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The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of October’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.


Richard Gadd: Waiting for Gaddot

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?

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Soho Theatre , Soho Tuesday October 27 2015 - Saturday November 7 2015
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Barry Cryer and Friends: An 80th Birthday Celebration

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.

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Palace Theatre , Soho Monday October 19 2015

Lou Sanders: Excuse Me, You're Sitting On My Penis Again

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.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Wednesday October 7 2015 - Saturday October 10 2015
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Kieran Hodgson – Lance

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.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Tuesday October 13 2015 - Saturday November 7 2015
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Hannibal Buress – The Comedy Camisado Tour

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.

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The Forum , Kentish Town Tuesday October 13 2015
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LetLuce – Sea Men (A Naval Tale)

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.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Wednesday October 28 2015 - Saturday October 31 2015
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“Weird Al” Yankovic – The Mandatory World Tour

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.

Recommended: the best "Weird Al" Yankovic songs, as chosen by musical comedians

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Sunday October 4 2015
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Doug Stanhope

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.

Recommended: At home with Doug Stanhope

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Saturday October 10 2015 - Sunday October 11 2015

Spencer Jones is The Herbert in Proper Job

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.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Wednesday October 21 2015 - Saturday October 31 2015

Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby

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.

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The Invisible Dot Ltd , Pentonville Monday October 5 2015 - Saturday October 31 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 .