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New comedy club to be named after Bill Murray

The Bill Murray is due to launch on Tuesday

11 November, 2016 — By Joe Cooper

Groundhog Day star Bill Murray PIC: Tony Shek

ISLINGTON’S newest pub and comedy venue has been named The Bill Murray, after the ­legendary American actor and comedian who is famed for his irreverence and free spirit.

The Bill Murray will officially launch on Tuesday in the former Mucky Pup pub in Queen’s Head Road, Angel.

It will be the new home of the Angel Comedy Club, which has outgrown its original base in the nearby Camden Head.

Murray (inset), who is well known for not having an agent and being detached from the Hollywood scene, was ­chosen to embody the ­spirit of the club, ­according to Barry Ferns, its regular compere.

They wrote to Mr Murray to ask for his blessing but he has not yet replied.

“There are many Bill ­Murrays, including William Murray, the first Earl of Dysart, who was the childhood whipping boy of Charles I of England,” Mr Ferns said. “But Bill Murray [the comedian] is probably our favourite.”

Supporters of the club raised £46,000 to get the premises up and running. The exterior of the venue has been decorated with paintings of comedy greats, including Charlie Chaplin, Richard Pryor, Mr Bean and Victoria Wood, who died earlier this year. The Bill Murray will also be a meeting place for comedians where they can write and rehearse and a venue for comedy courses. The owners will also run comedy projects for the community and hope to start a summer street party.

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