Camden Comedy Club celebrates a storming first year

Lucy Danser at Camden Comedy Club. Picture: Polly Hancock

Lucy Danser at Camden Comedy Club. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Harry Hill, Stewart Lee, Sara Pascoe and Alan Carr have all played at the new club devised by Lucy Danser, finds Zoe Paskett.

The Camden Comedy Club is celebrating a successful first year during which it has established itself as one of London’s most popular funny venues.

The Camden Head on Camden High Street has been a staple venue for comedians for years, but was only established as a comedy club a year ago.

Deciding that the regular events needed more of an official stamp, the club launched in October last year when Lucy Danser came in as promoter.

As well as keeping many of the already established nights, the former Hampstead schoolgirl created new opportunities for emerging comedians by importing her existing show, Chatback Comedy, from Canterbury.

Two of the venue’s own shows, Lunchtime Laughs and Stand Up & Slam!, enjoyed rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe earlier this year, alongside many of the established comedians who have graced the stage at The Camden Head such as Harry Hill, Stewart Lee, Sara Pascoe and Alan Carr. Danser started off in comedy as a student handing out flyers for Jim Jeffries’s show at the Edinburgh Fringe, but now organises Camden Comedy Club’s busy calendar seven nights a week. A year on, she is still excited by the diversity of shows on offer.

“There’s some more alternative stuff that I wouldn’t normally choose to go to but I really like. It appeals to a completely different audience. I really enjoy being exposed to a whole other kind of comedy.” With podcasts, sketch groups and workshops, there’s plenty of variety throughout the month. Danser’s ambition for the next year is to introduce more workshops and create a drop-in feel for the surrounding community to give comedy a go. She may want to get newcomers onto the stage but she hasn’t given up on the big names. She hopes to bring Trevor Noah, new host of The Daily Show, over from the US. “I saw him a while ago when people didn’t know him and now he’s huge. We’ve come close to getting him a couple of times but it’s never worked out so it would be great to have him.”

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Camden Comedy Club has ticketed and free comedy every night of the week. The Camden Head, 100 Camden High Street,