November 2022 Update: Added Gigl comedy – Fridays in Walthamstow.
This is a list of currently active stand-up comedy open mic nights running in London.
I try to keep it up to date, but nights sometimes start up or shut down without me noticing, so please let me know if there’s wrong or missing information. Leave a comment at the bottom, or you can find me on Twitter or Facebook.
Some important notes:
- To book a spot you will need to apply via the night’s website or Facebook page. Some nights use booking forms, others just ask you to email, and sometimes they only accept booking requests at specific times when they are ready – they’re all different, read their pages.
- You’re very unlikely to get walk-in spots (where you just show up and sign up on the night without pre-booking) anywhere at the moment, except for Lion’s Den Comedy Car Crash.
- A lot of nights will post about last minute spots on their Facebook pages, if they have dropouts.
- The nights marked “Bringer” will require you to take a friend along to join the audience on the night as a condition of performing. The nights which are not bringers will still be very appreciative if you can take any number of friends along – it all helps support the venue, the night, and the scene.
- If you’re struggling to find a bringer for your gig, try this Facebook group.
- Here are all the gigs in a Google Calendar so you can easily see what’s running on any night.
- You can also view a map of all the comedy open mic nights in London.
Check out this page if you’re looking for pro stand up comedy clubs in London.
|We Are Funny Project||Farr’s School of Dancing, 19 Dalston Lane, London E8 3DF – Map||Tuesday |
|WAFP FB Page||One of London’s longest running open mic nights. Popular with both newbies and established acts trying out new material. Each night features a professional headliner, so there’s usually a good audience.|
|G&B Comedy||Sun, Mon, Tues: The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London, N1 0AX – Map|
Tues: The Albany, 240 Great Portland Street, W1W 5QU; – Map
Weds: Arch1, Cranberry Lane, E16 4BJ – Map
|G&B Comedy FB Page||Bringer.|
A popular, well established new act/new material night, now running five shows a week at venues across London. Sundays are afternoon shows, starting 3.30pm
Uses a BYOB (Be Your Own Bringer) policy – which means if you go to a show as an audience member, you don’t have to bring a friend on the night when you perform.
Also offers up to 40 longer (7,8,10 min) non-bringer spots for more experienced acts each week.
|LOLipops Comedy||Tues: The White Hart, SE1 0UG – Map|
Thurs: The Ship 68 Borough Rd, London SE1 1DX – Ma
|LOLipops Act Booking Group||Tuesday is a couple of one-hour long open mic shows, running at 6:30pm and 8pm. |
Thursday is one show running from 7.30 pm – 9.30pm
|Ding Dong Gong Show||Vauxhall Comedy club, 6, South Lambeth Place, London, SW8 1SP – Map||Sunday||Ding Dong Gong Show website||A gong-show at Vauxhall Comedy Club, with a twist. As well as audience members being able to red-card acts off the stage, a panel of judges will give acts their feedback. The upside is that the best acts win a paid spot at one of the club’s pro-nights.|
|Comedy Virgins||Cavendish Arms|
128 Hartington Road
SW8 2HJ – Map
|Comedy Virgins FB Page||Bringer. |
Popular, long running night, ideal for newbies. Almost every aspiring standup in London has been on stage here.
|Whole Lotta Comedy||The Castle, 108 King Charles Rd, Surbiton KT5 8QJ – Map||Sunday||Whole Lotta Comedy FB Page|
Web page with their pro-gig listings.
|A hidden gem in suburban SW London. The night usually starts with a set from a pro act, followed by an open mic section of 5 -10 minute spots, with the aim of finishing at 9pm. An up-for-it crowd of locals makes it well worth the trip to Surbiton.|
|Lion’s Den||Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7EP – Map||Tuesday||Lion’s Den FB Page||A popular, long-running new act/material night in the West End. |
No need to book – just sign up on the door between 5:30pm and 6:30pm to get a spot. First come, first served.
|Rising Star Comedy Club||The Old Crown, 33 New Oxford St, London WC1A 1BH – Map||Monday|
|Rising Star FB Page||Bringer.|
Another popular, well established night which often draws a good audience.
You can avoid having to bring somebody with you, if you attend as an audience member on another night before your spot.
Up The Creek,
302 Creek Rd,
SE10 9SW – Map
|Thursday||Up the Creek Web Page |
Beat the Blackout Page
|A gong show where the aim is to last a full five minutes without the audience kicking you off the stage. Email/Call for a spot.|
|Gigl Comedy||Ye Olde Rose & Crown, Walthamstow, London, E17 4SA – Map||Friday||Gigl Instagram Page|
|5/10 min spot new material night. Signup via link on the Instagram page.|
|Comedy Cabin RAW||Hoxton Cabin, 132 Kingsland Road, Hoxton E2 8DP – Map||Wednesday|
|Comedy Cabin Booking Page||Regular comedy nights throughout the week, but Wednesday and Saturday (early evening) are RAW new act/material nights. You can book a spot through the FB page. More info about the club here.|
|Monkey Business||Heroica Live, 37 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AJ – Map||Thursday|
|Monkey Business New Act Info||Camden based comedy club with regular new act/new material nights.|
|Comedy at the Birkbeck||45 Langthorne Road, Leyton, London, E11 4HR – Map||Thursday (twice a month)||Comedy at the Birkbeck FB Page||A twice monthly new act/new material night, book via the FB page.|
|King Gong||The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon St, London SW1Y 4EE – Map||Last Monday of every month||King Gong Web Page||Monthly Gong Show at London’s best known comedy club. It’s the easiest way for an open-mic act to perform in front of a large audience, but it’s an ordeal. The audience is encouraged to heckle from the beginning of your set, and only the best acts survive the full five minutes without getting gonged off.|
|Heavenly Comedy||The Princess Victoria, 217 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 9DH – Map||Wednesday||Heavenly Comedy FB Page||New act new material night. Not a bringer, but if you do bring somebody you can ask for a 10 minute spot instead of a 5.|
|Healing Comedy||Open Ealing, Unit 14 School Lane, Dickens Yard, W5 2TG – Map||Thursday||Healing Comedy FB Page||Two shows each Thursday night – it’s an arts center without a bar, so BYO booze. Not a bringer, but preference is given to acts who can either bring friends, or go along to support any of the preview shows they’re currently running.|
|Compulsive Comedy||Carlton Tavern, NW6 5EU – Map||Monday||Booking Group||Bringer.|
|TNT Comedy||The Vine, 86 Highgate Rd, London NW5 1PB – Map||Tuesday||TNT Comedy FB Page||Bringer.|
Spots between 5-10 minutes, depending on experience.
|Cuddles for Troubles||The Trinity, 202 Borough High Street SE1 1JX – Map||Friday||Cuddles for Troubles FB Page||Bringer.|
|Joker Comedy||The Bolton, 326 Earls Ct Rd, London, SW5 9BQ – Map||Wednesday|
|Joker Comedy FB Page||Bringer.|
Spots between 5-10 minutes, depending on experience.
|Freedom Fridge||The Rose & Crown,|
71-73 Torriano Avenue,
NW5 2SG – Map
|Thursday||Freedom Fridge Website|
|Anorak Comedy||Anorak Comedy, Nell of Old Drury, 29 Catherine St, London, WC2B 5JS – Map||Tuesday|
|Anorak Comedy FB Page||Bringer.|
Quinn’s Pub, 65 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8NY, London – Map
|Thursday||Quinntessential Comedy FB Page||Bringer. |
Runs every second Thursday.
|Comedy at the Flo||The Florence, 131-133 Dulwich Road. Herne Hill, SE24 0NG – Map||Wednesday||Comedy at the Flo FB Page||Bringer.|
|Luna Comedy||Luna Live Lounge, 7 Church Ln, Bushwood, London, E11 1HG – Map||Friday||Luna Comedy FB Page||Bringer. |
First Friday of the month. Video and professional pics provided. Travel expenses paid for acts.
|Comedy Bandits||The Railway Tavern,|
18 Clapham High Street,
London, SW4 7UR – Map
|Thursday||Comedy Bandits Booking Page||Bringer.|