If you feel like having a laugh and hearing a joke or two, a trip to the Comedy Store is well worth a visit. Here’s all you need to know about London’s best known comedy venue.
The Making of the Comedy Store
Located in the West End, The Comedy Store is a renowned venue to get your fix of the giggles. It is considered the capital’s best comedy venue. It opened its doors in 1979 by Don Ward and Peter Rosengard. It is difficult to believe that this prestigious comedy store was once a room above a strip club and has now grown to the place it is today. It was named by Rosengard after The Comedy Store in the US. When The Comedy Store started to pull in the crowds, they moved location to their current home in Leicester Square.
The Comedy Store played a fundamental part in expanding the alternative scene and helped form the career of many big comedy names such as French and Saunders, Jo Brand, Rik Mayall and Paul Merton. They opposed the ‘old-school’ mentality of their former mainstream comics, and pushed the comedy boundaries. The store continues to play host to some of the best comics on the scene and displays the bests in improvisation, stand up and topical comedy.
There are regular shows held at the Comedy Store, hosting a variety of talent, both new the scene and comics who have been in the game for while. Every Tuesday, ‘The Cutting Edge’, a topical comedy show, showcases comics breaking down the week’s news and pulling apart the threads of current affairs. On Wednesday’s you can check out ‘The Comedy Store Players’; resident comics delivering rib-tickling improvisation; no scripts, no rehearsals, just pure comic talent. The last Monday of every month showcases new talent with it’s open mic night, ‘King Gong’, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you can be treated to ‘The Best in Stand Up’.
The Comedy Store is located near Piccadilly and Leicester Square station, and you can find them at:
1a Oxendon Street