We Started the Top Secret Comedy Club 7 years ago in the heart of Covent Garden in the Africa Centre after a 6 month email campaign to the ‘trusties’ (who in the end could not be trusted and sold the building) Eventually and kindly they let us rent a small part of the building for our new Stand up Comedy Club and we set up our first weekly comedy Friday night there. 6 months more of emails later and we extended to 2 nights a week, Fridays and Saturdays. Another 6 months of pleading and we were allowed to rent from Wed-Saturday and then after another protracted negotiation (coincidently 6 months!) we were allowed to rent on a monthly basis and open every night! A year and half since our first night and we had a full time comedy club!
two years later, (Three and a half years into our life… just when we were a vulnerable toddler) the Africa Centre trusties announced that we were to close with 2 weeks notice ,that they had sold the building… wow!!
Luckily we found someone who was in as desperate situation as we were, we saved his ass and he saved ours, the patron saint of Top Secret, Mohamed of Cafe Mode; on the strength of a handshake and a bit of paper that my mate Gary who had a law degree from Oxford, but who had never practiced, drew up.
Two and a half years later and we have bought the lease from Mohamed for all the money we ever made. (yea!? he screwed us!! but thats ok!) We have our own club in our own building!! hurray!!
So now we have two comedy venues a snug little venue for one hour specials on the ground floor seating 75 and a banging basement space for big shows with a 220 capacity.
We are supported by the very best stand up comedians on the U.K. and London’s stand up comedy scene, with regular big name drop ins who like to use our venues to work on new material for tours or sets for TV. Dangerously cheap bar to boot. We have the highest rating of any comedy club in the U.K. on Trip Advisor and on Google Reviews, please take a look at what the 100’s of people who have visited our place and experienced the shows have to say on TripAdvisor or Google+.
EDDIE IZZARD, JASON MANFORD, JOHN BISHOP, RUSSELL HOWARD, LEE NELSON, PAUL CHOWDHRY, LOUISA OMELIAN, SEANN WALSH, DARA O BRIAIN, HOLLY WALSH, JACK WHITEHAL, RICH HALL, SIMON AMSTELL, DARA O’BRIEN, KATHERINE RYAN, TREVOR NOAH AND SO MANY OTHERS CHOSE TO USE OUR COMEDY CLUB TO WORK THIR NEW STAND UP COMEDY SETS BEFORE THEY TAKE IT ON TOUR, THE O2 or on TV.
1. We have TV stars “popping in” to try out new stuff all the time. Which means you get to see the hottest comedians in the intimate setting of a live Stand up Comedy Club.
2. We have insane drinks prices. Where else in London can you get pints for £3 and a shots for £1.50??
3. We are rated the best comedy club in the country on Trip Advisor and Google reviews so you know you will be well looked after and treated to an awesome night of the best stand up comedy this side of the atlantic.
Combine all of this and it’s quite easy to see why we are becoming London’s best kept Secret Comedy Club!?
Our main show starts at 8.15pm and finishes by 10.30pm and we are open every day except Christmas! Every show has two intervals. Mondays is RAW New Material night, with 6 professional comedians trying out some freshly baked gags. Tuesdays is improv from the Time Out-recommended Shoot From The Hip. Wednesdays is a fresh new material night (like Monday), Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays is business as usual, with a stand-up show featuring the best of London’s Stand up Comedy Scene. On Saturdays we have two shows: the early show at 7pm until 8.30pm, and the late show from 9pm until 11pm.
Most days in the months running up to comedy fringe festivals like Edinburgh arts festival in August or Adelade festival in February we let acts use the venue to work on their preview shows. Between 7pm and 8pm come for free and see the comedy work in progress as it shapes and develops.
Our Bar offers Pints from £3.00, (£12 for 4 pint jug) Wine from £3.30 and spirits + mixer from £3.00. We have Pringles and nuts, but if you want something more substantial, there are many Restaurants in the area as well as in the building; please feel free to grab any take away and bring it down to the club where you can enjoy before or during the show.
NB1: Line ups are subject to last minute changes, best rest assured that all of our line ups (no matter how changed) will always be of a top class quality.
NB2: We do allow people under the age of 18 in to the club, as long as they are accompanied by a parent, but prepare for some explicit language and humour.
Looking forward to seeing you very soon!