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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 July 2019

Michelle Wolf
© Mindy Tucker
Comedy, Stand-up

Michelle Wolf

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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US comic Michelle Wolf – who made headlines with her excellent set at the White House correspondents’ dinner that didn't impress a certain someone – plays some London shows. Wolf’s wide-eyed delivery contrasts nicely with her sharp one-liners and silly meanderings on topics such as sports, dating, gender and politics. She's ace.

Comedy, Stand-up

Rose Matafeo: Horndog

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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Peppy New Zealander Matafeo follows up her sold out Edinburgh Fringe run – where this show was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award – with extra dates at Leicester Square Theatre.

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Comedy, Character

Kieran Hodgson: ’75

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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Masterful character comic Kieran Hodgson received his third Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for this Brexit-inspired show looking at why the UK joined the EU in the first place. 

Comedy tours in September 2019

Comedy, Stand-up

Sindhu Vee: Sandhog

icon-location-pin Bloomsbury Theatre, Bloomsbury
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2018 Best Newcomer nominee at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Sindhu Vee brings her debut solo show to Soho Theatre. 'Sandhog' focuses on Vee's homelife. 

Comedy, Stand-up

Mark Watson: The Infinite Show

icon-location-pin Bloomsbury Theatre, Bloomsbury
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Mark Watson returns with another serving of razor-sharp stand-up. 'The Infinite Show' wowed critics at last year's Edinburgh festival. A gag-happy bundle of neurotic energy.

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Tom Rosenthal
© Idil Sukan
Comedy, Stand-up

Tom Rosenthal: Manhood

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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After a few years of starring in sitcoms like 'Friday Night Dinner' and 'Plebs', Tom Rosenthal's return to stand-up is all based around, well, his penis. 'Manhood' is a smart and very funny hour about circumcision – yes, really. 

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Rob Delaney.
Live At The Chapel
Comedy, Stand-up

Rob Delaney Live

icon-location-pin Hackney Empire, Hackney
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The US stand-up and writer/star of Channel 4’s ‘Catastrophe’ lays down some more brutally honest and wonderfully grubby tales as he records his latest special. 

Comedy tours in October 2019

Rhys James.
Photo: Matt Crockett.
Rhys James: Forgives
Comedy, Stand-up

Rhys James: Snitch

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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'Mock the Week' star Rhys James skillfully manipulates words and phrases, either playing up his intelligence or masking it behind goofy one-liners in which he doesn't realise he's the butt of the joke. He's a whip-smart dickhead.

Comedy, Stand-up

Kate Berlant

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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Over in the US, Kate Berlant has appeared in so many cult comedy hits – from 'Search Party' to 'Transparent' – and has won plaudits for her freewheeling absurdist humour. She's a superb stand-up – able to create an hour of consistently funny observations from nowhere. 

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Comedy, Stand-up

Jason Byrne: Wrecked But Ready

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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High-octane Irish comic Jason Byrne is back on the road with more semi-improvised, sweatily energetic stand-up.

Geoff Norcott
© Steve Ullathorne
Comedy, Stand-up

Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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Geoff Norcott has become ‘the UK's only declared Conservative comedian’ thanks to his well-received solo shows and appearances on 'The Mash Report' and 'Live at the Apollo'.

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Comedy, Stand-up

Jonathan Van Ness

icon-location-pin Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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Jonathan Van Ness – star of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' reboot and host of the hugely popular 'Getting Curious' podcast – makes the transition to stand-up with a UK tour. 

Ellie Taylor
© Karla Gowlett
Comedy, Stand-up

Ellie Taylor: Don't Got This

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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'The Mash Report' correspondent, 'Snog, Marry, Avoid?' presenter and 'Live at the Apollo' star Ellie Taylor heads out on a UK tour. Gentle, easygoing thoughts and observations on politics, celebs and social media.

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Comedy, Stand-up

Paul Foot: Image Concious

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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No one does fey whimsy quite like Paul Foot. He's quickly becoming a national comedy treasure, and now he's bringing his latest, excellent show 'Image Concious' to the Leicester Square Theatre.

Comedy, Stand-up

John Robins: Hot Shame

icon-location-pin Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner, Radio X DJ and all-round vibe magnet John Robins brings his latest tour show, 'Hot Shame', to London. 

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Comedy, Stand-up

Nick Helm: Phoenix From the Flames

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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Nick Helm – the gravel-voiced double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and star of 'Uncle' and 'Loaded' – is back on tour with a brand new show. He's a true time out fave. 

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© Rich Hardcastle
Comedy, Stand-up

Stewart Lee: SNOWFLAKE/TORNADO

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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Stewart Lee – one of the greatest comedians this country's ever produced – is back with a double-bill of stand-up shows. Two 60-minute sets, back to back, entitled Snowflake and Tornado. Don't miss. 

Comedy tours in November 2019

Comedy, Character

Jonathan Pie: The Fake News Tour

icon-location-pin Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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YouTube star Jonathan Pie – aka Tom Walker – has become a viral sensation with his sweary, off air rants after finishing up a political news report. He's since become a touring live act, selling tons of tickets across the country. 

Comedy, Character

Count Arthur Strong: Is There Anybody Out There?

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Trilby hat-wearing mangler of words and variety entertainer Count Arthur Strong (the character creation of Steve Delaney) hits the road. Count Arthur's a showbusiness legend, after-dinner speaker, raconteur and master of misunderstanding, and has long been a firm favourite on Radio 4 and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Now, his BBC series has introduced a whole new audience to the aging Doncaster variety star.

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Comedy, Stand-up

Ardal O'Hanlon: The Showing Off Must Go On

icon-location-pin Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace
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We love this award-winning actor, writer, comedian and star of 'Father Ted', 'My Hero' and, more recently, 'Death in Paradise'. O'Hanlon's low-key sense of bewilderment adds an offbeat slant to his observational routines about life's annoyances. Behind the wide-eyes there's a brilliant comic mind working away to get the most out of every superbly sharp line.

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Comedy, Stand-up

Desiree Burch: Desiree's Coming Early

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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New Yorker Desiree Burch settles in at Soho Theatre with a new smart stand-up show. Burch won the Funny Women competition in 2015, and is now a TV regular, popping up on all sorts of stand-up and panel shows. She's a superb comic. 

stewart lee press 2014
© Rich Hardcastle
Comedy, Stand-up

Stewart Lee: SNOWFLAKE/TORNADO

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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Stewart Lee – one of the greatest comedians this country's ever produced – is back with a double-bill of stand-up shows. Two 60-minute sets, back to back, entitled Snowflake and Tornado. Don't miss. 

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Fern Brady
© Matt Crockett
Comedy, Stand-up

Fern Brady: Power and Chaos

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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The uncompromising Bathgate-born stand-up and 'Live at the Apollo' tackles big topics and tells fascinating stories in her latest solo offering.

Comedy, Stand-up

Jack Whitehall: Stood Up

icon-location-pin The O2, Greenwich Peninsula
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Seemingly unstoppable stand-up superstar Jack Whitehall is back on stage with a massive arena tour. Whitehall started stand-up in his teens, and has since appeared on every panel show, had his own Netflix series and specials, and is now starring in Disney movies. 

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Comedy, Ventriloquism

Paul Zerdin's Puppet Party

icon-location-pin Duchess Theatre, Covent Garden
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Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin has long been a favourite on the UK comedy circuit, and is a regular on the 'Royal Variety Show'. But now he's a full-blown US star, having won 'America's Got Talent' a few years ago, and performing headline shows in glitzy Las Vegas.

Comedy, Podcast recordings

My Favourite Murder

icon-location-pin Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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Hugely popular true crime podcast My Favourite Murder – hosted by US comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark – plays a massive live London show at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. 

Comedy tours in December 2019

Comedy, Stand-up

Stewart Francis: Into the Punset

icon-location-pin Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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Slick Canadian one-liner merchant Stewart Francis is retiring from stand-up, and his farewell tour is visiting the Hammersmith Apollo. As seen on 'Mock the Week' and 'Live at the Apollo', he has a gift for exquisitely crafted gags of the highest order.

stewart lee press 2014
© Rich Hardcastle
Comedy, Stand-up

Stewart Lee: SNOWFLAKE/TORNADO

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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Stewart Lee – one of the greatest comedians this country's ever produced – is back with a double-bill of stand-up shows. Two 60-minute sets, back to back, entitled Snowflake and Tornado. Don't miss. 

Comedy tours in March 2020

Comedy, Stand-up

Rob Beckett: Wallop

icon-location-pin Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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London lad Rob Beckett has quickly become a mainstream comedy hero, popping up on Live at the Apollo and The One Show, hosting a primetime Saturday night entertainment series, and appearing various panel shows with his unmistakable toothy grin. He's developed into a hugely accomplished stand-up. Expect the usual mix of cheeky stories and witty observations. 

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