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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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The Comedy Store Players
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The Comedy Store Players

The most famous comedy improv outfit in town perform off-the-cuff games and tomfoolery at the world famous Comedy Store twice a week. Regular Players include Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson, but the line-ups change for each show.

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Comedy Store , Piccadilly Circus Sunday January 22 2017
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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Recommended

The unstoppable 'Showstopper!' is back in 2017 for more improv-based musical theatre larks, this time at the Lyric Theatre until June. The cast of Showstopper are the best musical improvisational group we've ever seen. From a handful of suggestions from the audience they create a full-length, hilarious musical. More talent on stage than you can shake a stick at.

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Lyric Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Monday January 30 2017 - Monday June 5 2017
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Festival of the Spoken Nerd
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Festival of the Spoken Nerd

Festival of the Spoken Nerd, an unashamedly geeky celebration of comedy, science, maths, music and experiments, is very much a fixture on the London scene these days. So much so that stand-up mathematician (yes, they exist!) Matt Parker, musician Helen Arney and experiments guy Steve Mould are presenting a greatest hits package over ten nights at Soho Theatre. Hands up who likes graphs?

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Soho Theatre , Soho Until Saturday January 21 2017
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Mr Swallow: Houdini
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Mr Swallow: Houdini

Recommended

Nick Mohammed resurrects his alter ego Mr Swallow for a zany biopic of arch-escapologist Houdini. This slice of magical character comedy is a look at the history of conjuring from Mohammed, who's appeared in 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' and 'Bridget Jones's Baby'.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Until Saturday February 18 2017
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Katy Brand: I Was A Teenage Christian
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Katy Brand: I Was A Teenage Christian

The title of Katy Brand's show says it all: ‘I Was a Teenage Christian’. The comic, a fitful presence on the telly since the mid-2000s ('Katy Brand's Big Ass Show', 'Peep Show'), spills the beans on her teenage years as a fundamentalist Christian – an entirely self-imposed conversion. Thankfully for us, in the end, the charming Brand swapped the holy light for the spotlight and a career in comedy. Praise the lord!

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Soho Theatre , Soho Monday January 23 2017 - Saturday January 28 2017
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Chris Gethard: Career Suicide
Chris Gethard: Career Suicide
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Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

Recommended

Chris Gethard was still very much an unknown quantity in the UK until he brought this brave solo show to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, where it enjoyed excellent reviews. Co-produced by comedy heavyweight Judd Apatow, ‘Career Suicide’ sees the US improv veteran explore his see-sawing mental health (touching on depression, alcoholism and suicide), in a frank, funny and moving show.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Monday January 23 2017 - Saturday February 4 2017
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Bilal Zafar: Cakes
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Bilal Zafar: Cakes

A hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, where he picked up a Best Newcomer nod, Bilal Zafar lands in London with his acclaimed debut show. After being mistaken for a Muslim-only cake shop on Twitter, Zafar tells the story of how he became a target for rabid far-right groups. It's fertile ground for a sharp young comic with a bright future.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Monday January 23 2017 - Saturday January 28 2017
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99 Club Leicester Square: Kerry Godliman
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99 Club Leicester Square: Kerry Godliman

Recommended

The 99 Club team's most famous venue regularly hosts good quality circuit stand-ups, five or six nights a week. And tonight's line-up is another gem. You’re in capable hands with headliner Kerry Godliman, who does a fine line in comic exasperation, zeroing in on the frustrations of relationships and motherhood. Godliman is joined on the night by one of the country’s best comedians, the sublimely silly James Acaster, and the sparky Dane Baptiste.

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Ruby Blue , Chinatown Friday January 27 2017
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Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel
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Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Recommended

Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Tremendous fun.

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Sunday January 29 2017 - Sunday May 28 2017
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Tonight

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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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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 .