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The Comedy Store by William Cook

The Comedy Store by William Cook

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A few weeks after Mrs Thatcher moved into Number 10 a new kind of comedy club opened in Soho and became the unofficial flagship for a generation of comedians who revived and transformed live comedy. This book charts the eccentric story of the club and includes interviews with performers there past.


A few weeks after Margaret Thatcher moved into Number 10, a brand new kind of comedy club opened in a strip club in Soho. This innovative, unruly venue became the unofficial flagship for a fresh generation of comedians, who revived and transformed live comedy. It provided a crucial platform for these up-and-coming turns, who honed their craft on its tiny but prestigious stage. More than 20 years later, The Comedy Store remains an important springboard for modern comedy's rising stars. In this volume, comedy writer William Cook charts the eccentric story of this stand up and improvisational speakeasy, from its ad hoc origins in Soho's red light district, via its claustrophobic home beneath Leicester Square, to a slick purpose-built auditorium near Piccadilly Circus. Crammed with pictures, and with tales from bouncers, punters and promoters, plus interviews with past and present performers - including Clive Anderson, David Baddiel, Jo Brand, Julian Clary, Jack Dee, Eddie Izzard, Mark Lamarr and Alexei Sayle - the book offers an insight into the club that helped create not only alternative comedy, but the comedy circuit that continues to bloom today.

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SKU GOR001583711
Title The Comedy Store
Author By (author) William Cook
Contributor N/A
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Little, Brown & Company
Year Published 2001
Page Number 368
ISBN 0316857920
ISBN13 9780316857925
Cover Note Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Prizes N/A
Edition Text N/A
Note This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and previous use.
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