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!
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.
2017 was a mighty busy year for Sara Pascoe. Not only did she sell out her entire month-long Edinburgh Fringe run before the festival even began, the Dagenham-born comic appeared on pretty much every panel show going, adapted ‘Pride and Prejudice’ for the stage, and went on a ‘one-person stag do’. Who was getting married? Well, no one. Having recently broken up with her boyfriend of four years, Pascoe started writing her new show by ‘whinging about how unfair it was that people who don’t get married miss out on fun stuff like hen parties and expensive divorces,’ she explains. ’Then I tried to be more positive, exploring how I could do things by myself and I decided to have some adventures. I went to Paris by myself for Valentine’s Day, I went to my first football match, and I hired a male stripper for my solo stag… But then I got too nervous and cancelled it.’ ‘LadsLadsLads‘ is Pascoe’s most personal show yet. The more she performs the less ‘filter’ she applies to her comedy, she says. ‘I’ve always been unintentionally open – don’t ever tell me a secret. And ten years of yapping into a mic means I can’t help but be over-sharing sometimes.’ Alongside the full houses, the show received rave reviews in Edinburgh. So after a blistering 2017, what better way for Pascoe to kick off her new year than with a string of West End dates? It’s her first run in theatreland and she’s excited. But there’s something else she’s looking forward to this year. ‘After the shows I’m going straig
Unless you’ve given up social media for lent, chances are Rachel Parris has popped into your timeline recently. The Leicester-born comic has been on the circuit for over a decade, performing sharp-witted musical comedy and improvising faux-Jane Austen novels as part of Austentatious. But it’s Parris’s recent segments on ‘The Mash Report’ that have really rocketed her profile. Her topical how-to guides – presented in a smiley, no-nonsense fashion – have taken on subjects like sexual harassment, public apologies and, err, Piers Morgan. They’ve racked up millions of views online. ‘The day the first video went viral was insane,’ says Parris of her social success. ‘My phone sounded like a broken doorbell for a few hours.’ The first series of ‘The Mash Report’, which aired last year, was well received. But the recently broadcast second series made far more of an impact, especially for Parris. What changed? ‘The Mash team, and the Beeb, decided to give me more to say, essentially,’ she says. ‘We worked together to develop larger segments that were more pointed and political.’ Their work paid off. ‘The Mash Report’ will be back for another series, and Parris’s live shows are selling fast – a big tour is now on sale from September. Unlike her ‘Mash Report’ slices, Parris’s live shows are packed with songs. But her new satirical status is a ‘useful challenge,’ she says. ‘It’s given me a push, and injecting more politics into my work is my new goal for this year. I'm enjoying it!’
This stand-up night from comedy production outfit Plosive brings the best in alternative comedy to south east London. This month it’s a double-headline bill, with Hal Cruttenden – star of ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘Mock the Week’ – and Bafta-nominated ventriloquist Nina Conti. Support comes from ‘The Mash Report’ star Rachel Parris, double Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee Carl Donnelly and one more act to be announced. Age restriction: 18+
Backyard Comedy Club
One of London's much-needed, dedicated comedy clubs, run by British stand-up Lee Hurst, star of 'They Think it's All Over', who you can occasionally find performing here. At just a stone's throw from Bethnal Green, the Backyard is a good place to find up-and-coming comedians, plus since 2013, they've also hosted variety shows, cabaret, swing dancing and more. There's also a bar, pizzas, pool, fussball and darts.