Sentimental look back 2008
SENTIMENTAL LOOK BACK AT 2008
EVENTS AS THEY HAPPENED
Saturday 8 January 2008
& Paul Foot got our first show of the year off to a
Everyone had a nice time.
Thursday 17 January 2008
top televison personality dropped in at our new act
tonight to try out some new material tonight.
Tim was lots of fun.
Monday 21 January 2008
performed his first gig tonight for about a year at the Comedy Store,
to help raise money for saving the Rhino.Noel was in fantastic
form allthough he told in the dressing room after that he felt a bit rusty.
The exciting news is that Noel has invited me to call him this week
to put in some Monkey Business dates .
PLEASE KEEP FINGERS CROSSED
it comes off because its been two years since
Noel Fielding last played the club.
Thursday 14 February 2008 Our New Act night
was really busy tonight for our Valentines special.
I have Left a few messages now for Noel Fielding
but he has not got back to me as yet.I guess that other projects
are keeping him busy at present.
Saturday 16 February 2008 Some of the cast of
Channel 4s hit series Holly Oaks enjoyed our show
at The Steeles tonight.
Saturday 1 March 2008
The Noise Next Door
Sketch group brought the housedown tonight.
Beautiful top model 19 year old
Holli Dillon from Canterbury,
who is in the Miss Top Model UK
2008 grand final in April ,enjoyed a great night
of laughter at Monkey Business recently.
Saturday 15 March 2008
A very nice evening with entertainment
doing a secret gig, Dwight Slade
Chris McCausland,and Alfie Brown. Audience feedback was that it was an excellent night.
Saturday 29 March 2008
brought the house
down with his off the wall performance tonight,
and so did Hal Cruttenden who gave a super energetic
account of himself.Newcomer Colin Owens was quite impressive too
Saturday 12 April 2008 A woman wanted everyone to know
that she was having a really really really great night laughing very
loudly even in the unfunny bits .It wasn`t
a ha ha ha,or a he he he oh dear me sort of laugh.It was more
a rather dreadful EE EE EE EE Agarrah.(I should point out that
the above photo is not the woman in question)
Saturday 19 April 2008 A Wonderful night of entertainment
enjoyed by a number of people from ITV AND BBC broadcasting among the audience .
The acts included Shappi Korsandi , Will Smith,
and newcomer Vikki Stone.
Sunday 20 April 2008 Harry Hill won two BAFTAS tonight.
Well done to Harry.
It could not have happened to a funnier or nicer person.
Thursday 24 April 2008 Harry Hill
thoroughly enjoyed performing
at Monkey Business tonight to a very warm and wonderful crowd, which included a
couple who had driven all the way from Windemere as a surprise 40th birthday present
from one man to his wife. She didn't know what it was until they walked into the club,
and was over the moon about it.
Harry Hill performing at The Monkey Business comedy club on Thursday 24 April 2008
This photo of two smiley customers who enjoyed the gig
was actually taken by Harry Hill himself
Saturday 3 May 2008 Another fantastic night with six acts on the bill which included performances from
Milton Jones and manic Ian Cognito.
Saturday 17 May 2008
Scott Capurro, one of Britains most controversial
stand ups certainly didn't let punters down tonight as the bitchy
gay comic threw a glass of water over an Eastern European
woman who had called him a f***ing queer . After an exchange
of insults between them the woman retaliated by throwing
her glass of beer at Scott. Scott then grabbed the woman's handbag,
attempting to throw it out of the window.
The drama, combined with great sets from comics
Jaik Campbell, Lee Nelson,and The two Magicians,
led to a number of audience members telling me
it was the best comedy night they had ever been to.
Tuesday 20 May 2008 I was invited to the special opening night
of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull in Leicester Square.
Security was very tight and among the many stars who were
there was my hero, John Hurt who has a great role in the film.
Friday 23 May 2008 Award winning
performed his first ever set at Monkey Business ,
and gosh was he good.
Saturday 24 May 2008 Award winning
Ed Byrne gave a very powerful first ever Monkey Business performance.
Saturday 31 May 2008 Danny Mc Namara one of the two brothers from the rock band Embrace
enjoyed the many laughs tonight which included
wonderful perfomances from Milton Jones,
Spencer Brown ,
and fab newcomer Catie Wilkins
Tuesday 16 June 2008
I spoke with Harry Hill who has put in a brand new Monkey Business date being Wednesday 9 July.The event will again be held at The Sir Richard Steele in Chalk Farm
Saturday 21June 2008
Top actress Zoe Lister who plays Zoe Carpenter in Channel 4s Holly Oaks told me that she loved the the Monkey Business show tonight,and added that she would return
when not filming in Liverpool .
Monday 23 June 2008
A letter of encouragment
Hi I've been recommended your club by a friend who was
another friend, I've been checking out the website and
the names you get down there. It would be like the Beatles turning up
in my local!
I want to request for my name to be put forward for the Harry
Hill tickets. I know it's a long shot, but worth a
try! Cheers from Jef Smith
Thursday 3 July 2008 Our opening night at
The Oxford Kentish Town
was a fantastic sucess with a smashing turn out for
a first night there.
Friday 4 July and Saturday 5 July 2008
gave two excellent 1 hour Edinburgh preview
performances .Ed Byrne was surpported by superb sketch group
The Noise Next Door
who also had everyone in fits of laughter.
Wednesday 9 July 2008 Harry Hill
put in another wonderful performance at the club
with his very special style of crazy humour.
The surport came again from excellent Lee Nelson
and entertaining Vikki Stone.The owner of the Steele`s
was present with his partner who told me that
he had a fantastic time
Thursday 17 July 2008 Perry Fenwick
in BBC1 East Enders enjoyed
our Monkey Business new act
night tonight .After the show I joined him
to a private event at Boogaloos in Highgate
where Noel Fielding was the DJ.
Kate Moss was one of the many other stars
that were there.
Saturday 20 July 2008
Lucy Porter &
Reginald D.Hunter both gave
wonderful Edinburgh preview performance`s tonight
to a very lovely happy audience.
Saturday 26 July 2008 Edinburgh
Rhod Gilbert Jeff Green ,&
from Mark Steel put everyone in a happy frame of mind.
Saturday 2 August 2008 It was my birthday show tonight
which was supposed to see Russell Howard
on the bill,but his agent phoned just a few hours
the show to tell me that he felt too unwell to perform.
It was a huge challange to find the right replacement
as most of the best acts were in Edinburgh.
Angie McEvoy became the
eventual replacement who stormed it
Thursday 7 August 2008
Jon Culshaw (Britain`s top impressionist star of Dead Ringers
came to the
Monkey Business New Act night tonight ,
and told me that he had a really nice time.
Thursday 14 August 2008
The Camden Gazzette has a half page write up on the sucsess
The Monkey Business .
Saturday 16 August 2008
star of Mock The Week and Never Mind The Buzzcocks
did an hour long set tonight ,and was in
in excellent form
Sunday 30 August 2008 I am on holiday in Florida.
My mum was asked to dance in a Salsa night club by a 25 year old
Puerto Rican bi woman who tryed to come on to her.
After a couple of dances the womanl rubbed herself up
against my mum , flashing her boobs.
My mum commented that her boobs
were nice making me wonder if there was a side of my my mother
I am as yet to find out about .
Friday 5 September 2008
comedian Shelly Cooper is accused of being a racist
at tonights Monkey Business show
This is a part letter from an unhappy punter,
Just wanted to say that I walked out due to the
comedian Shelly Cooper He was racist, a bigot
and not funny
He turned on
me and an other ethic minority member
audience, to the point where I will be complaining about his
act to higher bodies. Comedy does not need another Bernard Manning
and you supporting the act is inexcusable.
Just Aceo Sent Sunday 7 September
As a comedy promoter I strongly believe in free speech ,
and cannot be held responsible for all the
views expressed in my club I Don`t recall any remarks that I felt were offensive anyway.
Wednesday 11 September
today to confirm his
on Thursday 18 September.
Friday 13 September 2008
The manager at the Steeles told me today that he
would be very happy if i held our 2nd Stewart Lee gig on Friday 24 October
also at the Steeles venue.I am really happy about it.
Thursday 18 September 2008
performed again at Monkey Business
to another happy full house
Saturday 20 September 2008.
Our last act was delayed so the
audience members took
in telling jokes from the stage
untill his arrival all making for an
interesting evening .
Saturday 27 September 2008
his first gig at
Monkey Business in three years.
There was huge demand for this show .
Well the good news is that Lee has put in
another date at the club on Friday 24
Thursday 2 October 2008
Had a nice chat with Paddy Ashdown
former Liberal party leader
who told me that he had heard very good things about the club,
and that he would try to make one of our
Saturday 4 October 2008
I recieved a complaint about comic
Alex Mapel from an audience member
who objected very strongly to lex
making a joke about
putting his wife in a porn film.
Thursday 9 October 2008
At our new act night tonight
I was very touched by the performances of newcomers
and very fine singer
with her funny silly songs so
I have invited them both to perform at this
Saturdays show at the The
Thursday 16 October
2008 A poor performance by a new act simulation lovemaking
with a female member of the audience sitting with her
boyfriend left a very sour taste in my mouth as it was very
I am for freedom of expression,but If acts are that out of tune
audience I really think they should forget about having
any future in comedy.
The evening was lifted by top comic`s
Lee Nelson and
both made appearance`s to try out new material.
Saturday 18 October 2008
was the big star tonight.The audience loved him.
Friday 24 Oct Stewart Lee
excellent performance getting him a rare encore
Sunday 26 October 2008
I went to see Hamlet 2 starring Steve Coogan
on the opening night in Leicester Square.I laughed my head off.
Had nice chat afterwards with
& Paul Merton
Saturday 1 November 2008
gave a first ever powerful performance at the club
Thursday 17 November 2008
BBC TV filmed at Monkey Business tonight for their highly popular
programme FREAKY EATERS. It will be on the telly early next year
and will show me helping a young man Tom Ball who had never
done stand up before into doing a 5 minute set.
Tom only knew this was to be his task just 1 hour before,
but did very well.
Saturday 22 November Reginald D Hunter
was fantastic tonight and so was
Thursday 27 November 2008 Top actress Kelly Wenham famous for her film role in Life on Mars ,
and her parts in Coronation Street ,Holby City & Heart Beat enjoyed her evening at Monkey Business tonight.
Saturday 6 December 2008 stage Hypnotist Simon Candlish
had to cut his set short due to a lack of volunteers.
It was ashame as Simon is an amazing performer,
and good all round bloke.
Saturday 13 December 2008 Those gifted lads The Noise Next Door
were once again in flying form tonight.