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A dedicated LGBTQ+ comedy club opens in London this May, offering queer audiences/allies and queer comedians alike a safe and supportive space to enjoy comedy.
The Queer Comedy Club in Archway is the brainchild of David Ian, Jeremy Topp, and Kate Dale — three queer comedians who felt London needed a dedicated club.
Says David Ian: "We were uncomfortable inviting our queer friends to come and watch us perform because we were taking them into what was essentially a very straight and macho environment, with no guarantee about the type of material they'd hear.
"It made us realise there was a gap in the market — and our community — for a stand-up comedy club that would feel like their space."
Shows at the Queer Comedy Club will run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week. Mondays and Tuesdays are free entry, featuring new acts and material. 'The Big Thursday Show' sees fully-developed performances from well-known comedians such as Jessica Fostekew, Stephen Bailey, Jen Ives and James Barr. Various other special shows and work in progresses take place on other days of the week.
The club has its inaugural show on Thursday 11 May, featuring Josh Jones, Dee Allum, Ben Pollard and Kathy Maniura.
The Queer Comedy Club, Archway