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Comedy in Greater London There’s plenty of laughter in London so whether you’re looking for international stars of comedy or home grown talent you’re in the right place. There are also plenty of venues to see the new kids on the block or even have a go at stand-up yourself.

If you’re looking for a great name in contemporary comedy you can trust Jongleurs [map] which has a fine reputation for delivering side-splitting humour. There are several Jongleurs located in London and the best can be found at Jongleurs Bow, which is housed in a Victorian warehouse in E3 close to Mile End tube station and in the South West at Lavender Gardens, Clapham.

Here you’ll find the usual list of top Jongleurs comedy performers including those at the very top of their game as well as emerging talent.

If you’re in the mood for a rib tickling good time then you could do worse than venturing to north west London. At the Hampstead Comedy Club, on England’s Lane, comedy comes first so you can expect quality performances in an intimate atmosphere. With a “no frills” attitude this club has stayed in business for the class of its international cast of acts who really know the meaning of sidesplitting comedy.

One of the premier places in the North London area for stand-up comedy is the Red Rose Comedy Club [map]. With a 15-year comedy pedigree you should find hilarity here every Saturday night from autumn through to spring. Because the emphasis is on the quality of the comedy rather than decorative frills, this Islington venue promises maximum laughs for minimum cost.

The Hackney Empire [map] in East London is where you’ll find premier league comics wielding their one-liners and observational anecdotes for your paying pleasure. Historically this is where comedy forefathers including Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and George Formby all plied their trade.

If you’re looking for fresh young things head to Up the Creek [map], Creek Road, SE10, for that perfect combination of bright new talent and delicious food. This club is regarded by many as one of the best in South East London, and with a top location in the heart of Greenwich this proves an excellent and uplifting way to begin a fun evening out.

Veteran compare and manager Malcolm Hardee, who used to be heavily involved with first Soho Comedy Store, keeps a watchful eye over the bunch of emerging comedians.

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