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.
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.
Winner of the Birmingham Breaking Talent Award 2017, Kai Samra is on a mission to subvert lazy stereotypes based on his personal experience of life as a working-class British-Asian.
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.
10:20pm Naz Osmanoglu: The Naz Show
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.
In a London exclusive, Phoebe Robinson brings her debut UK hour to Angel’s Bill Murray comedy club before taking it up to Edinburgh and inevitably taking the Fringe by storm.
Best known as the co-creator and co-star of hit podcast 2 Dope Queens, interviewing the likes of Jon Stewart, Tig Notaro and Michelle Obama to name just a few, Phoebe is also a New York Times best-selling author of You Can’t Touch My Hair & Other Things I Still Have To Explain and her second book Everything’s Trash, But it’s Okay and stars in Netflix film Ibiza and Paramount’s What Men Want.
Sorry, Harriet Tubman marks her UK stand up debut.
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.
New material shows from the Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose D’Or and South Bank Arts award winner Bridget Christie. Star of her own Netflix special and award-winning Radio Four series.
“Come and see some old twat who should probably give up say some boring shit that isn’t even funny or interesting.” – Bridget Christie
The first bank holiday weekend of May is coming up, and what better way to spend it than by stopping by The Bill Murray for some quality comedy.
Saturday kicks off with the FREE ANGEL COMEDY WRITING GYM at 12pm, followed by a live podcast recording from THE LITTLE DUM DUM CLUB and, of course, our free award-winning Angel Comedy shows running through the night.
On Sunday, we are holding the first session of INTRO TO CLOWNING: RELEASE YOUR INNER IDIOT with Jonathan Gunning, co-founder of Clowns Without Borders Ireland.
In the evening, our resident improv troupe SHOOT FROM THE HIP will take back what is ours.
Finally, because there´s never enough Australians, NICK CAPPER will be LOOSE IN LONDON starting 9:30PM
Then at 5.30pm we’ve got stand-up from Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo star ED GAMBLE
At 6.45pm we’ve got a work-in-progress show from Massive Dad star and co-host of the Nobody Panic podcast STEVIE MARTIN
And we round things off with SPARK TRUE STORYTELLING at 8pm, where performers and audience members alike get the opportunity to share stories on a chosen theme.
And if that doesn’t tickle your May Day fancy, then we don’t know what will!
To see 2019 in in style, why not treat yourself to Eddie Izzard?
We’re aware that tickets sold out fast last time – so here’s another chance! We honestly can’t recommend the show highly enough.
Please be aware we cannot guarantee refunds if you accidentally buy tickets for the wrong date or can no longer use your tickets – please make sure you are buying for your intended date.
Get your tickets here:
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:
Sunday Jan 6th 4pm and 5:30 SOLD OUT
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.
“I went to a funeral the other day. Caught the wreath…” That’s what came to me, from the mysterious source of the inexplicable. Hear the story of the joke, the painting, and what happened next.
Alan Parker: Urban Warrior
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.
John Robins: Work in Progress
Perrier Award Winner, Digital DJ and Internet-based quiz show host yells into a well.
Daniel Kitson is doing work in progress for his latest theatre show, “Keep”.
He will either be reading out stuff he’s written but not yet learned or talking about stuff he’s thought of but not yet written.
Monday 10th December, 8-9:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 11th December, 8-9:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Thursday 13th December, 8-9:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 18th December, 8-9:30 pm – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 19th December, 8-10 pm – SOLD OUT
Not really work in progress. Just something to do.
With “nothing” to “very little” in the way of material or ideas Daniel Kitson is getting out of the house, Staying loose, Ticking over, Keeping his eye in, Strengthening his core and putting some Shape in the Day. It will mainly be talking although there will almost certainly be some pauses and possibly a bit of absent minded chanting. He may also, introduce one or more others to participate in nascent skits or fill time with their own thoughts and feelings but will more than likely be alone on stage. Talking, pausing and chanting.
Less like the first steps on a creative journey and more like someone rummaging through cupboards and making a pile of stuff for the charity shop.
Tickets for these shows will be released on the day of the show at 12 pm (or 2 h prior to the show if it starts at 1 pm or earlier). Remaining and additional tickets will be sold on the door.
Sunday 15th July, 1-3 pm (cancelled)
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.
6:45 – Wednesday the 9th May – SOLD OUT
6:45 – Thursday the 10th May – SOLD OUT
2pm – Sunday the 13th May
6:45 – Thursday 17th May
6:45 – Monday the 21st May
6:45 – Wednesday the 23rd May
6:45 – Thursday the 24th May
Come watch someone build something.
The Bill Murray has been named the best comedy venue in London in this year’s Chortle awards!
The wonderful Islington bar, crowdfunded by you, our amazing fans, to be the dedicated comedy space that it has become has triumphed over more established venues such as the Soho Theatre and the Comedy Store!
How about dat?
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!
Tickets and more details here.
Angel Comedy is based in our very own pub, which we named The Bill Murray. But who is this mysterious “Bill Murray”?
William Murray, Bill to his friends, was born in 1600 in Fife. From a young age his talents were obvious, and his parents discarded their other nine children in a wood, and focused all their energies on raising Bill.
Finally, at the age of six months, he got his big break. His Uncle Thomas, a royal courtier, arranged for Bill to be educated alongside the future King, Prince Charles.
“…nearly died on several occasions.”
Bill and Charles became Best Friends Forever, and the Prince, as a mark of this friendship, appointed Bill as his whipping boy. Beating a prince was illegal, so a proxy was appointed to be thrashed in his place whenever discipline was required. These were great days for Bill, who nearly died on several occasions.
In 1626, Charles, now King Charles, made Bill his Gentleman of the Bedchamber. Another great honour. Bill now got to help the adult King dress, eat, and was guardian of the brimming royal water closet.
“…wine, cheese and powerful firecrackers”
At a 2012 history conference, all 424 delegates unanimously agreed that King Charles despised Bill Murray.
In 1642 the English Civil War broke out, and Bill played a pivotal role supporting the monarchy. He made regular trips to France to assist Queen Henrietta Maria in seeking the Pope’s support, and also to buy wine, cheese and powerful firecrackers, or ‘bangers’, which were banned in England at the time.
On his return from one such trip Bill was arrested by the Parliamentarians and incarcerated in the Tower of London. Inspired by the attempts of fellow inmates to catch the ghouls that haunted the Tower, he wrote a play. Ghoulhunters was so popular that it was re-staged 32 years later, with women (played by men) in all the lead roles.
“…remote parts of Fife”
For his loyalty, Bill was ennobled by the King. As First Earl of Dysart he gained lands, power and a hereditary smugness that exists to this day in remote parts of Fife, and abundantly throughout Scotland.
The war lost, in 1649 Charles was tried for treason and sentenced to death. He felt, quite strongly, that Bill, as his whipping boy, should be killed in his place. However Bill, who’d learnt a thing or two by this stage, declined, and so King Charles I was beheaded, and died shortly after of a broken heart.
Bill Murray died in Edinburgh in 1655, leaving his wife, Catherine, and four daughters absolutely baffled.
So it’s almost time for the official launch of Angel Comedy 2.0, our permanent venue, funded via Kickstarter. As well as our new HQ, it’s also a local pub, and its name will probably outlast us a by a long time. So we wanted to create a legacy, by honouring someone important to us and who reflects the spirit of what we do.
We’ve kept the name under wraps until launch, but this week, we actually fixed the letters above the door. So, what’s the pub actually going to be called?