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The best comedy shows in London this week

The next seven days of laughter in London

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

Happy Mondays Comedy

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.

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Good Ship Comedy

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.

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Rats

This open mic gig in Tufnell Park is hosted by professional shambles Harry Deansway. He's mean to the comics, referring to them all as 'rats' and forces them to come on to silence if they haven't tweeted about the gig. But, somehow, it makes for an incredibly supportive atmosphere. And it's free!

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The best comedy shows in London this Tuesday

The Cutting Edge

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.

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Comedy Cirque

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.

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99 Club Leicester Square

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.

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The best comedy shows in London this Wednesday

Laugh Train Home

Wednesday night comedy in Battersea, with good quality line-ups for an £8 entry. Expect a mix of TV names alongside rising stars.

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The Comedy Store Players

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.

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The best comedy shows in London this Thursday

Always Be Comedy

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.

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Top Secret Comedy Club

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.

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The best comedy shows in London this Friday

Angel Comedy Pro Night

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).

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Up the Creek

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.

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99 Club Covent Garden

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.

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The best comedy shows in London this Saturday

The Comedy Loft

Camden comedy, in a purpose built room, featuring superb, circuit-level line-ups and the occasional big-name star.

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Bearcat Comedy Club

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.

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Covent Garden Comedy Club

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).

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The best comedy shows in London this Sunday

Sunday Special

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.

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