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!
The kings of alternative magic are back! Specialising in ingenious, often gory illusions and exposing frauds, Penn & Teller have been nominated for 13 Emmys, have appeared on everything from 'Letterman' to 'The Simpsons', and produced some of most astonishing and mind-baffling tricks ever created. They're bringing a version of their Vegas show to the Hammersmith Apollo, following a hugely successful run back in 2010. It's rare to see these cunning conjurors outside of Vegas, so don't miss out.
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.
Good old The Boy with Tape on His Face: living proof that you can still be incredibly funny without uttering a word. The physical comedy sensation (aka New Zealand-born stand-up Sam Wills) wowed US audiences as part of America's Got Talent. Now, The Boy is back in London in June 2017 with his predictably titled show 'Tape Face', mixing mime, props and audience interaction to create beautiful visual punchlines and truly magicial moments. This is one show that really does speak for itself.
If you’re easily offended, then I wouldn’t bother reading on, because you’re not going to want to see this show. RuPaul’s best friend – soz, Michelle – drag veteran and wearer of wigs that are approximately as high as Trump Tower, Lady Bunny, is back in town with a second run of Trans-Jester, a tirade against issues of political correctness being prioritised over actual issues. A legend who has inspired the shadier side of drag – Bianca Del Rio, we’re looking at you – the queen has got has got a bee in her beehive about political correctness and she’s not afraid to bang on about it. In the lady’s own words, ‘are we going to make Dick Van Dyke change his name to Penis Van Lesbian?’ Lady Bunny is problematic, but proudly so. There’s nothing that’s off limits; with four scourges of the earth – rape, diarrhoea, Oscar Pistorius, and of course Caitlyn Jenner – all punchlines. But underlying the foul jokes is the argument that the LGBT+ community shouldn’t be divided by linguistics, because there are bigger things to worry about than labels and pronouns, things like being able to use a loo in North Carolina. Famously foul-mouthed, she makes brilliant use of the pop canon of Prince, Katy Perry, Britney and Adele by rewriting their lyrics to sing home her message, and insult everyone in the process. And that includes herself – she even wheels out a brutal message recorded for her birthday by the great Joan Rivers, aiming to prove that she can take it as well as dish it out. The
You'll be hard pushed to find a better value night out than this. Three solo comedy shows – from low-key worrier Peter Brush, sharp gag-slinger Kiri Pritchard-McLean and smart story-driven character comic Tom Neenan – for nothing, plus complimentary beer and pizza. Why? Well, they're all being filmed for streaming service NextUp Comedy. Plus they're over-issuing tickets to make sure the room's full, so reserving a free ticket doesn't totally guarantee you entry. But you can make sure you get in by paying £3 (or £5 for a reserved seat). Not bad, eh?
Unlike most ’70s rock bands, not many comedians can play a 'greatest hits' tour. But sharp, edgy one-liner merchant Jimmy Carr has such a back-catalogue of gags he's packaging his funniest joke together for these 'best of' dates. The TV regular is one of the hardest working comedians in the country: constantly touring, always writing and somehow finding the time to host all those things on telly, like '8 Out of 10 Cats' and 'The Big Fat Quiz of the Year'. Plus, his blocked-drain laugh is recognisable from a mile away.