Monkey Business Comedy Club is regarded by everybody in the comedy industry as one of the most respected,
influential and exciting Comedy Clubs in the UK today
Monkey Business has kick started the careers of many of the acts that are now household names .
The acts below were first seen at our new act night,and later invited to perform on a Saturday night .
Lee Nelson,Russell Howard,Jack Whitehall,Frisky & Mannish, Pete Firman,Barry & Stewart,Kevin Bridges,Noise Next Door, Nathan Caton,Don Biswas,Julia Clark,Carly Smallman,Daniel Simonsen,Johnny Kats,Alex Maple Tom Adams,Fred Barber,Jon Kudlick ,Eve Webster,Albian Gray,Powdersloth,History Girls,Alexandra Clark,Vikki Stone,Jay Forman, Nobbie ,Lindsay Sharman, Jonathan Grant, Helen Arney,Frankie Williams,Michelle De Swarte, Laura Carr,Tez, Roanna Bond, Kate Lucas,Martin Hill ,Harlots Bra,Gary Trow, Elliott Tiney, Rob Beckett, Lloydd Griffes David Beckett, Jo Selby,Gratis Kandis,Henry Ginsberg,Ellie Taylor,David Baker,Laura London,Jimmy Bird,Terrance Sweeney,Andy Storey Alfie Brown,Matt Rees,Christian Steel,Sarah Callaghan,Christian Elderfield,CasperThomas,Patrick Morris,Ryan Withers,Mark Silcox,Ian Sterling,Cynthia Levin,Tom Appleton,Elizabth Scott,Lenny Sherman,Luke Stephen ,Jenna Wimshurst Stu Turner,Evelyn Monk and quite a few others.
Some performers went on to do very well indeed.
(In the case of Simon Brodkin aka Lee Nelson
The Noise Next Door
,and more recently
Frisky & Mannish
and Dan & Dan
I choose all of those acts to support Harry Hill.
Infact I put Simon Brodkin (Lee Nelson as the support act for Harry Hill at Monkey Business about a dozen times .
It led to Simon Brodkin being signed up by Avalon.
photo of Lee Nelson and Harry Hill
in green room at Monkey Business after their performances in July 2008
Lee Nelson now has his own BBC tv show
Sometimes I put an act on a Saturday that I have not even seen live before
based on their you tube clip impressing me
This has happend for these acts
Nick Helm,Chris Ramsey,Ladies Live Longer,Patrick Morris ,Ahir Shar, Harriet Kemsley,Bobby Maire, David Baker,Michael Goldstein,Dan & Dan,Peter White,Elliot Mason,Christian Talbot,Paul Sweeney,Sean Walsh,Sam Savage,Candy Gigi,Maggy Whitehouse,Stuart Mitchell and a few others
Sometimes I just confide in an agents view of an unknown act .
This happened with Sarah Millican
and Russell Howard
who are now both big stars
Martin Besserman is a genuine maverick with a passionate love of comedy, who works non-stop to make his club a success and to promote talent. What he brings to the comedy scene is drive, energy, and resourcefulness, and his new act nights serve to introduce performers into his main shows all the time. Jupiter 9 January 2010 Chortle
Monkey Business presently operates
a New Act night on Thursdays
Thursday Comedy fun Night at
The Oxford pub
(mixture of new performers & top acts trying out new stuff
A truly fantastic offer at present
Ticket price £6.50 or £5 concess & friends of acts
We often have top performers joining line ups to do new material
recent performers trying out stuff on a Thursday have included
Lee Nelson ,Stephen Merchant ,Russell Howard,Abandoman
Micky Flanagan ,Patrick Kielty,Andy Osho,Magnus Betner,Jim Campbell
Patrick Monahan ,Tim Vine ,Rhod Gilbert, Nathan Caton ,
Howard Marks aka Mr Nice Mae Martin,Wayne Deaken and others
midweek it all starts earlier
Doors 7.00pm Show 8.00pm
Some photos taken from our show on Thursday 21 March 2013
I am always on the look out for special unknown acts that have amazing potential.
If it is thought that you are ready and have exceptional talent ,
you could be invited to perform a spot on a Saturday night
along with well known established performers,
which could be the start of bigger things to come.
If you fancy a spot at Monkey Business then please send me a little info about yourself
(photo if you have one) including your contact number,
and please just use this email address firstname.lastname@example.org
If you get booked in for a spot but cannot make it for some reason,
please always email to say you cannot come otherwise you risk getting black listed .
It won't look good if you rush off after doing your set ,unless you have a very genuine reason for doing so.
Saying that you need to rush off to another gig will be frowned apon.
Try to have at least a fairly decent set ready.
If you are really poor I am afraid you won`t be invited back.
Asking friends along helps make the night a success
Allthough acts are not obligated to bring friends
We strongly believe that a team effort is required between the promoter promoting an event
though his mailing list and website,
but also acts encouraging friends along
is the best way to get a good atmosphere
with a decent sized crowd , making for a much more enjoyable gig.
All performers are polightly requested to do their very best in helping to promoting the night .
PLEASE NOTE OUR MIDWEEK START TIMES
Doors 7.00pm Show starts 8.00 pm
Please arrive by 7.15 pm
Your stage time is usually between 5 & 7 minutes
depending on how many other performers are on the bill.
Best Wishes Martin
that we reserve the right to be selective on acts that perform at Monkey Business
as at least a reasonable standard is set and expected .
It sets us aside from many other new act nights that allows really poor performers
to perform and allowed to return
Monkey Business comedy is comedy from the heart
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