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Hot Water Comedy Club is launching Liverpool's 1st purpose built comedy club hosting events in the city every night of the week. Hot Water Comedy Club opens it’s doors In December 2016, and will be located on Seel St in Liverpool.
“It’s so exciting to be bringing something like this to my home town of Liverpool” said co-founder Paul Blair, “It’s the first time the city’s had a venue that’s a full-time comedy club. I believe we can go on to become one of the largest comedy promoters in the country."
Hot Water Comedy Club, which has been running in various venues for the last six years, is no stranger to famous names - having had Russell Kane, Paul Sinha, Gary Delaney, Glenn Wool and Alun Cochrane performing in the past. Now that the club has found a new home, they’ve set their sights on bringing even more famous names to the city.
"We want to bring the best acts in the world to Liverpool" said Paul "but we're also committed to grass roots comedy and supporting new talent. For me personally, this represents more than just a comedy club, we're building a community."
You can expect all of our current fantastic shows plus many more including our brand new Wednesday night show with regular TV names. Paul Smith's Story Telling night, regular Edinburgh solo shows, some of the best touring comedians from around the world + much more.
Tickets are available for all shows through our website www.hotwatercomedy.co.uk
Six years ago, two brothers from Liverpool began a small, open mic comedy club which would become, not only one of the major players on the liverpool comedy scene, but also arguably the most valuable resource in growing and progressing new talent Liverpool comedy has seen in decades. In that time the flagship, Sunday open mic night has given rise to full pro lineups every Friday and Saturday and a massively popular Wednesday night new material show. All of these shows, whilst different in style, maintain the core underlying ethos of progressing new talent, supporting live comedy and providing an affordable, friendly, familiar place that comedy lovers can go to see talent from all over the world.
This progression hasn’t been an easy one. The hard work that the two brothers, Paul Blair and Binty Blair, put into this club can be seen in all aspects of the club. From the effective branding and marketing right down to the face to face greeting of guests on the door, Paul and Binty throw themselves completely into providing the experience Hot Water fans have come to expect from the club. Their personal approach enabling them to make venues which on the face of it should not have been very suitable for live comedy work very well.
It is this exact drive and passion that the two brothers hope to bring to their exciting new venture. A new, purpose built, stand alone comedy venue, right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, with live comedy every night of the week. With this move Hot Water should make the move to Liverpool’s premier comedy venue, but with this it will not lose sight of it’s core values, progressing new talent. Paul Smith, long time resident host of Hot Water said ‘The new venue is so exciting, it’s what we have been working for all these years. We can hopefully continue to grow and progress, not only new stand ups but Liverpool comedy in general. If we look at the wealth of talent that our nights have been instrumental in producing over the last six years, this new venue, and the facilities Paul and Binty want to provide, should really take it all to the next level’.
It is these new idea’s that perhaps make this new venture most exciting. Not only do Hot Water want to give a platform for new stand up to grow, but all facets of comedy in 2016. They recognise that while live stand up is their first love. There are a lot of talented comedy minds who would prefer a different creative outlet. Youtube, podcasts, sketch and screenwriting. These are all things that the new home of Hot Water will hope to provide the facilities for creating. Elevating it beyond a comedy venue to a complete hub for comedy in general, where people from Liverpool, the UK and even Internationally, will congregate and create projects that will change the landscape of comedy. A grand vision indeed.
In order to enable this vision, the brothers have decided to run a kickstarter campaign to raise the additional funds necessary to provide these community facilities. Elder brother Binty commented ‘When we were planning the new venue, obviously our first thought were to get the performance space right, but the we just kept having ideas, podcast booths, green screens, photo studios, writing workshops, all great things which will help us to give anyone interested in creating comedy a chance to do so. This has also been the way we have approached stand up and that approach has been really successful so far. So it seemed like the next logical step to provide all this extra good stuff’.
The kickstarter campaign, will enable members of the general public to pledge money in return for rewards. It will also give long time fans of the club a chance to feel like more of a part of this project. A project which, if the past six years is any indication, has the potential to dramatically change the face of UK comedy and quite possibly give rise to the stars of the future.
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