There are an overwhelming number of comedy shows to choose from in London. Our advice? Buy tickets to any of the ten shows we recommend and you'll have a cracking time.
Missed Edinburgh? No problem. This six-week Waterloo-based arts festival returns to the atmospheric Vaults with a jam-packed line-up of music, theatre, comedy, club nights and more. Our comedy tips? Check out the terrific (and terrifying) 'Story Beast' (pictured) and cult podcast 'The Beef and Dairy Network'.
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 comic who's so posh he makes Jack Whitehall look like Micky Flanagan. Him. The talented 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.
Charming Canadian comic Mae Martin hosts this monthly comedy night at Soho Theatre, one of the best new material nights in the capital. In February she’s put together a stellar line-up: Sarah Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan, Adam Hess and Emma Sidi. New material nights have their own special magic: raucous, ramshackle affairs, where you get to hear your favourite comics minus the polish (and the hefty ticket price).
More comedy 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 the best comedy shows in London this week.