Last laugh? Stars backing campaign to save popular comedy club
Bid to raise £50k for Camden Comedy Club
04 February, 2021 — By Bronwen Weatherby
Camden Comedy Club
A TOP comedy club is at risk of being permanently closed down after months without gigs due to the coronavirus restrictions.
A campaign has been launched to save Camden Comedy Club, with the Camden Town venue hoping to raise £50,000 to ensure its survival.
Over the past decade it has hosted long-established acts such as Harry Hill and Stewart Lee, and newly emerging stars including Rosie Jones and Mawaan Rizwan.
But the pandemic has hit the club’s status as a “well-established and financially viable independent business”, leaving it in need of donations to pay for running costs.
The club said: “We need to raise money to keep our beloved venue alive through to the other side. We want to see live comedy back on its feet when this is all over.”
Tamara Cowan, from the club’s promoter, Strip Light, said: “The venue has always had a great reputation for both supporting newer acts who are starting out, as well as being a go-to place for more established comedians to return to in order to work on new material.
It is an incredibly important part of the comedy industry’s ecosystem.”
Mae Martin (right), star of Channel 4 and Netflix sitcom Feel Good, said: “Camden Comedy Club was the first comedy club in London where I found a home, found a regular audience and felt free to experiment and develop my voice as a comedian.
“In short, I wouldn’t be where I was without Camden Comedy Club and it would be a tragedy to lose it.”
Jessica Fostekew, the Live at the Apollo star and Guilty Feminist podcast co-host, said the club had been an “essential” part of her career, adding: “It’ll be heartbreaking for me and for the whole London comedy circuit were it not to survive this.”
Run from above the Camden Head pub in Camden High Street, the venue started putting on shows around 10 years ago, and after a refurbishment in 2014 relaunched under its current name.
Councillor Jonathan Simpson, chairman of Cultural Camden, said: “Camden is known worldwide for its unbelievably diverse live entertainment venues and its overall cultural creativity.
“And comedy forms such a crucial part of this mix, providing employment, opportunity and inspiration for up-and-coming talent.”