A new comedy club aimed at appealing to a more discerning audience than lairy stag night crowds is opening this month.
“It is all about providing top quality comedy in a pleasant atmosphere,” say the brains behind Four Candles Comedy, and as it’s run by stand up Sam Avery and Royal Court man Iain Christie, they should know.
Four Candles will be based at the new cafe/bar House on Bold Street, which despite the silly name – and being on the site of dear departed Brew – is actually a very nice little place. The night has deliberately set out to avoid stag dos, hen dos and large groups of people who are more interested in drinking and talking than watching the show.
Sam will be compere first few nights. He is also the director of The Liverpool Comedy Festival and has been running the Comedy Trust’s Stand Out programme for 5 years. Iain has been with Rawhide Comedy Club for more than a decade and has been part of the team running the Liverpool Comedy Festival since it began in 2002.
Sam says: “As a comic, the rooms that I love to play are ones where the show is the most important thing. There are quite a few clubs like this one springing up around the country and it is where you will find the best comedy. If the acts can relax and not have to worry about trying to shout down a gang of lads from Glasgow or a Huyton hen do then they can perform to their best. Hopefully this means a nicer, funnier night out for comedy fans in Liverpool.”
Iain adds: “As comedy has become more popular people see it as part of a night out for big groups like stag dos and hen dos. The problem is that the hen do might be having a great time but they will be putting other people off coming back to live comedy. We want this to be the 60 Hope Street of comedy clubs, where people know that they can come along and see the best in a relaxed atmosphere.”
Ooer. The nights will feature two comedians performing extended sets and a compere. Dinner will be available before the show for £10 if booked when buying tickets, which are £15.
Four Candles Comedy runs at House, Bold Street every Saturday from January 26 at 9pm. Tickets and information for all shows are available from www.fourcandlescomedy.com or on 0870 787 1866.
Just in case you don’t get the reference, the name is taken from one of the most famous comedy sketches of all time: