Top Six 'I Could Do With A Laugh' Comedy Shows, North London

Written by: Sophie Taylor

January. It’s laugh a minute at the best of times. We think it’s high time we ignored January-instigated misery, threw caution to the wind and our heads back in favour of laughing it off. From a snigger to an unrelenting roar, here’s our top six mood enhancing venues to work your stomach muscles. 

1. ‘The Old Fashioned Chortle’

Downstairs at The Kings Head

Whether you’re after new talent, established acts or more of a variety feel, Downstairs at The Kings Head in Crouch End has you sorted. Having run comedy nights for over thirty years, this club knows what you want and for how much. Yes, all of this for not much dollar. Added bonus? Very friendly bar staff and tasty drinks selection. As you can imagine the shows are popular, so get booking to avoid a joyless laugh-lacking existence.

Where: 2 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA.

Nearest tube: Finsbury Park, then the W7 bus.

When: Thursdays, Saturdays and Sunday, plus occasional other nights.

How much: £5 – £11.

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2. ‘The Classic Chuckle’

Most-Art Centre

The Tickled Bean comedy night features a mainly female line up on Stoke Newington High Road at the Most-Arts Centre. Last November saw the brilliant Robyn Perkins, Funny Women finalist Rosana Bosanac, poet and comedian Anabelszki. January’s line up includes Sister Rainbow (aka Ginny Evans Pollard), local story teller and raconteur Sarah Bennett and the very down to earth, Fay Downie. These weekly celebrations of stand-up, musical comedy and sketches are hosted by Bex Moss.

Where: Most-Art Centre, 86 Stoke Newington High St, N16 7PA. Helpful venue directions here

Nearest Tube: Stoke Newington

When: Thursday January 19th, Doors: 7pm, Show: 8 – 11pm

How much: £5 on the door or in advance here. 

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3. ‘The Tuneful Giggle’

Gunners Pub

At Gunners Pub, Finsbury Park you can finally marry your true loves in a ‘gong show with a difference’: see top notch open mic comedians perform their sets over a live jazz drum soundtrack and attempt to maintain their coooool. Squeeze into your roll neck and click along to improvisational jazz comedy every Monday (less wanky than it sounds). Dylan Dodds is your host with the most. Feel like performing yourself? Acts are welcome to pre-book a five minute set by messaging the Facebook page, or just rock up on the night. This is your moment scat cats. Don’t blow it. 

Where: Gunners Pub, Stroud Green Rd

Nearest Tube: Finsbury Park

When: Mondays, 8 – 10pm

How much: Free

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4. ‘The Surreal Snigger’

Finsbury Park

“Don’t the best stories happen behind closed curtains?”

And now for something a little different. Ethan Mechare has birthed a brand new interactive concept comedy. Saturday 28th’s performance is based in Finsbury Park, but the location will only be disclosed via special invite the day before, once you’ve booked your ticket.

Exploring ideas around sexual fantasy, voyeurism and housework, each show is set in a secret cosy living room across London. There will be a bar available to quench your thirst / take the edge off the intimacy with this surreal new show: Coming Clean, Life as a a Naked Housecleaner.

Where: Undisclosed location (special invites sent the day before)

Nearest Tube: Finsbury Park

When: Saturday 28th January, 7:30 – 9:30pm

How much: £16.52 

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5. ’The Unexpected Guffaw’

Aces and Eights

Scurry down into the cosy basement of Aces and Eights like a naughty little rat for a rambunctious evening of improvised comic chaos. Fortnightly club Shambles is an unplanned evening of new material and characters unfurling live in front of your expectant faces.

Experienced alternative stand up / producer / journalist Harry Deansway runs the show with a weighty inside knowledge of the scene. Expect the unexpected from new talent and the odd special guest. Oh, and it’s completely free.

Where: Aces and Eights

Nearest tube: Tufnell Park

When: Doors 7:45pm, Monday 30th Jan

How much: Free

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6. ‘The Unrelenting Roar’

The Camden Head

If you’re that guy who likes to sit in an empty auditorium long after the show has ended, occasionally lifting your feet for the cleaners, get yourself to Camden. Camden Comedy Club is held upstairs at The Camden Head. Every. Single. Day. That’s one never ending laughathon.

They’ve recently undergone a shiny renovation and added a load of new shows to the already bursting bill. Comedy stalwarts from Stewart Lee to Bridget Christie have tread the boards here, and no doubt will again. The new programme now includes sketch and improv, Edinburgh Festival previews and even workshops and masterclasses for wannabe jokesters.

Where: Upstairs at The Camden Head, 100 Camden High St.

Nearest Tube: Camden Town

When: Various nights (every night)

How much: From free to £10

Want more January plans to shake off the blues? Try our alternative suggestions or why not just embrace the blues in North London.

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