Top 20 comedy shows in London – January
Glenn Wool, Frank Skinner (below), probably the funniest month in Soho Theatre's history, Alexei Sayle, Crack Comedy, 99 Club, Bearcat Comedy, Banana Cabaret, Bush Hall and more ...
• Sundays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Comedy Store Players
Paul Merton lines up as part of the legendary Players residency.
• All month – anything at Soho Theatre
Good god the Soho has a brilliant winter/spring schedule, and this might just be the funniest month in the venue's history. Take your pick from Simon Munnery, Sam Simmons, Tim Key, Andi Osho, Kerry Godliman, Dr Brown, Sheeps and Max and Ivan.
• All month – Stewart Lee
Lee continues his residency at the LST.
• From January 9 – Pajama Men
One of the biggest-selling and critically acclaimed acts in recent years, the Pajama Men are back in London (look out for an interview on LiF in a few weeks time).
• Monday 9 – School Night
A fun new night at the New Red Lion Theatre, that is basically a comedy club masquerading as a school day. With form tutor Matthew Crosby, maths with Matt Parker, music with Steve Pretty, science with Steve Mould, PSHE with Helen Arney, and (double) history with Humphrey Ker. It's a new night so it might be a shambles, but it sounds like a larf.
• Thursday 12 – Tooting Rhubarb
A cracking line-up down in Tooting from this new-ish club: Andrew Maxwell, Tom Rosenthal, Marcel Lucont and more.
• Saturday 14 – Crack Comedy Club, Kingston
Another great bill from Crack Comedy, this time with Zoe Lyons, Ben Norris, Liam Mullone and more.
• Saturday 14 – Bearcat Comedy
Comic-magician Pete Firman, Sean Percival, Jo Caulfield and Paul Sinha visit this excellent Twickenham club.
• Tuesday 17 – PBH's Free Fringe Fundraiser
Raising money for PBH's Free Fringe, an institution at the Edinburgh Festival, will be Rich Hall, Robin Ince, Stewart Lee, Norman Lovett, Lucy Porter, Martin Soan, Peter Buckley-Hill himself with more tbc. The show takes place at Bloomsbury Theatre.
• Tuesday 17 – Alexei Sayle
Most notable among Soho Theatre's quality schedule is the return of Alexei Sayle, titanic MC and one of the pioneers of London's comedy circuit. He hosts a variety night introducing acts he has chosen from the circuit.
• Tuesday 17 – 99 Club Leicester Square
With recent Buzzcocks-er Holly Wash, Josh Widdicombe, James Acaster and white trash country singer Loretta Maine.
• Friday 20 – 99 Club Leicester Square View
With one of the best in the business Ian Stone, the deliciously bitchy Scott Capurro, Roisin Conaty and MC Matt Green.
• Saturday 21 – Banana Cabaret
Performing in Balham will be local boy John Moloney, Jeff Innocent, Pat Burtscher and Michael Fabbri.
• Saturday 21 – Dong
Billed as a "collision of hip-hop and comedy", with Andrew Maxwell, Sheeps, Ed Gamble & MC Fergus Craig, hip-hop karaoke, dancers and more.
• From January 23 – Frank Skinner and Friends
W00t! Frank Skinner is back with a run of variety shows in the west end that variously feature quality comics such as Terry Alderton, Pete Firman, Carey Marx, Nick Helm and Isy Suttie.
• Friday/Saturday 27/28 – The Boat Show
A brilliant line-up down on Embankment: amazing improv duo Abandoman, the sublime Ian Stone, Dan Nightingale, Jarleth Regan and top MC Craig Murray.
• Friday 27 – Bush Hall Presents
West London you should be snapping up tickets for this immediately. You can see comedy-rapper Doc Brown, Milton Jones, Andy Zaltzman and feisty Irish stand-up Andrew Maxwell.
• Friday/Saturday 27-28 – Glenn Wool
One of the best stand-ups in the world and it only costs £12 (that's him pictured above).
• Saturday 28 – Amused Moose Soho
Greg Burns, Rob Beckett, Ian Smith, Lara A King and Mark Dolan should make for a cracking Saturday night at Moonlighting night club.