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Saturday 8 January 2011

A perfect show ,and happy full house for our first show

of the year with all these great acts

Paul Chowdhry

Nick Doody 

Kerry Godliman


Kate Lucas


Matt Richardson


Saturday 15 January 2011

another full house ,and wonderful night of top comedy

with German comic


Scottish stand up

Geoff Boyz

Nathan Caton

Kate Lucas

Visiting New York comic

Moody McCarthy

+funny geek

Pete Dillon-Trenchard

and fabulous newcomer

Martin Hill

Saturday 22 January 2011

Another happy full house with

smashing performances



Andy Zalzman

sketch group

      Kieran & The Joes


Elliot Tiney



Gary Trow


Sunday 23 January 2011

I was a guest on Internet radio  Tiny Iron also known as half man and half amazing .The famous wrestler from Tottenham has the biggest bicepts in Britain.

After the show in Mill Hill ,we all left together .Tiny had claimed lots of girls regularly line up to say hello to him .I didn't want to hurt his feelings but I did ask him why I didn't witness any of this on the streets of Mill Hill ,he replied "broth it all happens in Tottenham ,not really Mill Hill.

Tiny Iron Half Man Half Amazing

Friday 28 January 2011

We had a singles comedy night with

Hip Hop Comedy duo



the Peep`s show`s excellent



excellent award winning

Aussie stand up

Celia Pacquola.

Kieran & The Joes


Saturday 29 January 2011

A full house again tonight enjoyed six acts that included performances from

top stand up

Tom Stade

and funnyman

Rob Beckett


Thursday 3 February 2011

Our New Act night at The Oxford in Kentish Town included TV & radio personality

Alex Zane

trying out new Material & Rachel Anderson

Saturday 5 February 2011

Steve Hughes

Tom Stade

new act

Vahid Jahangard

and hypnotist

Hank Stone

all provided excellent entertainment tonight

to a very happy full house


Saturday 12 February 2011

Multi award winning stand up

Chris Addison performed a top secret set tonight .

also included in our full bill was


Kate Lucas




Thursday 17 February 2011

Dave Gorman

did a top secret first ever set at Monkey Business

to a delighted audience ,and the man was amazing.



Joe Lycett



Saturday 19 February 2011


with top secret sets from two comedy superstars

Dave Gorman


Chris Addison put in another one


  also included in our full bill was


Kate Lucas




Friday 25 February 2011

My friend from the 80`s ,punk singer

Poly Styrene

lead singer with the band x ray spex, famous for her albums like Germ Free Adolescent and hits like Oh bondage up yours ,is reported in the media to be battlling brest cancer.

I was often billed with poly in my poetry and band days, as we shared the same manager (the late Falcon Stewart ) the same Awsome record lable ,and we lived in the same house in Fulham

 wish Poly a very speedy recovery & lots of love


Saturday 26 February 2011

Rich Hall who was booked in to give a top secret performance phoned me at 6.30pm to let me know that he felt really unwell ,but would make it up to me at a later date . We still had an excellent night which included a remarkable set from

Nathan Caton


Saturday 19 March 2011

Our wonderful headline act was

Alex Horn 

The Horne Section


Saturday 26 March 2011

A good night which included a superb performance from

Hari kondabolu


 Wednesday 30 March 2011

Harry Hill put in a performance tonight


Lee Nelson performing at the Harry Hill gig Wenesday 30 March 2011


performing at the Harry Hill gig

Wednesday 30 March 2011

Sol Bernstein

at the Harry Hill gig Wednesday 30 March 2011


Saturday 2 April 2011

We had a lovely evening with some great acts including multi award winning

Lee Nelson

  who popped in to make another secret appearance

The bill also included

Spencer Brown


Mick Ferry


Saturday 9 April 2011

It was a warm evening ,

but Monkey Business still enjoyed a full house .

The great entertainment was provided from

excellent impro group

The Noise Next Door


musical comedian

Robert White

highly enjoyable Irish comic

Paddy Lennox

and funny character act

Ray Green


Sunday 10 April 2011

I spoke at Speakers corner for the first time this year

,and I felt I was in good form .

I had to deal with a few unpleasent hecklers though ,including two poorly educated jew haters speaking to me in Jamacian slang.


Saturday 16 April 2011

It was another hot show tonight with

excellent stand up

Nathan Caton


Matt Kirshen


superb showman

Wes Zaharuk


funny stupid ,and likeable.

Gatis Kandis


Harlot`s Bra a hilarious female duo

and John Davoren


Saturday 23 April 2011

It felt a little different tonight as The Steeles pub had just changed hands,

after being a sucessfull family business for 30 years .

I just hope that the excellent relationship I have had with the pubs previous owners continues

with The Steeles new owners.

If they were to make any drastic changes I think it would be a mistake,

as the pub is presently a huge success the way it is.

Monkey Business has been part of the Steeles sucess over the last four and half years.

 Everybody in the comedy industry recognises that we have one of the very best comedy clubs

in the UK .


Paul Chowdhry multi award winning and critically acclaimed legend put in a secret gig with us tonight.

Paul Chowdhry


Saturday 26 April 2011

Just heard the very sad news that Punk singer Poly Styrene of

Ex Ray Spex

 from the eighties lost her life today.

I knew her well as we shared the same house in Fulham together.

We had the same manager in Falcon Stewart.,and the same record label (Awome) .I

was her support act on a number of occasions.

Poly was a highly interesting gifted pleasant individual .RIP

Dangerous Minds | Portrait of Poly Styrene as a young artist: 40 minute documentary

Here’s an intimate look at the much-beloved Poly Styrene.

This BBC documentary from 1978 took me a little while to track down, but here it is in its entirety.

Well-directed by Alan Yentob. Poly was such a extraordinary combination of vulnerability and strength.


Thursday 28 April 2011

Just heard The Syrian ambassador's invitation to the royal wedding tomorrow is withdrawn amid criticism of the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests in the country.

(Sami Khiyami Syrian ambassador with the Queen)



Thursday 28 April 2011

Malace a double act were good fun at our new act night tonight


Thursday 5 May 2011

Mae Martin 

who has been nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards was a big hit at out our new act night tonight


Saturday 7 May 2011

We had a nice busy night with no less then seven acts performing tonight which included

Dan Antolpolski




Dyball and Kerr

+ smashing 15 year old top actor an magician

Paddy Gibson


Damian Kingsley



Thursday 12 May 2011

It was a full house tonight and a cracking night which included

David Mills


Steve Vinacour

Phil O'Shea

Philip Simon

and Lloyd Griffith


Gatis Kandis

and this is me on the night on an audience members

lap hosting the show


Saturday 14 May 2011

Sweden`s Magnus Betner controversial performed a brilliant 1 hour set

at Monkey Business to a delighted audience.

Magnus Betner performing at Monkey Business



on Sat 14 May 2011

other wonderful acts on the bill were

Spencer Brown

musical comic

Vikki Stone

and showman

Stefan Gaphauasen


 Saturday 21 May 2011

Katherine Ryan  headlined

The 2011 Hackney Empire award winning camp comic

 David Mills


Controversial ,and very funny



Welsh delights of

Frankie Williams


excellent stand up and tv personality

Michelle De Swarte


Saturday 28 May 2011

I was made to understand tonight by the manager of The Steeles that the new

 owners Faucett Inns were thinking to make the upstairs room into a possible dining area or something.

 The previous owners recognised  that I was very good for their business 

They understood that Monkey Business comedy club brought the pub much bigger dividends overall in terms of it being a regular Saturday night club, with its huge profile.

Our comedy website now receives over 4000 hits a week.,and has a huge mailing list of over 14.000 customers

Between September and April the club invariably has full houses, and often needs to turn people away due to its popularity.

 Monkey Business  made the previous owners  far more money than anything else they had ever tried before

upstairs on a Saturday night,  Among the top acts that have appeared at The Monkey Business Comedy Club  have been 

Harry Hill, Russell Brand, Michael McIntyre, Omid Djaili, Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr, Dara O Brian, Howard Marks, , Noel Fielding, Rich Hall, Adam Hills, ,Rhod Gilbert, Stewart Lee, Stephen Merchant, Lee Mack,Tim Vine, Reginald D Hunter, Russell Howard,Sean Lock,Ed Byrne Stephen K Amos Lee Nelson , Jack Whitehall, Simon Amstell, Dave Gorman, Chris Addison, and  just about every other top name .


Saturday 4 June 2011

 Lee Nelson

performed another secret set getting ready for his new TV series on BBC 3 ,and huge coming tour  .Sadly it was a very quite night due to the heatwave ,but all the acts were fantastic including Norway`s biggest comedy star

Dag Soras ,and

     Matt Kirshen



 Thursday 9 June 2011

    Top magician Pete Firman did his Edinburgh preview


at The Oxford Kentish Town


Saturday 11 June 2011

   acts that performed tonight included 

cheeky funny award winning

Gordon Southern

Nathan Caton

star of channel 4 Skins

Emma award winning

Inder Manocha


Saturday 11 June 2011

The area manager for Faucett Inn told me today that they are happy to keep

The Monkey Business Comedy Club at The Steeles at least until mid November .

I have no idea why they would wish me to go.


 Thursday 16 June 2011

at The Oxford in Kentish Town we had

two excellent award winning acts

doing their Edinburgh previews

Francesca Martinez

and  Patrick Monahan


Saturday 18 June 2011

Lee Nelson

from the Well Good show performed another brilliant top secret set tonight

(photo of Lee Nelson Sat 18 June 2011)


The hip hop comedy duo


were also in excellent form 

also pleasing an audience of about 80 was regular star of Mock the week


Saturday 25 June 2011

a full house 

Our big headline act tonight were

crowd pleasing eccentric 



Saturday 2 July 2011

Patrick Monahan

 performed his impressive Edinburgh Preview

and the other very entertaining performer on the night was very funny

Russian Tatiana Ostrakover

Thursday 7 July 2011

Tonight , we were treated to an Ediburgh Preview from the excellent award winning

Sara Pascoe


Saturday 9 July 2011

Suzi Ruffell  was  funny 


Thursday 14 July 2011

Rayguns Look Real Enough

the fab musical comedy duo

treated us to a superb Edinburgh preview.


Friday 15 July 2011 .

I went  to Hammersmith to have a heated debate on the radio about woman involved in comedy ,

It was good fun.


Saturday 16 July 2011  

We had a full house with a fantastic line up again which saw

Lee Nelson

 doing a secret set getting ready for his BBC3 Well good show released soon

.Other wonderful acts that performed included

  Andy Zalzman

Jen Brister

 Kate Lucas


Lloyd Griffith


 Vahid Jahangard


Thursday 21 July 2011

Tonights audience enjoyed one of the best Thursday nights we ever had with plentiful of very good acts including 15 year old JP Luttrell ,

Russian Tatiana Ostrakover

plus an excellent Edinburgh preview from those hadsome boys

The Noise Next Door


Thursday 28 July 2011

A large turn out came to enjoy some good acts and two performances fromEdinburgh Previews from



Le 122 Stefan Pejic & Ceri Phillips

A decent crowd came along to enjoy a number of  good acts that included


Thursday 4 August 2011


a hugely popular star on ITV s show SHOW ME THE FUNNY

performed tonight


Saturday 13  August 2011

 I am very saddend to be told by the manager of The Steeles that I must stop the club there at the end of October.

 I have  two and half months notice, which gives me a bit of time to seek out a new venue ,but I cannot see any logic in getting rid of an established comedy club that brings huge profits,  and profile to the pub .

I thought the ugly riots over the last few days would deter people from going out ,but it was a reasonably sized crowd infact,

  excellent stand up

Martin Coyote


was amongst a few really good performers that entertained tonight

and also proving magic is a ever popular art was 

 lovely Laura London

Laura London


Saturday 20 August 2011

We had a quite night ,but there were some good performances from

Chambers & Nettleton

David Baker 


Harriet Kemsley 


 and impressive  Canadian comic

Bobby Maire


Thursday 25 August 2011

 My really good friend Pat Monahan who often performs at Monkey Business

has been named as the winner

 of Show Me the Funny

Monahan beat runner-up Dan Mitchell and third-placed

 Tiffany Stevenson at tonight's live Hammersmith Apollo final of

 the reality contest, which has been searching for the country's 

best stand-up comedian. The Irish-Iranian comic has now won

 £100,000, a multi-date UK tour throughout September, 

and his own stand-up DVD release this Christmas. 


Saturday 3 September 2011

Fot the first time I operated two shows on a Saturday night ,

This came about because of me having to leave the Steeles in two months time .

Interestingly The Steeles was quite ,but our 1st Saturday night at The Oxford did very well.

All the acts doubled up doing well at both clubs.

Our acts included 

 Lucy Porter


Paul Kerensa


David Hasselhoff impersonator 

super showman 

 Stefan Gaphausen

and very promising 15 year old stand up

Jean-Paul luttrell



Gary Colman



Thursday 8 September 2011

at our new act night tonight

Luke Stephen  charming Essex boy had a great new set about saying the wrong things on a new date.



Saturday 10 September 2011

both at The Steeles and The Oxford we had a quite nights

The performers were as excellent as ever though including


Felix Dexter


                                       Fergus Craig


hugely popular star on ITV s show SHOW ME THE FUNNY 


                                                                                             David Whitney



and fantastic

Zoe Lyons



Thursday 15 September 2011

A truely smashing  busy night  which included

three excellent female comics in   

Sunna Jarman


Sara Pascoe


Lou Saunders

A woman insisted in giving me £20 for a taxi

as she had had a great evening



Friday 16 September 2011

I found out today from an assistant manageress at The Steeles pub that the new corporate owners  are ready to replace my excellent established comedy club with another comedy club, being Comedy Cafe.

The area manager told me on the phone that the deal had been signed when I asked about it and that Comedy Cafe will be operating there the following week after I leave.

The end result is that I will lose my club just before the start of the busiest season, when I might have had a chance to prove to the owners of the Steeles that it is a profitable business for both of us,

We have had some very busy nights recently but nobody seems to have realised this as the upstairs bar is always closed .

  I feel very hurt.

The whole thing is very bad news for comedy, and for those who enjoy proper comedy. Very sad indeed for all involved .

Nobody works harder then I do to provide excellent good value entertainment.


Saturday 17 September 2011

Both clubs were full to capacity

with amazing line ups 

Patrick Kielty

performed  top secret sets at both clubs


we had hip hop comedy duo



and brilliant manic

Adam Bloom



Laura Lexx 


Eccentric American visiting comic

 Dave Hill


at the new Saturday night Oxford pub in Kentish Town

 funny Welshman

Lloyd Griffifs




Thursday 22 September 2011

I got a call from Comedy Cafe to say any deal to put on comedy at The Steele`s was off .

They also mentioned that they didn`t have the resources to do really well there anyway. 

The guys admitted that they should have acted with far less naiveity in not checking to find out from me why I might be leaving after having having been at that venue for so many years .

 Comedy Cafe were sensitive to my feelings, and that they understood why I felt so hurt.

I won't hold a grudge over their serious error of judgement and will try to move on,

even though I have an  established business at the Steele`s ,

and  I am about to lose my livelyhood without good reason.

Saturday 24 September 2011

A Full house again at Chalk Farm

with everyone having a smashing time.

acts included the smashing Mock the week star

Andi Oslo

 Stephen Carlin 


Jen Brister 


Chris Henry  



                                                                David Mills 



Sunday 25 September 2011

I think Comedy Cafe are going to suggest to the pub owners that I do infact run a great club

and that I should have my night back.    Lets see what develops.




Tuesday 27 September 2011

The comedy website Chortle told the news of how Monkey Business will be pushed out of its

home after 6 years at the whim of the new owners,

Thursday 29 September 2011

A sensational performance from Germany`s most famous comedian

Michael Mittermeier

 The award winning  (the German Michael McIntyre)

photo below is of Michael Mittermeier & Martin Besserman


Saturday 1 October 2011

Another fantastic night of comedy at The Steeles which saw yet another full house

(The Oxford was a bit less full tonight)

Our acts included

one of Britains best, most DAZZLING,

 & most  successful comic MAGICIAN, & showman

John Lenahan 

camp,very funny ,&


Scott Cappurro

excellent award winning

stand up

Tom Wrigglesworth



 hugely popular star on ITV s show SHOW ME THE FUNNY


highly amusing newcomer

Viv Groskop




Tuesday 4 October 2011


Patrick Monahan

today who confirmed that he will perform with me on New Years Eve .



Saturday 8 October 2011 

Another big bill and full houses at both venues 

which included top secret act in international comedy superstar

Margaret Cho


Martin Besserman with Margaret Cho taken 8 Oct 2011



Nick Doody

the 2011 winner of funny funnyies compition

Harriet Kemsley

Luisa Omielan



Dan & Dan


Saturday 15 October 2011

A very quite night at both venues unlike recent weeks but everyone had a good time with acts including

 Nat Luurtsema  


Tom Craine 

Toby Muresianu


weird & wonderful

Phil O Shea


                                                                                                      Sunday 16 October 2011

Patrick Monahan,and his lovely sister Barbara  joined me at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park today,along with mutual friends Vahid and his wife. I am happy to report that they all complimented me on my speech.

I couldn't persuade Patrick to get up on the stand on this occasion ,but sa

id he would be keen to do so another time.

Afterwards we all went on the Edgware road for a bite to eat in a really good Lebanese restaurant.

We chatted about everything including his recent winning of ITV`s Show me the funny, to Patrick explaining how I can cook rice better with a rice cooker.

It was a smashing afternoon. Patrick Monahan confirmed that he will be doing a gig for me at Monkey Business on New Years Eve.


Wednesday 19 October 2011

I went to Hammersmith to do another radio interview on FM 


Thursday 20 October 2011

A very enjoyable night with lots of good acts ,

Abi Roberts  

   Thursday 27 October 2011

A high quality night which included 

                                             Tom Goodliffe                                                          

          Friday 28 October 2011

Ham & High have almost a whole page on me being thrown out The Steeles after tomorrows show ,
and how the pubs new owners tried to set up another comedy club there behind my back.

Everybody in the comedy industry , the media and the local community are fully aware of my shabby treatment,which
means another comedy club at The Steeles is doomed to fail.

 Many people have told me that they no longer intend to visit The Steeles after I leave , upset by my treatment and complaining of other things like rude staff and so on.

 and I find myself agreeing with them that it is no longer run as a fun pub . I have noticed that since the new owners took over the pub is often half as busy as it once was,and now without Monkey Business I think it will loose massive trade.

Saturday 29 October 2011

Both venues had full houses.

It was an emotional last show for me at The Steeles.

Many people came to wish me well including TV presenter Matthew Wright ,

The acts included Steve Furst aka Lenny Beigh,Simon Munnery ,Adams & Rea ,Kelly Kingham,and Vihard.

 Monkey Business customers having a nice time, but with a hint of sadness on their faces as they had just been informed it was to be our last night at The Steeles

photo taken during our break.

Steve Furst

Thursday 3 November 2011

A smashing night which included 

Danny Bhoy

  doing a top secret gig for us

Saturday 5 November 2011

We had a fantastic night of comedy which included 


 multi award winning impro group

The Noise Next Door


very funny + multi award winning

    Simon Munnery        



 comedy duo

Rayguns Look Real Enough


 Tuesday  8 November 2011
I had a meeting with the new landlords of The Steeles who admitted they made an
error of judgement in letting me go . They have offerd to welcome me back .
I left saying that I would think things though.
The Oxford have been very supportive and I must take that on board,
plus I am starting to do well there.


Thursday 10 November 2011
top name
Danny Bhoy performed again for the 2nd week a secret gig
and Lewis Shaffer performed too.



Saturday 12 November 2011

A happy full house enjoyed these acts

Paul Tonkinson

Dan Antopolski
   Jonny Awsum


 Frankie Williams



Saturday 19 November 

A highly sucsessful night which included

Exciting , Controversial.Extrodinary

Ian Cognito

 Paul Kerensa


super showman

Stefan Gaphausen

esccentric American 

Dave Hill


and excellent Norweigen comic
Daniel Simonsen
Tuesday 22 November 2011

I was unhappy with the result of my meeting today with new landlords at The Steels as


they were not prepared to sign anything offering me security every Saturday night.It

would be a matter of Do I trust them . Next Friday I will have fresh talks with the new

                                                             area manager which will make me come to a decision.


Friday 25 November 2011


After a meeting with the new area manager and management team at The Sir Richard Steele prn Monkey Business back there . They finally agreed to most of my  requests regarding support ,and security.

So we start again with our fantastic Christmas Eve show followed by our New Years Eve bonanza with Patrick Monahan ,who will be doubling up for me with The Oxford. 

Saturday 26 November 2011
stealing the show was the brilliant
Loretta Maine
along with top magician
John Lenahan
also good fun were Bearback Banshees



Saturday 3 December 2011

A packed house tonight .The molst impressive acts tonight were 


Irish comic 

Paddy Lennox








Jimmy Bird
Saturday 10 December 2011
A fantastic night with wonderful entertainment from four acts including
The Noise Next Door


                                        enjoyable  stand up                       

   Suzi Ruffell



a rare appearance from

History Girls



great newcomer 

PhiO` Shea


Monday 12 December 2012
I had guest tickets to see LADYKILLERS at The Gilgud theater ,
and it was brilliant .loved it.



Wednesday 14 December 2012

I went to Hammersmith to be a co host for fm radiofor the very first time .

The stand up sit down show lasted 2 hours and I thought I did really well.

 I have been invited back to do it all again Next Wednesday

Saturday 17 December 2011

our super


was so lovely tonight with

                                                                                                                          camp,very funny ,&


Scott Capurro


                           charming entertaining
        musical act
               Carly Smallman

                                         young funny 
                                            Joe Rowntree


Beckka Bowling



Tuesday 19 December 2011
Patrick Monahan does a fantastic stand up routine on a new ITV TV show tonight.

Wednesday 20 December 2011
For the second week I was co host for two hours on fm radio It was good fun

  Tuesday 27 December 2011
Bumped into a very special person today who was a friend from many years back. .

Friday 30 December 2011
Russell Brand
Files for Divorce from Katy Perry
The pop star's husband of 14 months cites irreconcilable differences

Saturday 31 December 2011
Both The Steeles & The Oxford we were full to capacity with
fantastic acts bringing in the new year that included

New YearEve

 party night

Winner of  ITV`s Show me the funny 


Patrick Monahan

musical comic


16 year old

Paddy Gibson

Tatiana Ostrakova 



Suzi Ruffell hosted at The Oxford .

Later Patrick Monahan and a group of us went fo a bite to eat .