Laughs re-Stored

Comedy returns to Store's old home

Comedy is to be performed at the Comedy Store’s former home for the first time in more than a decade.

A character sketch group called Non-Members Only is launching a comedy night in 28a Leicester Square next week, more than ten years after the Store vacated it for its current Piccadilly Circus site.

Today the address is home to Storm nightclub, but Paul Merton’s recent BBC1 documentary about the Comedy Store revived interest in using it for comedy once more.

Non-Members Only say they convinced club owner Tom Bradley they would be the best choice to carry on the comic flame after performer Carl Hill “went into Tom’s office naked, covered in red paint and with a sign saying ‘Do we get the gig?’”

Hill said: “Tom realised that we were either serious or mental, and we got the venue  before anyone else. Mind you it took me a week to get all the paint off”.

He adds that he chose Storm after he was thrown out one night for being ‘over-intoxicated’.

“I’d been looking for a venue that wasn’t your normal room above a pub, then this came up -  an opportunity to good to miss.”

The eight-strong sketch team will be performing at the club at 8pm on March 9 and 16.


Published: 28 Feb 2005

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