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A crowd of comedy fans walk into a pub… The Bill Murray nightspot launches in Angel

Comedy big-hitters Russell Howard and John Bishop have already tried out new material at new club

20 November, 2016 — By Joe Cooper

The Angel Comedy team at the launch: Dec Munro, Rachel Warnes, Barry Ferns and Sarah Pearce

THERE were laughs and smiles aplenty at the launch night for Islington’s newest pub and comedy venue.

And the team behind Angel Comedy – Barry Ferns, Sarah Pearce, Dec Munro and Rachel Warnes – certainly have a lot to smile about.

Their successful comedy venture has outgrown its original home at the Camden Head in Camden Passage. The new venue in Queen’s Head Street was due to become a gastropub before Angel Comedy took it on.

Comedy fans raised £46,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to help transform the venue, with contributors getting their own plaques on everything from the bar to the urinal in return for their donations.

Now christened The Bill Murray – after the American acting and comedy hero – it retains the feel of a backstreet pub while adding on an 80-seater room for comedy, seven nights a week. Comedy big-hitters Russell Howard and John Bishop have already tried out new material at The Bill Murray.

On Tuesday evening the comedians weren’t household names, but they were just as funny.

Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal, New Zealand comic Jarred Christmas and madcap Canadian Tony Law entertained the crowd, while jubilant Barry Ferns compered.

He thanked the audience and reminded them that The Bill Murray was to be a community venue – with comedy workshops for the elderly, single parents and hopefully a summer street party to follow.A

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