The UK has produced some of the funniest people in the world (we’re sure that is an indisputable fact) and London’s chock full of comedy clubs (some cost less than a drink to get in), where you can see tomorrow’s headline acts today. Our bets are on these lot to make it big.
Diane Spencer is an award-winning comedienne who has ping-ponged between the UK, New Zealand and Australia, leaving aching sides in her wake. During her stand-up performances, she dryly discusses her own life, falling in love, and the trials and tribulations of living in London. She’s done stints at Edinburgh Fringe and won awards for best newcomer. Catch her before she takes off.
See Diana Spencer on Comedy Central on March 18 at Bar Rumba in Soho.
Max and Ivan
Known for their hilarious multi-character performances, Edinburgh Fringe favourites Max and Ivan are telling the story behind their bromance to audiences at Soho Theatre. The sketch show Our Story celebrates how and when the silly duo met and mines it for comedy gold, gaining the boys four-star reviews from every newspaper going.
See Max and Ivan: Our Story at Soho Theatre until March 4.
Musical comedy often gets a bad rep but Harriet Braine won armfuls of awards last year, including the Funny Women Stage Award 2016 at Koko. She’s only been at it a year, but her take on subjects like Pablo Picasso and her range of impressions have hit home all over London.
See Harriet Braine at The Bohemia London on March 9.
Luisa’s star is definitely on the rise – her first big show, What Would Beyoncé Do?, is now streaming on BBC iPlayer and her joke about a thigh gap last year has seen the hits go into the millions. She’s a London comic who focuses on making women feel better, and her shows are full of dirty anecdotes told with a lovable laugh. She’ll have new dates up soon.
See Luisa Omielan at The Top Secret Comedy Club on March 13.
Andrew Doyle brings his razor-sharp political wit to bare on the US election and a post-truth world in his new show Future Tense. He also writes plays for Radio 4 and adapts musicals for the theatre. He’s been described as one of the ‘funniest, sharpest comedians out there’ and it looks like 2017 isn’t going to shy away from giving him material.
See Andrew Doyle at the Soho Theatre March 6-8.
There are a few great Canadian comedians working in London at the moment; Katherine Ryan is one of them, and Dana Alexander is hard on her heels. Witty and sharp, she’s been supported so far by Russell Howard and gives it 100% from the moment she comes on stage.
See Dana Alexander at the Up the Creek Comedy Club on April 8.
James has been a regular on TV panel shows like Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo for a while. He won best breakthrough show in 2015, he’s mates with Josh Widdicombe and supported Josie Long. 2017 could be his year.
See James Acaster at the 99 Comedy Club on March 14.
Steve Bugeja has been at the comedy game for the last few years, taking his last two shows to Edinburgh Fringe. Steve’s a self-confessed and proud geek and pits himself against lad culture.
See Steve Bugeja at the 99 Comedy Club on June 13.
Former self-confessed fat kid and funny woman, Pippa Evans was in last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival for her improvised show. She is also part of a musical theatre troupe who make songs up on the spot and the co-creator of Sunday Assembly. A one-woman tour de force, catch one of her infectiously funny, never-sure-what-might-happen shows.
See Pippa Evans at Monkey Business on March 25.
This Irish comic’s star is on the rise. She points a gentle finger at modern life in Ireland, growing up in a small-town parish, the drinking, the craic and what it means to be a consumer in the 21st century.
See Eleanor Tiernan at Up the Creek Comedy Club on July 21.
Tom‘s been kicking around the comedy circuit for the last couple of years and is starting to pop up on panel shows on TV. Modern lad life comes under the microscope as does the ridiculousness of the cult of the lad.
See Tom Deacon at the Comedy Loft on April 29.