Blog

Jan-Mar 2023

Hello Groovie Bunch, (our virtual business card is HERE)

What a year it has been, year of challenges, of growth and a lot of love and fun. We are developing further this small yet mighty player providing entertainment on one of quietest days of the week. Our customers told us just how much they love our friendly, cozy, warm atmosphere where they can relax, enjoy comedy without it being too busy and overwhelming. Our performers praised us for dedication and professionalism in ensuring everyone feels welcome no matter their status in the industry or as an individual in the society. We love this feedback and please continue to communicate it to us, follow our hosts and artists on social media, go to their other events and venues. We are just one night of the week in central London where you have so much great choice. Commence your week in the best way possible, with laughter, with us on Monday and then work your way through our neighbors and the West End.

Several great news as we commence this year. Groovie Grove Comedy continues in a fully transformed, under new management, our Balkan connection, with new ideas in this partner venue, The Grove Tavern (for us Groovie Grove). This was our original home and where we welcomed over 300 performers over 4 years, previously as Balkan Comedy Bubble and since many small business were affected, we were too and had to close that and run online gigs on Zoom. Weekly for over a year and we had another business from the Balkans helping us pay our performers even during lockdown which was incredibly kind and considerate of them and that is why their community now have very chunky discount with us, because as they say, we do not forger those that helped us in difficult times, were alongside us during those times supporting us. As to those that put us in difficult times, we shall use them as our material in comedy writing… Laughter heals and brings us closer together as community.

The Comedy Pub, now The Coach House continues to offer discount on food for Groovie customer so make sure when booking a table to state Groovie discount). With fresh ideas and incredible entertainers from all backgrounds: TV, theatre, public speakers, established personalities in their respective areas of work including our resident wellbeing expert, top UK mental health expert, Dr Audrey Tang, who brings more of her wisdom in 2023. Wellbeing workshops are open to all and we hope to find a sponsor and offer them for free again.

We renewed contracts with our promotion partners, NHS (also delivering wellbeing session, including comedy to their staff), Teachers, Care Workers, Transport staff, National Rail Days Out, TimeOut, Groupon,… few new ones and always looking for win-win-win scenarios. If you are key worker, student, senior citizen, we have discounts for you and our returning customers – if you don’t see them do ask. Check our our offers page. Somebody said “I cannot remember the links” so we also listed them on linktree CLICK HERE.

Some of our adventures will include expanding even more into corporate entertainment due to our business network that often ask us to host, entertain their teams on their team day or provide coaching, project management with a touch of humour, training customer service staff or team development/building. Send us an email and we will find the expert, book a venue on your behalf, sort out all technical aspects and logistics and deliver.

Few date for diaries: of course it has to start with Valentine’s with Maya, Athena, Gordi & Ali (we booked Ali for diversity sake, him being a white male comedian and we wanted to outnumber him with the ladies on the day, one of them our Lady Macbeth for the night, actress Maya Barcot). Some of our favorites, Athena Amoret clown act on 13 Feb, character comedian, Rose Wadham on 13 Mar, clowns, Chris Lynam on 3 Apr & Scott Capurro from San Francisco on 8 May. International artists from all over the world will be appearing on our line ups so keep an eye as we sometimes catch them as they land and taxi them into the club. Literally!

We focus on diversity & inclusion which is very important to us and, we believe, the main value we offer is searching for the uniqueness in our performers and celebrating wide range of talents and styles.

We will add more events for particular group and in April this will be dog lovers and we have already confirmed Gordi, Sonia & Lyle Barke for this, all of whom adore and have dogs that they will bring on our annual ‘bring your k9 to work day’. Watch this space!

Gordi, one of our 3 hosts who does corporate events, is working with Strictly dancers, members of World Dance Organization, to enable us to further diversify our productions incorporating dance shows. One such dancer will pop in soon. We cannot give the name and when due to the fans sometimes being a bit overwhelming and we like discrete, understated comedy & variety nights. So it will be a surprise low key visit. Will they dance? Yes!

As part of our efficiency, effectiveness & equality drive, we shall have more autonomy for our production teams from April and we are piloting this next month. The idea being that every show is an independent production where the team works on a freelance basis.