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- 24/10/2021Find ticketsScarborough Spa Theatre - Scarborough THE COMEDY STORE Oct 24 19:30Sunday 19:30Scarborough Spa Theatre - ScarboroughTHE COMEDY STORE
- 12/11/2021Friday 20:00Wellingborough, The Castle - WellingboroughThe Comedy Store - WellingboroughFind ticketsWellingborough, The Castle - Wellingborough The Comedy Store - Wellingborough Nov 12 20:00Find ticketsWellingborough, The Castle - Wellingborough The Comedy Store - Wellingborough Nov 12 20:00
- 19/11/2021Find ticketsHazlitt Theatre - Maidstone The Comedy Store - Maidstone Nov 19 19:00Friday 19:00Hazlitt Theatre - MaidstoneThe Comedy Store - MaidstoneLow Availability
- 26/11/2021Find ticketsCharter Hall - Colchester Comedy Store Nov 26 20:00Friday 20:00Charter Hall - ColchesterComedy Store
- 03/12/2021Find ticketsO2 Academy Bournemouth - Bournemouth Comedy Store Dec 03 19:00Friday 19:00O2 Academy Bournemouth - BournemouthComedy Store
- 03/12/2021Find ticketsElectric Palace - Dorset Comedy Store Dec 03 19:30Friday 19:30Electric Palace - DorsetComedy Store
- 17/12/2021Find ticketsMansfield Palace Theatre - Mansfield Comedy Store Dec 17 19:30Friday 19:30Mansfield Palace Theatre - MansfieldComedy Store
- 17/12/2021Find ticketsFloral Pavilion Theatre - Merseyside Comedy Store Dec 17 20:00Friday 20:00Floral Pavilion Theatre - MerseysideComedy Store
- 18/12/2021Find ticketsOld Fire Station - Carlisle Comedy Store Dec 18 19:30Saturday 19:30Old Fire Station - CarlisleComedy Store
- 14/01/2022Find ticketsKings Hall Ilkley - Ilkley Comedy Store Jan 14 2022 20:00Friday 20:00Kings Hall Ilkley - IlkleyComedy Store
- 21/01/2022Find ticketsBarnfield Theatre - Exeter Comedy Store Jan 21 2022 19:30Friday 19:30Barnfield Theatre - ExeterComedy Store
- 21/01/2022Find ticketsPlough Arts Centre - Devon Comedy Store Jan 21 2022 20:00Friday 20:00Plough Arts Centre - DevonComedy StoreLimited Availability
- 05/02/2022Find ticketsMansfield Palace Theatre - Mansfield Comedy Store Feb 05 2022 19:30Saturday 19:30Mansfield Palace Theatre - MansfieldComedy Store
- 25/02/2022Find ticketsCharter Hall - Colchester Comedy Store Feb 25 2022 20:00Friday 20:00Charter Hall - ColchesterComedy Store
- 25/02/2022Find ticketsVerwood Hub - Verwood Comedy Store Feb 25 2022 20:00Friday 20:00Verwood Hub - VerwoodComedy Store
- 11/03/2022Find ticketsO2 Academy Bournemouth - Bournemouth Comedy Store Mar 11 2022 19:00Friday 19:00O2 Academy Bournemouth - BournemouthComedy Store
- 17/03/2022Find ticketsHazlitt Arts Centre - Maidstone Comedy Store Mar 17 2022 20:00Thursday 20:00Hazlitt Arts Centre - MaidstoneComedy Store
- 25/03/2022Find ticketsBarnfield Theatre - Exeter Comedy Store Mar 25 2022 19:30Friday 19:30Barnfield Theatre - ExeterComedy Store
- 25/03/2022Find ticketsElectric Palace - Dorset Comedy Store Mar 25 2022 19:30Friday 19:30Electric Palace - DorsetComedy Store
- 25/03/2022Find ticketsPlough Arts Centre - Devon Comedy Store Mar 25 2022 20:00Friday 20:00Plough Arts Centre - DevonComedy StoreLimited Availability
Long-running proving ground for top comedy talent
The Comedy Store first opened its doors in 1979, after founder Don Ward was inspired by New York and LA’s famous comedy clubs and the treasure troves of comedic talent ushered forth from their stages. In a bid to find new talent, Ward placed an ad in the paper for bored 9-5 office workers who secretly harboured dreams of being a comedy superstar. The first respondent was Alexei Sayle, a man whose furious anti-establishment rants would make him host for three years and an enduring symbol of 80s England’s new wave of comedy.
Comedy nights would start at midnight (once the strip club upstairs was closed) and sometimes run on until 4am. New acts had five minutes and a gong to tell them when to get off. Early stars included French and Saunders, Rik Mayall, Ade Edmundson, Keith Allen, Robin Williams, Paul Merton, Clive Anderson and Ben Elton.
Over the years, new innovations placed The Comedy Store at the forefront of British Comedy. Mike Myers (of Wayne’s World and Austin Powers fame) kickstarted The Comedy Store players, while the topical panel show was pioneered by The Edge, which counts big names from Bill Bailey to Eddie Izzard amongst its alumni and predated even Have I Got News For You by six months.
With the original only growing in popularity, The Comedy Store branched out and opened a Manchester premises on Deansgate Locks in 2000. A third Store in Bournemouth followed in 2006.
In 2021, The Comedy Store announced its official reopening post-COVID with shows in venues in Maidstone, Wellingborough, Bridport, Bournemouth, Colchester and Leeds.