The top 20 comedy shows in May!

Featuring a SHED load of Harry Hill appearances, Rob Delaney, Bill Maher, Dylan Moran, Tim Vine, Nick Helm, some amazing club line-ups and the first buds of Edinburgh preview season

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Club nights

• Thursday 14 – Always Be Comedy
Guys, come on. Rob Delaney is doing this tiny venue on the 14th and it’s not sold out. Sort it out. Also the line-up on the 28th is pretty damn handy (Josh Widdicombe and Suzi Ruffell).

• Tuesday 12 – Laugh Out London
Four words: Bea, Acaster, Cunk, Veitch. Failing that, check out LOL’s shows in Victoria Park (28th) and Brixton (19th).

• Friday 15 – Up the Creek
Quality AND variety! Extraordinary scenes. You can see Adam Bloom, Lost Voice Guy, Bobby Mair and Alasdair Beckett-King. And UTC’s Sunday show on the 17th is a modern vintage (Sara Pascoe, David Trent and John Robins).

• Saturday 16 – the Boat Show
Fun, courtesy of Marcel Lucont, Charlie Baker and Noise Next Door.

• Weds 20 – Knock2Bag
Knock2Bag is ON FIRE at the moment. This one features Glenn Wool, Bobby Mair and Will Adamsdale. K2B’s Shepherd’s Bush show on the 30th is also a beaut.

Friday 22 – Show and Tell Presents
Nick Helm headlines a typically dreamy line-up at Bush Hall.

• Tuesdays at the 99 Club
Consistently superb line-ups this month at 99 Club’s Tuesday offering, and also note that their show on Friday 15 is an absolute STONKER.

Solo shows/Edinburgh previews

Sheeps sketch comedyVarious dates – Soho Theatre
Another strong month, with the pick of the bunch in LiF’s opinion being sill/smart sketch trio Sheeps (left) with their show Wembley Previews. Also look out for new heights of ridiculousness from Alex Horne, original play about stand-up comedy called Death of a Comedian, the ongoing juggernaut that is Bridget Christie, a memorably crazed hour by Beth Vyse, the return of charismatic Kiwi Jarred Christmas, stand-out new comic Tim Renkow, an extended run by Des Bishop, and Nazeem Hussain. Take your pick!

Various dates – Udderbelly Festival
Some wonderful shows down on the Southbank inside the upside-down purple cow. Max and Ivan’s heart-felt and funny show on a school reunion heads the pack, and for a pure injection of good-time comedy check out Abandoman. Andy Zaltzman hosts an election special on 7 May, physical comedy storytellers Pajama Men are always worth seeing, and Arthur Smith performs his poignant show about his mother’s struggle with dementia.

May 5-9 – Harry Hill and Friends
A week-long work-in-progress residency for Harry Hill in Kings Cross, with a different guest each night. Harry is also in Backyward Club in Bethnal Green on the 13th doing an interview and Q&A.

• Wednesday 20 – Josie Long’s Investigations
Long continues her monthly show in Kings Cross that combines comedy with investigative journalism.

• Saturday 23 – Bill Maher
There are still tickets left for Bill Maher’s one-off show on these shores.

• Fri-Sat 29-30 – Dylan Moran
Moran’s Kentish Town shows are sold out, but tickets are still going for his Hammersmith dates.

• Tue-Sat 26-30 May – Tim Vine
A five-night run at the Bloomsbury for the punslinger with his new show.

Various dates – Piccadilly Comedy Club Edinburgh previews
On the 11th you can see James Acaster and John Robins, on the 31st it’s Paul Sinha and Josh Widdicombe.

Charity shows

Stewart Lee Comedy Vehicle• Tuesday 5 – Funny Brains
Stewart Lee, Jo Brand and Earl Okin are among the comics raising money for research in Glioblastoma brain tumours.

• Monday 11 – Stand Up for Games Aid
A cracker at the Comedy Store, featuring the likes of Ian Stone, Terry Alderton and Marcus Brigstocke.

Friday 15 – Channel 4 Comedy Gala
Great Ormond Street is again the beneficiary of this most starry of fundraisers, with Michael McIntyre, Kevin Bridges, Alan Carr, Katherine Ryan, Jack Dee, Rich Hall, Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea, Sean Lock and more.

• Sunday 17 – A Well-Known Comedian and Some Colleagues
A fundraiser for the Neuro Foundation including Adam Buxton, Nick Helm, Tony Law, Kevin Eldon and plenty more.

• Wednesday 20 – Laugh Till It Hurts
Another charity show at the Bloomsbury, with Paul Foot, James Acaster, John Robins, Sara Pascoe and Robin Ince raising money for Cancer Research.

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