Comedy Cafe Theatre finds a new home | London venue reopens next month

Comedy Cafe Theatre finds a new home

London venue reopens next month

London’s Comedy Cafe Theatre has found a new home – almost nine months after being forced out of its former site by rising rents.

The venue shut its doors on New Year’s Eve, after 26 years, with owner Noel Faulkner, pictured, blaming the gentrification of the area for spiralling costs. ‘Now it’ll become just another overpriced bar for Shoreditch twats with their big beards and skinny jeans who think they’re too cool for comedy,’ he said at the time.

Now, however, he has found a new room less than 200 yards away – the Miranda basement bar at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch. 

Comedy Cafe

Faulkner says he has kept the venue in the neighbourhood to help keep ‘some of the grit that originally made the area an artistic, creative place’.

‘We’re talking 26 years in the same area, so this is our home. This is where we’re known When we first started in 1991, Shoreditch was nothing but an industrial wasteland. Now, only the big boys can afford the extortionate rent in the area and we want to bring good, quality comedy to Shoreditch that goes beyond the cookie-cutter comedy you see on TV.’

However, he has recruited a TV name to kick off the new venue, with Alan Davies playing on opening night, Saturday September 16.

Faulkner will run a pro night on Saturdays, while the  Comedy Cafe’s new act night – which helped give an early platform to future stars including Jimmy Carr and Simon Amstell – on Tuesdays.

‘Without comedy clubs, the next generation of big comedy names have nowhere to learn their craft - that's why the new act night is so important to us,’ he said .’I can see if somebody has it in two minutes, and I only book line-ups with people I know will deliver the goods.

‘You've got to have a sense of fairness for the acts and the audience, people work hard and they deserve to go out and have a good time.’

Published: 31 Aug 2017

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