As you may know, we’ve been running free weekly comedy writing sessions at The Bill Murray for over a year now. Since lockdown, we’ve transitioned to hosting them over zoom.
You can join the sessions Thursday-Sunday 2PM on this link.
You can find the password for the zoom in the description of our facebook group. There you will also find more information on the instructors and have an opportunity to connect with other comedy writers.
The Angel Comedy Writing Gym is a free space for comedy writers and performers to sharpen their pencils and stretch their typing fingers through a series of exercises led by and experienced tutor. These are for anyone in comedy writing – whatever level – to get you motivated, writing, and also to learn new comedy writing techniques from an experienced comedy professional. It’s also a chance to write with other people if you wish, and to meet with other performers and writers (meeting other writing people is often the hardest part of the job!).
The workshops, like much of what we do at Angel Comedy, are free at the point of service but there will be an opportunity to donate at the end of the session. Donations will go directly to the tutor.
We really mean it when we say we hope this message finds you well.
In light of the latest government advice on the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to close The Bill Murray for an initial two weeks and likely longer, depending on how the situation develops.
This is a tough and uncertain time for every single one of us. Yesterday was a very long day, sorting bits out, discussing with our wonderful staff, and trying to plan. And in the middle of that whirlwind of a day we also found out we won the Chortle Best London Comedy Venue! Thank you very very much to everyone who voted for us. This, combined with the conversations we’ve had with ticket-holders, acts and staff has truly brought home just how strong and loving this community is and how lucky we are to count every single one of you as part of it.
To all of you who’ve been a part of this so far, a heartfelt thank you. We’re very proud of this little comedy club that could and thankful to our supportive, kind, enthusiastic and friendly community.
We will be back soon, reloaded and full of beans.
But the venue is closed physically, not in spirit. We are working on ways we can keep supporting the comedy community.
If you’d like to support us, please tune into our live streams. Spread the word about them. Follow us on social media. If you are in a position to do so, you can make donations here. But most importantly: stay safe, stay sane.
We hope our next email will find you even weller than ever before. In the meantime, our thoughts are with those affected by the virus,
Sarah, Barry, James, Dec, Simon, Lou, Aimee, Lucila, Siiri, Matt, Rory, Lois and the whole Angel Comedy crew
Work in progress from Norwegian comic Daniel Simonsen. Daniel started his career in the UK where he was crowned best newcomer at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He then relocated to America and recently performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
New York City-based cult comedian Dave Hill returns to London with a show about navigating life as a Z-list celebrity who would just like to borrow his dad’s car for a bit and not hear any bullshit about how it’s not clean when he returns it.
Comedy Masterclasses at the Bill Murray is a new cycle of workshops to try or refine particular skills with the guidance of an experienced voice from the comedy industry. Spaces will be limited, so make sure you book ahead.
Bring some cheer to your office end of year get-together with the Holiday Edition of our flagship comedy nights. An award-winning mixed bill show featuring some of our favourite comedians in the circuit.
Angel Comedy Club is “a comedy institution” (Time Out) and the show will be held in the intimate setting of The Bill Murray, first crowdfunded comedy venue in the world.
If you have any questions or would be interested in a private comedy show please email email@example.com
Tony Law identifies as a hominid. Homo sapiens, Neanderthal, Indo-European horse tribesman, an Englishman, a Canadian, a Norn Iron man and a Trinidadian and a Tobagonian. A dog, a dog owner, owned by a dog, a surrealist, an absurdist and an artist who is comedy of person. A parent, a thrower, a catcher, a reader and a farmer. His 16th show is turning out to be his best yet. For connoisseurs of comedy who have seen it all and are funny in their own bones. Top drawer Tony. Comedian’s comedian comedian for the comedy nerd.
Many of you remember our very own Katerina Vrana, we’re sure, for her fabulous MC-ing at Angel, her extraordinary hair, and her boundless energy.
In December 2016 Katerina was a finalist in a “funniest person in the world” competition and as she made the top 3 she was invited out to Malaysia to perform. Whilst there, she came down with what she thought was food poisoning — but it was much more serious than that.
Katerina was paralysed from the neck down and went blind. However, her great sense of humour and her ridiculously amazing hair remained unaffected. There were three separate occasions in which she nearly lost her life.
The following year Katerina also developed problems with her speech, which has made it difficult for her to speak clearly. Hair update: still fab.
The doctors cannot believe that she is alive and making such good progress.
After two years in and out of hospitals and clinics in the UK, Switzerland and her native Greece, Katerina can now stand and walk with assistance. Her sight and speech are getting stronger every day. She now needs full time care and intensive daily physio. Unfortunately, her medical insurance does not cover long term rehabilitation.
This woman is the future of comedy and a phenomenal inspiration to anyone who has wanted to follow the career they love. She put blood, sweat and tears into comedy (quite literally) and it was just starting to pay off. So… if you’ve seen her perform… or perhaps you’re a performer yourself and remember her as fondly as we do… then whatever you can afford…
Let’s help get her back to where she belongs. On stage, killing it. She nearly died!! 3 times!!
New material from the critically acclaimed Edinburgh Comedy Award winner and star of Peep Show, Pls Like, Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe, Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and This Time with Alan Partridge.
Fresh off the back of releasing her own Netflix special join Ellie Taylor, the star of Live at the Apollo, QI, and Mock The Week as she works up a new show alongside some of the best comics on the circuit.
A work-in-progress show from the triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long. As seen on Have I Got News For You, Live at the BBC, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled, Drunk History UK, Go 8 Bit, The Alternative Comedy Experience, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and You Have Been Watching.
Get 2 for 1 tickets for Monday July 15th with the promo code 2forJosie
South African comedian and two time Emmy nominee Loyiso Gola takes us on a hilarious journey exploring the differing impact of pop culture moments around the world. As seen on Netflix: Comedians Of The World, Live at the Apollo, QI, Mock the Week and Late Nite News With Loyiso Gola.
Who Cares? It’s for Charity is a weekend of previews for Stand Up To Cancer.
See newcomers and established favourites trying out new work in progress material on 13th & 14th July while funding life-saving research.
Shows include: Pat Cahill, Darren Harriot, Tom Ward, Ken Cheng, Crystal Rasmussen, Sarah Keyworth, Catherine Bohart, and more to be announced as well as a gala featuring Nick Helm, London Hughes, & Mark Watson.
TICKETS FROM £7 FROM THE STAND UP TO CANCER WEBSITE HERE
A Work In Progress show from Award-winning comic Nick Elleray – ‘quality downbeat comedy’ (Chortle.co.uk). Nick goes looking for the joy in life. Will he find it? Spoiler alert: probably not. ‘Brilliant, astute observational comedy about middle-aged life’ (Adam Bloom).
The Dark Room is the high-octane, text-based adventure game show from improv overlord John Robertson. Filled with stand-up, appalling prizes and more audience chanting than you’d get at a protest – this is a gut-busting rock n’ roll experience for everyone who buys a ticket.
Dark, bold and razor sharp Australian comedian Laura Davis is internationally critically acclaimed as one of the most unique comedic voices around. Unconventional, cathartic and exhilaratingly hilarious, this is her brand-new hour. ‘A different kind of provocative… smart, challenging, ambitious, playful and funny.’ (Chortle)
Multi award-winning comedian Sarah Kendall returns to Edinburgh with a spellbinding hour of storytelling. Paper Planes is the latest offering from the writer and star of the acclaimed Radio 4 series Australian Trilogy. Stories that are by turns moving, funny, and usually a bit depressing in places. ‘Phenomenal storytelling, funny and soulful by turns, this is comedy that restores your sense of wonder’ (Chortle.co.uk).
Work-in-progress show for the hotly anticipated Edinburgh debut from rising Australian comedian and ‘bit of a bitch’, Brodi Snook. A show woven together with low energy charm, laser sharp writing and wall-to-wall gall. As heard on TalkRadio and BBC Radio 4 Extra. Tour support for Ardal O’Hanlon.
Best Show Nominee, Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2016. Best Show Winner, Sydney Comedy Festival 2017. Tom spent 2018 hosting his own late-night satirical TV show, Tonightly with Tom Ballard, and watching the neo-liberal order continue to destroy our collective future. Now he’s written some very funny jokes about all that and he wants to sell them to you for money because that’s what capitalism demands.
Australian Comedians / Dope Comedy showcases the best Antipodean comedians in the UK – and this month we’ve got a special treat with a couple of stars in town for Edinburgh dropping in! It sold out last year at the Fringe so get in early!
Jena is a rising star within the comedy world and has gained considerable recognition and fans for her sharp political voice. Her one-woman show “American Cunt” debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016 and later streamed as a one-hour special on Seeso, garnering incredible reviews and setting the table for her recent Adult Swim specials SOFT FOCUS WITH JENA FRIEDMAN, the second one premiered this January.
She most recently staffed on ABC’s THE CONNORS and just returned from a 2 week run at the Soho Theater in London as she crafts her next stand-up special.
Next on the docket will be her directorial debut, SERIAL DATER, a feature based on her hit web series TED & GRACE.
Jena’s past credits include producing on THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART and writing on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN. She was a panelist for “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale,” on Showtime in 2016.
Come to The Bill Murray on the 27th of May Bank Holiday for a day packed with previews from some of the best comedians on the circuit. Get an All Day Pass for £12 or watch individual shows for £3 each.
Loulie, AKA the face that launched a thousand dicks, examines conduct (in the media, baby), mental health (other people’s, I’m fine) and perverts (that one is mainly me, actually). I’ll be oversharing, wanging on about spirituality and giving everyone some much unwanted advice.
Australian comedian Ray Badran recently moved to the UK and is performing his debut Fringe show. A show about the big issues plaguing us all such as pockets, Subway sandwiches, fridges and more. Come and see why everybody loves Ray, man.
Funny, Petty, Cool combines hilarious, deeply personal anecdotes with side-splitting social commentary, offering insight into Travis Jay’s world. From the time he accidentally became the leader of a Black Lives Matter protest to the time he went to war with a four-year-old, Travis recounts stories and more with the effortless charm he‘s become renowned for.
Award-winning comedian, impressionist and internet sensation Steff Todd presents her debut solo show. Hailing from Yorkshire, Steff has gained worldwide attention with her viral impressions of stars ranging from the Kardashians, Love Island, The X Factor and many more, making her one of the hottest emerging talents in comedy. Join her for her debut hour of hilarious stand-up, razor-sharp one-liners and amazing celebrity impressions. Steff has appeared on The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC) and has recently supported Iain Stirling, Sara Pascoe and Rob Delaney.
Award-winning stand-up comedian Tania Edwards explores these emotionally incontinent times and explains why it’s imperative to repress our emotions. But just how easy is it to be bashful and brazen, coy and courageous (and make sure everyone notices)?
Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Carl Donnelly (‘Observational genius’ (Guardian)) returns with a new show about how difficult it is to be a good person in the modern age. Having travelled the world and tried every self-help technique there is, Carl is now questioning the point of it all and is contemplating starting a death cult! Come along if you want to join him.
Heavyweight sketch maestro (WitTank) and award winning stand-up veteran, Naz, charges back to the ‘Burgh to punch out his first solo sketch show. Characters grotesque, sketches inspired and laughs aplenty. Star of BBC Two’s Inside No. 9, Flat TV and Plebs (ITV2). ‘A high energy, no-holds-barred hour from the consistently funny Naz’ (Telegraph).
Get an All Day Pass for £12 or watch individual shows for £3 each.
Owen Colgan, Irish cult comedy hero, sex symbol and Hardy Bucks star hits the road for his biggest tour yet. After a hugely successful tour in 2018 with sold out shows across Ireland, Owen is back with a new instalment for 2019 – The Woke Tour.
Currently touring the world with his new show Wunderbar, which he crafted at The Bill Murray, Eddie Izzard was interviewed in The Joe Rogan Experience. Towards the end of the two and a half hour long podcast, the pair discussed Izzard’s approach to writing new material and his preference for a slow paced environment where he is free to experiment.
Joe Rogan: Do you still go to clubs at all?
Eddie Izzard: I don’t so much. I was reading the definitive thing on Robin Williams and how he would jump in the clubs and do stuff and that doesn’t really work for my stuff. (…)They have the [Bill Murray] club in Islington. No, Angel, in London sort of Northeast London. And they had you know, shows going on at 6, one at 7, and I would take an hour of that and just do that again and again and again. So I’ll take an hour and I’ll go out for an hour and workshop a show. As opposed to coming on and doing 15 minutes off the top of my head because I find if I’m completely going scattergun just trying to find funny that doesn’t really help me, I need to keep crafting the stuff cause then I can use it in a show.
We’re delighted to be introducing a series of shows and a comedy course by Simon Munnery throughout the first months of the year.
Simon is a British Comedy Award nominee, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and Chortle Award winner. His stand-up career spanning 32 years has seen him regularly perform all over the world and star in several of his own major television and radio projects. He is best known for his character creations Alan Parker: Urban Warrior, Buckethead and The League Against Tedium. His most recent television appearances include The Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), The Culture Show, It’s Kevin and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC 2).
Simon Munnery will be teaching a comedy course at The Bill Murray on Sunday mornings throughout the month of January and February where he will cover how to go “from 20 to 50” when building a show – characters, monologue, dialogue, clowning, shape of an hour, the visual element/props, themes vs narrative arc. Find more information and book a spot here.
He will also be performing his latest festival shows, as well as retrospectives:
Lovers of haute cuisine are greeted and served by a diligent staff of four (all played by Simon Munnery) at La Concepta. Head Chef Munnery promises a varied menu of conceptual dishes comprising dishes of art, jokes, songs, anecdotes, aphorisms, audio installations, choreographed dances and more. Sous Chef Munnery will be prepping every dish. Maitre d’ Munnery will be ensuring your dining experience is magnifique. Trainee Chef Munnery will be hoping to keep out of the way and not ruin things again.
Alan Parker-Urban Warrior is a bedsit anarchist inspired by the lyrics of punk bands. He’s never quite got over the demise of Sham 69 and the subsequent annexation of youth culture by the iniquitous forces of global capitalism. Once the most radical man in Britain, now the only radical man in Britain, Alan stands alone in his heroic fight against the system.
Simon Munnery has always had a fairly anarchic approach to comedy, one that doesn’t show any sign of abating as he matures. This show is just that. Sort of. Well, it’s live comedy, but performed in a box and witnessed by the audience via video line and amplified into a huge projection of Munnery’s face as he performs. Film? TV? Comedy? Performance art? The only thing that’s certain is that it’s funny.