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 22 May 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £19 (£14 concs)
Info: Improv with Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson and Ian Coppinger.
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Sun 26 May 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £20 (£15 concs)
Info: Improv with Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey, Ian Coppinger, Ruth Bratt, Stephen Frost and Steve Edis
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Wed 29 May 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £19 (£14 concs)
Info: Improv with Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey, Steve Edis, Cariad Lloyd, Pippa Evans and Niall Ashdown.
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Sun 2 Jun 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £20 (£15 concs)
Info: Improv with Josie Lawrence, Pippa Evans, Neil Mullarkey, Steve Edis, Niall Ashdown and Marcus Brigstocke
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Wed 5 Jun 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £19 (£14 concs)
Info: Improv with Lee Simpson, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £20 (£15 concs)
Info: Improv with Josie Lawrence, Alex Ross, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Ruth Bratt and Phelim McDermott
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Wed 12 Jun 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £19 (£14 concs)
Info: Improv with Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Andy Smart, Cariad Lloyd, Stephen Frost and Lauren Shearing
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £20 (£15 concs)
Info: Improv with Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Andy Smart and Marcus Brigstocke
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Wed 19 Jun 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £19 (£14 concs)
Info: Improv with Andy Smart, Richard Vranch, Stephen Frost, Steve Steen, Pippa Evans and Neil Mullarkey
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Sun 23 Jun 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £20 (£15 concs)
Info: Improv with Andy Smart, Richard Vranch, Dave Johns, Ruth Bratt, Niall Ashdown and Steve Steen
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Wed 26 Jun 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £19 (£14 concs)
Info: Improv with Neil Mullarkey, Steve Steen, David Reed, Pippa Evans, Mike McShane and Kirsty Newton
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Sun 30 Jun 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £20 (£15 concs)
Info: Improv with Marcus Brigstocke, Lee Simpson, Neil Mullarkey, Steve Edis, Suki Webster and Andy Smart
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Wed 3 Jul 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £19 (£14 concs)
Info: Improv with Pippa Evans, Mike McShane, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Lee Simpson and Neil Mullarkey
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier)

Date: Sun 7 Jul 2019
Venue: Comedy Store
Price: £20 (£15 concs)
Info: Improv with Paul Merton, Cariad Lloyd, Niall Ashdown, Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson
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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