The top ten comedy shows this month

Our critic’s pick of July’s must-see comedy shows in London

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There's 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.

The best comedy in London this July

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Monty Python in 2013

Monty Python in 2013 © Andy Gotts

Monty Python – Live (mostly) One Down, Five to Go

The time has come to knot those handkerchiefs, practise those silly walks and quote along with the Pythons’ favourite sketches for the most anticipated comedy reunion, well, ever. Can we expect a live version of the Spanish Inquisition? Nah, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Read our interview with Monty Python
Watch Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard and more famous Python fans' favourite sketches
See our full Monty Python coverage

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Jul 1 - 5, 15, 16, 18-20
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Balham Comedy Festival

Now in its third year, the Balham Comedy Festival is back with a bang for 2014. Across the week-and-a-bit fest – which takes over the Bedford pub – you can catch Milton Jones, Reginald D Hunter, Mark Steel, Robert Newman, Paul Daniels – yes, Paul Daniels – and plenty more.

  1. The Bedford Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9HD
  2. Jul 11 - 19
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© Adam Patterson

Tedfest London

Fecking hell! Fathers Ted, Dougal and Jack are all heading to London… In a way. Tedfest – a celebration of everything 'Father Ted' – has been an annual event on Galway Bay for eight years, and now 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 Content. Would you like to go? Ah, go on.

  1. London Irish Centre 50-52 Camden Square, off Murray St, NW1 9XB
  2. Sat Jul 12
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© Laura Pannick

British Summer Time: Tim Minchin

The wild-haired Aussie polymath finally gets the rock star treatment he deserves and headlines the main outdoor stage in Hyde Park. Ahead of his set you can drink white wine in the sun as you laugh along to the ace supporting bill, made up of surreal one-liner merchant Milton Jones, 'QI's Alan Davies, puppet-mistress Nina Conti, Gina Yashere and Brummie legend Jasper Carrott.

  1. Hyde Park
  2. Thu Jul 10
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Ealing Comedy Festival

The Ealing Comedy Festival returns in 2014 for its twenty-first year. The annual Walpole Park bonanza always features spectacular line-ups, and 2014 is no exception. Across the five nights you can catch David Baddiel, Milton Jones, Rich Hall, The Boy With Tape On His Face and lots more.

  1. Walpole Park (Big Top) Matlock Lane, W5 5EQ
  2. Jul 11 - 18
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© Rob Greig

Time Out Introduces

Who are the rising comedy stars we rate? Find out at our final Time Out Introduces gig which sees a handful of our favourite new(ish) stand-ups all on one bill. Andrew Maxwell hosts proceedings, introducing Peter Brush, Evelyn Mok, Phil Jerrod, Twayna Mayne, Mark Silcox and Joseph Morpurgo.

See our profiles of Time Out Introduces stars

  1. Udderbelly Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Thu Jul 3
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Kyle Kinane

This Illinois-born comic is heavily praised by our good friends at Time Out Chicago, and we trust 'em. He's a masterful storytelling stand-up, weaving intricately crafted jokes into his laidback tales. This solo show has just been nominated for the prestigious Barry Award at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and his Soho Theatre run is his UK solo debut. So don't miss out.

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Jul 8 - Jul 13
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Chelsea Handler – Uganda Be Kidding Me Live

Hugely popular US talkshow host Chelsea Handler makes a flying visit to London – her UK stand-up debut – playing a one-off show at the suitably fancy London Palladium. In 'Uganda Be Kidding Me' (which is also the title of her book) the 'Chelsea Lately' host brings her trademark irreverent wit to stories of going on safari, trips to the Bahamas and more. Remember her slamming Piers Morgan on live TV? It's well worth a watch. London, can you handl’er?

  1. London Palladium 8 Argyll Street, W1F 7TF
  2. Sat Jul 12
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© Ed Moore

ARGComFest – An Actually Rather Good Comedy Festival

Two days. One venue. A shit-ton of Edinburgh Fringe previews. Yep, 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. Bridget Christie, Josh Widdicombe, Simon Munnery, Josie Long and so many more workshop material over the weekend.

  1. The Garage Highbury Corner, N5 1RD
  2. Jul 5 - 6
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Edinburgh Fringe previews

Yep, we cheated. We can't really class the entire Edinburgh Fringe preview season as one show. But we made the rules, so we can break them. Ed previews are impossible to miss in the comedy world during July – hundreds of work-in-progress shows take place in London – and it's an ace opportunity to catch solo shows from talented comics for just a few quid.

See our recommendations of where to see Edinburgh Fringe previews in London

  1. Various venues
  2. Throughout Jul

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4 comments
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 .