Comedy Store

Comedy, Stand-up Piccadilly Circus
Comedy Store
The Comedy Store

Dubbed 'Comedy's Unofficial National Theatre', the Comedy Store is, without doubt, the daddy of all comedy clubs. During the 1980s the Comedy Store made its name as the home of 'alternative comedy': Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith Allen and Arnold Brown were among the radical young comics who cut their teeth here, with the likes of Clive Anderson, Chris Barrie, Paul Merton and Ben Elton hot on their heels. Things haven't changed dramatically: seven nights a week you can see some of the best comedy anywhere on the planet. Apart from the corking bills every Thursday to Saturday, check out the brilliant Comedy Store Players (Wed and Sun) and the fantastic Cutting Edge Team (Tue), while the Gong Show (which gives would-be stand-ups a mic for as long as the audience allow) on the last Monday of every month is simply not to be missed.

VIDEO: A tour of London's Comedy Store with Jarred Christmas


Venue name: Comedy Store
Address: 1a Oxendon St
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
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Absolutely loved it.

4 comedians, three of them hilarious and one very good.

It's a great way to spen a Friday evening and I'm sure I'll return soon.


The Comedy Store is one of the most famous nightspots in London. Many famous comedians have taken to the stage here, and it clearly revels in that reputation and nostalgia. I went to a late night comedy show on a Saturday night and found the experience slightly underwhelming. The comedians themselves were funny — one in particular had me in tears laughing — however, the drinks were not great and the audience were unbearable. Maybe 11pm on a Saturday night is not the time to find people at their best, but there were so many boorish idiots shouting out their ideas of banter in between downing pints with the ‘lads’ that it really started to take away from what the comedians were doing on stage. Go to the Comedy Store, you’ll laugh loads; just maybe don’t go on a Saturday night.


Stand up comedy must be one of the hardest things to do in front of any crowd but in front of a packed house in London on the Tuesday night in between Christmas and New Year when people want to be entertained even more than ever? No thank-you...

Luckily 'The Cutting Edge, a rotating group of 6 stand up comics who can be found every Tuesday night at the Comedy Store just off Leicester Square, are both braver and wittier than me and if you're after a good night of genuine belly laughs for a reasonable price and in a central location, these guys should be top of your list. 

Billing itself as the 'the best in live comedy', The Comedy Store has been going for over 35 years with many of the world's top comics cutting their teeth in first the Soho and then later Leicester Square locations. Paul Merton, French & Saunders and Ben Elton are just 3 of the homegrown talents who've taken to the stage while Mike Myers (an original member of The Comedy Store Players who are still superbly entertaining especially when featuring Josie Lawrence) and Robin Williams have also unleashed themselves on an unsuspecting but appreciative London audience.

'The Cutting Edge' is hugely topical comedy - audience members are asked to shout out new stories from the past year and month as the basis for the act with each stand up taking turns to lead the material. Some, as always, are better than others - Imran Yusuf and Paul Thorne got some of the night's biggest cheers from a big, bold audience unafraid to vocalise their approval...or not.

If you're easily offended, it's probably best to stay at home and watch repeats of 'I Love Lucy' on Comedy Gold - the Royal Family, Alex Ferguson & the Khardashians were just a few of the people lambasted on the night I went - but if you go accepting that as in life, some bits will tickle you more than others, you'll have a great time. 

The place is small and it gets absolutely packed so make sure you're there a good half an hour at least before the show starts. Eat before you arrive because the food is basic but save time to grab a beer at the bar then settle back and prepare to laugh, cry, wince and cheer and really, in as cold & gloomy a month as January, is there any better way to spend an evening?