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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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

Bridget Christie: Work in Progress

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.

DATES:

Wednesday, 18th March – 9:45-10:45 pm

Wednesday, 1st April – 9:45-10:45 pm

Wednesday, 22nd April – 9:45-10:45 pm

Tuesday, 12th May – 9:45-10:45 pm

Monday, 1st June – 9:45-10:45 pm

Tuesday, 2nd June – 9:45-10:45 pm

Tuesday, 9th June – 9:45-10:45 pm

Wednesday, 10th June – 9:45-10:45 pm

I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that Nish – work in progress

“You can boo, but booing’s got nothing to do with it”

Bob Dylan

“Man, I’ve got grown men @ing me bullshit/You’re getting way too old for the timeline”

Stormzy

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.

Dates:

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

Daniel Simonsen returns to The Bill Murray – March 2020

Norwegian comedian Daniel Simonsen returns to London

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

★★★★ Times

★★★★ Fest

★★★★ Skinny

Monday, March 9th, 9.30PM

Wednesday, March 11th, 9.45PM

Friday, March 13th, 6PM

Dave Hill at The Bill Murray

American cult comedian Dave Hill will be performing at The Bill Murray in London in April 2020

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.

Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 18:45

Friday, 3rd April 2020, 18:00

Saturday, 4th April 2020, 17:00