Don't know about you, but we like to be 'in the know' about the comedy shows in London that are 'so totally hot right now'. Well, using some sort of complicated algorithm the list below gives you the top 10 most popular comedy shows currently on the Time Out website. Now you'll never miss out those hot tickets that everyone's talking about – hurrah!
OneTrackMinds returns to Wilton’s Music Hall for a unique combination of music and storytelling. In this fusion of Desert Island Discs, The Moth Radio Hour and TED Talks, a handpicked selection of writers, artists, thinkers and musicians reveal how their favourite pieces of music have impacted their lives. Book tickets and find out more here.
Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. Made up of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, they're all hugely talented performers, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking along. Tremendous fun.
Hyperactive comedy superstar Russell Howard is embarking on his biggest ever world tour – inventively titled 'Round the World' – taking in the US, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. And for his London stint, the Bristolian arena-filler is playing a whopping ten-night run at the Royal Albert Hall. It's not till 2017, but buy tickets soon, is our advice. Plus, wherever possible, Howard will be performing 'in the round'. The former 'Mock The Week' regular is one of the friendliest comics around, moving from topic to topic with effortless ease, and loves to examine life's simple pleasures, tell stories about his mad mum and basically fool around like a cheeky teenager. Unless you've been living in a wifi-free cave, you'll know that his self-titled series 'Russell Howard's Good News' is wildly popular, pulling in millions of viewers and constantly ranking as the most watched programme on the BBC iPlayer. His new Comedy Central offering, 'Russell Howard's Stand Up Central', has been a huge hit, too. But Howard's most at home live on stage. He's a fast-talking charmer, and always a huge amount of fun. Read our interview with Russell Howard
Can you believe Al Murray has now spent 20 years as one of the finest comedy character creations in the country, the Pub Landlord? After battling Farage in South Thanet, Murray's headlng to the Royal Albert Hall with his new show, 'Let's Go Backwards Together'. The Pub Landlord's a national treasure, and one never short of an opinion of topical issues, so expect some gags on the Brexit fall-out. And remember, punters: please take your glasses back to the bar…
Miles Jupp, it's Miles bloody Jupp. You know, the one from 'Rev'? Or 'Balamory'? Or 'Have I Got News For You', 'The Thick of It' or 'Mock the Week'? The one who's so posh he makes Jack Whitehall look like Micky Flanagan. Him. The actor-comedian is back in the West End with his latest offering 'Songs of Freedom', another tut-tutting disection of the modern world and the domestic sphere. Every word in a Jupp show is carefully thought-over to produce the biggest possible laugh. What a jolly good egg.
London lad Rob Beckett has quickly become part of the comedy mainstream, popping up on Live at the Apollo and various panel shows with his unmistakable toothy grin. He's developed into a hugely accomplished stand-up and will play his biggest show yet in 2017, at Hammersmith Apollo. Expect the usual mix of cheeky stories and witty observations.
This charity comedy gala is hosted by Clive Anderson, and has a line up of stand-up superstars including Rowan Atkinson, Jo Brand, Rob Brydon, Nina Conti, Angus Deayton, Harry Enfield, Michael McIntyre, Paul Whitehouse and friends. '100 Hearts' is a night to raise money for sufferers of genetic heart and lung conditions - money raised will support the Genetics and Genomics programme at Royal Brompton Hospital.
Helen Duff's 'Vanity Bites Back' was a clowning cookery show that got rave reviews from Edinburgh's food-spattered comedy critics. 'When the Going Gets Duff' is a riotously silly solo show about life's sillier side - and going by the owl-filled poster its should be a hoot.