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The top ten comedy shows this month

Our pick of this month'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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Lolly Adefope: Lolly 2
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Lolly Adefope: Lolly 2

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Hotly-tipped character comic Lolly Adefope is gloriously silly live, and has upped the ante by adding a new focus on race to her latest show.

Click 'read more' to see an interview with Adefope ahead of her week-long run at Soho Theatre with 'Lolly 2'.

 

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Soho Theatre , Soho Until Sat Dec 3
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Tom Allen: Indeed
2/10

Tom Allen: Indeed

Waspish, biting and deliciously camp: Tom Allen is a wickedly funny treat. As anyone who’s seen him on the London scene in recent years will agree. Acclaimed new show ‘Indeed’ – a sell out at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – is Allen’s attempt to wrestle with the eccentricities of modern life, showcasing his assured storytelling and felicitous way with the english language.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Until Sat Dec 3
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Jason Byrne is Propped Up
3/10

Jason Byrne is Propped Up

On his last tour, high-octane Irishman Jason Byrne reintroduced props to his comic arsenal. His latest show continues the trend, promising rubber hands, giant ducks and mice with beards. Find out if he's for real at these Leicester Square Theatre dates.

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Until Sunday December 4 2016
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Stewart Lee: Digital Content Provider
Stewart Lee: Digital Content Provider
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Stewart Lee: Digital Content Provider

The iconoclastic Lee is back on stage with 'Digital Content Provider': another extended run at Leicester Square Theatre, his home away from home, in preparation for a full touring show in 2017. Apparently Lee has reigned in some of the meta-contortions and us vs them audience-baiting that defined his more recent material, concentrating instead on sticking it to 'Game of Thrones', Jimmy Carr and Nigel Farage. But, don't worry, there'll still be deep insights aplenty alongside the caustic observations and word-perfect quips

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Until Saturday January 28 2017
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Live At The Chapel With Katherine Ryan
Live At The Chapel With Katherine Ryan
5/10

Live At The Chapel With Katherine Ryan

Watch Canadian comic and TV mainstay Katherine Ryan dig her claws into celeb culture and all manner of zeitgeisty subjects, with the usual laser like precision. Always good value. There's also support from deadpan comedy poet Tim Key (aka Alan Partridge's Sidekick Simon), Irish stalwart Andrew Maxwell and Fin Taylor.

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Union Chapel , Canonbury Saturday December 3 2016
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A John Kearns Christmas
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A John Kearns Christmas

Two-time Edinburgh Award winner John Kearns is a master absurdist. Even his get-up is seriously strange: in debut solo show 'Sight Gags for Perverts' Kearns he sported a monk’s wig, a pair of false teeth and a deflated horse costume. All the better to portray his ridiculous, hilarious self-loathing. Who better to get you in the Xmas mood? 

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Tuesday December 6 2016 - Saturday December 10 2016
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My Big Fat Weirdos Christmas Wedding: An Alternative Comedy Panto
7/10

My Big Fat Weirdos Christmas Wedding: An Alternative Comedy Panto

Recommended

As far as we're concerned, the Weirdos Comedy Collective's annual alternative panto is one of the highlights of the comedy calendar. Now in its fifth year, it's become a bit of a comedy Christmas tradition. A large gang of out-there comedians join forces to put on a chaotic, stupidly silly alt-panto – complete with cardboard props and sets, ludicrous costumes and ambitious songs – with practically no budget. And all proceeds go to Great Ormond Street Hospital.  

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Wednesday December 7 2016 - Friday December 9 2016
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Michelle Wolf: So Brave
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Michelle Wolf: So Brave

2016 has been a big year for Michelle Wolf. The US comic has seen her stock rise Stateside with appearances on ‘Conan’ and ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’, and she's joined the team on Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’. While this side of the Atlantic her debut show ‘So Brave’ was nominated for a Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. It’s easy to see why: Wolf’s wide-eyed, cutesy delivery contrasts nicely with her sharp one-liners and silly meanderings on topics such as sports, dating, gender and politics.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Friday December 16 2016 - Friday December 30 2016
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The Elis James & John Robins Experience
9/10

The Elis James & John Robins Experience

Stand-up comics Elis James and John Robins have escaped the studio and bring their popular X Radio (formerly XFM) podcast to the live arena. The pair are fine comics in their own right, of course, but together their engaging rapport and top-level dicking about takes the comedy to another level. Fans will delight in the familiar catchphrases and running gags, and will look forward to the latest chapter in Robins’ autobiography, A Robin Amongst the Pigeons’, written in the style of Tony Blackburn’s ‘Poptastic’. 

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The Forum (O2 Forum Kentish Town) , Kentish Town Monday December 19 2016
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Comedy Store - New Year's Eve Stand-Up Show
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Comedy Store - New Year's Eve Stand-Up Show

The infamous stand-up show once again welcomes you into the New Year with a fun line-up. This year, like last year, there are two shows – one at 6pm, the other at 9.30pm. So who's on the bill? The witty, assured Jo Caulfield is joined by Markus Birdman, Larry Dean, Phil Nichol and MC Charlier Baker. Those who can still remember it the next day won't be disappointed.

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Comedy Store , Piccadilly Circus Saturday December 31 2016
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Comments

6 comments
Naomi H
Naomi H

Also, 20th and 21st,  Naomi Hefters show CHAOS at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden. 9pm.  A few tickets left. Two 4 star reviews. "Pure filth and wildly funny" Views from the Gods .. "Undoubtedly a natural comic, hilarious anecdotes" Three Weeks Edinburgh.

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 .