Angel Comedy Club review – by Tunde Dudas

CA - Angel Comedy Club It may have been going for six years but the Angel Comedy Club, run by the comedians themselves, still entertains audiences new and old every week. It was an innocent Google search that led me to Time Out, which rated the club amongst the top free things to do in London, and then to the club itself. I was prepared to be disappointed. I wasn’t – at all. Who would have guessed that above the Camden Head pub in Islington was such an incredible and uplifting event happening in their function room?

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The club’s creators improvise within the space to allow as many audience members as possible; it’s popular enough that people are willing to sit on the floor once the tightly-packed chairs have all been taken. That’s not to discourage anyone, and neither should the long queues you see at the venue – because aside from anything else they’ve started running a second showing the same night for those who arrived late!

CA - Sam Russell Each night – and they’re on for a laughter-hungry crowd seven days a week with a fresh set on each(!) – one of the regular hosts kicks off the show who are amazing entertainers in their own right, building a natural rapport with the audience. One is Sam Russell, an actor and comedian turned MC who unfailingly grabs the crowd’s attention with his beaming chubby face (his words not mine!) Sam’s a solid performer, always with a great line ready for that inevitable annoying audience member who’s failed to switch off their mobile before the night started.
The other tremendously skilful host is Barry Ferns who explodes with vigour on the stage and rarely leaves anyone with dry eyes, his forte being to unite a crowd from all walks of life, be that professionals, dating couples or visitors. His material is blunt, honest and personal and he has the crowd in the palm of his hands with adept timing and animated performance. CA - Barry Fern

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The club is of course a great springboard for comedians to perform and practice in front of real audience – but it’s not even remotely what you’d call amateur. There’ so much affection in the room, both from audience and the acts and it’s an absolute steal, if not outrageous, to provide this free or what they say is for a price (‘pay-what-you-want’) people can afford. Packed or not it’s a great thing to go and support.

Once there sign up for their newsletter if you fancy catching bigger stars, or you can check out their website. I’d suggest just turning up on the spur of the moment and while I’d recommend Thursday, Friday and Saturday as having acts of particular quality it’s a guaranteed excellent – sometimes outstanding – show whichever night you go.

Tunde Dudas

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LATEST – The Angel Comedy Club Kickstarter! / A Note from Tim:

The Angel Comedy Club have just bought the lease on a pub to have a permanent home for their fantastic nights – this is a genuine social enterprise that brings something special to the community, supports new talent, will offer classes to kids and older people alongside other courses – and free places to disadvantaged youths in the borough.

To create this space they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign which really does offer some stunning packages – I was laughing just reading through them! (Campaign video below followed by further links) CA - Angel Comedy Club Kickstarter
This is just the sort of wonderful creative and community-minded enterprise I created this here website to shout out about and support. So a massive thumbs up from me / us at Carabas and please do check it out and support them!

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Links

www.angelcomedy.co.uk/ CP - Angel Comedy Club venue
Angel Comedy Club’s Kickstarter campaign!
On Twitter: @angelcomedy
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