As the unofficial comedy capital of the world, London's comedy circuit doesn't take a break. There are stand-up shows seven days a week, from early evening through to the small hours. To help you plan your week of witticisms, here's a nifty calendar of regular comedy shows in London.
The best comedy shows in London this Monday
Every other Monday, this cheapo New Cross night welcomes some of the biggest names in British stand-up alongside club regulars and newbies. And it's only a fiver.
Always cracking line-ups at this weekly, good value Kilburn comedy night. £4 in advance or £5 on the door – about the price of a London pint.
The best comedy shows in London this Tuesday
Long-running Tuesday night topical gig at the world famous Comedy Store. A rotating line-up of comics test their most up-to-date bits of material and play games alongside special guests.
New act and new material night at this circus-themed bar on Old Street. Comedy Cirque has a really intimate room, a friendly atmosphere and good variety line-ups.
The ace 99 Club gang run gigs in central London every single night of the week, but their Tuesday night show in Leicester Square is one of the best value. Tickets are under a tenner and the line-ups are always superb.
The best comedy shows in London this Wednesday
Wednesday night comedy in Battersea, with good quality line-ups for an £8 entry. Expect a mix of TV names alongside rising stars.
Every Wednesday and Sunday, this long-running comedy improv team – featuring regulars including Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence and Neil Mullarkey – made up larks on the spot.
The best comedy shows in London this Thursday
Easily one of the best comedy gigs in the capital. James Gill books and MCs this Kennington pub gig, which boasts phenomenal line-ups and often big name special guests dropping by to try new material or warm-up tour shows.
You're unlikely to find a cheaper Thursday night comedy gig in central London. Especially one with line-ups as good quality as Top Secret's.
The best comedy shows in London this Friday
Two clubs, round the corner from each other, both run by the same, friendly team. At a weekend Angel Comedy's two venues get long queues because, a) the line-ups are well worth catching, and b) they're free! Give a donation at the end if you enjoyed the show (you will).
This legendary Greenwich comedy club – now refurbished and more intimate than ever – hosts good quality circuit line-ups every Friday. Well, Saturday too, but the Fridays are a bit cheaper.
Looking for central London stand-up on a Friday night? 99 Club's Covent Garden venue's a safe bet. Always strong line-ups, reasonably priced, and a fun, party-vibe atmosphere.
The best comedy shows in London this Saturday
Camden comedy, in a purpose built room, featuring superb, circuit-level line-ups and the occasional big-name star.
This long-running club in Twickenham has played host to many of the biggest stars over the years, and the line-up's are as strong as ever.
You'll be in Heaven at this Saturday night comedy club… Heaven, the nightclub. All-pro circuit line-ups here, under the arches of Charing Cross (despite the name of the club).
The best comedy shows in London this Sunday
This relaxed, Sunday night gig at Greenwich's Up the Creek is excellent value and features some of the best line-ups in town. Expect household name stars (yes, really) alongside hand-picked open spots.