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Saturday 7 January 2012
The Oxford had a full house tonight and The Steeles was half full ,but the shows were highly enjoyed at both clubs.
The acts on at both venues were 
Spencer Brown

    Simon Munnery 

Nick Doody


Thursday 12 January 2012
A really enjoyable new act night which included
Dimple Pau

Saturday 15  January 2012
Both venues enjoyed a good night with these acts

Scott Capurro

Suzi Ruffell


very enjoyable comic

Matt Green

Saturday 21 January 2012
We had almost a full house at both venues with similar bills.

At the Steeles we had a fantastic night with top entertainment provided by 
 Alex Horne from
Horne Section 

     Geoff Boyz


   musical comic
   Kate Lucas

Dan & Dan

and  Matt Forde 

radio presenter from Talk Sport  put in a secret set .Matt
was brilliant and stormed it .

Saturday 28 January 2012   
Our show tonight  was really challenging at The Steeles as the result of a group of youngsters who wouldent stop chatting.

I was told that the show at the Oxford with less audience was a smooth gig.We had performing
 multi award winning 

hilarious showman




                     charming entertaining musical act 
   Carly Smallman

     entertaining musical madness comedy
Tom Adams
 enjoyable magic fr0m
Stu Turner 

Thursday 2 February 2012

Ed Surnam

funny guy and top radio presenter made his Monkey Business debut tonight doing very well 

Saturday 4 February 2012
A lovely receptive audience at both venues enjoyed
the excellent multi award winning stand up
   Andy Zaltzman

BBC's Michael McIntyre Comedy Roadshow star
Ava Vidal

    Jonny Awsum

 +funny award winning actress &
American comic

Thursday 9 February 2012
 A truely smashing night which included Mock the week star
Andi Osho
and  very enjoyable stand up
Tez Ilyas 

Friday 10 February 2012
I am very happy to see an excellent review in the Islington gazette

 that says that The Monkey Business Comedy Club  clearly deserves its reputation as one of the finest laugh-emporiums in the capital. 
Saturday 11  February 2012
We were quite at both venues but our shows were very strong which included
very funny 

brilliant stand up
Nick Doody


 entertaining showman
       Wes Zaharuk

 Thursday 16 February 2012

Swedish super-star
doing 45 mins was a real treat tonight

Saturday 18 February 2012
Both clubs had almost full houses with very sucsessful shows
I somehow managed to upset a female member of the audience as a result of having a go at her drunk friend ,who had blamed me for an old man attempting to chat her up in the downstairs part of the pub. Sorry darling ,blokes will always try their luck and anyway what does that have to do with me. Oh well.
Our smashing acts tonight were 
 excellent stand up
Martin Coyote

radio presenter on talk sport
funny man
Matt Forde


delightfully funny award winning
American comic

Spencer Brown

Martin Hill

Saturday 25 February 2012

A sensational night of top quality comedy put our audience in a happy mood.Our line includedLive at The Apollo & Mock The Week Star 
Andi Osho



 Norwegian star
Daniel Simonsen
+  20 year old
Matt Richardson 
& hilarious

Wednesday 29 February 2012
Ray Presto dies at 74 : News 2012 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide
 Ray Presto

RIP RAY PRESTO.I am sad about this news.Ray was a regular at Monkey Business who made many people laugh.
Also sadly  RIP Davie Jones from The Monkeys lost his life today

Wednesday 29 February 2012
Matt Forde 


presenter of TalkSport radio and I were the two guests on FM radio in Hammersmith .
We had lots of fun and laughs during our hour on air

Thursday 1 March 2012
A really smashing night with some big named acts on the bill including ITV`S Shjow me the funny winner Patrick Monahan
Patrick Monahan performing at Monkey Business on  1/3 12
Martin Besserman wth Patrick Monahan dancing on stage 1/3 12

Paul Chaudry

performing at Monkey Business on  1/3 12
Saturday 3 March 2012
We had a full house at The Sir Richard Steele with a hugely entertaining show
which the audience loved .The performers were 
Mock The Week Star 
Andi Osho 
Adams & Rea

Matthew Osborn


  Daniel Simonsen

and   Canadian comic
           Peter White


Thursday 8 March 2012At our new act night tonight


 entertaining comedy sketch act 
were really good

Saturday 10 March 2012

Another excellent of comedywith a full house with
posh sketch duo
Croft & Pearce

fantastic stand up

Geoff Boyz

 Roisin Conaty 


cheeky cockney newcomer
Glen 'Lenny' Sherman

Saturday 17 March 2012

A quiter night then usual but a grand show thatincluded performances fromstar of BBC1`s dance relief
& winner of ITV`s Show me the funny
photo of Patrick Monahan taken on Sat 17 March 2012
         Jonny Awsum  

highly enjoyable
top visting Canadian stand up 
Peter White
+ Daniel Simonsen

Thursday 22 March 2012

It was a very special night as three big names in comedy performed tonight
Lee Nelson  
Patrick Monahan

& Nathan Caton

Saturday 24 March 2012
We had good night with
unique musical double act

+ Felix Dexter

two  Irish stand ups in
Shane Todd
Christian Talbot

from Dublin
Sonia Aste
Thursday 29 March 2012
 I am feel delighted to have been asked to host a young films peoples award
on Tuesday 24 April  with some well known film makers who will be  in the audience.

Saturday 31 March 2012
A happy full house enjoyed a fab show from 
the excellent multi award winning stand up
Andy Zaltzman


fantastic Canadian
young stand up
Bobby Mair   

Romesh Ranganathan 

David Mills

Thursday 5 April 2012

Both Russell Kane & Lee Nelson
had been book to secretly perform tonight ,but both needed to pull out last minute.
The audience were delighted by some high profile replacements that included
Paul Chaudry 



Saturday 7 April 2012

we had a good busy Easter show with Carey Marx 
highly entertaining showman    
   Wes Zaharuk
Stephen Carlin

. plus
 very amusing crowd pleasing
comic from Norway

Daniel Simonsen

funny stand up/story teller/
tv personality & ex top model
Michelle De Swarte

Thursday 12 April 2012

Some top acts came to perform including

Nathan Caton

and top magic man

Alan Hudson


Thursday 19 April 2012

A packed house enjoyed a secret performances by both

LEE NELSON doing new charactors for his up and coming BBC3 TV show

photo taken on night



and Patrick Monahan trying out new stuff


and Alan Hudson and others 

and here I am on the night


Also today Monkey Business has a half page piece about our fund raiser show next week



Saturday 21 April 2012

A full house a great audience

Awonderful show made for a perfect evening 

Our acts tonight included

The Noise Next Door

Lucy Porter

and Fergus Craig


Saturday 28 April 2012 

Our show tonight for K9 Angels (dog rescue abroad) was brillant

We raised approx £600 thanks to the acts that performed which included


Daniel Simonsen 

and Kate Lucas

K9 ANGELS with t v personality Cindy Jackson 

and Spyros 


To top up a fantastic night

Simon Cowell 


 got in touch thanking blessing us for putting on the show.


I heard the show at The Steeles was a rare tough night and spoilt by a drunk who thought he would have a go at stand up due to the late arrival of one of the acts.


Tuesday 1 May 2012

The most famous and most succsessful comic in the UK 

Harry Hill  

 has put in four dates with me May 30 June 13 ,14 ,and 15 ,Its very exciting


Thursday 3 May 2012

Very famous Lee Nelson  popped in doing a brilliant set


Saturday 5 May 2012

Almost a full house ,and our show was excellent with 

Henning When ,Nick Doody Lewis Shaffer


 Don Biswas,and Michelle De Swarte 

Thursday 10 May 2012
L.ee Camp head lined a fun night
Saturday 12 May 2012
The entertainment was provided by 
Scott Capurro  Sol Bernstein 
Angie McEnvoy  and Christian Talbot
Saturday 19 May 2012
Football on the telly meant that we had one of the quitest turn outs for a Saturday night ever.

Saturday  26 May 2012 
It was a really lovely evening
with a hot bill that included
 very funny musical
Elliot Mason
excellent stand up
Jo Rowntree
 20 year old classy
Patrick Morris
newer act Reuben Christian
 and   charming Laura Carr

Wednesday 30 May 2012
A truly wonderful evening with
one of Britains most famous comics

Harry Hill
 who performed for over an hour
photos taken on night
Harry Hill and Martin Besserman taken 30/5/12
Saturday 2 June 2012
The Queens Royal Dimond jubilee so it was a quite night despite an incredible line up  
which included a rare performance from
TV magician
Pete Firman

who did an hour long Edinburgh preview
and the excellent  
Loretta Maine

Thursday 7 June 2012
Lee Nelson performed for 1 hour various other characters for his new BBC3 TV seies starting soon ,
and we also had a fantastic set from
Nathan Caton
+ aso on the bill was Britains got talent star 
Gatis Candis
Saturday 9 June 2012
Rich Fulcher from The Mighty Boosh 

Chris Cox the mind reader who cannot read minds 

 Earl Okin

& Toby Muresianu 

Wednesday 13 June 2012 
Another very special night
with Harry Hill

Elliot Mason

and Deliso

Thursday 14 June 2012


were both in flying form getting rare oncores

Friday 15 June 2012
Another smashing night with Harry Hill 

support came from Sol Bernstine and Dan & Dan

Saturday 16 June 2012
A top night of entertainment with
 The Noise Next Door ,
 German Comedy Ambassador to Great Britain ,

and superb stand up Gordon Southern

who brilliantly dealt with a drunk woman who heckled and abused him on stage.

Saturday 30 June 2012
A wonderful night of comedy which included

Ian Cognito

Paul Sweeny

Rayguns Look Real Enough

Christian Talbot 

Andy Storey
Wednesday 4 July 2012
RIP Eric Sykes  who passed away today aged 89.
He was a funny man and a good soul

Thursday 5 July 2012
The photo`s below are of me being filmed at the club for a future TV show

Saturday 7 July 2012 

A good night with almost a fully house ,
which is fantastic in this present climax

with Ava Vidal

Sarah Pascoe

Daniel Simonsen

Lucy Cox

and Tez

Saturday 14 July 2012
Another smashing night with
Loretta Maine

Danny Buckler

Gorge Cottier 

Christian Steele

Thursday 19 July 2012
It was A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT which included

and Award nominated

 doing their Edinburgh previews
+top act Patrick Morris

Saturday 21 July 2012 

It was a full house tonight
and we had a fantastic night of laughter with
Andy Zalzsman

Andi Osho

Joey Page

Matt Rees

 Lucy Beaumont

Thursday 26 July 2012

Sky TV  filmed me and part of the show tonight for a show that will go out on Sky Alantic

in December called Mother of Invention

Our highly enjoyable show tonight involved 




Joanne Lau 

Saturday 28 July 2012

Another nice evening of comedy

with Swedish super star
who did a hour thought provoking  set

Magnus Betner

also performing tonight was
Ellie Taylor
Fred Barber

and Swedish singer
Ellin Hansson
who performed lovely songs with her backing band.
I met Ellin last week working in a fish and chips shop
Ellin Hansson and Martin Besserman
Saturday 4 August 2012
A lovely night headlined by the classical musical madman
Rainer Herch

Saturday 11 August 2012
It was a rather quite night ,but a good one anway which included
smashing stand up
 Julian Dean

making his Monkey Business debut ,and 

Ellin Hansson
performed lovely songs again to audience delight .

14 August 2012 
I hired a car ,and 
drove towards York on way to Edinbugh.
 16 and 17 August 2012
  walked all around Edinburgh soaking up the lively atmosphere ,
 given guest tickets for the fringe`s best show The Boy with tape on his face!!

Saturday 25 August 2012

An audience of approx 40 people
had a nice evening with performers that included
   Jonny Awsum

Spencer Brown
Don Biswas
Christian Talbot 

Sat 1 September 2012

A very enjoyable night 
with four smashing performers 
we had
musical comedy from

Rayguns Look Real Enough

Magic from

Alan Hudson
Camp stand up from 
David Mills
and Aussie comic
Jon Levene



Thursday 6 September 2012

There were one or two unfunny acts in tonight`s line up ,with a couple of them being crude,and embarrassing audience members .

Thankfully the brilliant Magnus Betner who headlined made it a memorable night in the end



Saturday 8 September 2012

It was a very warm evening with just a small crowd of approx 30 people in

but our show was probably the best in London

which included a secret appearance

by Lee Nelson

Andy Zalzman

Jeff Innocent



and visiting jewish American

Maria Schultz

It was a very good night ,but made a bit diffilcult by a drunk turk ,

and a French girl regular  who did some fun heckling to begin with, but it became a little annoying eventually.

Tuesday 11 September 2012

Took advantage of my guest tickets to see Rock Of Ages

in the West End.It was a good fun musical



Thursday 13 September 2012

ED PETRIE + Funmbi OmotayoKate Lucas ,Lewis Schaffer

were amongst the acts that entertained tonight

Thursday 20 September 2012

A good sized audience which was a best in quite a while enjoyed a great night which included

some great headline acts 

JOE ROWNTREE and Mark Maire

Wayn Deakon

  and from Britain`s got talent Gatis Kandis



Saturday 22 September 2012

Audience numbers have been on the low side for weeks despite our incredible bills,and tonight was yet again that kind of night,but for the 40 odd crowd that came along they were treated to another fine comedy night that included

Mock the Week star

Ava Vidal



 Paddy Lennox





 Andy Storey

                                                                                                                       and Alfie Brown


who spilt the room with some loving him ,but others not knowing what to make of him 


Saturday 29 September 2012

were the three main acts tonight 


Matthew Osborn

Ellie Taylor



Thurs 4 Oct 2012 

Headlined by



Never Mind the Buzzcocks star


It was a really nice night.


Satuday 6 October 2012


Fergus Craig 

Patrick Morris

Vahid Jahangard

 El Baldiniho


Saturday 13 October 2012

We had a full house for the first time in ages

thanks partly to Time Out highliting us in their magazine this week


Johnny Awsum

Foil, Arms and Hog

Sam Savage

Dan Moss

provided the great entertainment 

and here I am on the night

Thursday 18 October 2012

popping in as an audience member tonight was

 Jerry Sadowitz

and the performers included

Lewis  Schaffer

and magic man

Casper Thomas

Saturday 20 October 2012

It was busy ,but it was one of those rare nights where no act

could please an ice cold audience .

Acts included Danny Buckler.Chris Martin, Elliot Mason ,and Casper Thomas

Again  Jerry Sadowitz was an audience member



Thursday 25 October 2012

a great Thursday show with some fantastic performances from some star performers including








Saturday 27 October 2012 

It was a nice strong bill with some great performances from

Carey Marx

Rayguns Look Real Enough

Asher Treleaven

Funmbi Omotayo

and Shane Todd

but unfortunatly a small audience

which included a suprise visit from an ex Swedish girlfriend from when we were both very young and her cousin .


Saturday 3 November 2012

We had a really enjoyable show with a warm audience and great performances from


Elliot Mason

 Tez Ilya


Ryan Withers


Thursday 10 November 2012

A cracking eving with some smashing performes including one from 

Cate Mackenzie

   doing her first ever gig

Saturday 12 November 2012 

A wonderful night had by both audience and performers that included 


 top magician Alan Hudson

Stuart Mitchell

and Ian Smith

Monday 12 November 2012


All parts of The comedy industry CAME together at The Monkey Business Comedy Club
The Sir Richard Steele 
to take part in in a COMEDY DEBATE (first of it`s kind)
It was an be an open and honest debate from 

comedy promoters, comedy agents,comedy listings media people,editors,performers ect
It was chaired brilliantly by PETER GRAHAME from the Kings Head comedy club and our guests included
 JOHN FLEMING fom the media
BEN WILLIAMS  from Time Out
CORRIE SHAW from Chortle
The panel included
James who runs the 99 clubs
Lewis Schaffer a controversial act
Adam Larter runs free gigs
and myself

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Monkey Business had a  VIP showing of Eric Idle`s hugely entertaining 


which was well recieved . Afterwards the whole cast came together to tweet

RUSSELL BRAND revealed in one of his tweets that he thinks he is still banned from The Sir Richard Steele from his wild days . 

Saturday 17 November 2012

A wonderful night of comedy

A happy audience enjoyed 

Multi Award winning

Lucy Porter

Julian Dean

Kate Lucas

& from Norway

making her Monkey Business debut fab

Ingrid Dahle


Saturday 24 November 2012

Another excellent night with




Docter Frida



Monday 26 November 2012

When chatting  today to TV comic

Jack Whitehall today

He told me that he is still a virgin .

Thursday 29 November 2012

A great night with , The four best acts on the night were


Stuart Mitchell

Gatis Candis
who was really good and so I have offers him to do a Saturday night.
Saturday 1 December 2012
A full house tonight with a smashing line up which included

German funnyman
Christian Schulte Loh

Welsh sensation
Jonnie Price

Russell Howard`s Good News
Mark Smith
Natalie Gray
and impressionist
Jason Canning
Thursday 6 December 2012
I love it when I can say we had a great night ,and we did
A decent sized crowd 
and a top show from some very decent acts which included
 top Irish comic RORY O HANLON
Andy Storey
Saturday 8 December 2012
One of the best shows of the season
Great acts ,Great audience ,great atmosphere ,
show returned for this one too.
Our performers tonight were
         Norway`s star DANIEL SIMONSEN

highly entertaning showman ELLIOT MASON

exciting musical comedy from charming

 humourous political satire from TEZ ILYAS 

& fabulous newcomer making her Saturday night Monkey Business debut
Amy Howerska

Saturday 15 December 2012
In the company of international comedy star Adam Hills who was an audience member tonight
we had a fine evenng of entertainment provded by 

Michael Fabbri

Adam Vincent

Amy Howerska

and Lucy Beaumont 

Sunday 23 December 2012
A jewish night of comedy
Monday 24 December 2012
A jewish night of comedy busy night
Wednesday 26 December 2012
A Boxing day show .good fun
Thursday 27 December 2012
CHRISTMAS SHOW  was superb with headline acts NATHAN CATON + WAYNE DEAKIN + JOSEPH WILSON  Lewis Schaffer
Saturday 29 December 2012
A nice night which included performances from Simon Munnery and Sol Bernstein
Monday 31 December 2012 
It  was full houses at both venues The show at The Oxford was reported as highly enjoyable,
and as for our show at The Steeles it was without oubt the very best NYE show ever with a lovely audience .
They had table magic,a veggie buffet,comedy from
Patrick Monahan
Julian Deane
Elliot Mason
Jonny Awsum
and Doctor Frida and The Faries
Then followed by a live Swedish band fronted by Ellen Hannson
with dancing 
What a night !