They always have such brilliant lineups - after more years of comedy going than I care to remember the 99 club has become my new favourite venue over the last couple of years.
The most recent time I went was when I had my birthday there, which involved alot more organising on my part (I wanted to make sure everything would be perfect for my friends) and I was so impressed by how friendly and attentive the staff were both over the phone and on the night, made us feel really special! And of course all my friends loved the comedians, all so funny, but in particular Hal Crutenden (is that how it's spelt :-)) from Michael Mcintyres comedy roadshow made our night, brilliant, just brilliant.
I can't recommend this place highly enough.
I went here for a comedy gig. The comedians made me laugh but I'm sure they rotate between venues so I won't rate them here.
Instead the 1 star is for the place itself, which is the worst venue I've ever been to.
The place is underground and shaped long and narrow. There are only three or four rows of seats and they are bunched up really close to one another such that you don't have nearly enough room to sit comfortably. Furthermore the rows extend sideways such that half the audience are sat past the widest edges of the stage, this giving them a poor view of the show.
Additionally the decor is what you'd expect from the shadiest of gentlemen's clubs. Not erotic at all, mind you, just very dark and extremely tacky.
In summary, if the entertainment isn't up to scratch on the night then there is literally nothing else to like about this place. Visit with caution.
Sometimes people tell me I should go into stand up comedy as a career. Okay, so they don't, but maybe they should. I went to sit down and watch stand up at the 99 Club for my work Christmas party. We booked a meal+comedy with the 99 Club which was basing itself for the evening at Storm nightclub in Leicester Square. Let's be scientific (perhaps) and analyze the experience by parts.
MEAL: Marks & Spencer's food to go. This food is generally reliable like an old steam engine. Somehow, however, 95% of the food managed to dry out like the Sahara desert. The mini bagels had moisture-devoid cream cheese and smoked salmon and was hard around the edges. The rice on the sushi was parched. The cheeses and meats and accompanying bread was okay. There was a plentiful amount, but little in the way of healthy vegetables (although vegetarian options existed).
ATMOSPHERE: The club looks like a cheap bordello. Man, I love cheap bordellos... or not.
COMEDY: If you're a meat-headed man, you'll love this comedy. If you're a woman or sane gentleman, you probably won't find the comedy funny. The first guy, well, I think I would have laughed if he'd started dancing the robot. He didn't. I didn't laugh. Number 2 was the best. I actually chuckled and even chortled sometimes. Well, I chortled the best I could without a big tummy. The third act was a woman. "Good, I thought," less macho humor. I was wrong. She might have been hiding testosterone behind her womanly form. Bottled up into little vials and poured into her brain like, like I don't know what.
Here for a works Xmas party: So, the venue itself is pretty grotty, there is a buffet, which is plentiful, but very light on anything that isn't meat and reminiscent of Tesco party food. The comedy was good, on the whole. But it's not a place you'd choose to go for the dancing afterwards. In summary, go if someone else is paying then get to a much better place for night life.
The best comedy club in London in my opinion! My boyfriend and I try to go here at least once every couple of months and the line up never disappoints. As to be expected, there is always the odd dud but as the night goes on the laughs come thick and fast.
If you buy tickets online from lastminute.com they are £8 instead of £16 and it's definitely worth booking in advance as it usually gets very busy.
The 99 club is a comedy chain operating in different areas of central London. I've had the chance to discover the 99 club Islington and I fell in Love with concept. Four very funny and original comedians have performed the night I went. Even if I am french and that some of the comedians (1 actually!) had a really big accent, I manage to understand most of it and really had a good laugh with my mates. This was a small room very confortable and very welcoming. The staff is very nice and the show is very well organized.
I particularly have appreciated the performance of Matt Green who is the resident MC of the 99 club Islington. He was funny and so good at making as if everyone is the audience were actually taking part of the Comedy. I really liked it! Thank you very much for this enjoyful night, I will definitely come back very soon.
99 Club Islington
Price: only £10 if you book online with Lastminute, book it at least few hours in advance otherwise there will be no anymore tickets available!
Well, I went to the one in Islington. It's actually held in a bar just round the corner from Angel tube station.
It's a bit odd as the first row is RIGHT next to where the comic stands.
However, it does make for a pretty intimate gig.
There was the compare plus 3 comics. One, basically fell on his arse, but the other 2 made up for it with some proper belly laughing stuff.
It turns into a 'disco' after, but most of the crowd dissappeared pretty quickly as the bar took on a slightly chavvy feel.
Overall for a tenner, a cracking way to spend a Saturday evening, I'll do it again
PS: Book online for the tenner tickets (Not sure it's worth anymore than that!)
Seriously funny - still possibly the best comedy club in the world. I first came waaaaay back in the eighties when it was the original comedy store. The room itself is still the same from then (though the red leather sofas they have now are a nice change) so I guess the definitive comedy room where alternative comedy was born.
But what matters is not the room, it's the acts, so just what does the 99 Club have on offer? I checked out their website before taking the plunge and the lineups looked pretty damn good. That leads me to my main niggle about the night. When I got there the girl on the door apologetically explained that Mark Maier (one of my favourites) had had to be replaced last minute. Ordinarily that kind of thing would be enough to knock off a star or two, but luckily his replacement was pretty damn good.
It was very good bill and a very good mix of acts. The night started strong with Andrew, someone the host described as your typical 99 Club act very original with a weird song about painting a bus. Next came our replacement act, Paul Tonkinson a dazzlingly funny cheeky Yorkshireman who I though had to be the best of the night, but was matched by the last act exceptionally funny and another change in style - a laid back black female comic.
I'd certainly recommend it. For a lad's night out, this place is a little too sedate, the Comedy Store itself still reigns supreme. But for straight up quality comedy it's a great night out.
Simply the best. Their comedians are always amazing and you can tell the staff their are genuinely passionate about the shows and what they do. I've been to three of their places now and I really like how there's no sense of a chain, each of them feels different according to the room (swanky west end to tiny north london boozer). The one thing that doesn't change is the quality of the atmosphere and the acts.
Five out of Five.
Awesomely good it's been a brilliant night every single time I've been. We just had my birthday bash there this weekend and it was absolutely cracking. A nice meal upstairs and then down for the show, which was just killer comedy. Only thing that would have made it any more perfect would have been if I pulled at the nightclub!
I've been a few times over the last few years to several of their different venues. The comics are always funny as and the staff are always totally on it, loving the night themselves and making sure you all feel special and have a great night. These guys come highly recommended!
Terrible show, MC was embarrassingly bad and the fold-up chairs were so tightly packed together that people couldn't even get into their rows.
Very good value - tickets are normally 2 for 1 so when I go on Sunday nights it's about 6 quid for 3 comics, and having been there about a dozen times, only 1 or 2 have been decidedly bad, the rest all ranked from average to really quite good, so it's definitely always worth a visit!
Ok, so you will always see this club advertised on boards held by shivering men handing out flyers in Leicester Square with a hungry look in their eyes. 'TV comics' the sign will often read, which is partly true, but it is mostly young up and coming comedians on their way up the greasy and cold pole of comedy. It's fun or excruciating to watch, depending on your cruel streak, as some of them die terribly, but it all adds to the sheer joy and applause when someone truly shines and captures the audience's mood and humour.
The 99 club runs comedy nights in several venues around town on different nights. I went to the Leicester Square venue; a nightclub turned into a comedy venue through the use of rows of school style chairs in an area near the stage. It's chilly in there, and slightly too big, it gives the impression of an almost underground affair. The night I went the first two acts were truly awful, to the point of embarrassment, but they pulled the cat out of the bag with the final act, he turned the audience into putty in his hands as he killed us with his wicked humour.
This club is an essential if you are into discovering new and exciting talent, and at only a fiver it's a bargain night out. Trevor Locke (former co-host on the Russell Brand Radio 2 show) holds a night on Thursdays at the 99 club Islington, and whatever evening you go to, or whatever venue, you are sure to get a few laughs and the knowledge that you just might have seen the next big thing.
Excellent line-ups, but don't take the ticket prices at face value. At an eye-watering £4.50 for a small bottle of Heinneken, this is the most expensive comedy club bar in London, so you'll either be dry or a lot poorer by the end of a night here.
A terrific club. I came down for my birthday on monday and had such a brilliant time. The acts were all so funny, the service was great and the atmosphere was terrific.
Good comedy but eye wateringly expensive drinks. Two small bottles of beer coming to £9. If your going then take plenty of cash. Oh and take cash with you when you go inside because the machine inside charges so you don't want to be using that.
Went last niht and they had Milton Jones on! A really grreat night all the other comics were very funny too and the place was nice. I would definitely recommend it.
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