Venue Review – Comedy Bin @ Anatolia Bar, Hackney

I was at yet another comedy bin gig last night, this time in the Anatolia Bar, Hackney. The room is scarily big and hard to fill, but they do manage to set it up quite snugly for comedy. There was a decent crowd in last night. Audience outnumbered acts and we even had a couple … Continue reading

Venue Review – Comedy Bin @ Carnivale

I was on at the Comedy Bin open mic at Carnivale last night. (It’s pronounced “Carnival” – yes, I did ask.) It’s not a bad space for comedy – but it is unusual. It’s a fairly small room with the stage by the door and the bar at the far end. There’s also a mezzanine … Continue reading

Party Piece – Venue Review

Party Piece, now in its new venue, The Queens Head in Islington, was really good last night. The Pub itself is an old-fashioned Victorian affair, gently updated, relaxed and clean. Although the comedy is in the main bar, there is room for a decent group of committed audience to sit around the stage. The less … Continue reading

Chortle – a very useful thing.

All wannabe comedians and fans of comedy should definitely bookmark Chortle. The reviews are good and the correspondence pieces are always interesting at the least but I think the most useful part of the site is the forums. The Industry noticeboard is good place to find out about gigs – and to take a sneaky … Continue reading

See the London Open Mic Gig list here!

For some time Johnny Armstrong (part time comedian, full time flame warrior) has maintained this list of gigs in London and environs which let inexperienced comics have a go. Now he’s decided that it’s time to cut the apron strings and let theĀ  open mic list roam free, ie he doesn’t want to do it … Continue reading