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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 March 2019

Ed Gamble.
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Ed Gamble: Mammoth
Comedy, Stand-up

Ed Gamble: Blizzard

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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Ed Gamble – as seen on 'Mock the Week' and 'Live at the Apollo', and co-host of the Off Menu podcast – settles in at the Leicester Square Theatre for a run of his very funny show, 'Blizzard'. A superb stand-up.

Comedy, Solo shows

Jessie Cave: Sunrise

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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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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Nish Kumar
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Comedy, Stand-up

Nish Kumar: It's In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves

icon-location-pin Hackney Empire, Hackney
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Smart stand-up Nish Kumar has establishing himself as one of the country's leading political comic. The 'Mash Report' host balances weighty, political topics – Brexit, for example – alongside sillier subjects. Kumar just keeps getting better and better.

Comedy tours in April 2019

Nish Kumar
© Idil Sukan
Comedy, Stand-up

Nish Kumar: It's In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves

icon-location-pin Hackney Empire, Hackney
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Smart stand-up Nish Kumar has establishing himself as one of the country's leading political comic. The 'Mash Report' host balances weighty, political topics – Brexit, for example – alongside sillier subjects. Kumar just keeps getting better and better.

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Comedy, Stand-up

Aziz Ansari: Road to Nowhere

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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US stand-up Aziz Ansari – best know for his own Netflix series 'Master of None' and for his role in 'Parks and Recreation' – plays some big London shows. 

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Comedy, Stand-up

Ahir Shah: Duffer

icon-location-pin Bloomsbury Theatre, Bloomsbury
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Brainy, eloquent Ahir Shah earned himself an second Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for this passionate show about our current political climate. He just keeps getting better and better.

Comedy, Musical

Rachel Parris: It's Fun To Pretend

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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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

Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

icon-location-pin Bloomsbury Theatre, Bloomsbury
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Inventive, no-nonsense one-liner merchant Gary Delaney – as seen on 'Mock the Week' and 'Dave's One Night Stand' – is back on the road. Delaney tells intricate, occasionally dark gags that are top-notch pieces of wordplay. He's an ace joke-slinger.

Comedy, Stand-up

Tommy Tiernan: Paddy Crazy Horse

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Multi award-winning Irish superstar Tommy Tiernan is back on tour with a new solo show, 'Paddy Crazy Horse'. Tommy tackles the big issues of today – sex, religion and family – with a mix of his personal demons and trademark sense of outrage. He's a must-see for any true comedy fan.

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Comedy, Stand-up

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

icon-location-pin Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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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'.

Comedy, Stand-up

Demetri Martin: Wandering Mind

icon-location-pin London Palladium, Soho
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It's been nearly eight years since this US comedy wonder, Netflix star and Perrier Award-winner last played London. Martin's a multi-genre, wonderfully imaginative comic. Truly superb.

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Comedy, Solo shows

Limmy: Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny

icon-location-pin Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Square
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Cult Scottish comic Limmy – aka Brian Limond – celebrates the release of his autobiography, 'Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny', with a live tour. Limmy's strange and hilarious TV sketch show – inventively titled 'Limmy's Show' – has a huge cult following, but because it's only broadcast in Scotland, we English folk have had to seek it out by other means (thank god for Netflix). Those loyal London fans will be out in force here.

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 tours in September 2019

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.

Comedy tours in October 2019

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.

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.

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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

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, Stand-up

Ardal O'Hanlon: The Showing Off Must Go On

icon-location-pin Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill
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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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© 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. 

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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