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New interview with Susan Murray

Susan Murray is on a mission to bring the brightest and best comedy talent to E17 via the Guffaw Comedy Nights at Ye Olde Rose & Crown. She’s also given us a fantastic interview. Read what she had to say to Walthamstow Scene here.

The next Guffaw Comedy night is at Ye Olde Rose & Crown on Thursday 3 March. Jeff Innocent and Ninia Benjamin headline. More information on that night can be found here.


Mark Thomas at The Standard

Mark Thomas gig posterLegendary comedian and political activist Mark Thomas is coming to Walthamstow for a Fire Brigades Union (FBU) benefit gig on 23 March.

The gig at The Standard features a cracking line-up of left-wing entertainment. Confirmed to play so far are local folk/punks Steve White & The Protest Family and the Socialist magician Ian Saville. Mark Thomas is performing as part of his “Extreme Rambling: Walking the Wall” tour, about which more information can be found here.

It promises to be a great night and it’s fantastic to see a big name act coming to Walthamstow. Stow Scene saw Mark Thomas supported by Asian Dub Foundation at Watermans Art Centre in Brentford back in the day and it was a fantastic night, so we’re definitely looking forward to this one.

The evening is hosted by Russ Chandler from Walthamstow Folk Club. Tickets are £10 and all proceeds go towards the FBU Hardship Fund, so it’s in a good cause (as you’d expect). Tickets are available from the venue or from here.

Susan Murray on comedy in E17

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Susan Murray

Hi there,

I’m Susan Murray and I run, book and MC the Guffaw comedy night at the Rose and Crown in Walthamstow, or as I like to call it, Walthamstowinnit. It runs on the first Thursday of each month and we had our second one last week.  It was a cracker. Not only did we have if.comedy award winner Phil Nichol on, but Russell Kane came and tried out some material he was due to record for ITV’s Comedy Rocks the following night.

Russsell won the Fosters Comedy award at Edinburgh 2010. If you’re confused about what these awards are, they’re basically the Perrier award with different sponsors that have gone a bit more boozy. It’s the highest accolade a comic in the UK can win. And we had two on one bill of comedy.

It was the most fun that was ever had in Walthamstow in one night, unless you count that incident with the lip gloss and the badger but we don’t talk about that in polite company. We had nearly a full house and everybody loved it, a fun night was had by all.

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Ian Stone, headlining in February

We’ve got some brilliant acts coming to E17, hand picked by myself and my co-promoter Alaric Dynevor, the man who’s name scores the highest at Scrabble ever. We’ve both been on the comedy scene for years, him as a promoter and myself as an act, so we know what we’re doing and can pull many favours. Keep an eye on this website for full listings. Acts we’re hoping to get include Micky Flanagan, Jeremy Hardy, Ninia Benjamin and Arthur Smith. All close showbiz personal friends of course. And you never know when Russell might just pop in to try out some new stuff, he liked our gig, he liked it A LOT.

If you’d like to be added to our email list then drop me a line at susanmurray2002@yahoo.co.uk with  “add me to Guffaw” in the subject matter.

Hope to see you at the next gig, headlined by Ian Stone. Thursday 3 February, Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 9pm. Tickets £7.50 / £6.50 concessions.


Comedy club on Thursday

Flyer for the comedy nightWe know January is a bit depressing. It’s cold, dark, you’re back at work and it’s ages until payday. Good job the Guffaw Comedy Club is on this Thursday, 6 January, to cheer you up.

The night is headlined by Canadian comedian Phil Nichol, who has won numerous comedy during across his career. Miss Susan Murray, the Brighton-based comedian, is the compere for the evening. Also on the bill are Maureen Younger, Jo Romero and Janlin J MCea.

The show is at Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub on Hoe Street and tickets are £7.50 on the door or in advance from here. Show starts at 8.30pm. In the meantime, here’s a clip of Phil Nichol on The Graham Norton Show, performing an amusing song about the Dukes of Hazzard.