Backyard Comedy Club

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Bethnal Green
Venue name: Backyard Comedy Club
Address: 231 Cambridge Heath Rd
Bethnal Green

E2 0EL
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green
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The Backyard Comedy Club must be one of the main things to do in Bethnal green as it's even listed on the signs coming out of the tube station. Situated behind the Backyard Bar, the venue features tabled and rowed seating with a small stage at one end where the acts appear and attempt to make everybody laugh and have a good team. Fortunately, the acts on Friday night were all very funny and amiable. I didn't catch everyone's name but Jayde Adams was fantastic as the compere for the evening, even controlling some rather vocal people in the crowd who were just having a chat by being firm but not making everyone feel uncomfortable. She also belted out some opera and got some poor chap on stage to join in. Tom Allen was the headline act. Camp and full of funny original observations, he was also a joy to watch. With four acts including Jayde, this was a good night and I would definitely go there again if I was in the area.

Ed. T

Came along for the Sabotage comedy night and unfortunately wasn't too impressed. The line up on the night didn't seem to include all of those featured on the advance list, and one of the acts left us feeling uncomfortable that we decided to just head off halfway through the night. 

This is the nature of stand up comedy unfortunately, and on this night, it didn't work for us. But the venue itself is great, with a decent priced bar, great looking food and a ping pong/foosball for people to use and chill out with. 

We'd happily come along again though to another night and give it another shot, just a shame it didn't do it for us when we first went!


I love this comedy club and have been going for the past ten years. It is owned by Lee Hurst and he regularly does the compering and one man gigs. It's less than five mins from Bethnal Green station and there is a bar which is very reasonably priced. It's a very relaxed atmosphere and the bar staff are all friendly as well as the manager Dan. It's a great place to meet friends and have a fun night out, you will not be disappointed, if comedy is not your thing, you can relax at the bar or play pool. Ticket prices are great and I prefer this place to most of the other comedy clubs in London.

Neil K

Formerly Lee Hurst's Backyard Comedy Club, the venue still services its comedy roots and is still owned by Hurst consisting of decent and lively bar and a sparsely decorated (if old pallets can be classed as decoration?) though serviceable back room for live shows housed in a new build with a warehouse feel. I watched a BBC Radio 4 comedy recording here recently and it was packed and fun. Do note that you have to arrive by the set time (usually at least 45 minutes prior to the start time) if watching comedy or you will be charged an additional £3 to collect your tickets! Don't be surprised if after racing to get there to avoid the additional charge the show actually starts when they feel like it rather than at the allotted time, though this can be equally be said of many similar venues.

Elisa R

I went to their 'tester' comedy gig last night with my housemate and I must say it was pretty hilarious! There were about eight acts including the 20 year old lesbian, the drunk weirdo and the rapper. On Thursdays, they all openly try new material which is pretty exciting. The crowd was good-natured without a single heckling. To be honest, there is nothing like the sheer pleasure of a lame joke or pun.

On top of it all, the bar area serves great beer (Blue Moon anyone?) and pizzas – and looks lovely with banting all over the ceiling.

Stuart J

I was given free complimentary tickets for my friends and myself.

We arrived early, 15 minutes before the start of the event. The event itself would turn out to be 20 mins late.

However when presenting our "free complimentary tickets" we were told to pay £3 each for being late????

I questioned this with the door person, suffice to say she was very unhelpful and rude.

We stupidly agree to pay the £3 each, we sat inside the hall, and waited for 20 mins for the event to start. How can we be paid to an event when we arrived 15 mins before the event was expected to start and then wait a further 20 mins. Crazy. The drinks were very watered down and not very nice. My gf refused to drink the wine I had bought her, the beers I bought were watered down and flat.

The comedy itself ranged from poor to mediocre. The host however, was very good.

Overall I would never go back to this venue.

Ben Ferris

Organised a friends' birthday drinks there, the staff were really friendly and accommodating. The food was great, and with some more unusual than others (gonna have to try roast pork and apple sauce on pizzas more, its delicious!). Vegetarian options went down a treat too. With free wifi, and a pool table, as well as comedy shows, I can see this becoming a busy social point in the near future. I suggest get there whilst there is still room on the sofas.