This month, London welcomed its first-ever permanent LGBTQ+ Comedy Club. The Queer Comedy Club, which has opened up in North London, provides a space for queer audiences and performers to enjoy nights filled with laughter.
The Queer Comedy Club opened its doors on May 11 in Archway, offering up a “safe and supportive environment where queer comics can cut their comedy teeth”.
How did The Queer Comedy Club come about?
The UK’s first permanent LGBTQ+ Comedy Club comes from the minds of David Ian, Jeremy Topp, and Kate Dale, three queer comedians who recognised the need for the venue. Through their own experience in stand-up comedy, the trio decided that a dedicated space for the LGBTQ+ community and allies was a necessary addition to the London comedy scene.
The Queer Comedy Club promises to highlight established comedians and emerging acts, with each Monday and Tuesday featuring new acts and material. On these days QCC Raw will feature queer comedians, and Not Totally QCC will showcase allies and friends.
Every week, The Big Thursday Show will also feature a mix of talent, with acts including Jessica Fostekew, Stephen Bailey, and Jen Ives already booked. Plus, there will be plenty of one-off events and special nights to look forward to at The Queer Comedy Club.
Queer Comedy Club on TV
In the wake of their opening, Queer Comedy Club has also secured an exclusive deal with OUTtv – the world’s largest LGBTQ+ broadcaster. Thanks to their partnership, comedy fans can catch shows streamed directly from the Queer Comedy Club stage. Queer Comedy Club will be able to take their sets to a global audience with ‘Live at The Queer Comedy Club’: “a 22-minute show featuring a selection of comedians performing live at The Queer Comedy Club to real audiences”.
Of course, London is home to plenty of festivals and venues that have become known for hosting fine rosters of inclusive bills, including the recent Vault Festival, but having an entirely dedicated venue for an LGBTQ+ Comedy Club in London is welcome news indeed!