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 May 2018
Comedy tours in June 2018
Massachusetts-born comic Mike Birbiglia is a big fan of our city. He’s no stranger to it, either. Last year the 39-year-old stand-up screened his indie movie ‘Don’t Think Twice’ at the London Film Festival, and he’s performed his last two solo shows in our capital. ‘I feel like going on a 20 minute walk in London is to visit the greatest museum in the world,’ he tells me ahead of his next visit. ‘The city itself is a showstopper. And then the audiences, I find, are very hip to the kind of shows I do, which are Edinburgh Festival-type shows; narrative arcs, some quiet moments, personal. Birbiglia has gained a large, loyal fanbase for his long-form storytelling shows, in which he’s incredibly candid about personal aspects of his life. ‘In some ways, I feel like all we – comedians – have to offer audiences is ourselves,’ he explains. ‘There are so many TV shows and movies and things, so I think when people go to see a live performer they want to connect with that person. I try to do that. Sometimes it works.’ So, after covering relationship woes and his occasionally life-threatening sleepwalking condition in his solo shows, what does ‘The New One’ hold? Well, it’s a secret. ‘I’ve been going out of my way to say almost nothing about this show,’ says Birbiglia. ‘With my favourite movies, the greatest gift I can give people is to tell them to not watch a trailer, don’t read a review, just go see it. I feel that way about this show.’ Ben Williams
The wonderfully charming Joe Lycett is quickly becoming a household name. His mischievous stories, internet pranks and sharp joke-writing has made him a firm favourite on the live scene and on the box (although we've been championing him for years, we must point out…) Now he's on the road with his bigger tour yet, which has another pun-tastic title.
Comedy tours in September 2018
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'.
Yet again, Lancashire comedy powerhouse Peter Kay's latest tour has become one of the fastest selling tours in recent years, even by Kay's standard. The 'Phoenix Nights', 'Car Share' and 'Cradle to Grave' star's latest show – 'Have Gags, Will Travel' – is his first tour in 8 years, and is selling out arenas across the country. Expect plenty of nostalgia and fluffy observations.