Top 20 comedy gigs of October
Including Simon Munnery, David Mitchell, Reg D Hunter and Omid Djalili doing club slots, Dara O'Briain, comedy at the Groucho Club, Knock2Bag, Banana Cabaret, All Day Edinburgh and loads more ...
• All Sundays – Showstoppers! the Musical
The unstoppable musical theatre/improv show that will even appeal to people who don't normally like musical theatre/improv, gets a weekly slot at the Charing Cross Theatre. Special mention for its younger sibling, period-improv show Austentatious, which kicks off a monthly run at Leicester Square Theatre.
• Throughout October – Simon Munnery, La Concepta (left)
High-concept, utterly unpredictable comedy from one of the circuit's greatest treasures.
• Mondays – Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
An impressive starry line-up of guests for Herring's podcasts: you can see David Mitchell, members of The League of Gentlemen and Dave Gorman.
• October 5-7 – Marek Larwood live
A very funny debut show from the former We Are Klanger.
• Friday 5 – Banana Cabaret
High-quality club night, with Adam Bloom, Andy Askins, old-school satirist Nick Revell and the brutally honest Diane Spencer.
• Tuesday 9 – What Would Beyoncé Do?
A cracking free show every Tuesday in Shoreditch from charismatic stand-up Luisa Omielan, plus support.
• Oct 10-12 – Danny Bhoy
Mini-run of shows at the Bloomsbury Theatre for Bhoy; not the most original comic around but he's on fantastic form.
• Thursday 11 – The New Wave
Invisible Dot is normally ahead of the curve so this mixed bill of its favourite acts should make for an exciting show, line-up tbc.
• Friday 12 – Pull the Other One
Big name in a small venue alert! Omid Djalili performs at this throwback variety night in Herne Hill.
• Thursday 11 – PLEB Talks Live
A show with a sense of adventure, PLEB Talks takes place in a secret location and you can bring your own booze – tonight you can see Nish Kumar, Pat Cahill, multimedia mentalist David Trent, sing-song surrealist Pat Cahill, John-Luke Roberts, prop-based oddball Ben Target and more.
• Saturday 13 – Live at the Chapel
A reliably quality night of comedy, tonight Reginald D Hunter headlines.
• Monday 15 – Happy Mondays
Cracking little pub gig. Holly Walsh hosts, plus Radio 4 star Susan Calman, Canadian maverick Tony Law and Dane Baptiste.
• Friday 19 – 99 Club Leicester Square
With Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee James Acaster, master of deadpan John Moloney, one of the best in the business Ben Norris and MC Mowten.
• Monday 22 – Old Rope
A consistently brilliant new material night, this one features Phil Nichol headline and DVD launch, plus Holly Walsh, Tiffany Stevenson,Tony Law, Milton Jones and Carey Marx.
• STAR GIG! Wednesday 24 – AmusedMooseComedy
A brilliant line-up, a comedy fundraiser AND a chance to nose about in the notorious celebrity (kind of) haunt Groucho Club, all thanks to Amused Moose. On the bill are The Boy With Tape On His Face, Hal Cruttenden, Andi Osho, Tom Deacon, the "British Seinfeld" Josh Widdicombe, James Redmond and Jim Campbell. (Extra mention for Amused Moose's regular Saturday show, which has a brilliant line-up on the 6th.)
• Thur 25 and Fri 26 – Dara O'Briain
A handful of tickets remain for Dara's latest show, which promises to be a great night if his last show is anything to go by.
• Oct 26-30 – Margaret Cho
Taboo-busting and very bloody funny US stand-up Cho is back with a new show at Leicester Square Theatre that takes an untraditional look at motherhood.
• Sunday 28 – All Day Edinburgh
A king-sized day of comedy, featuring about 30 acts performing material from their Edinburgh shows. Line-up includes Tony Law, Nick Helm, Robin Ince and Michael Legge, Helen Arney, Nick Helm, Bridget Christie, Al Murray, Richard Herring, Tiffany Stevenson, Josie Long, Shappi Khorsandi and Liam Mullone.
• Various dates – 13th Hour Horror Festival
Leicester Square Theatre is going for Halloween in a big way, with an 11-day festival of comedy, theatre, film, music and lecture shows. Included in the comedy camp is creepy storytelling from Nathan Dean Williams, a night of zombie-based comedy with a quality line-up and a Richard Sandling's Perfect Move Halloween Special. The full 13th Hour Horror Festival can be found here.