Comedians on tour

Discover the best comedy shows in London this year and buy tickets for your favourite acts
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Diaries at the ready: it's time to start planning your comedy year. Many of the biggest comedy tours of 2018 are coming to a London venue this year, and we've put them all into this handy planner. There's every variety of stand-up comedian in London.

Check out the full list below of notable comedians on tour making their way to London in the coming months.

Comedy tours in September 2018

Comedy, Stand-up

Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour

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Box office-smashing US comic and actor Kevin Hart is back on a UK arena tour. He might be small in stature but this fast-talking US comic is a comedy giant, chalking up box-office hits ('Get Hard', 'Ride Along') alongside his globe-straddling stand-up success. He can fill massive venues across the globe, and these London shows will sell out.

Bridget Christie
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Comedy, Stand-up

Bridget Christie: What Now?

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Bridget Christie – 2013's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, acclaimed author and star of her own Netflix special – settles in at the Leicester Square Theatre for another extended run.  Christie's a groundbreaking political stand-up, tackling Brexit, Trump and the state of the nation with an impish anger and silly jokes. A must see.  

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Comedy, Stand-up

Omid Djalili: Schmuck For A Night

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Star of his own BBC series 'The Omid Djalili Show', the Iranian stand-up is back doing what he does best: entertaining audiences with silly dances, witty anecdotes and sharp gags. Sure, he's conquered Hollywood with roles in 'Sex and the City' and 'The Mummy', and played the lead role in religious comedy 'The Infidel', but it's always good to have him back on stage in the UK.  

Comedy, Musical

Rachel Parris: It's Fun To Pretend

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Unless you’ve given up social media for lent, chances are Rachel Parris has popped into your timeline recently. The Leicester-born comic has been on the circuit for over a decade, performing sharp-witted musical comedy and improvising faux-Jane Austen novels as part of Austentatious. But it’s Parris’s recent segments on ‘The Mash Report’ that have really rocketed her profile. Her topical how-to guides – presented in a smiley, no-nonsense fashion – have taken on subjects like sexual harassment, public apologies and, err, Piers Morgan. They’ve racked up millions of views online. ‘The day the first video went viral was insane,’ says Parris of her social success. ‘My phone sounded like a broken doorbell for a few hours.’ The first series of ‘The Mash Report’, which aired last year, was well received. But the recently broadcast second series made far more of an impact, especially for Parris. What changed? ‘The Mash team, and the Beeb, decided to give me more to say, essentially,’ she says. ‘We worked together to develop larger segments that were more pointed and political.’ Their work paid off. ‘The Mash Report’ will be back for another series, and Parris’s live shows are selling fast – a big tour is now on sale from September. Unlike her ‘Mash Report’ slices, Parris’s live shows are packed with songs. But her new satirical status is a ‘useful challenge,’ she says. ‘It’s given me a push, and injecting more politics into my work is my new goal for this year. I'm enjoying it!’

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Comedy, Stand-up

Kevin Bridges: The Brand New Tour

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Kevin Bridges has become one of Scotland's biggest comedy talents. Bridges's rise to household name status was a fast one. One year he was playing a 50-seat room at the Edinburgh Fringe, the next he was performing in front of 10,000 people in his home town. Now you can catch him at the Hammersmith Apollo as part of 'The Brand New Tour'.

Comedy, Sketch shows

A F#cked Up Evening with the Trailer Park Boys

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Fans of the hit Canadian mockumentary series 'The Trailer Park Boys' will be pleased to know that Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are returning to London to perform at Brixton Academy. Starring John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells and Mike Smith, the TV show followed the lives of three trailer park residents trying to come up with ways to get rich, high and stay out of jail. 

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Comedy, Sketch shows

The League Of Gentlemen – Live Again

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Reece Shearman, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and non-performer Jeremy Dyson celebrate their 20 years as The League of Gentlemen with an anniversary tour.   The League won the Perrier Award way back in 1997 for their wickedly twisted sketches and middle-Britain characters, and quickly became BBC mainstays. Now, for the first time in 12 years, you can see them live on stage. 

Comedy tours in October 2018

Comedy

Early Doors

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Craig Cash and Phil Mealey's much-loved pub sitcom gets a live outing, transforming theatres across the country into The Grapes. 

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Comedy, Stand-up

Gad Elmaleh

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The Jerry Seinfeld of France. Elmaleh’s a huge star in French-speaking parts of the world, and he’s just as funny in English. Oh my Gad.

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Comedy, Stand-up

Chris Tucker

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Detective James Carter himself performs a rare live show in London. The 'Rush Hour' and 'Fifth Element' star has been a stand-up mainstay across the pond for the best part of 20 years, performing on 'Def Comedy Jam' during the '90s. Having had a break to try his hand at movie stardom, Tucker returned to the stage in 2011 and is has been on a world tour ever since. Loud and brash, he's an in-ya-face stand-up.

Bridget Christie
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Comedy, Stand-up

Bridget Christie: What Now?

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Bridget Christie – 2013's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, acclaimed author and star of her own Netflix special – settles in at the Leicester Square Theatre for another extended run.  Christie's a groundbreaking political stand-up, tackling Brexit, Trump and the state of the nation with an impish anger and silly jokes. A must see.  

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Comedy, Stand-up

Michael McIntyre's Big World Tour

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A brand new tour from fluffy-haired, baby-faced, observation machine Michael McIntyre.  Since breakthrough appearances on 'The Royal Variety Performance' and 'Live at the Apollo' the skipping stand-up has basically achieved (comedy) world domination: he's had his own stand-up and chat shows on BBC One, sells out massive tours in a matter of minutes and has spawned a million impressions by your mates down the pub.

Comedy, Stand-up

Whoopi Goldberg: Stand Up Live

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In the UK, Whoopi Goldberg is best known for her comic turns in smash-hit films ‘Ghost’ and ‘Sister Act’. But she first made her name in the US with a series of acclaimed stand-up cum one-woman performances (‘The Spook Show’) that date back to the early 1980s. Therefore it’s a big deal to have her perform her thoughtful, charismatic one-woman show in the capital for the very first time. We can’t say for certain what she has in store; however, judging by her past work it will probably include some character monologues – often depicting society’s overlooked and marginalised (think Richard Pryor’s ‘Mudbone’) – along with more straight ahead commentary on race and politics. Plus gags too, of course. Don’t forget the gags. What more can we say really, other than, Whoopi!

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Comedy, Stand-up

Dara O Briain: Voice of Reason

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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.

Comedy tours in November 2018

Comedy, Podcast recordings

Elis James and John Robins: The Holy Vible Book Tour

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Radio X DJs Elis James and John Robins – who host one of funniest podcasts out there – unleash their vibe into the literary arena with their first book and this accompanying tour. They'll be chatting, signing PCD's books and probably playing a round of 'Potato Potato'. 

Bridget Christie
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Comedy, Stand-up

Bridget Christie: What Now?

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Bridget Christie – 2013's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, acclaimed author and star of her own Netflix special – settles in at the Leicester Square Theatre for another extended run.  Christie's a groundbreaking political stand-up, tackling Brexit, Trump and the state of the nation with an impish anger and silly jokes. A must see.  

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Michael McIntyre
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Comedy, Stand-up

Michael McIntyre's Big World Tour

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A brand new tour from fluffy-haired, baby-faced, observation machine Michael McIntyre.  Since breakthrough appearances on 'The Royal Variety Performance' and 'Live at the Apollo' the skipping stand-up has basically achieved (comedy) world domination: he's had his own stand-up and chat shows on BBC One, sells out massive tours in a matter of minutes and has spawned a million impressions by your mates down the pub.

Comedy, Solo shows

Jessie Cave: Sunrise

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DIY comedian-artist (and 'Harry Potter' star) Jessie Cave is back at Soho Theatre with more millennial woes and tales of motherhood. 

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Comedy, Stand-up

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

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Misanthropic Irish comedy superstar Dylan Moran is back on the road with 'Dr Cosmos' The creator of ‘Black Books’ and star of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ is a master at casually throwing out strange metaphors while sloshing glasses of red wine. There’s depth and intelligence behind his shambolic charm and curmudgeonly manner. (And, in case you’ve ever wondered, it’s ‘Moran’ as in ‘Sporran’. You’re welcome.)

Comedy, Stand-up

Hal Cruttenden: Chubster

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Middle-class hero, self-confessed luvvie and 'Live at the Apollo' star Hal Cruttenden rages politely about the perils of the modern. The TV regular's mix of energetic observations and stories of life-grumbles are always hugely entertaining.

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Comedy, Stand-up

Ari Shaffir

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Ari Shaffir is a big name in the States, with his own Netflix special and Comedy Central series 'This Is Not Happening'. He's a filthy a storyteller. 

Comedy, Stand-up

Henning Wehn: Get On With It

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Entertaining oddball and self-styled German comedy ambassador Wehn presents another hour (or so) of meticulously planned jolliness. Wehn's lived in Britain for well over a decade now. He's still a bit confused by our country, but that hasn't stopped us Brits falling in love with him, mainly thanks to his ace panel show appearances on 'Have I Got News For You' and '8 Out of 10 Cats'.

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Comedy, Stand-up

Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast

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Seemingly sweet and properly filthy comic Sarah Millican is back on the road, with 'Control Enthusiast'. The BBC Two-starring stand-up has been one of the most popular comics in the country for a good few years now. She could fill arenas, but Millican chooses more intimate theatres instead, which fit her cosy, welcoming style.

Comedy tours in December 2018

Comedy tours in April 2019

Comedy, Stand-up

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

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The Welsh comedy powerhouse is back on the road with his first stand-up tour in six years. After attempting new jobs in 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' and speaking to fired candidates on 'The Apprentice', it's good to see the ace stand-up back on stage with the intriguingly titled 'Book of John'.

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Backyard Comedy Club

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One of London's much-needed, dedicated comedy clubs, run by British stand-up Lee Hurst, star of 'They Think it's All Over', who you can occasionally find performing here. At just a stone's throw from Bethnal Green, the Backyard is a good place to find up-and-coming comedians, plus since 2013, they've also hosted variety shows, cabaret, swing dancing and more. There's also a bar, pizzas, pool, fussball and darts.

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