Well, we had to go and do it, and run the first live gig in Britain in 2021.
Obviously it started as a joke because we’re a bunch of idiots, whose business acumen seems to start and stop at, “But would it be funny?” All the same, it ended up being a really fun gig, with some of our favourites performing, and a lovely, lovely crowd showing their appreciation.
It was lovely to get some attention from the press. Here’s a selection:
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who watched the first (and hopefully not the last!) show live from the Bill Murray this year. It was a brilliant show that captured the sort of warm chaos the Bill Murray engenders, and it reminded me why live comedy is such a special thing. There was a real community spirit in the venue that night – thanks for being part of that community too!
Luckily Christian wasn’t just on tweets that night, and he managed to capture some great shots in amongst his other duties. I thought I’d share some of the best ones from a night to truly remember.
We’ve also got a couple more Saturday night shows planned before we reopen the doors to the public, you can grab tickets here:
Towards the end of February, Martin Willis from Objectively Funny and myself sat down to discuss putting on a couple of ‘wellness’ workshops for people in the comedy industry. As a therapist and Director of Angel Comedy, it was a way to morph my two passions in to one – and I was intrigued by Objectively Funny’s engagement with mental health during the 2019 Edinburgh Festival.
By the end of that zoom call, things had got a bit out of hand.
We agreed to put on a Festival, in a few weeks, with panels, workshops and gigs. Maybe Ruby Wax could be one of the panellists. Why not? How about Dave funding some of it? Sure, let’s ask!
As we start building up to reopening, and look to a future where live comedy isn’t illegal, it’s also been fun to look back over our past and some of the crazy stories that come from working in a live comedy venue where comedians run it instead of bean counters people with financial acumen. We’ll be sharing a few of our favourite stories over the next few months.
I’ve always loved that Angel Comedy has been a home for comedians wherever they are in their careers, whether that’s comics at the top of their games, or people just starting off. I love looking at some of the names who were doing their first few gigs at RAW in 2017 and seeing where they are now.
I’m really bloody happy that we managed to put out the Best Medicine Festival this month, but looking at the lineups in March 2017, it looks like every month at Angel Comedy is pretty much the Comedy festival of my dreams…
Angel Comedy is built on the principle of community. We want to make comedy accessible to everyone, so we host free shows every night of the week, as well as weekly free and inclusive comedy workshops.
This section of our website is a notice board for our community. It will be updated weekly. You can email submissions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
An incomplete list of podcasts from our community
All I Do Is Fail is a podcast that likes to look at life’s failures and celebrate them. Hosted by comedians Tom Elwes and Ali Woods. They are joined by a different guest every week to discuss their life’s failings. The flaw is yours! iTunesSpotify
Billy Joe Mates. A comedy podcast that takes comedians back to school to resit a subject of their choosing. Presented by Joseph Emslie and Joseph Parsons. iTunesSpotify
Daddy Look at Me with Helen Bauer and Rosie Jones. It takes a certain type of person to work in showbiz, and often it was clear from the start that they were destined to end up on stage. Daddy Look At Me takes the time to explore these scenarios with a guest every week. AcastiTunesSpotify
FOCUS PEOPLE! With David Mills. A look back at the week and a look ahead to a more dynamite future. iTunesPodbean
Nobody Panic. Formerly known as The Debrief Podcast. Your guidebook to being a fully functioning adult without screaming all the time. Each week, Stevie Martin and Tessa Coates tackle life’s big, small, fun and sometimes scary questions with the help of experts and special guests because we’re all in this together, guys. So nobody panic. Produced by our friends at Plosive Productions and recorded at The Bill Murray. AcastiTunes Spotify
Join The Loremen (James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King) as they “investigate” local legends and forgotten folklore. iTunesCastbox
At the Mystery on the Rocks bar you’ll find a retired sleuth, the bartender trying to settle his tab, and the down-on-her-luck lounge singer, solving mysteries and drinking cocktails. Each week a new guest enters the bar and attempts to solve an unsolved mystery alongside the regulars. Hosted by Masud Milas, Chris Stokes, and Sooz Kempner. AcastiTunesSpotify
Off Menu. Comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite special guests into their magical restaurant to each choose their favourite starter, main course, side dish, dessert and drink. Ever wanted to eat your dream meal? It’s time to order Off Menu. Produced by our friends at Plosive Productions and often recorded at The Bill Murray. AcastiTunesSpotify
The wonderful Nish Kumar returns to The Bill Murray this May for a run of work in progresses of his new show: It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves.
The Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee & host of The Mash Report trials new material for a national tour. The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and some jokes that simply don’t work.
Powerhouses of Manchester comedy are bringing their unique show to London town, a source of fear and confusion. With a great line-up including Norris & Parker, Trevor Lock and Lou Sanders, and with free hotdogs at half time, don’t sleep on this!