbation jokes all feature in this troupe's show. The subject matter's base, but there's intelligence and wit behind their toilet humour, and they are pleasingly understated performers. You won't see their punchlines coming, even when 'coming' is the punchline.

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    Lee Mack – Hit the Road Mack

    Super-slick, fast-paced nonsense from the star of 'Not Going Out' and 'Would I Lie To You?', who's back on the road for the first time in four years. Mack whirls around the stage at a rapid pace telling well-constructed jokes with an end-of-the-pier delivery. He’s the kind of comic you can take the whole family to see – your kids, your nan, your weird creepy uncle… – and they’ll all have a laff.

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

    Aussie solo sketch artist Steen Raskopoulos came out of nowhere at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, wowing audiences and critics. His Adam Riches-style skits, using audience interaction, are joyfully upbeat and very silly indeed. It might be strictly business for Raskopoulos, but it's all pleasure for his audience.

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    James Acaster – Recognise

    James Acaster is a true Time Out fave. His blissfully funny understated stand-up sucks you into his minute, quizzical world in which he hones in on seemingly insignificant details. 'Recognise' is his fourth solo show, and his third to bag a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. It's beautifully crafted, with Acaster posing as an undercover cop only performing stand-up because 'the gigs keep rolling in'.

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    Liam Williams – Capitalism

    Punters were queuing for over an hour at the Edinburgh Fringe to catch Williams’s pessimistic (and free!) stand-up show, which deservedly bagged him a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. ‘Capitalism’ is an erudite, eloquent hour about Generation Y angst in which the 26-year-old comic (who was also nominated for Best Newcomer in 2013) skilfully picks apart his own depression and contradicting personalities. He's been called 'the voice of a generation' by most of the broadsheets. You should definitely see what all the fuss is about.

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Doc Brown – The Weird Way Round

Doc Brown (not to be confused with US mime/clown act Doctor Brown) is an extraordinarily talented rapper-turned-comic who seamlessly fuses hip-hop and stand-up. More recently he's been upping the ratio of stand-up to songs, but he still has plenty of sharp-witted rhymes. Brown's popped up in Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' and supported 'The Office' co-creator on his Scandinavian tour, and now he's bringing his new tour 'The Weird Way Round' to the Forum.

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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 .