Underground Comedy Club

Doors Close on Underground Comedy Club

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So it’s done, I’ve closed the book on the Underground Comedy Club. I have given it 12 months, gosh I remember the first event like it was yesterday. The fear, the excitement, the chaos.

The room was full, the audience was ready and I had booked in too many acts! It was a great night and I thought at that moment I was going to go from strength to strength, though like any adventure there was quite a few ups and downs along the way.

Looking back I have learnt so much, and met so many great comics. I’ve learnt everything about what happens behind the all important stage as well as what happens on it. I’ve collected an array of items, cables and gizmos that I’ve tried and tested over the months whilst sharing the stage with quite a few huge acts, who were happy to come along to out little venue at the Prince Edward Notting Hill.

The many emails and texts back and forth with Adam Rushton, a gentleman who supported me throughout this journey, were a lifeline. Crumbs, I have no idea how many more mistakes I would have made without his advice and tips along the way.

Though it’s now over, and I can happily say I have loved and hated it equally. The draining hours of setting up the night knowing that I had only sold 4 tickets compared to the sell‐outs when the audience loved every word I spoke.

It may be over, but lets be honest the whole point behind running the venue was to learn about the behind the scenes stuff, meet some pro comics, and to get some practice under the belt. And to be fair, i’ve done all of that.

Some money would have been a nice bonus, but I can happily say that running a comedy night is done purely through the love of comedy. If I wanted to make money I would have to hang up my performing boots and focus purely on selling tickets and promoting nights. This is not what I want to do, I want to perform and make people laugh.

Therefore it’s thank you and good night to the Underground Comedy Club, and a hello to getting back on stage and making people laugh.

Dan Tambling is a stand-up comedian, sketch comedy writer, actor and producer of ‘12 sketches in a London house’. This is his blog.

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