The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of July’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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Ealing Comedy Festival

Critics' choice

The Ealing Comedy Festival returns in 2015 for its twenty-second year. The annual Walpole Park bonanza always features spectacular line-ups, and 2015 is no exception. Across the five nights you can catch Julian Clary, Milton Jones, Rob Delaney, Russell Kane, Nick Helm, Ed Byrne and many many more.

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Walpole Park (Big Top) Friday July 17 2015 - Friday July 24 2015
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Tedfest London

Critics' choice

Fecking hell! Fathers Ted, Dougal and Jack are all heading to London… In a way. Tedfest – a festival celebrating everything 'Father Ted' – has been an annual event on Galway Bay for eight years, but for the second year running the team are bringing the shindig to London. Throughout the day events include Ted's Got Talent, The Craggy Cup and, of course, the Lovely Girls Contest. Would you like to go? Ah, go on.

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London Irish Centre Saturday July 11 2015
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Balham Free Fringe

Critics' choice

The Balham Free Fringe is like a little pocket of the Edinburgh Fringe in south London. Where else can you catch 40 hours of comedy – for free – in one weekend? There are tons of great acts for the 2015 BFF, but we particularly recommend Sofie Hagen (pictured) and Richard Herring on Friday, John-Luke Roberts, David Mills, Nick Doody and Stuart Laws on Saturday, and Rory O'Keeffe, Tim Shishodia, Mark Stephenson, Matt Winning and Tiernan Douieb on Sunday.

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The Bedford Friday July 24 2015 - Sunday July 26 2015 Free
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Puddles Pity Party

Critics' choice

A 6' 8" clown belting out sad pop covers? Sounds right up our street. Comedy-cabaret act Puddles has performed as part of 'La Soiree' on the south bank, has opened for the Eels in the States and has 20 million views on YouTube. Now he's presenting his own solo show – Puddles Pity Party – crooning like Tom Jones, but taller, and in white clown make-up.

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Soho Theatre Tuesday July 7 2015 - Saturday July 25 2015
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ARGComFest – An Actually Rather Good Comedy Festival

Critics' choice

Two days. One venue. A shit-ton of Edinburgh Fringe previews. You can hit yourself up with an intense dose of stand-up at ARGComFest, which crams dozens of hour-long work-in-progress shows from top comics into one weekend. Across the two days you can catch Phill Jupitus, Tim Key, Bridget Christie, James Acaster (pictured), Max & Ivan, Pappy's, Aisling Bea, Mark Watson and so many more. Now, if that's not good value for money, we don't know what is.

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Shoreditch Town Hall Saturday July 4 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015
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© Rob Greig
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Robin Ince's (almost) Farewell Show

Critics' choice

Erudite comedy wonder Robin Ince – master of intelligent stand-up, tackling everything from quantum physics to the world's worst books – is retiring from stand-up. Well, at least for a bit. He'll probably never quite retire, but he's going to stop touring till 2017 at least. This gig will be his last in London until them, mixing his new show 'Reality Tunnel' with some Ince highlights from over the years. He's on top form at the moment. (Are you sure you really want to quit, Robin?)

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Bloomsbury Theatre Tuesday July 7 2015
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Steen Raskopoulos – Character Assassin

Critics' choice

Aussie solo sketch artist Steen Raskopoulos made a big impression at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, receiving a Best Newcomer nomination at the Foster's Awards for his silly debut show. Now he's back in London with a brand new hour – 'Character Assassin' – which has been going down a storm Down Under. Raskopoulos's Adam Riches-style skits, using audience interaction, are joyfully upbeat and totally stupid.

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Soho Theatre Wednesday July 1 2015 - Saturday July 11 2015
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Balham Comedy Festival

Critics' choice

Now in its fourth year, the Balham Comedy Festival is back with a bang for 2015. Taking place in the various rooms of the Bedford pub, over the course of the nine-day festival you can catch solo shows from big-name comics, as well ace line-ups in the 'Best of Banana Cabaret' bills. Harry Hill, Ardal O'Hanlon, Tim Vine, Robert Newman, Sara Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan, Ed Byrne and even Paul Daniels are all playing the fest.

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The Bedford Friday July 10 2015 - Saturday July 18 2015
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John Mulaney

Critics' choice

Trust us, John Mulaney is one of the best comics working the States right now. The Chicago-born stand-up spent five years as a writer on 'Saturday Night Live' before bagging his own sitcom, 'Mulaney', on Fox which, er, sorta tanked and only ran for one season. But Fox's loss is London's gain. By the looks of things, Mulaney's now got some free time, so he's making his first trip to our city. His smart routines – about living in New York, youthful misadventures and terrible TV dramas – are unfailingly funny. He's quickly becoming a household name across the pond, so catch him in London while you can.

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Soho Theatre Wednesday July 15 2015 - Friday July 17 2015
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Dave Chappelle Live

Critics' choice

It's been nearly a decade since 'Chappelle's Show' ended. So what's Dave Chappelle been up to since the mid-2000s? Apart from hitting the gym hard, your guess is as good as ours. But after keeping a low profile for years, the US comedy superstar returned to stand-up in 2013 to headline the Oddball Festival tour across the States. And, despite the odd rocky gig, he's been on top form. Now the 41-year-old comic has announced his first ever full-length London shows, and we cannot wait. He's one of Comedy Central's '100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time' and, more importantly, Ahchoo from Mel Brooks's 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights'.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Wednesday July 8 2015 - Tuesday July 14 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 .