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The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of September’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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Dara O Briain – Crowd Tickler

Critics' choice

Irish motormouth Dara O Briain may be best known for TV hosting work, on 'Mock the Week' and 'The Apprentice You're Fired', but he's easily at his best live on stage. The Bray-born comic barely takes a breath in his solo shows, flitting between intelligent topics and grumpy observations with effortless ease. Pretty much a masterclass in slick, charming, consistently funny stand-up.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith Saturday September 26 2015 - Saturday October 17 2015
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Tom Parry – Yellow T-Shirt

Critics' choice

Upbeat stand-up Tom Parry is one third of super sketch troupe Pappy's and a master of words, slipping unexpected puns in wherever he can. He also loves fancy dress, which he champions profusely throughout his debut solo show 'Yellow T-Shirt'. It's a joyous hour, full of daft gags and charming anecdotes. Even though he's an Edinburgh Fringe veteran, Parry deserved his Best Newcomer nomination at this year's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

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Soho Theatre, Soho Tuesday September 29 2015 - Saturday October 3 2015
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Tom Ballard – Taxis and Rainbows and Hatred

Critics' choice

Angsty Australian Tom Ballard took such a bizarre taxi ride one time that it inspired this whole show. He's an easygoing comic, sneaking a strong message about attitudes towards gay people into his light-hearted tales. There are big laughs here, too, with lots of smart, playful jokes. The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards panel were certainly impressed, giving Ballard a nomination for Best Newcomer.

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Soho Theatre, Soho Monday September 14 2015 - Saturday September 19 2015
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Mae Martin: Us

Critics' choice

This ever-delightful Canadian comic's latest offering is her best show yet. Mae Martin's long been a crowd pleaser, but now she's ditched her guitar and decided to talk about something true to her heart and more relevant than ever. Gender and sexuality are her topics of choice, as she tells personal anecdotes and reflects on our attitudes in 2015. It's a show with a strong message and plenty of laughs – behind his sweetness, Martin's quickly developing into a gutsy stand-up.

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The Invisible Dot Ltd, Pentonville Monday September 21 2015 - Saturday October 3 2015
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Adam Hess – Salmon

Critics' choice

Croydon lad Adam Hess deservedly bagged a Best Newcomer nomination at this year's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for this excitable hour of storytelling. You might know the 26-year-old comic for his snappy, offbeat life observations on Twitter (he has 45,000 followers), but he's even funnier as a stand-up, mixing relentlessly entertaining childlike observations with frivolous jokes.

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Soho Theatre, Soho Wednesday September 23 2015 - Saturday September 26 2015
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Tommy Tiernan – Out of the Whirlwind

Critics' choice

After a sell-out run at Soho Theatre, multi award-winning Irish superstar Tommy Tiernan brings his new solo show, 'Out of the Whirlwind', back to London. Tommy tackles the big issues of today – sex, religion and family – with a mix of his personal demons and trademark sense of outrage. He's a must-see for any true comedy fan.

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The Forum, Kentish Town Wednesday September 23 2015 - Thursday September 24 2015
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Marc Maron – Maronation

Critics' choice

Ever listened to Marc Maron's hugely popular podcast, 'WTF'? Now's your chance to catch the US comic's endless rants live in London. Maron's a big name in the States, having had his own series 'Maron', appeared on David Letterman and Conan O'Brien and regularly packing out venues across the country with his truthful, angry comedy. But he's best known for interviewing comedians, actors and Barack Obama in his garage and letting the internet listen.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Friday September 4 2015
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Nick Coyle's Guided Meditation

Critics' choice

This new show from highly inventive Aussie comic Nick Coyle must be the most relaxing comedy experience out there. All the audience lie down on the floor for a session of 'guided meditation' with the spiritual guru. Participants embrace their spirit animals, have their problems solved and try to keep an evil Irish demon at bay. It's ridiculously silly.

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The Invisible Dot Ltd, Pentonville Friday September 18 2015 - Saturday September 19 2015
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Greenwich Comedy Festival

Critics' choice

The consistently superb Greenwich Comedy Festival (possibly our favourite London comedy fest) is back for another year, setting up camp in the grounds of the beautiful National Maritime Museum, and the line-up is so so good. In fact, we'd go as far to say it's best GCF line-up yet. Spectacular all-headline bills in the Big Top and Apple Top tents take place throughout the week, with names including Reginald D Hunter, David O'Doherty, Jerry Sadowitz, Adam Buxton, Tim Key, Sara Pascoe, Bridget Christie, Kevin Eldon, Paul Foot, Mark Watson and many more heading to SE10.

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National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Wednesday September 16 2015 - Sunday September 20 2015
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Sam Simmons – Spaghetti for Breakfast

Critics' choice

2015's triumphant Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Sam Simmons heads straight to London for a Soho Theatre run. This Aussie absurdist is erratic, loud and relentlessly silly, and 'Spaghetti for Breakfast' is his 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 Tuesday September 22 2015 - Saturday October 10 2015
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Comments

5 comments
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

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 .