The Comedy Store Players

The Comedy Store Players

Show type: Misc live shows

Britain's leading improv troupe was formed on October 27, 1985, following a brief test run at the Edinburgh Fringe earlier in the year with Kit Hollerbach, Dave Cohen, Neil Mullarkey and future Austin Powers star Mike Myers. In the first half of that first show they did stand-up, rather than take a chance on the new ad-libbed style imported from the States. Only 20 people were in the audience.

A month later Paul Merton joined the cast, and still regularly performs at their Sunday-night gigs. Canadian Myers and American Hollerbach taught the games to the rest of the team, which was soon joined by Mullarkey’s Cambridge friend Richard Vranch – initially as a pianist but he quickly became part of the regular team. Cohen was sacked after six months.

Josie Lawrence joined after guesting one night at the 1986 Edinburgh Fringe, just before Myers returned to Canada. Other regular members over the years have included Sandi Toksvig and Jeremy Hardy, while guests have included Eddie Izzard, Catherine Tate, Rory Bremner and Julian Clary.

Jim Sweeney joined the Players in 1992 and is still credited at the end of every show, although he has been unable to perform with the team for the last two years because of his multiple sclerosis. Lee Simpson and Andy Smart complete the current core line-up, which performs every Wednesday and Sunday night at the London Comedy Store.

Upcoming Dates

Date: Wed 27 Jun 2018
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £17 (£12 concs)
Info: Improv with Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Marcus Brigstocke Cariad Lloyd and 
Neil Mullarkey
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Sun 1 Jul 2018
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £17 (£12 concs)
Info: Improv with Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, Niall Ashdown and Suki Webster.
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Wed 4 Jul 2018
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £17 (£12 concs)
Info: Improv with Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, Ruth Bratt, Niall Ashdown and Kirsty Newton
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Sun 8 Jul 2018
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £17 (£12 concs)
Info: Improv with Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey and Steve Steen
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Wed 11 Jul 2018
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £17 (£12 concs)
Info: Improv with Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Lee Simpson, Markus Brigstocke and Neil Mullarkey
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Sun 15 Jul 2018
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £17 (£12 concs)
Info: Improv with Paul Merton, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Lee Simpson, Suki Webster and Stephen Frost
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £17 (£12 concs)
Info: Improv with Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Lee Simpson, Stephen Frost and Cariad Lloyd
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £17 (£12 concs)
Info: Improv with Suki Webster, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey Andy Smart and Stephen Frost
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Sun 22 Jul 2018
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £17 (£12 concs)
Info: Improv with Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch Andy Smart, Lee Simpson and Mike McShane
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £17 (£12 concs)
Info: Improv with Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey and Andy Smart
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Comments

Reviews

Mike Myers with the Comedy Store Players

You’d be forgiven for thinking that The Comedy Store Players are as old as London itself.
6/07/2011

Comedy Store Players

Twenty-five years the Comedy Store Players have been going; and you’ll be hard-pressed to think of many credible improv groups that have sprung up in all that…
1/01/2010

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