Martin Besserman


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Martin Besserman aged about seven


Martin Besserman aged 22 with dog Bessie


Martin Besserman story

Before running a comedy club, Martin Besserman was selling umbrellas and net curtains in a market. He started The Monkey Business Comedy Club in 2003 . It was very challenging in the early days having sometimes to borrow money to pay acts when just a few people might turn up..

Also he  had dealings with several bad managers or owners of bars who didn't understand what could be achieved given time.

These days Monkey Business is one of the most respected and well loved comedy clubs in the UK, famous for attracting  famous comedians from all over the world.


Martin Besserman has worked with Harry Hill, Russell Brand, Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr, Russell Howard, Dara O Brian, Howard Marks, Omid Djaili, Noel Fielding, Rich Hall, Adam Hills,Michael McIntyre ,Rhod Gilbert, Stewart Lee, Stephen Merchant, Lee Mack,Tim Vine,Reginald D Hunter,Ed Byrne Stephen K Amos, Lee Nelson,Jack Whitehall, Simon Amstell, Dave Gorman, Chris Addison, Russell Kane, Sarah Millican, Bobby Davro,Patrick Monahan, Barry and Stewart,Pete Firman,Stephen Grant,Magnus Betner,Richard Herring, Paul Merton, Julian Clary,Rory Bremner and many other top names.


In the mid eighties Martin Besserman - either as a solo poet or with his band - supported the biggest names in the music business that included The Pretenders, Depech Mode, Adam and The Ants, Simple Minds, Madness, Dexy.s Midnight Runners, Kajagoogoo, and even Pete Townsend from The Who. Martin performed at venues like the Electric Ball Room Camden, Dingwalls, Music Machine (now Koko`s), Roundhouse,Rainbow Theatre, Hammersmith Apollo, Manchester Apollo, etc. not to mention the main stage at Glastonbury.


Martin Besserman performing in the mid eighties was the only support act for Depeche Mode at Moonlight club in Kilburn

Martin released just one 4 track EP called High Class Dinner Party which stormed the  charts in Sweden, but fared less well in the UK.

Martin`s songs were featured in the film LIVE A LIFE where he acted alongside comedian Alexi Sayle.

Thoughout all this time and today Martin Besserman is a highly popular public speaker in Hyde Park. Tony Allen in his book describes Martin as the most entertaining speaker in years.

Chat show king Jerry Springer always listens to Martin Besserman's speeches when in London ,and is a huge fan.


Martin Besserman right with his band in 1986


 Harry Hill & Martin Besserman in 2004


Harry Hill and Martin Besserman 30/5 /12
Harry Hill  & Martin Besserman 13 / 6 /12
Martin Besserman & Lee Nelson 6 July 2010 



  Sunday  18 January 2009  Martin Besserman on red carpet

  at the premiere of Revolutionary Road in Leicester Square Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio were there to promote the film early 2009



     Martin Besserman aged 28 speaking at Speakers Corner

Martin Besserman speaking in Hyde Park in 1991


  Martin Besserman with his two year old nephew  

   Daniel Besserman in Maderia 13 September2009 




Martin Besserman with Patrick Monahan on Sunday 15 October 2011

at Speakers Corner


A happy punter with Martin Besserman July 2011


Martin Besserman and Noel Fielding playing with ducks in November 2005 


Martin Besserman  in Norway aged 24


young love Martin Besserman at 21 years old with his then girlfriend


Martin Besserman with his GTI Convertable in 1990


Martin Besserman with his GTI Convertable in 1990 in Ireland

Matin Besserman showing off his bum in 1990



 Martin with his mum in 1982



LEE MACK  MARTIN BESSERMAN SEAN HUGHS  photo taken just after their performances at Monkey Business on Saturday 25 July 2009



Martin Besserman with sister Maria Besserman
taken Saturday 5 December 2009 at the Russell Howard gig at Monkey Business.


Martin Besserman holding a ladder after his speech at Speakers Corner  photo taken Sunday 23 May 2010




Martin Besserman /Stephen Merchant/ Russell Howard in Green room at Monkey Business on Friday 6 March 2009



Martin Besserman with a top model photo taken 8/2/13

Martin Besserman photo taken 14 /3/2013



Martin Besserman with Helen Flanagan (ex Coronation Street star

photo taken at Cafe De Paris on 25 /3 2013



That hadsom man on right is Martin`s dad Morris Besserman when he was in his twenties


Martin Besserman left doing a 24 hour speech in 1990 .

Watched by several million on the box


Martin Besserman left dressed up in friends sisters cloths



Martin Besserman right using all his charm to chat up a policewoman on duty  1990

Martin Besserman speaking at Speakers Corner aged 25
Martin Bessman ,Mandy Martins sister left and right is Martins ex girlfriend Sara taken 1988
Martin Besserman 1989

More stuff about Martin Besserman

Martin schools

Old Hill Street infant`s N.16

Crouch End junior`s N.8

William Grimshaw,and Crighton Comprehensive in Muswell Hill N.10

Southgate technical college

 Martin has been vegetarian for over 20 years,and deplores any animal cruelty or exploitation of animals