Although Angel Comedy has to remain closed, at Angel Towers we’ve been trying to think of ways to help comedians at a time when they can’t perform – and one way was this. By offering comedians a FREE space to teach.
For all the courses below, all the money from ticket sales will go to the comedian. In fact you’ll pay directly to them.
All of them are superb teachers and have taught with us before. And some courses are only happening as a one-off!
We have courses for totally new comedians and writers and also the more experienced, to people who want to make their own sketch show, or learn to record a podcast, or musical comedy… here goes the whole list!
How To Be A Better Comedian – By Stand Up and Circuit Legend – JEFF INNOCENT. July 26 start.
Everything But The Art – with award winning comedian MARIA SHEHATA. July 21 start.
Stand Up Beginners Course – Run by Award Winning Comedian BEN TARGET. July 22 start.
Science and Philosophy In Comedy – By host and producer at the award winning Jericho Comedy (Chortle Top 6 comedy night in the UK 2019) ALEX FARROW. July 23 start.
Musical Comedy Course – By Award Winning Musical Comedian JON LONG. August 10 start.
Screen Actors Workshop – By ANOTHER award winning comedian, MARIA SHEHATA. August 11 start.
Write Your First Book with Award Winning – LYNN RUTH MILLER. August 13 start.
How To Build An Edinburgh Show – By Edinburgh Award Winning Director and Bill Murray Founder/ Director DEC MUNRO . August 17 start.
MC-ing Course Run By Angel Comedy Founder, Award Winning Comedian, BARRY FERNS. August 31 start.
‘Create A Radio/ Podcast Sketch show in a weekend – Run By Angel Comedy Founder, Award Winning Comedian, BARRY FERNS . September 5th.
Get Started In Comedy (Zoom Based) – By Edinburgh Award Winning Director and Bill Murray Founder/ Director DEC MUNRO. September 14 start.
Angel Comedy Writing Gyms – drop-in pay-what-you-can-afford sessions run by different comedians Thursday-Sunday 2PM
Phew! That’s a LOT.
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.
We will start a nightly live stream this Sunday at 8PM. We will continue our courses on online platforms. And we will be bringing curated content from the brilliant minds of the comedians that make Angel Comedy through our social media and the community page on our website. If anyone has any ideas we’d love to hear from you.
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
PS – Robin Ince is organising a stay at home festival
PPS – Our friends at Next Up have a whole bunch of shows to watch if you might like. With the code BILL you can get 30% off any yearly subscription.
PPPS – If you work for the NHS and are on this email list we’d like to try & speak for every single other person on this list and tell you we love you and thank you
Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose D’or and South Bank Arts award winner, BRIDGET CHRISTIE drops in at The Bill Murray for a work-in-progress night of new material – ahead of her highly-anticipated new stand-up show. Star of her own Netflix stand-up special and award-winning Radio Four series.
“You can boo, but booing’s got nothing to do with it”
“Man, I’ve got grown men @ing me bullshit/You’re getting way too old for the timeline”
An hour of new material from the host of the Mash Report and one of the Guardian’s Top Fifty Comedians of the 20th Century. As seen on Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster, QI and The News.
Monday 23rd March – 6:45-7:45 pm – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 24th March – 9:45-10:45 pm – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 25th March – 6:45-7:45 pm – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 25th March – 9:45-10:45 pm – SOLD OUT
Thursday 26th March – 9:45-10:45 pm – SOLD OUT
Friday 27th March – 6-7 pm – SOLD OUT
Saturday 28th March – 3:30-4:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Sunday 29th March – 4:30-5:30 pm– SOLD OUT
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.
“Exceptionally funny” Village Voice
“Creepily brilliant” Faboulous Magazine
“One of the most compelling voices” Independent
★★★★ Time Out
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.
Our first season will include:
Getting Into Improv: a Taster Session, Jan 19th
with Sam Russell
“Finest improv you’ll find in the city” – The Londonist
Getting Into Stand Up: a Taster Session, Jan 26th
with Francis Foster
Resident MC at Angel Comedy Club and recent Eddie Izzard tour support
Taking Your Show to the Next Level, Feb 2nd
with John Gordillo
“There’s a case to be made that John Gordillo is one of the key shapers of our modern comedy landscape.” – The Guardian
Getting Into Clown: a Taster Session, Feb 7th
with Zach Zucker
A graduate of École Philppe Gaulier in France, Zach is an award-winning performer and producer that tours original shows worldwide.
How to Kill on Social Media, March 1st
with Rob Mayhew
Comedian and professional social media expert.
Podcasting 101, Feb 23rd
with Matt Hill
Podcaster since 2007, director of Rethink Audio and co-founder of the British Podcast Awards.
Storytelling for Stand Up, TBA
with Sarah Bennetto
Stand up comedian, comedy writer, and narrator (since 2006!) of the critically acclaimed Storytellers Club.
Keep an eye on this post as we’ll update it when further classes are confirmed.
All classes are priced at £25 per session.
If that’s out of reach, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for bursaries and we will do our very best to get you in.
If there are any other topics for masterclasses you’d like us to consider, please fill out this form.
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
Award winning stand-up comedian Rose Matafeo has kissed nearly 10 men in her life, AKA she’s a total horndog. Warming up for her upcoming special, join Rose for critically acclaimed stand-up, sketch and mid-20s angst.
Netflix stand-up special star, award-winning Radio 4 series star, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, MAE MARTIN shares new material towards her hotly-awaited new stand-up hour. ‘Fast becoming the finest comedian of her generation’ ★★★★★ Metro
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 suffered an intestinal perforation which led to septicaemia (blood poisoning) and sceptic shock. She was in a critical condition and spent 2 months in the intensive care unit in Malaysia.
You can hear her story in her own (very funny) words here.
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.
NEW DATES ADDED:
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.
A full day of previews from Berk’s Nest!
You can buy tickets for individual shows for £5 or pay £10 to see all the shows!
The mother of all confessional shows from the bestselling author and star of The Fast Show and Two Doors Down. Does My Mum Loom Big In This? is for everyone who’s had a mother or been a mother, featuring hair-raising hilarious true stories from Arabella’s dysfunctional childhood, her perilous career and her life as a single working mother. Devastatingly funny, excruciatingly honest and definitely embarrassing for all of Arabella’s relatives, not to mention herself, this is a helter-skelter tour of appalling – and appallingly funny – maternal behaviour.
New Zealand’s beloved sissy Chris Parker (as seen in Netflix’s The Breaker Upperers) is mincing his way over to Edinburgh with his award-winning Camp Binch. Winner of Best Show at NZ International Comedy Fest 2018, Camp Binch delivers a hilarious and cathartic retelling of growing up gay in conservative New Zealand. ‘He’s the one to watch that you’re probably already watching!’ (GayExpress.co.nz). ‘Leaves you inspired to make a difference’ (New Zealand Herald). Writer and star of New Zealand’s 7 Days, Jono and Ben, and Funny Girls.
Best Male Comedian winner, New Zealand Comedy Guild awards 2017. Best Show nominee, NZ International Comedy Festival 2017. Best Newcomer nominee, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016. It’s hard to believe, but Guy Montgomery hasn’t always been perfect. Embrace this rare opportunity to hear from someone unlearning the various blind spots that made him part of the problem before we were talking about it. ★★★★★ (KeepingUpWithNZ.com). ‘Intoxicating, enveloping and absurdly entertaining’ (NZ Herald). ‘A supremely gifted comic’ (Ruminator.co.nz).
Who are we? What are we doing here? Do you like me? And what are you saying behind my back? Let’s all get together and definitively find out if I’m the best or worst person you know. Those are the only options. Step into my existential crisis and get ready to laugh as I try and answer the eternal question: who am I?. After a sell-out ‘barnstorming debut’ (Fest) in 2018, New Zealand’s Alice Snedden returns to Edinburgh. ‘Alice Snedden should be listed as one of New Zealand’s top outputs’ ★★★★★ (EdFestMag).
Directed by Rose Matafeo.
Your best friend (and acclaimed stand-up) Jack Barry is worried about you. The world’s turned to shit and you haven’t been laughing enough. He’s going to roughly slap you around the face with his jokes and tell you to get a hold of yourself. Don’t worry – everything is going to be okay. As seen on The Russell Howard Hour and in Catastrophe, Cuckoo and Netflix’s Turn Up Charlie. Writer for Mock the Week. ‘The finest of British comedy… effortlessly endearing’ ★★★★★ (EdFestMag.com). ★★★★ (Sunday Times). ★★★★ (List). ★★★★ (Skinny).
New Zealand’s favourite comedy improv show Snort makes its way to Edinburgh for the first time! Cheeky, topical, and relentlessly silly, Snort sees NZ’s best young comedians (including Rose Matafeo, Guy Montgomery, Alice Snedden, Chris Parker) build an intricate hour of far-fetched, high-stakes comedy, entirely made up on the spot. ‘New Zealand’s coolest comedy improv group… the stuff of dreams’ (TheSpinoff.co.nz). ‘These are some New Zealanders we would be happy to claim as our own’ (SquirrelComedy.com).
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.
Daniel Kitson (quite bald, now) will waste a good whack of his summer travelling between London, Bristol and Hebden Bridge to do work in progress stuff towards (primarily) A one off show in Regents Park Open Air Theatre and (secondarily) some other things in the future that may or may not actually happen.
This is some of that work in progress stuff.
He’ll have Gavin Osborn (full head of hair, as per) with him for certain dates around the end of June and the first week of July. Besides that, he will be entirely alone but for a cavalcade of hilarious new characters and the ghosts of his past.
Saturday, 8th June – 12-2 pm – SOLD OUT
Sunday, 9th June – 9:30-11 pm – SOLD OUT
Thursday, 13th June – 9:30-11 pm – SOLD OUT
Monday, 17th June – 8-9:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Tuesday, 18th June – 8-9:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Saturday, 22nd June – 12-2 pm – SOLD OUT
Sunday, 23rd June – 12-2 pm – SOLD OUT
Wednesday, 26th June – 9:30-11 pm – SOLD OUT
Saturday, 6th July – 12-2 pm – SOLD OUT
Monday, 8th July – 8-9:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Monday, 15th July – 8-9:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Saturday, 20th July – 12-2 pm – SOLD OUT
Saturday, 27th July – 12-2 pm – SOLD OUT
Sunday, 28th July – 12-2 pm – SOLD OUT
There is a small chance, as always, that some tickets may be available on the door.
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.
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! iTunes Spotify
The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith for anyone who writes comedy, makes comedy, loves comedy or just has an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying. Stuart has interviewed more than 275 of the funniest people in the world (often at The Bill Murray) about how they do what they do. Acast iTunes Spotify
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. Acast iTunes Spotify
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. Acast iTunes Spotify
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. Acast iTunes Spotify
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. Acast iTunes Spotify
The Rob Auton Daily Podcast. It is him reading out writing he’s written that he values enough to want to share with people who are not him. The pieces range from 2-8 minutes and are accompanied by music and sounds (most of the time). Produced by our friends at Plosive Productions. Acast iTunes Spotify
Daniel Muggleton – 3 Stripes
Alasdair Beckett-King’s Lear
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