Comedy Store, The


Comedy Store, The
   The Comedy Store, based on a Los Angeles original, was founded by Peter Rosengard in 1979 in the Nell Gwynne strip club in Soho. It was compered first by Alexei Sayle (and later by Ben Elton), and twenty-five amateur comedians did stand-up routines. Bad performances were ‘gonged’ off. It was only on at midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights, and was one of the first ‘one-nighter’ clubs to revitalize London’s nightlife. The ethos was anti-racist and anti-sexist. Double acts like Twentieth Century (Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson) and The Outer Limits (Peter Richardson and Nigel Planer) got their start there. Audiences were diverse and members of the public could perform after the main acts.
   MIKE STORRY

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