The Top Secret Comedy Club
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7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Monday
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Friday
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Our main shows on Sun-Thurs start at 8.00pm and finish around 10.15pm/10.30pm. We are open every day (except 3 days over Christmas). Mondays and Wednesdays are New Material nights, with 6 professional comedians trying out some freshly baked gags. Sundays and Tuesdays we have Nico Yearwood hosting 3 stand-ups performing 20 mins sets. Thursdays is business as usual, with a stand-up show featuring the best of London’s Stand up Comedy Scene. On Fridays and Saturdays we have two shows per day: the early show at 7pm until 8.20pm, and the late show from 9pm until 11pm- ish. Between 6.30pm - 7.30pm Sun-Thurs come for free and see the comedy work in progress as it shapes and develops. Our Bar offers Pints from £3.50 (£13 for 4 pints), Wine from £3.30 and spirits + mixer from £3.00) Line ups are subject to last minute changes, best rest assured that all of our lineups (no matter how changed) will always be of a top class quality. Under 18's are permitted with a parent or teacher.
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Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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  • Covent Garden • 4 min walk
  • Holborn • 4 min walk
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mumstheword_11
Keighley, UK20 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
We booked our £1 tickets for a Sunday 8pm show in which there were 4 comedians plus the host. 4 of the 5 were fabulously funny and it was a great night out. The bar was open and reasonable in price. On completion of the show, the audience were asked to pay what they thought the show had been worth, as they left, either in cash or on contact less. As far as I know, everyone paid something.
Written February 23, 2022
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73Michellep2013
Peterborough, UK63 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Brilliant venue for a great laugh with friends. 2nd time there are I’ll be back again as a member I got tickets half price and many night it’s just £1 entry!
Saw several stand ups on this occasion and glad I’m not sat in a front seat as it’s brutal to get picked on but thankfully they all loved and joined in the laughs. Drinks are very cheap and plenty of pauses between acts to jump up and get another. Compère was brilliant, better than a couple of the acts I have to say. Highly recommend this place for groups, friends but it’s not for you if you’re offended easily as some of the audience faces were shocked and better suited to sloshing milk round the aisle in Waitrose
Written October 23, 2022
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johnandlizb
Leamington Spa, UK1,008 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
This is a great little find. A really small and intimate comedy club where a gamble sometimes really pays off. We paid £1 entry each and ended up watching 3 surprise celebrity comedians including Russell Howard. Monday night is new material night so all the gags were untested. It was a mixed bag but generally excellent content. There is a small bar with reasonably priced drinks too. We had a superb evening with an excellent host comedian too. Brilliant.
Written January 18, 2022
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Matt G
1 contribution
Mar 2022
I can 100% understand not expecting the very best from the £1 comedy nights - filled with new and untested materials. However, what leaves a sour taste in my mouth is ending the night with the MC holding a bucket at the exit door.

Unable to read the room made up of 90% students, the MC ended the night by guilt tripping everyone into forcibly leaving a tip. Standing at the exit door with a bucket, asking if it's 'cash or card?', makes it unbelievably embarrassing to admit you can't afford to leave more than a couple of quid - this was made to feel like an insult to the comedians.

Either pick that any donations to the night are welcome or charge extra for the tickets, because making it seem as though leaving a couple of quid (because thats all you can afford) is insulting as you should tip 'what you feel the night is worth'.

I truly believe these nights should just charge extra for the tickets - instead of drawing people in with the idea that they provide 'accessibility' for everyone to comedy, then embarrass members of the audience by saying if they don't tip everyone loses out.

I'm not saying the club itself isn't worth visiting, I would just steer clear of the cheaper nights if you're trying to simply have fun on a budget.
Written March 9, 2022
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gcs3
London, UK47 contributions
Aug 2021
Started so well but completely ruined at the end.

Booked for the 5pm show on Saturday, the show was cheap at £1 each, we got there had some drinks (reasonably priced) so we had a good few drinks as the tickets were cheap, as we thought was the idea?

Show started late, but compare was very funny and got the crowd going. Next act wasn't particularly funny, but Jeff Innocent was very good as always. Overall whilst the show was fairly good, the venue isn't too bad other than a little hot and dingy. drinks a good price.

Sadly the whole show was ruined at the end. The acts finished and the compare then went on a 5 minute plea begging for more money for the show. The owner has lost money due to covid, the acts dont get paid, the building costs money it went on and on. apparently dont go putting in change...they want notes or card only!!

The reason the tickets are cheap is that this is a small 10 minute warm up slot for the acts before they go on somewhere else. Jeff Innocent had two other shows that night for example. We went on the basis it was an hour out of our day and we would have a few drinks as the ticket was cheap and that was to offset it? if that is not the case then increase the ticket prices!!

after the long plea for money, the compare runs to the top of the stairs and stops everybody on the way out. you then had all the 200 audience stuck inside the venue and on the staircase waiting to get out past the new "doormen" who are demanding money to leave. it took us 10 minute to get out of the venue, despite the fact we had a reservation and couldn't get out. when we got to the steps the 2 new "doormen" said "cash or card" like that that there were only 2 options. there isn't there's a 3rd and that's to leave. Nowhere on the website does it say that it is pay what you think the show is worth....if you had we would have paid more, but the way you acted was disgusting and acting like the Kray Twins demanding money before allowing people to leave.

if you go be aware of the above and you will no doubt enjoy the night, we wasn't aware of the above and don't agree with the practice of demanding money to leave the venue. I notice there are older pre-covid reviews saying the same, so this isn't a loss of covid revenue request.
Written August 23, 2021
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dhall1404
London, UK14 contributions
Jun 2021
We came to the 5pm show upstairs on Saturday 26th June. The host was very funny but the 2 main acts were not great. 2nd comedian (sorry can't remember the name) I could hardly understand what he was saying and we were front row, just seemed to mumble a lot. Perspex screens I suppose are necessary but think I would prefer to wear a mask as it made me feel claustrophobic and pretty pointless as there was no social distancing at all. First time I came here a couple of years ago was brilliant the acts were hilarious and we were downstairs which I prefer. We order a bottle of fix which were shocked at the price, after advertising cheap drinks this was quite expensive at £20 for a not very cold bottle. I guess that is cheap for London maybe but even so! For £5 per ticket I guess cant complain too much and I will come again as it is so reasonably priced and hopefully next time the acts will be funnier. The host did say she was doing her now show as we commented to her about her being the funniest so we will seek her out.
Written June 28, 2021
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Jimbob
1 contribution
Jun 2021
Awful place. Advertising free comedy nights , believe me it’s a racket as you are held in at the end and forced to pay a donation! Obviously I never paid anything because I don’t get intimidated or feel guilty. The level of comedians on these nights are not worth any money in all honesty and they should be grateful people will actually spend time listening to these middle class ego maniacs on stage ,
Written April 1, 2022
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Hi Hex43, We run nights where you pay what you think the show is worth at the end of the show, these nights we generally charge a booking fee of £1 for each person or free for students on those nights (Sun-Wed). This is explained (advertised) on our website. This way we have created an inclusive environment where everyone can come and watch stand-up, whether they have a large income or not. Many venues run this system, particularly at comedy festivals. if you don't like that concept you can come to our place Thurs - Sat. Extraordinary that you say the "level of comedians on these nights are not worth any money" as many of the biggest acts in the U.K. and the international scene drop in on these nights when they are getting ready for a tour or a TV set., and all the acts are professional stand up comedians, as in - this is how they make their living. You also use the phrase 'middle-class ego maniacs' the egomaniacs who perform at our club come in all shapes sizes, classes, and sexual persuasion. Perhaps you should find a venue that excludes middle-class people.? why not start one? good luck with your quest for a middle-class exclusion zone. best wishes.
Written July 4, 2022
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Erin D
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Friends
Amazing first time at a live comedy show, who needs the gym when you could just get a six pack with the amount of laughing done at this show. First time there, definitely not my last. Recommend anyone going to give this place a visit, you won’t regret it.
Written August 5, 2022
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seasider2020
Lytham St Anne's, UK355 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Great comedy at a very fair price. We paid £1 each admission to the venue. Drinks were also good for London prices. The venue is a bit seedy, hot and lacking AC, but what to expect for £1. There is a fairly forceful cash collection at the end of the show which delayed departure and personally I would have preferred to pay a higher ticket price. Not too sure exactly how the payments were handed out or how it was accounted. Saw two female comedians, the first was excellent and the second was very good. Less impressed by the third one but the highlight was Ivo Graham who was brilliant. Coped well with a heckler, and really just chatted to the audience, no obvious routine, but an easy and friendly conversational style of delivery which went down very well with the audience.
Written September 13, 2021
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Alex S
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Couples
I went to the 7pm show on 19 November. David McSavage was excellent and so was the host.

Unfortunately, the gig was spoilt by a drunk girl who wouldn’t shut up in the front row. Every person around was commenting on how annoying she was. She was actively putting the comedian’s off their set despite their best efforts to shut her up.

To the girl in the front row (who was a special needs teacher), I hope you have the worst hangover today, full of regret.
Written November 20, 2022
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The Top Secret Comedy Club is open:
  • Sun - Sun 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM


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