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Our community took us from a once a week gig above a pub, to a seven nights a week “Comedy Institution”. Covid could have been the end, but your donations & love helped us survive the ravages of the pandemic. And we love you back! Everyone should have the chance to see great comedy, irrespective of their wage, and in this 'industry', comedians need all the help they can get. We were built by comedians, for comedians. You know it's true/ Everything we do/ We do it for you! (Guitar solo)

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Bridget Christie

Upcoming Shows


It’s a real privilege to have Bridget play at our club. She’s a comic with an astonishing range, playful & surreal at times but never afraid to make a hard hitting point.

Her show A Bic for Her won the Edinburgh Comedy award, and she’s also won multiple Chortle awards for tours and her radio show Mind The Gap.

Bridget worked up her shows Stand Up For Her (which made her the first British woman to have a stand up special on Netflix) and What Now? with us, and she’s currently building her show Who Am I? If you’re lucky, Bridget has often popped down to do an unannounced spot in our mixed bill Angel Comedy shows. When she’s not with us or touring she’s often on TV, whether on panel shows or as an actress.

Lots of comedians say that you should be able to joke about anything, and they mean they should be able to be lazily offensive and get laughs from how ‘edgy’ and ‘shocking’ they are. But when Bridget says it, you can trust that she’s really thought about the subject and how you can find laughs without it being at someone’s expense or cheapening the laughs. I love how she can take really serious, dark topics and get deep belly laughs out of them, without you feeling like you need a shower afterwards.

Obviously it’s not just us who love her:

  • “Christie is adept at turning on a sixpence between being comical, or serious, or both at once, and at pricking her own earnestness.” – The Telegraph
  • “Christie piles derision and tomfoolery upon everyday sexism, while never pretending that jokes alone will solve the problem.” – The Guardian
  • “Her rising rage fuels the wit throughout the show” – Chortle

Come and check out one of her Work In Progresses or Previews and see one of the smartest, funniest comics working today.

Yuriko Kotani

Upcoming Shows


Yuriko Kotani has been one of our favourite acts since she first did some open mics with us. We loved her way with words, even, as she jokes, her English “still like this.” A great mixture of deadpan and impassioned, it’s been wonderful to watch her grow and start doing solo shows.

One of my favourite memories of working with her was one of the first shows she put on at the Bill Murray. She came in trepidatiously, asking if she’d sold any tickets. She had no idea she’d sold out the room, and was greeted like a rockstar.

It’s not just our audiences who love her though, she won the BBC’s Best New Comedy Award as well as being named “One to Watch” by Time Out in 2015, and has appeared on “Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central”, “Pls Like” with Liam Williams & Tim Key, “Big Juice“, “The Dog Ate My Homework” and “Paul Hollywood Eats Japan.”

Born and bred in Japan, Yuriko plays on British and Japanese stereotypes and customs, using her experiences assimilating into British culture to highlight the weirdness that we often don’t notice.

• “left field rising star” – Time Out

• ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “A brilliantly performed, well-structured & wonderfully unique set.” – fringebiscuit

• “it’s clear she’ll go far” – chortle

Doors At Midnight – The Comeback Gig!

 

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:

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Barry Ferns

Upcoming Shows

Angel Comedy

7:00pm on Friday 6th August 2021 - The Bill Murray, London

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9:30pm on Friday 6th August 2021 - The Bill Murray, London

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7:30pm on Saturday 7th August 2021 - The Bill Murray, London

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9:45pm on Saturday 7th August 2021 - The Bill Murray, London

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7:00pm on Friday 13th August 2021 - The Bill Murray, London

Angel Comedy

9:30pm on Friday 13th August 2021 - The Bill Murray, London

Angel Comedy

7:30pm on Saturday 14th August 2021 - The Bill Murray, London

Angel Comedy

9:45pm on Saturday 14th August 2021 - The Bill Murray, London

Q – Who is he?

He’s Barry.

Q – Who?

You know, Barry.

Q – ???

Eternal, and yet somehow ageless, he’s been around forever but is somehow still fresh in the flesh. He brings a magic and sparkle to Angel Comedy shows, and somehow manages to still remain mysterious.

Q – Yes… But who IS he?

 

Well… he’s:

The Founder of Angel Comedy,

One of the Founders of The Bill Murray,

An Award Winning Stand Up Comedian,

An Award Winning MC,

Writer for BBC Radio and Channel 4,

Star of The Bill Murray Sitcom.

Slayer of Worlds,

And

Prince of the Tides

 

Barry returns to the Bill Murray, every few days, he just appears, like a glittery Mist, and then disappears again when laughter has transpired.

 

Here are some links to his comedy exploits outside of the Bill Murray:

 

Get Barry in Your Eyes – FILMS or his YouTube channel

A random Barry fact generator 

 

Reviewers have been very generous with stars:

★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

★★★★ Scotsman

★★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com

 

Reviewers have also been very generous with words:

“It is a beautifully constructed show and will take your breath away. Profound” – The Scotsman

“So funny someone should call a paramedic” – The Guardian

“Comedy Genius” – The Metro

“The best show I have ever seen” – Three Weeks

“Unnecessarily sadistic” – Chortle

Alasdair Beckett-King

Everyone’s favourite orange space-wizard has been playing Angel for a time, and we knew from the very first moment we saw him do his impression of the decapitated John the Baptist that he was onto something special. Normally with these bios I do a bit of a crib from their own website but his is written in his inimitable style and would pretty obviously have been a steal. So instead I’ll have to rely on my boundless enthusiasm for this genuine original when I describe one of the funniest and loveliest comics on the circuit today.

ABK (as he generally goes by) has a smart line in comedy that is clever without being at all smug – where the intelligence is all there to enhance the joke and not to show off his learning. One of my favourite memories of one of his gigs was a Work-In-Progress he did with us where a slightly ‘relaxed’ hen night turned up just as his show was about to start asking to see ‘some comedy’. Normally hens & stags are an insta-no, but I rolled the dice and they trooped in, and sat roaring with laughter when not in rapt attention. It made me reconsider my prejudices and showed that his comedy isn’t some rarefied beast lacking mass appeal.

In fact, one of the very few wholesome stories to come out of the pandemic has been the success that ABK’s short videos have been getting. You may have seen his Nordic Noir skit, which now has over 3 million views. Although be careful about falling down a Youtube hole if you do check them out like some people (but definitely not me) have been known to do. He also makes video games, most of them point ‘n’ click adventure games about how much he loves his girlfriend. ABK is wholesome for days…

At this point it would probably be churlish for me not to mention all the awards he’s won:

  • Winner, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017
  • Nominee: Amused Moose Comedy Awards 2017
  • Winner, NATYS New Act of the Year Show 2014
  • 2nd, Laughing Horse New Act 2013
  • 3rd, Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian 2013
  • Finalist, So You Think You’re Funny? 2013

Really, if you haven’t seen him in the flesh, come down and watch him. You’re in for a real treat.

 

Sophie Duker

Sophie Duker’s favourite things include breaking hearts, taking names and telling jokes with the confidence of a cis straight middle-class white man. She did some work in progresses of her Edinburgh Fringe Show, Venus, with us, and it was so great she got nominated for the Best Newcomer award as well as earning her critical acclaim and five star reviews.

Sophie has appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), 8 Out of 10 Cats (E4), Mock the Week (BBC2), Don’t hate the Playaz (ITV2), Dave Gorman’s Terms and Conditions Apply (Dave) and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC2). She can also be seen on in Riot Girls (Channel 4), Quickies (BBC3) and Roast Battle (Comedy Central). She also hosts the official TV companion podcast to I May Destroy You, ‘Obsessed With… I May Destroy You’ on BBC Sounds.

As well as her longer shows, Sophie has destroyed audiences when she’s played on our mixed bill shows. She’s smart, she’s hilarious and she’s genuinely original. Check her out!

 

Live From The Bill Murray

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:

Saturday 17th April – Phil Nichol, Liz Miele, Sikisa, Cally Beaton & Fiona Ridgewell

Saturday 1st May – lineup to be announced

 

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Looking Back Over The Best Medicine Festival

 

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!

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March Madness

Holy shit bruh have you seen these lineups?

 

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…

Why The Bloody hell is Shamanism part of Mental Health Week?

Hi, I’m Sarah. I used to do a bit of comedy back in the day; some of you might remember me holding up a psychic magazine (Chat, It’s Fate), and being snide about past lives.

Now I find myself, as one of the directors of Angel Comedy, pushing for Shamanism to be included as part of The Best Medicine Festival, our mental health week. What on earth happened?

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The Best Medicine Festival

A week of events exploring mental health and comedy

A collaboration between Angel Comedy, Objectively Funny and Dave


23RD – 29TH MARCH 2021

On 23rd March 2021, the anniversary of the first lockdown, Angel Comedy and Objectively Funny will launch The Best Medicine Festival: a week of events exploring comedy and mental health, including online workshops, panels and performances.

The past 12 months have seen a skyrocketing mental health crisis. The pandemic has left many people facing grief, anxiety and the impact of isolation on a daily basis. The Best Medicine Festival sets out to celebrate the way in which comedy can destigmatise, normalise and raise awareness of mental health issues, while also offering much needed support for comedy industry professionals.

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Learn Yourself Some Comedy!

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!

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Angel Comedy Writing Gym (CoVid-19 Edition)

No lycra needed. Image source

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 Friday-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.

A letter from the team

Dear Friends,

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,

Love,

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